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  • HART 10:09 am on 25/08/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Retired Husband Syndrome 

    RHS or Retired Husband Syndrome: Italian researchers found that almost “half of women with newly retired husbands complain of increasing levels of stress, depression and sleeplessness.”

  • matta498 12:24 pm on 18/08/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Maintaining independence in the home seems to be a major consideration for New Zealanders as they age. What would help you live more independently as you get older?

    For more information about responding to this question, follow the link below.

  • HART 4:32 pm on 15/08/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Do Flexible Workers Do Better? 

    As we begin to look at flexible work practices (working flexible hours or being able to work at home when necessary), we found that 225 were full-time (21%), 237 (22%) flexi or part-time, and 597 retired (56%).  Patterns in working preferences compared to the actual working conditions of older people showed that: two-thirds (62%) of those currently working full-time are happy to do so, but a nearly a third (31%) would rather be working part-time or flexible hours, and 7% would rather not be working. Nearly three quarters (73%) of those already working part-time or flexible hours are happy with this arrangement, 17% want to stop working, and 10% wanted full-time work.

    Another question we asked was whether people’s job made it “difficult to be the kind of spouse or parent I’d like to be”.  Not surprisingly, while almost two-thirds (62%) of those working full-time agreed with this, over three-quarters (77%) of those with part-time or flexible hours disagreed.

    How prepared workers were for retirement also showed clear patterns:  62% of full-time workers agreed with the statement “I worry about the standard of living I will have in retirement”, while half (51%) of those working part/flexi-time agreed. Similarly, more full-time workers (66%) agreed with the statement “I worry about having enough income in retirement” than part or flexi-time workers (54%).

    Most of this difference is explained by the observation that full-time workers tended to be younger (56% were between 60 & 64), while about a third of flexi/part-time workers were between 60 & 64 years of age. A large proportion of full-time workers (37%) were between 65 and 69, and around 8% were over 70 years of age. Interestingly, the research showed that 42% of flexi/part-time workers were between 65 & 69, and an impressive 25% over 75 years of age!

  • HART 2:09 pm on 22/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Getting a job after 50 

    An Australian article about the prejudice older workers are facing as they seek employment:

  • HART 2:04 pm on 22/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Grey wave sweeping internet, as retirees find new home online 

    “OLDER Australians are increasingly turning to the internet to find a new roost post-retirement, pushing searches for “retire” and “retirement” to all time highs, according to search engine giant Google”

  • HART 9:21 am on 30/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Almost three-quarters of people fear living standards will fall in old age 

    A survey by The Guardian in the UK revealed that many believe that current living standards were not at a good level, that there is a growing divide between those who are financially secure and those who are struggling, with the majority believing that living standards will get worse in the future.

  • HART 2:34 pm on 26/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Happiness in Retirement? 

    I know many couples who are having great difficulty living in each other’s company after retirement. I recall my own grandparent’s slight bickering and now I see this problem with my husband and me. My close friends who have partners/spouses alive, appear to be in the same bind. Love’s young dream is a distant memory and you feel as though you are just ”Putting up with”  each other. I do feel it seems to be the men who find it the most difficult, as women generally have been busier prior to retirement. This atmosphere leads to resentment and both parties feeling they would be better off without the other[Not wishing them dead!!] Although there is still a great sense of loyalty to each other, there is constant stress and debate, i.e. nagging, not listening ,and disagreement.

    Twenty years ago I would have dismissed this happening to us but it has, and I do not know what preparation could have eased this. It just creeps up on you.   This may be different for people who have not had children, as they would have been in slightly closer proximity during all of their relationship, not just in retirement.

    I need to clarify that those negative aspects of our retired relationship is not like this all the time ,and I am probably giving you a slightly biased viewpoint as it is mostly from the female perspective. This is not just my own experience .I have talked to a few women that I know well. My own mother used to complain that my father had “taken over” and watched everything she did in the home, whereas before he had stayed in the garden ,”his domain” if you like .These are niggly things, but can aid to undermine the retirement years.

    Unless you have POTS of money, early retirement can be quite destructive too. In our case we both do voluntary work, and to the outside world we probably seem like a happily retired couple. And some, not most, of the time we are. Am I seeking perfection? I truly don’t think so. I feel we are now just marking time, and so does my husband. And yet I do not feel depressed, rather in just  a static place.

    We lost our eldest son 2 years ago, and I think in a strange way it did  make us a bit closer. For my part, I had lost my mother a few months prior and that was a difficult time for me. And then there’s the kids marriage break ups. Life is never dull!! And the grandkids with their piercings etc which I can tolerate, but my husband cannot. So I guess we may not be as static as I had thought. I think that’s about enough for now I have been sufficiently carried away for one day!

  • HART 11:03 am on 25/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Letter to HART 

    Greetings to the Team,

    Your Report which ends, “You who have reached the pinnacle, remain as a guiding light to us all” encouraged me to drop you a line, as I have reached the pinnacle being half way through my 94th year!

    I have been particularly interested in the subject ever since I read a publication entitled ‘Stepping Out Towards Retirement’ published in 1978 by Radio New Zealand when I myself was approaching retirement.

    I had never ever given a thought to retirement and it served as a timely wake-up call.  By the time we both retired in 1987 I had realised the importance of sensible preparation and persuaded the Board to allow me to conduct Seminars for Staff on a 6 months trial.  In the event they were so successful they went on for 2 years, involving over 200 Hospital Staff.  I have all the documentation and feedback responses from the participants.  Then economic circumstances intervened and the seminars were discontinued.  They had certainly proved their value.  When I used to tell participants they would have an extra 2000 hours a year to spend when they retired, it really made them think!  I never had groups larger than 12 to ensure ample opportunity for interaction and discussion.  Each Seminar extended over three weeks.

    In recent years we have been inundated with the prospect of the approaching retirement of the Baby Boomers and the problems that will descend upon us.

    Up until your recent projects eventuated I had seen no reports of Baby Boomers themselves being asked what their views on impending retirement were.  It is long overdue and you are all to be congratulated on breaking new ground.

    Every generation is different as are the economic environments at the time.  Advancing technology is an obvious example.  I myself am currently exploring my iPad and its mysteries and having a ball in the process!

  • HART 9:51 am on 03/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Call for change of attitude on employing older workers 

    There are concerns in Australia that moves to raise the retirement age to 70 will exacerbate already high levels of discrimination towards older workers:

    • williamlane628 8:31 pm on 22/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      It seems to me that we should be finding ways to allow people to retire earlier, not later. It just seems obvious but also apparently impossible.

      • Kim 5:32 pm on 05/10/2014 Permalink | Reply

        If everyone was prepared for all the extra time they would have available to them and knew how they were going to use that time I would agree with you William. Unfortunately many people are unprepared for all that extra time and don’t quite know what to do with themselves. Preparation, in my opinion, needs to start very early on, not just as one approaches retirement ….whatever age that might be?

        Many parents don’t have time for pursuits of their own and never develop any interests/pursuits outside of home or employment. And then there’s the difficulties associated with degeneration of hearing, mobility, eyesight etc. If you’ve always been a needle-worker and your eyesight gets very bad, well then what? Personally I’ve walked a lot and so far I can still do that. I also read a lot and I can still do that…. but if I couldn’t then talking books just wouldn’t be enough and I’d want to be doing something else WHILE I listened. Well once a multi-tasker – always a multi tasker eh?

  • HART 2:50 pm on 30/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Internet training would cut pensioner loneliness, says think tank 

    A UK report on loneliness among over 65s believes that training “more older people to use the internet” could help.

  • HART 11:25 am on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Housing squeeze: baby boomers moving to mums retirement village 

    An Australian article looks at how those newly retired moving into lifestyle villages find themselves living near their own retired parents.

  • HART 10:59 am on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Aged 50? Congratulations: your boss thinks you are old 

    An article in the UK newspaper The Telegraph reported that recent survey findings revealed that “…Hitting your 50th birthday makes you “old” in the eyes of bosses and less valuable to your employer”.

  • HART 10:36 am on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Baby boomers becoming gray gang 

    A report from Japan looks at how the last of Japan’s baby boomers (over 65) are now retiring, Of particular interest is that 70% are willing to work & 25% want to work as long as they ca; and they can! Professor Hiroko Akiyama said baby boomers are physically fitter than the previous generation” and can walk about as fast people of the previous generation.

  • HART 12:02 pm on 15/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Retirement village life: A third way to face old age 

    An article on BBC reported of the positive experiences of those living in Retirement Villages in the UK:

  • HART 10:01 am on 13/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Having a Sense of Purpose May Add Years to Your Life 

    Research by Patrick Hill (Carlton University) has found that “finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose.”


  • HART 10:33 am on 30/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Businesses are facing challenges to retain their mature, experienced employees 

    A full five years before their first New Zealand Superannuation payment kicks in, most Kiwi employees are good and ready to down tools, hang up aprons, return company-provided laptops and take a permanent holiday from work. That’s according to the latest Randstad employer branding research which says 59 is the ideal retirement age for most New Zealanders, with less than a third saying they’d be happy to work past the usual retirement age of 64.”

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  • HART 10:30 am on 30/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Unable to downsize as they wish, baby boomers are staying in their old homes longer 


    “A lack of suitable housing for downsizing baby boomers is keeping them in their homes longer and constricting supply for first-time home buyers, says James Kelly, managing director of affordable housing company Lifestyle Communities.”

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  • HART 11:30 am on 17/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

    Just a quick post to clarify comments on the forum: if you want to remain anonymous: click on the ‘Reply’ link, then click the ‘Post’ button after typing your comment (without filling out the name/email/website fields)

    • Anonymous 6:00 pm on 28/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m one for whom the non-financial benefits of continuing to work far outweigh drawbacks. I was “downed” with very sudden-onset, moderately severe rheumatoid arthritis at 60. In spite of relatively severe pain etc I continued my practice as a psychotherapist, albeit with fewer clients. I’m now 67, the RA is well-managed & I continue to work, even when my body protests. This is not for financial reasons, but to help give my days structure & to feel I’m making a significant contribution to others’ lives. I do voluntary work, have several rewarding hobbies & could fill retirement time easily. I’m lucky to have a profession where I can call the shots.


  • HART 2:32 pm on 25/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Thinking of working a bit longer? 

    laptop on beach1Thinking of working a bit longer?  For some nearing retirement, continuing in the workforce may be an undesirable financial necessity, while for others the thought of not working fills them with dread!

    There is evidence that older workers are happier than their younger counterparts.  Older workers generally report being more satisfied, committed and motivated than younger workers, and they tend to see the work environment as less stressful.  ICC results show that most of those aged 60 to 79 were still working (72%), even though nearly three-quarters were also receiving superannuation, suggesting many older workers in New Zealand seek continued paid employment beyond the obvious financial benefits.

    However, health is a major influence on the choices people make regarding their continued participation in the workforce, and poor health has been identified as the main reason why people retire earlier than anticipated.  Some of our participants were unable to work due to a health or disability issue. Our earlier research indicates that approximately 17% of 55 – 70 year-olds retire due to poor health, while others are also retiring to protect their health for their future retirement.

    We know that approximately 30% of retirees find the transition to retirement stressful, and this is particularly so for those with fewer financial resources or for those who are unable to retire when and how they want to. We asked ICC participants about their work preferences. Many expressed dissatisfaction with their current work status.  For instance, many full time workers would prefer to be work part-time or to have more flexible work schedules.  Nearly a quarter said they wanted to be fully retired yet only 16% were, suggesting that a number of our participants continue to work in spite of their preference to be retired.

    A small percentage of those surveyed aged over 60 were unemployed and looking for work.  There is considerable evidence that negative stereotypes about older workers and their health and productivity are still often held by employers.  These stereotypes can prove resistant and makes seeking employment for older New Zealanders a stressful and often futile activity.

    These preliminary findings pose a number of questions for discussion:

    Are some of us continuing in paid employment because of a financial need of some sort?

    Or are we deriving other non-financial benefits from continued work involvement?

    Is there more that can be done at an organisational and policy level to extend the working lives of older workers experiencing ill health or disability if they desire to continue in the workforce?

    What are the barriers to finding employment past 60 years of age and what can be done to overcome negative stereotypes that persist about older workers?

    • Anonymous 12:32 pm on 23/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      In hindsight I would have made more effort to stay in employment as subsequent events have placed a financial burden on me. (11 yrs retired) While I enjoyed my work and environment my relationship with management was stressful. Retirement decisions for those with ‘partners’ of similar ages are necessarily a compromise at times so in my case maybe little would have changed! F-B

    • masseyhart 11:48 am on 17/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Claire. Agreed, there will be a lot who continue to work for the money. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some further insight into this issue through this forum and the HART study

    • Claire 4:37 pm on 15/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Everybody Ihave spoken to aged 65-73 are at work for the money. Many are propping up families due to relationship breakups and the financial hardship caused by this.Some want to travel and some want to reevaluate their living arrangements Most want to help families, with grandchildren top of the list. These people are all women in nursing,domestic work.,or rest home caregivers.

  • HART 10:44 am on 17/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Moving House 

    Moving House?  Nearly half of older New Zealanders plan to move as they age.


    Future housing choices.

    In the ICC study we asked people what housing they would anticipate and prefer as they grew older.  Previous interviews with New Zealanders aged 67 to 93 have shown that there are three ways of understanding housing experiences and moving decisions.  First, there are very practical issues around the environment and things like the quality of the present house and amenities in the neighbourhood. Second, many housing decisions are made around relationships with the environment and people in the area. Family and friends are a very important factor in housing choices. Third, there is the importance of time. People form strong relationships with the place where they live and many people prefer to stay where they have always lived.

    The ICC results

    So, how many New Zealanders in the ICC study aged 62 to 76 see themselves making these different choices? Nearly half (49%) said they could see themselves moving to a “new place of residence” as they age.  However, many (45%) also wished to stay in the same area by “moving to a smaller home in the same geographical location”.

    The most common reason for anticipating moving was a move to a smaller home (67%) which needs less work or maintenance.  Another reason endorsed by 36% was downsizing to release money to live on.

    A smaller but substantial proportion (30%) wished to change location, with 15% wanting to move to a warmer climate, 15% to move closer to health and support services, 21% moving to be closer to family or whānau, and 1% to family or whānau lands.

    Retirement Villages

    Over a quarter (27%) said they had considered moving to a retirement village in the future. Of these, the most common reasons were declining health (71%) and so family or whānau “didn’t have to take on the responsibility of looking after you” (57%).

    Another common reason was wanting less stress in managing the home (48%) and more assistance with chores (46%).  Facilities, such as improved security (47%), inbuilt facilities (42%), and “convenient location to facilities” (44%) were also rated highly as reasons to move to retirement villages.

    Social aspects were also rated highly with 36% endorsing “greater opportunities for keeping active”, 32% wanting to be around people the same age and 28% expecting greater social life.

    Conversely, money was the most important thing discouraging moving to a retirement home or village as many people rated expense (58%) and nothing to bequeath family or whānau (37%) as reasons for not moving.  A lack of privacy (55%) and “lack of respect for older people in some institutions” (44%) were the other most common reasons that discouraged moving to a retirement village in the future.

    A small proportion of the ICC sample (14%) also indicated that they may need to move to an “assisted living facility” like a rest or nursing home.

    Housing Preferences According to Age

    It seems likely that these housing choices will change as we get older.  There were some differences in the ages of those wanting to move.  First, moving to a smaller house and changing location was a less likely reason for those who were older (possibly because they have already moved into a smaller house).  Second, planning to move because of a health issue, to be closer to health services, or to a retirement home/village was also more likely among those were older.

    Those factors that were most likely to discourage people from moving into a retirement village or complex were loss of independence, privacy, space and a lack of respect.  These were generally endorsed, but were less likely to be endorsed by those over the age of 74.

    Moving away from friends, family, the family home, or wanting to leave something to bequeath their family were reasons discouraging moving to a retirement village for those of all ages.  Losing contact with neighbours in contrast was more likely to be an important reason with increasing age, as did having to change to a new doctor.

    Expense was one of the most important concerns and although there was a slight ‘dip’ in importance between ages 65 & 69 (when most people were retiring), this remained important for all age groups. Rather obviously the statement that retirement villages are “… just for older people” became less important with older age.

    Questions raised by these findings

    Current government policy is aimed at supporting people to stay in their own home. For those who choose to stay in their existing home, there is as much support as possible provided to enable people to do this even if they become disabled.  Is this policy working for those who choose to stay in difficult living conditions or in rural areas?

    Since the ICC study shows that 49% of older New Zealanders would like to move, this also provides an impetus for considering what sort of housing opportunities may need to be provided in the future to enable people to age well.  What sort of housing options could be focussed upon?  For example, is the current Village model ideal for the older person who wishes to move to a smaller more supported home?

    • Anonymous 2:06 pm on 02/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      My Mum went into a Village situation after my father died but she hated the constrictions on her choices. She was used to living in her own home and deciding what colour she wanted to paint it etc. She is now settled in a small unit in town and is very happy but it was very difficult finding this type of dwelling in good modern condition. Will there be a shortage of smaller homes or will older people be forced into walled Villages on the outskirts of towns?

    • chris teo-sherrell 3:58 pm on 18/03/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very pleased to see this research and look forward to the fuller report. Would be interesting to see to what extent older people already move. Are the baby boomers really that different? Seems like we’ll be needing a lot more smaller dwellings as a result of the boomers reaching retirement age.

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