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FINANCE | Retirement: It’s time to get busy

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Many people eagerly anticipate retirement. Others view its approach with trepidation, worried over how they will fill their days.
Australians are living longer and it’s not unreasonable to assume you will be retired for 20 or 30 years.
Not sure how you’ll fill all those days? We have a few ideas to kick-start your new life.
Learn or teach something
Do you have skills and talents you can share with others? Are you interested in learning from others in return? The University of the Third Age might be your kind of group.
With branches across Australia, U3A groups meet regularly to provide learning and engagement for older people and disabled younger people.
Organisers run structured courses with professional leaders or casual knowledge-share sessions conducted by group members or invited guests.
Look up the U3A in your area or visit for information.
Become an Olympic athlete
Return to your favourite sport or learn a new one.
Sports such archery and golf are Olympic sports! It’s true, and organisers of the 2020 Tokyo games are considering including bowls as well.
Closer to home, you can begin preparing now to enter the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in 2020.
Write your memoirs
Everyone has a story to tell – yes, even you! You might think your life is rather ho-hum, but your children and grandchildren might disagree.
Many independent publishers will help you produce a beautiful memoir with a short print run – perfect for family and friends.
Feel like giving something back? The Australian Men’s Shed Association is a body that supports the health and wellbeing of men.
It’s a terrific organisation for retirees with academic or practical skills to share through events and learning activities.
To find a Men’s Shed near you, go to for details.
If that’s not your thing, consider helping four-legged friends at an animal shelter. Love children? What about becoming a ‘Pyjama Angel?
Full details are available on the Pyjama Foundation website
You can seek out community notice boards for regional opportunities.
If retirement has snuck up and caught you unprepared, think about what you enjoy doing, what your skills and interests are and get yourself busy.
You have still got a lot of living to do – and finally, it really is all about you.

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