Alison Michael
Alison Michael photo by Saratoga Potrait Studio/Becky Miller.

If you’re part of the 55-and-over crowd, retirement is going to be a topic of conversation — when to retire, where to retire, and what you want your post-retirement life to look like. Retirement is personal, and it can be complicated. I find it interesting as I talk to people of “retirement age” how each is choosing to do it their own way, often reinventing the traditional path we typically imagine when someone says they’re retiring. 

Rebecca Gatto sat down with Dr. Dorian Mintzer, a professional retirement coach, speaker, and co-author of The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together. For our story Love and Leisure, Mintzer shared her advice on how to transition into this stage and explains how retirement isn’t so much a destination anymore, but rather a transition, a journey.

This time of the year reminds me of the fragrant smells of growing up. I remember the aroma of flavors synonymous with fall — pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, maple, cranberry, and cinnamon emanating from our kitchen. My mother enjoyed baking on weekends, either for our family or for company we were expecting. Capture your favorite seasonal flavors this autumn and make some of our mouthwatering fall desserts, courtesy of our recipe partners, America’s Test Kitchen and Jenn Segal of Once Upon a Chef. The luscious maple cheesecake on the cover of our fall issue is certainly on my list.

Money is another important topic for those considering retirement. For many couples the reality of going from one, or often two, paychecks to no paychecks can feel as if you’re free-falling. While we like to think we are good at communicating about money with our partners, this is not always the case. When it comes to savings, spending, and future plans, it’s important to learn to overcome the hurdles and talk productively about retirement finances. Jennifer LaRue spoke to industry experts and shares their tips in Money Talks.

Special thanks

Lastly, I’d like to give special thanks to our editor at 55+ Life of the past 3 years, Janet Reynolds. Janet has played an integral part in helping to make 55+ Life synonymous with great, engaging and credible content. As she transitions into semi-retirement, all of us at 55+ Life wish her the best! She will be missed, but we’re excited to introduce you to our new editor, Traci Neal, in 2024.

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