He Wants to Retire… but She Doesn’t

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Let’s say you have managed to stay married—or even remarried—by the time you hit middle age. Get ready for one more marital hurdle.

The odds are your spouse won’t feel the same way you do about when to retire. A recent study by Fidelity Investments found that well over half of couples—62%—disagree on the timing of their respective retirements.

Consider Deborah Ewing, a 55-year-old attorney practicing family law, and her husband, Patrick Hickey, 62, a tax-software programmer. Mr. Hickey has a two-hour-plus daily commute from their home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., to his job in Los Angeles, and says he feels tired. He would like to retire “as soon as possible.”

No go. “I have told him he has to stay working until the last kid is out of college in four years,” Ms. Ewing says. “For me it would be annoying not to have someone pulling their weight. I realize he’s older. But on a personal level, I don’t see it as positive. My perspective is he would putter around the house.”

Find out what they decided to do:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/he-wants-to-retire-but-she-doesnt.html

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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