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Senior citizens: How old were you when?


you retired and how long did it take you to adjust?
Given the opportunity, would you go back to work now?
I know there are 3 Qs here, but I’m just curious to know your answers.
I retired at 58 and It took me almost 10 yrs. to get fully adjusted and not wanting to go back to work. I tried several ‘part-time’ jobs for awhile and then got tired of them. But now… I wouldn’t go back unless I had no other choice. I’m enjoying retirement too much. In fact, I often wonder how I ever had the time to work!

I was 57 and I couldn’t wait to be home and off the schedule because I never worked because it was what I wanted to do. I’m such a homemaker and this is where I thrive. If I have to go back to work, I will, but I hope I don’t.

I am in the UK and very,very lucky. I &quot:retired&quot: at 52, in the public sector, under a voluntary redundancy scheme, with a pension based on the years I had served, with no early penalty and a lump sum to invest. I now work agency a couple of days a week, have less stress and almost the same income. Can now hopefully work this way, up to the age of 66, when will get my state pension. Then I will have retired properly.
If I had waited to go at 55 upwards, I would have lost 5% of pension for each year was under 60. Full entitlement is normally only available if aged 60, and based on years served.
I count my blessings every day! It has been a year now. The rules changed, from April this year, and the youngest can now go is 55!

I retired when I was 65 years old ,17 yea rs ago my company pension and my state pension worked out almost the same as my salary so there was no hassle of having to cut down,My mortgage insurance policy paid for a return trip on the Queen Elizabeth II from Southampton (England)which we thoroughly enjoyed. After doing all the jobs that I had put off there were times that I got bored and my wife is a bridge addict so I volunteered to work in a Hospital, I did various jobs ,on the stroke ward,helping sort laundry (clean as I was not allowed to touch soiled
linen)I was then asked to help in the disabled out patent’s department my job was to meet the disables patient at reception help them into a wheel chair take them to the Department and wait until the patient was accessed then take them back to reception to the Ambulance Station in between waiting times I would do filing in the office,this I volunteered to do it was not part of my duties.We could claim for our fares or petrol money but all old age pesioners get free travel on Publis Tansort busses,in London whwer I live we also can use trains and the subway,so old people have no excuse for not going out,but some do complain. I had to give upthe job as I got a hernia and would not have been able to lift patients but by this time I was becoming arthritic so we moved from our house to a bungalow 5oo yards from where we were living.I did not know I had written so much. God Bless.

I`m not retired yet as I`m only 55 but I often think about what I shall do once I am. I work a 7 on 7 off rota which I really enjoy as it gives me a full week off work and I can find enough to do during that week. My daughter is planning to return to the city in the very near future which will be wonderful. I think if you have a partner, (as I do) and/or nearby family, interests and enough good health you should fare well……it`s when you`re on your own or have a debilitating illness that things must be very difficult and depressing on a daily basis once you have ended the camaraderie and routine of working.

I worked for some big large name companies and I think the recession started earlier than people thought….there were lay offs after lay offs…..I was about to go on a job interview in &quot:05&quot: when I fell down the stairs in my home so my retirement came when I was 61 but not by my choice……..but the work world as I knew it was no longer there……so I move from my townhouse to a house which now I think is way to large….sorry that I am rambling…….bottom line I would rather stay home than go to work and put up with getting up at the crack of dawn only to hurry and get to work and fine out there is really no work and you have to work at just pretending you are busy….the work force is not what it use to be.

I retired from he Police dept. just after turning 51 in May of 2004. It took me 2 weeks to adjust from feeling like life was over and I was no longer part of a group identity. Then that first check came and instantly, I loved being retired. Don’t miss it one bit now.

I still intended to work and am doing so now as hospital security. Just went from one job to the other. Problem is I deal with more psyches, drunks, fighters and dopers now than I ever did on the Police dept.

I retired at 50 due to an health issue that effected my eyes at the time.
I was driving artics (semis) for around 25 years,when I see some of the lovely tackle on the roads now,I miss having a drive. My eyes are fine now,so yes,I would go on the road again,but would have to take another HGV test which, as I haven’t been behind a wheel for 15 years,I would probably fail
It didn’t take long to adjust,I had to

I retired at 50, to take care of a friend dying of cancer. He lasted three months and I went back to work. I worked for three years and then had a major back surgery and went back to work then had a heart attack my doctor put me on disability and now that is what I live on.
I miss the friendships I had at work, but I do not miss the pressure of working everyday and the hardship of looking for a job that so many people are going through now. My husband still works so I am alone a lot and that has made me sort of used to being alone and he said I am kind of a loner now 🙂
I do not think so LOL 🙂

If I had a spouse, I more than likely would be fully retired. But, seeing as how I don’t, I am 67 and still holding on to a part time job I like just 4 blocks from my home.
I will continue until I feel the need to quit and be confident I don’t have to have the extra income.

59, I hit the ground running. Moved the day after my last day at work. Couldn’t wait to get started with my new life and have not regretted one day. For a while I would look at clock and think about what I’d have been doing at work but that didn’t last too long. Now, I keep in touch with some co workers, read some of the newspaper on line and am glad I had the chance to work where I did to be able to be where I am now.

I was forced into early retirement after an injury in 2001. I’m almost 60 now &amp: just getting used to never being able to work again &amp: soon I won’t be able to drive when my sight is completely gone. Maybe 5 years tops…then I think I’ll go into a deep depression all over again.

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