Life after 60 Means Second Growth

The Remarkable Real Meaning of "Old"

In The Spirituality of Later Life Series (Vol. 3) published by the Second Journey website (www.SecondJourney.org), I recently ran across a remarkable etymological exploration of the word “old” by Drew Leder, a philosophy professor at Loyola University Maryland. Examining the word, he explained, It derives from the Indo-European base-word “al,” meaning “to grow, nourish.” From […]

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Death of Pet

Nimbus the Cat – A Eulogy

After my son died several years ago, I took in his cat, Nimbus. I hadn’t had a pet for some time and enjoyed the sense of freedom that comes with a lack of responsibility. When I traveled to Oaxaca or Maui or Santa Fe, I would just water the plants, take out the trash, arrange […]

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Second Growth Prayer for Retirement Transition

Oath to Myself on the Last Stage of Getting Old

As I reflect on the final stage of aging – when my body begins its more rapid decline toward death – I find myself hoping that I will handle it with grace, love and dignity. I thought, “Perhaps I should make an oath to myself, a promise to do it as well as I possibly […]

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You are An Elder – Be One!

So many of us older folks wish vaguely for a new role in the would, but easily stymied by the culture’s loss of interest in our fading voices, and full of self-doubt, we go back to the TV remote or golf course and miss another opportunity. Like Peggy Lee, we ask, “Is this all there […]

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RetireWOW Celebrates the Senior New to Retirement

RetireWOW celebrates the opportunities of life over 50 by creating a community for sharing tools, resources, and guidance to help the senior new to retirement make a new life.

  • The baby boomer retirement is different as many intend to keep working in to retirement.

  • The concept of a life of full-time leisure or full-time work is being rejected. A happy retirement consists of integrating work, play, and volunteer activities.

  • Retirement ideas now consist of learning, growing, mental stimulation and finding meaning are requirements for the New Aging.

  • No longer the “me” generation, the New Aging is about the “we” generation. Retirement wishes are about staying connected to family, and friends, but also making a difference in the world.
RetireWOW.com welcomes the baby boomers generation when it’s your time to prepare to retire. Explore the website, make comments, ask questions of the experts, and join in our teleclasses. Our goal is to get you informed and involved in the finest of adult living.


Life Planning

By Cathy Severson, MS

As a counselor, one of the first questions baby boomers preparing for retirement say when we talk is, “I don’t know what I’m going to do after I retire.” Retirement is a significant life transition with opportunities to develop new passions and redefine who you are from the inside out.

Most of the information about retirement has centered on finances, but it’s also an important psychological shift that can be both scary and liberating. RetireWOW was created to help you successfully transition into this new world. We know this isn’t our parents’ retirement. In addition to the blog, we are creating a community where we can learn from each other, as well as the RLM experts.

I encourage you to sign up for the newsletter, ask questions of the experts, make comments, join in the teleclass and even be a guest blogger. This is your site, so let us know what you want and how we can make it better.