Ready to Un-retire?

If you are retired and thinking about looking at other employment and engagement options, this article has some valuable insight. George Jerjian un-retired and did research into how other retirees are dealing with the change in lifestyle and purpose.

“Retirement means different things to different people. I did a deep survey of more than 15,000 retirees over the age of 60, and asked them one question: “What is your single biggest challenge in retirement?”

Below is a small selection of responses I received under the most cited categories:


  • “I miss doing the work that I love.”
  • “I don’t think retiring is for me. I want to go back to teaching.”
  • “I’m not sure what to do with my time. I feel lost.”


  • “Keeping my mind healthy and adding value to the world.”
  • “Fear of dying in pain and discomfort.”
  • “When you’re 70 with a heart condition, you don’t get that many more bites at the apple.”


  • “Fear of losing my identity created over a lifetime.”
  • “People do not see you anymore.”
  • “Feelings of rejection — internalized, not voiced.”

Here’s what this tells us: The biggest retirement challenge that no one talks about, in my experience, is finding purpose.”

Read the article here.

Encore Career: Roberta Kayne, Photographer

After retiring from her role as a realtor, Roberta explored other opportunities to engage in the world. She had always loved taking photographs and had taken workshops to grow her skills. With the ability to travel, she could really explore the world, camera in hand.

“I have always loved having a camera and taking pictures.  After recovering from breast cancer, I found that being in nature, hiking and photography were very therapeutic for me. In 1989, I signed up for my first photography workshop in Crested Butte, Colorado, led by a group of famous photographers.  I was awestruck by the ability of these photographers to capture the beauty of the mountains and the wildflowers, and I wanted to achieve that level of excellence and continue pursuing my passion and therapeutic journey.”

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