Are You Ready for Retirement?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Do you have a plan for retirement? Today's show may help. It's a two-hour "family meeting" about whether you crave or dread retirement, and some advice for how you can actually afford it. Plus, a cultural history of the idea of retirement, which has meant many different things in different times and cultures.

The Social History of Retirement

Retirement hasn't always meant to the same thing to all people. Tom Jankowski, associate director for research at Wayne State's Institute of Gerontology, discusses how the concept of "retirement" is really a product of the industrialization, and how the Baby Boomers are changing the economics -- and idea -- of taking it easy in old age. Plus: The story of retirement as told through your family history. Who's been your model for retirement? How did you parents, grandparents and other family members retire, and what lessons has that taught you?

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Retirement: Can't Wait or Quit Pushing

Where are you on the spectrum between “I can’t wait” and “Don’t make me”? Have you been polishing your shuffleboard skills or filling out your PeaceCorps application? Or are you planning to stay working as long as you possibly can, out of passion or financial necessity? Call and share your feelings about retirement.


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What's Your Retirement Destination?

Are you planning to move for retirement, or was that part of your plan? Where do you see yourself retiring to? Some surveys say New York City has great amenities for retirees. Others say it's too expensive and chaotic for seniors. What's your take on New York City as a retirement destination? What's your calculation? And if you moved or want to, tell us where to. 212-433-9692.

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How to Retire Abroad

Kathleen Peddicord, founder of the Live and Invest Overseas Publishing Group and the author of How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad, talks about retiring abroad. Are you planning to retire in another country to save money? Have you found you can get more house for your money, inexpensive healthcare or other perks as a retiree somewhere else? Are there lifestyle or cultural benefits, too?

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Making Sense of the Dollars

In the age of DIY pension plans, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, personal finance journalist and the founder of, and Robert Brokamp, personal finance expert at The Motley Fool, offer advice to listeners of all ages on money and retirement.


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