Relocation in Retirement
Female, 66, married, one child Education: high school graduate Job Status: office manager for 21 years Retirement Income: $25,000 Health: reported good Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 12 years
My work was rewarding to me. I started doing general office work for about $45 a week and worked myself up to be the office manager. I enjoyed the work over the years. I felt it was a real accomplishment at the end of each month when the books were balanced.
Retirement was something that I looked forward to; in fact that was the plan. My husband and I would work for so many years and then retire. Our plans were speeded up because he had a nervous breakdown. His job was a supervisor of machine repair at one of the local automobile plants and for many months he worked 7 days a week, 12 hour days. He fell apart from the pressures.
When he recovered and went back to work, his employer came out with a retirement plan which basically stated that if you had worked there for 30 years and were 57 years old you could retire. This was a deal we couldn't pass up, so he retired and I continued to work for the next three years.
My husband made himself a garden, which he enjoyed, and worked around the yard. He appeared to be content and was never bored.