"Women are not used to having men around the house . . ."
"My husband plans, and I try to adjust . . ."
"I'm lucky because of my wife . . ."
". . . the biggest adjustment I've had involves my husband . . ."
"There was a time we didn't communicate . . ."
". . . it is important for husband and wife to talk about their interests and goals . . ."
The decision to retire and the related significant meaning of one's work contribute to one's rationale for retirement. As we have seen, retirement decisions are multifaceted: employer mandated, health disability, acceptance of early retirement, the result of poor planning and the desire for relief from the role of worker. Likewise, work-retirement patterns are varied: ambivalence between the involvement of work and unscheduled activities in retirement, the value of part-time work in the transition and an acceptance of retirement as merely being a change in schedules of living.
Now let us proceed to the more personal--marriage and retirement. There is no question that retirement presents a further challenge to marital relationships. Whether partners experience discord or delight depends, of course, on their prior personal harmony. But of equal importance is their determination and ability to communicate individual needs with mutual respect as they share the path of retirement.