Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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Spousal Communication in Retirement

Female, 63, married, three children

Education: high school graduate

Job Status: school secretary for 15 years

Retirement Income: $8,000

Health: reported good

Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 12 years

My work filled an emptiness that I had. I wasn't happy just staying home. I'm the kind of person who likes to be involved in office-type work and it filled my days. I enjoyed my work in school working with teenagers.

I was looking forward to retirement. My job at the time involved a conflict of personalities. I knew that when my husband retired he would be home alone all the time, so I decided at the end of the school year to get out.

We never worried about retirement because we had planned ahead of time for it.

My health had been a problem before I retired. I had high blood pressure and I noticed other symptoms which were making the job stressful. I asked to have some of my work changed, but I was told if I didn't like my work I should get out.

My biggest thrill since retiring is not having to get up early and pack lunches. It doesn't take much to please me. When we bought our mobile home up north, that was a great joy.

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