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Retirement well-being: Who sinks, who swims?

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Leaving work for retirement opens a new chapter in life. As exciting as it can be, change can be scary. People who prospered in the workplace may feel overwhelmed by the wide-open spaces of retirement. On the other hand, those who were not happy with the 9-to-5 grind can flourish in the freedom that retirement offers.

Without the daily hustle of commuting and deadlines at work, retirees may find that their new job is figuring out a fresh identity and discovering what makes life meaningful and enjoyable. What worked under the old regime won’t fly with the new management. New routines and new support structures may be in order, plus a couple of enjoyable hobbies and pastimes.