Couple on bench overlooking the ocean

Anticipating a third-age

The third-age is that period we sometimes call retirement. Many find it as busy a time as their formal working lives – they just do different things. How we choose to engage with retirement will mark out how satisfied and fulfilled we will be. For small organisations, the retirement of a senior member of staff can mean the end of its life. So planning for the third-age is critical.

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women in conversation

I am the laboratory

“It’s done,” I say. “I feel exhausted. In fact I’ve had enough. I’m not sure that I can write another word.” Val is sitting across the dinner table. She has taken this journey herself. After 40 years of marriage she knows when to wait and when to speak. She is waiting. The research process demands more of us than we sometimes imagine or expect.

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