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Why Is My Senior Loved One Refusing to Retire?

After a lifetime of hard work, looking forward to retirement seems like a natural reaction. However, an ever-changing world means this isn’t necessarily the case for all seniors living in the modern age. North Coast home care experts suggest some reasons why your elderly loved one may be refusing to retire.

Concerns About Mortality

Some seniors believe the myth that people often die shortly after retirement, which arises from anecdotal stories, not from hard facts. Many think they will live longer if they stay active and keep working like they always have, even if they have been planning their retirement for years. While regular activity can be beneficial to seniors, this does not necessarily mean working at a job instead of retiring. There are other options for regular physical and mental activity, many of which can be made simpler by the help of a live-in or part-time caregiver in North Coast.

Family Issues

Many senior couples are still together because they are able to spend enough time apart. This is easily facilitated through going to work and then returning home to be together. For some seniors, the idea of being a full-time husband or wife may be daunting. Also, retirement sometimes means senior couples need to face long-term issues in their marriages. For widows or widowers, retirement can lead to loneliness and depression.

Financial Insecurity

This reason can be based in fact or on unfounded worries. Some seniors wonder if their savings will be enough to see them through their retirement years. This may be especially true for those who began saving only in their later years or who lost much of their savings in the last recession. As seniors live longer, the amount necessary to live comfortably has also increased, leading many to feel reluctant to leave their jobs.

Fear of Boredom

Many seniors do not have well-established hobbies or plans for their post-work life and they worry they will become bored and spend all their time sedentary. They may not be able to imagine how they will use the time their job filled for most of their lives, which is a special concern for those who have had successful and fulfilling careers.

Seniors who need regular companionship or help around the house after retirement can benefit from having a professional caregiver. If your loved one needs daily exercise, mental stimulation, or emotional support, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to provide services such as these and help with a variety of other daily tasks. We also offer specialised Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care North Coast families trust. For more information on our aged care services, call one of our Care Managers at 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a complimentary consultation.