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I have been retired for 3 years as psychologist. My husband of 45 years works part time. So I'm alone much. My sons live away and do keep in contact but only superficially. I have had a very full, active life spent raising children, attending school, working, etc, but now it's all changed. I guess because I am a psychologist, I'm interested in how one copes - feels inside about retiring especially with limited finances. We are healthy, thank goodness, but somewhat lonely. I read and clean house, but even cooking/cleaning are not the same as for a large, growing family. So how do you manage?
I too am a retired psychologist. At first I was so darn busy I didn't miss work in the least. I still don't miss it in the least and never, ever think about it. I do miss the salary. My income has been cut in half. Where I live is so hot in the summer everyone hides in their houses. In the winter it seems everyone is in the casinos, gambling. I don't gamble. I take my 2 St Bernards to the dog park almost every day and read long novels. I'm not the least bit close to my only sister and her family, so there is no connection there. I have no kids or husband. Everyone I know is part of a couple and they tend to associate with other couples. I had planned on moving to Vancouver, Washington after retirement. I was really looking forward to a more senior-and-single friendly community, cultural events and a change of seasons. With the steep drop in housing prices I'm forced to stay put until the economy turns around. Thank heavens for my 2 dogs! I think I'd be completely lost without them!