Everyone’s journey into retirement is different and their feelings towards it take many forms.
For Liz, there were some curly questions to be answered:
“What’s going to happen when I get older still? Who will the burden fall to if I get ill? How can I feel completely safe and secure without being a burden?”
Hoko and Glenda exude happiness, and a closeness that only 37 years of marriage can bring. As the years passed, they felt it was time to make a change, to provide themselves with a more secure and supportive environment. “When you’re out in the community you’re on your own. I worried about that a lot,” recalls Hoko.Find out more
After losing his beloved wife Keitha, Reg Morris felt a bit lost. His family began keeping an eye on him.
Reg thought that he was doing ok. He could cook and he was happy with his own company. However, after he was involved in a serious car crash he struggled with being dependent on family to take him to hospital appointments. He did not want to be a burden and eventually appeared to have lost his zest for life. He wasn't prepared to admit it at the time, but looking back he can see that now.
Judith noticed a change in her husband Bob’s demeanour. She found that Bob was sitting at home alone a lot, his hearing had deteriorated and Judith felt he was becoming isolated.
For Judith, moving to a retirement village was a pragmatic decision. Being alone so much wasn’t good for Bob. Judith still enjoyed going out and meeting friends but Bob simply wasn’t interested.