OPINION: Single, retired and invisible

WHEN WE look at most of the promotional literature produced by the retirement industry, we see lots of pictures and stories of attractive couples on cruise ships, at parties and walking along beaches.

When was the last time you saw a picture showing a single retired person in any of these situations?

Many single retirees complain that they feel invisible. It's as if the whole idea of life in retirement is only about couples having a good time.

The reality is that there are over 1 million single people over 50 in Australia and the numbers are growing fast.

While singles have the distinct advantage of not having to compromise with a partner when deciding what to do and where to go, they generally have to manage a range of issues which are quite different to those facing couples.

These include having to pay the dreaded "Singles supplement" when travelling, having to fund living expenses out of one income, having only one salary going into your superannuation, and being solo in many social occasions.

Not only do singles have to make all their decisions on their own, there is virtually no assistance or information which can help them prepare for the transition from full time work to some form of retirement.

We decided to offer some assistance to this group and have put together a book that covers most of the issues that single people are likely to face in retirement. It's titled How to be Happy, Retired and Single.

This book cover a wide range of financial and lifestyle issues including - finances, housing, travel, managing change, social activities, retirement planning, health, fitness, emotional issues, future work, spirituality and the law.

Details are on our web site at www.mylifechange.com.au

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