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Tips for Helping Your Relationship Survive Retirement

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Date : October 31,2013
By : Alice Jerusha

No matter what happens in retirement, your marriage will soon feel the effects of this life-changing event. New research suggests that newly retired men and women have a greater chance of suffering from depression and the key to a happy marriage after retirement was how successfully the couple dealt with this transition, rather than money or good health. What is the best way to handle this new phase your life? Here are some tips on how to strengthen your relationship after retirement.

Share household chores

  • Washing up the dishes after a meal or doing the laundry together and can help to increase bonding and will make sure that household chores are shared equally between each partner.
  • If you are away from your hometown just hire a car and see well that the car is registered with DVLA number and enjoy a self-drive with your partner.
  • Don’t criticize your partner’s housekeeping techniques and instead spend an equivalent amount doing activities you both enjoy after completing household chores.


  • Increase the number of topics you talk about and improve your overall communication.
  • Discuss the news of the day or current affairs, as well as cultural and entertainment interests and any holiday plans.
  • Set aside some time every day to discuss what is on each other’s mind.

Work together as a team

  • Don’t make any large decisions as an individual but discuss them with your partner.
  • Agree that each partner has to be satisfied with a big decision, such as moving home or relocating abroad.
  • Avoid sitting around all day. Plan a trip or a holiday or fix the garden if the weather is nice.
  • You could even start to grow healthy food. Perhaps you could write that book that you were always intending to start.
  • In short, getting round to do the things you were always too busy to do can help keep your mind active in retirement.

Stay healthy and fill your days

  • Continue to have regular check-ups with your BP and maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. In addition, spend more time with any grandchildren you have. Now you are retired, you will be able to take your grandchildren on day trips like the zoo or the local park
  • Maintain a good sense of humour and laugh at yourselves and your predicaments as you enter retirement.
  • If you are away from your hometown just hire a car and see well that the car is registered with DVLA number and enjoy a self-drive with your partner.

Extend your social network

  • Sign up for a new hobby or interest.
  • This is a great way to meet new people, including other people who have recently entered retirement.
  • Look online or in the newspaper to see if there are any local clubs or groups you can join in your area.

Make sure you are financially secure

Take time to set up a weekly budget plan so you spend a set amount on groceries, luxuries and other household expenses. Speak to your bank about setting up a savings account. If you are relying on a pension now you are retired, your income may be limited and it is wise to think about your financial future. Enquire with government agencies to see if there are any benefits you may be entitled to when entering retirement, such as winter fuel allowance. This can help you save money now you are not working full time and will take the burden off having to rely solely on your pension income.