First Name: Elizabeth
Age: 80 or older
Highest school level: Some High School but no diploma
Social background: I retired to Spain some 30+ years ago and have lived there ever since.
Career: I have undertaken some low-key property management tasks for friends wishing to lease out their holiday homes.
Retirement plans: Already wholly retired
Forced into retirement: No
Retirement preparation: I did not really prepare for my retirement but I was attracted by the lifestyle available in Spain and I have not been disappointed.
Describe typical day: Slow mornings, coffee with friends and attending to personal chores. I always seem to be very busy and I’m never able to reach ‘zero inbox’.
Look forward to retirement: Yes
Expectations: To enjoy a warmer climate. To stay healthy and not be obliged to return to my country of birth due to declining health.
Continue to work: No
What would you change about second career: Nothing at all.
Encounter ageism: I did not really encounter any problems but I feel I have become more ‘invisible’ to some younger people as I have grown older.
Did you relocate: Yes
Live near family: Yes
Advice for others: Do it as soon as you reasonably can but keep busy during your retirement.
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