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Aging and Retirement With David Ekerdt and Ed Fulbright on Mastering Your Money Radio

David Ekerdt

“The key task is to settle into some sort of lifestyle, and find that lifestyle, and find yourself running a new program for yourself. That can take some time, and I think people should be patient with themselves in getting to that new lifestyle that they might occupy. There are various classic lifestyles. A lot of men and wives that I’ve talked to, settle on really a lifestyle of family devotion, giving a lot of time over to their kids. They enjoy their kids, and their kids have needs, need help, and spend a lot of time with their family members. It becomes the main motor of their day Some people go into community service and political activism, community volunteering. Other people, their main story about their retirement is, how much they’re devoted to fitness, health, and engaging in sports. And for other people, it’s about self-gratification and leisure. You see this bumper sticker on the road, “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” People conclude, this is my time, this is time for me now, and that’s what I’m going to do. Some people continue to work. They find second careers or they find part-time employment to occupy themselves. Some people continue to be occupied even with their same occupation. They find a way to remain engaged, either some sort of mentoring, consulting, or in some allied way.”

Joining us for our discussion on Aging and Retirement     is David Ekerdt , who is in New York New York.  David Ekerdt is Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas. From 1988-1997 he was Associate Director of the Center on Aging and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He directed the KU Gerontology Center from 2003-2016. He teaches the sociology of aging and research methods, and he has supervised graduate students on both campuses.  He is the author of Downsizing: Confronting Our Possessions in Later Life.  Welcome to Mastering Your Money, David Ekerdt