Retirement sure aint what it used to be
By PATRIZIA REIMER email@example.com IT IS officially cool to be old and Lesley Stinson is loving it.
The 62-year-old Lennox Head woman is relishing life in the so-called third age and thinks it is the best period of her life.
"We were forced into retirement 12 years ago for health reasons, but I love it," she said.
"The freedom, the choices, everything that is available to you, we can take advantage of the lifestyle, we are so lucky."
And a recent survey gives legitimacy to what many have suspected for a while now.
Australian Psychological Society research has found more than 60 per cent of the 1500 people surveyed were looking forward to getting older.
It also found 45 per cent of respondents felt a person was considered to be 'aged' by their outlook on life, not their actual age.
"Rather than the common myth of a dreary old age, the majority of Australians are looking forward to older age and retirement, with benefits including freedom, an active social life and more time with family," APS president Amanda Gordon said.
This rings true for Lesley, her husband Doug and friend Arthur Fletcher. They are part of the Not Getting Any Fish Club, a group of retirees who get together to relish their old age.
"This group started in 2001 on the back verandah," Doug said.
"A few of us were sitting around having a drink and thought we should have a club where we do things, we thought we'd be more likely to do things this way.
"We call it the Not Getting Any Fish Club because none of us really fished and we thought our retirement's not about walking along the beach and fishing or playing golf. It's about doing things together."
The trio sound like a group of teenagers when they discuss their club and social gatherings.
"Something that may have been instilled in us from our parents' generation is if someone retires, within one year they'll be dead," Arthur said. "So we found interests to keep the mind active."