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Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

Sep 30, 2011 — We turned to Facebook to gauge how are our listeners were preparing for retirement (if at all), how their lives have changed since retirement and whether they think they will be able to afford to retire.
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Sep 30, 2011 — Planning for retirement isn't just about mutual funds, 401(k)s and reverse mortgages anymore. With the traditional notions of retirement changing, figuring out how to spend our later years requires a different approach.
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Sep 29, 2011 — As companies have moved away from traditional pension plans, they've been shifting employees to 401(k)s that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers. Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. But author Ellen Schultz says the shift has helped firms boost their bottom lines.
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Sep 28, 2011 — The amount can be confusing and depressing, so many Americans never calculate it. Experts offer their formulas, and say you'll be far happier later if you pinch pennies now.
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Sep 28, 2011 — A new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds most baby boomers say they're planning on an active and healthy retirement. But some experts worry that when it comes to their health, boomers are still woefully unprepared — or worse, in denial.
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Sep 27, 2011 — Florida has long sold itself as a destination for retirees looking for the good life — golfing, social activities and easy living in "active adult" communities. But, a new poll from NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that many retirees find retirement isn't living up to their expectations. A quarter of those surveyed says life is worse in retirement than it was before. Many say they're not able to travel and remain as active as they'd like, and major factors are finances and health.
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Sep 27, 2011 — For a sizable chunk of Americans, retirement is proving to be more difficult than they had imagined, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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