Who's Afraid of Retirement?

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Retirement can be a touchy topic. Insider look at the amusing, insulting, and downright dumbfounding things that people say or do when someone is retiring and the internal reactions of those who are retiring (these range from terrified to liberated and everything in between).

There’s a new chapter required in The Etiquette Handbook: “What to say to someone who is retiring.”

I can’t get over some of the things people have said to me after a routine announcement that I plan to retire as President of a NYC-based nonprofit later this year. By the time I retire, I will be 64 and will have served more than seven years in this position after a working career of more than 40 years, interrupted only for 10 weeks of maternity leave in 1983. Is this really such a big surprise?

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