Couples Fail To Discuss Retirement

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    More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of not-yet-retired Canadians aged 50 and older have yet to discuss their hopes for their post-career lives with their spouses or partners, says the annual ‘RBC Retirement Myths & Realities Poll.’ Three of the topics these Canadians have been most reluctant to discuss with their significant others are how either will manage if the other encounters health issues (86 per cent); how either will manage if the other passes away prematurely (81 per cent); and what activities they will do in retirement (65 per cent) “Couples often have more conversations about what they’ll be doing over the summer or winter holidays than what they hope their retirement together will be like,” says Bill Hill, national retirement planning consultant at RBC. “Yet one of the most important discussions you can have as a couple in your 50s or older is around the future lifestyle you’re hoping for when you’re no longer working 9 to 5. You want to do everything you can now to ensure your retirement years will be equally enjoyable for both of you.” The poll also revealed that men and women have very different expectations about how they will occupy their time during retirement. While 57 per cent of men expected to spend more time with their spouse or partner, only 52 per cent of women expressed the same sentiment. Women were much more interested in spending more time with family other than their spouses or partners (53 per cent compared to 37 per cent of men), with friends (51 per cent versus 36 per cent), and as volunteers (63 per cent versus 50 per cent).