Video: Launch of the Retirement In Ireland Report 2022

Retirement is one of life’s major milestones and marks a huge change in day-to-day life. Every week in Ireland, over 1000 people retire from the workforce. Retirement in Ireland 2022, a report by Retirement Life explores a number of key areas of transition and concern for those preparing for retirement including identity, relationships, health, wellbeing and lifestyle changes.

This report aims to highlight the concerns of employees entering retirement and provide practical recommendations, to both individuals and their employers, on how best to approach and support retirement planning.

On Friday 20th May 2022 following the official launch of our report, Retirement Life hosted a webinar event with contributions from notable guest speakers including:

John Higgins – General Manager, Retirement Life
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Retirement in Ireland Report 2022

We are delighted to publish our Retirement in Ireland 2022 Report. The report, which surveyed HR divisions within State and semi-State organisations, and private companies across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, asked a variety of questions aimed at gathering up-to-date data on retirement planning practices across a range of different sectors.

From our analysis of the survey results we found that …

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Protecting our Emotional Health

We, here in Retirement Life place great emphasis on emotional health. While many expect that we should be talking about physical health, getting and staying active, which we do, we are aware that we can so often forget the importance and value of emotional health, particularly as we approach the new milestone of “life in retirement”.

As we focus on the importance of good mental health in our retirement years, we are also aware that not so long ago in our work-life, the very mention of mental health had eyebrows flashing and suspicions aroused as to how “mentally sound” this person might be!. Thankfully, in a more enlightened decade, more and more well-known and less-well-known people are coming out expressing …

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The Food Pyramid -

Essential Nutrition for your Active Healthy Retirement

[This is a guest post by Consultant Dietitian Gillian McConnell]

Rethinking your dietary habits is just what can give you a wealth of physical and mental benefits that could give you a new lease of life. Think of your body as a machine: fuel/ power is important for a machine to run efficiently. Good/ clean fuel; a car runs well. Bad/dirty fuel over an extended period, the engine will breakdown.

Your health is your responsibility and no one else’s – take care of it and control it.

Ask your doctor to give you a thorough check-up and follow up with regular check-ups. Put into practice the advice you are given – do it now and remember growing old is …

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Mindfulness - Photo by Esther Wilhelmsson via Unsplash

The “M” Word in Retirement

The most important factor to living a happy retirement starts with the letter “M.” And it’s not “Money.” Yet at the commencement of all our retirement planning courses the money factor sits large on the minds of attendees. In fact, as we prepare for starting the course I have more than once been approached by the first comer into the lecture room and asked “Are you the Pensions Man?”

You shouldn’t ignore money. It is important. It may be the one thing that preserves the “living” part of “living a contented retirement.” But it is not the most important thing to think about when planning for a life in retirement. While money helps pay for many important matters, the idea …

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Healthy Living

Healthy Ireland and Life Expectancy

The Healthy Ireland policy document entitled Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 -2015 is the government’s plan to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. So how are we faring mid-way through the lifetime of the plan?

The mid-term report entitled Health in Ireland: Key Trends (2017) revealed that 70% of men and 57% of women are overweight or obese. This also reflects the lack of a personal physical exercise regime whereby only 46% of men and 62% of women are termed “physically active”. All of this reflects significantly on our birth to death life expectancy ratio.

Between 2007 and 2017 the following increases in Life Expectancy are recorded:…

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Emotional Preparation for Retirement Life: Identity Issues

Perhaps no other stage of life triggers such intense feelings of excitement and liberation, on the one hand, but, on the other, fear and anxiety. Retirement for many entails a leap of faith after decades of routine. You’re not simply at work Friday, doing your job, and retired Monday, dancing for joy. Retirement is a major transition that unfolds over many years, as we move from the life we know, into the life we will get to know.

Most people don’t realise that psychological and emotional readiness is as important as all the concerns about financial issues in retirement. I have personally witnessed attendees on arrival for a course to ask me “are you the pension’s man”; in other words: …

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Healthy Living: Know your numbers

As we prepare for retirement, we need to reflect on our current lifestyle behaviours.

A change to how we live our life can reduce our chances of developing:

Diabetes Cancer Heart Disease Lung Disease Other forms of ill-health.

Tips on Lifestyle Behaviours

Sit less and move more: Be conscious of the length of time you spend sitting. Get up and stand and stretch. Design a physical activity pattern that suits your condition and work on taking 30 minutes exercise at least 5 times a week. Take a look at this website: Don’t smoke and if you do then try and quit smoking which is the best thing you can do to improve your health. To find out more about…
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Developing Our Spiritual Health

During our retirement courses we consider all aspects of our health including Physical Health (keeping active and eating healthily); our Mental Health (including emotional issues/stress management and resilience) and thirdly the importance of developing our Spiritual Health. In today’s world with all that has happened as regards religious practices many people neglect what is essential to maintaining our Spiritual Health.

So what is Spiritual Health if it is not all about religious practice? Here we intertwine spiritual health with the singular “Spirituality”. Basically, spirituality connects us to a purpose in life that is larger than ourselves. For some this may still be traditional religious practice. Regardless of the methods we us to achieve it, spirituality dictates how we see the …

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Reform of the State Pension

A Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018 – 2023: Reform of the State Pension

In Autumn 2018, the Department of Social Protection launched the Roadmap for Pensions Reform which contained 6 main strands of which Strands 1 is the most important for those nearing retirement age.


The reform sets a proposed target for payment of the State Pension to a level at approximately 34/35% of average earnings. It is proposed to link further increases to changes in the Consumer Price Index and to wage levels in order to ensure that the value of the State Pension is maintained.


The State Pension is premised on the principle of social rather than personal insurance and operates on a Pay as You …

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