Your job structures your time whether you like it or not. When you’re fully retired, you have about 1,800 hours a year that could be vacant time. As well, you may be cut off from your former daily contacts with people you’ve known for years. You have to re-examine your strategies in your social relationships with others.
There are obviously different sets of circumstances for those who never married, who are divorced or who are widowed. However, the relationships with family, relatives, friends, neighbours, and associates apply to the person who lives alone. Who do you spend time with today and how will this change in retirement? What about fifteen years into retirement?
As you consider your social network in retirement, it might be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
You should take the time while you’re still at work to foster relationships so that when retirement comes you won't feel left out. You may also want to consider your responsibilities to aging or ill parents who might become dependent upon you. How will you handle the situation? Giving thought to it now might prevent some very inadequate arrangements as you approach or move into retirement.