Kerry Hannon of The New York Times explores why some retirees find themselves without a plan as they look for a new sense of purpose.

Some view retirement merely as a change from working to not working but it is so much more. Many retirees struggle with isolation and loneliness as they navigate their new life feeling a loss of identity when they no longer are working. For many, your identity is linked to your work life and plays a bigger role in your identity and connection to people than you realize.

The pressure to feel happy can also become very real as you are thought be living in the “best time of your life”. Many of your relationships change or can disappear when you move away from your working life. The human connection is a factor in the feeling of happy that many don’t realize. Find a new purpose and a new group of people to connect yourself with is important part of settling into retirement.

Here in the Delaware Beaches, there are many communities, activities and hobbies to fit your idea of retirement, no matter what that might be. From a more traditional retirement in a senior community to retiring to an Oceanfront home big enough for your family and friends, you can find it all here. We would love to show you around our beach towns and assist you in finding the one that is right for your retirement. Give us a call at 302-541-5207 or e-mail us at

Hannon, Kerry. “My Work Life Is Over. What’s Next?” The New York Times, 12 September 2019,

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