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Voice of Experience: June 2024

Adjusting to Retirement

Michael L Goldblatt


  • Lost on what to do as you move into retirement? Here are resources for making the transition into retirement easier. 
Adjusting to Retirement

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Twenty-five years ago, Jack Nicholson starred in the title role of “About Schmidt,” a comedy about finding meaning in life after retirement. Nicholson received a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a widower who learns how to find joy and purpose after retiring. Following are tips for adjusting to life after retirement and resources for making the transition.


  • Clothing – switch to more comfortable and casual clothing.
  • Employment – consider working as a part-time lawyer or pursuing a second career outside of law.
  • Expenses – cut back on expensive activities like travel if concerned about outliving savings.
  • Health – adopt a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise and a nutritious diet.
  • Help – identify family, friends, and providers that can help when you need assistance with daily living.
  • Learning – continue adult education programs and seminars or pursue a degree.
  • Relocate – think about moving closer to family or to an active adult or lifestyle community.
  • Social – stay social by cultivating relationships with family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Volunteer - participate in pro bono or other volunteer activities.


Retirement provides opportunities for career changers, travelers, and volunteers. Challenges will differ based on your personal situation and preparation. Use the resources that accompany this article to plan a retirement that keeps you active, happy, and healthy. Follow Schmitt’s example by experimenting to find your life after law.