DigiMag Glacier_Q4_2017 - Page 26

RETIREMENT LEADING UP TO THE CAMPAIGN, GLACIER COMMISSIONED the ‘Through the Years’ report to better understand what makes a healthy and fulfilling retirement. In-depth, face- to-face interviews were held with 82 retired South Africans in their 60s, 70s and 80s that painted an upbeat picture of the proverbial golden years. Surfing, travelling, working for charities, studying and teaching – retirees today are all about living their best life. The chosen sample of respondents had retired with a relatively comfortable monthly income – to showcase just how this can contribute to a full and healthy life after retiring – and how financial planning had contributed to this outcome. Patrick Sheehy, Head of Product Management at Glacier by Sanlam, says, ‘We were delighted to learn that retirees today are more likely to be climbing rocks than rocking in a chair. From a 65-year-old real estate agent-cum-jazz musician to a 70-year-old surfer and beyond, the research sample was happy and contented.’ He said the research revealed striking similarities in the retirees’ ‘recipe for a happy retirement’. ‘The one big theme that came through was planning – planning financially [and saving for retirement as early as possible] and planning to ensure good medical treatment. But interestingly, they all recommend planning for the fun side of life too, in other words, having a plan for how you’re [[[\^\YZ[YX\]H[و\XX[[YK&B\H\Z\X\H܈H\H]\[Y[ SԑQQSBSSPSPTUB&H\[[[X[YYK]8&\[ &B[ۙ^H\\ۙH\وH\H]\[Y[ ]]8&\[[\ܝ[[ܙYY[ ZYK]œ\[وH\ܝ8&\\X\[