Bette Davis is famously quoted as saying, “Getting old is not for sissies”. Retirement is a natural by-product of getting old. For some, it’s wonderful; for others, not so much. I definitely fall into the former category but for those who are forced to retire before they’re psychologically or financially ready it can be devastating.
At the risk of generalizing, I think it’s often more difficult for men than women to retire. The Boomer generation and our parents’ generation is rife with men who devoted their entire adult lives to their work.