DAMARISCOTTA — Relationships and retirement will be the focus of the Inn Along the Way’s Challenging Conversation Circle, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Chapman Farm, 741 Main St.

According to a news release from the inn, retirement is not a number, year of services or dollars saved: not an age, one could retire anytime; and not an event, it’s the starting of a new phase in one’s life. There used to be a singular notion of retirement: Walk away from your career one day and begin a life of leisure the next.

At the interactive discussion, facilitated by Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, panelists will be invited to share the stories of their retirement or beyond interactive puzzle pieces:

• Bonnie Gerrard — changes that retirement brings to couples in marital or partnership relationships;
• Chris Hall — coming home to Maine for the third chapter after multiple career changes, semi-retirement options and partner negotiations;
• James O’Farrell — returning to the workplace after retiring; and
• Dr. Jody Telfair — reasons to continue working into later life.

Participants can discover how each phase of one’s so-called retirement journey has its own unique decision making processes and challenges. These new chapters in one’s life may include issues relating to: marriage of children, birth of grandchildren; financial obligations and returning to the workforce; health, illness and deaths.

Retirement may also offer opportunities for travel, leisure, volunteering, community service and education. Retirement is a lifestyle, a mindset, a process — for some a goal, for some illusive, for others a vision, a pathway to the next chapter in their life as another puzzle piece falls into place.

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Current Maine CDC guidelines and protocols will be followed. For the safety of all, unvaccinated participants will be asked to wear a mask.

The theme for the IAW’s second summer conversation circle, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, will be Changing Relationships.

For more information, contact Sherry Flint at 207-751-6261 or [email protected].

 

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