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.


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 sherry@innalongtheway.org.


Check out other upcoming area events!

filed under: