How to Transition into Retirement

Shifting into retirement can be bumpy, but having a plan (or stumbling upon one) can make the switch smoother.

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When Ruth Wooden was president and CEO of Public Agenda, a nonprofit research organization, she found herself dreaming at night that she was sitting in a classroom. At the time, Wooden, who had worked in advertising and public service for decades, was turning down offers to teach college courses about advertising. She wanted to do something else. Wooden decided to try teaching — about conflict resolution, not advertising. Once on campus, she realized that she really wanted to study, not teach.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Harriet Edleson is an expert on baby boomer retirement strategies. She has written the Retiring feature for The New York Times and the Where We Live feature for The Washington Post. A former writer/editor/producer for AARP where she specialized in Social Security, she now writes for Kiplinger's Retirement Report. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in sociology, she began her writing career at the Gannett Westchester (N.Y.) Newspapers and the Houston Chronicle. Her forthcoming book, 12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future, is to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in May 2021. Other areas of interest are real estate, health, and travel.