Retirement Survey Results

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I’m not as mobile as I would like to be.

Now, many of you will think, ”Aha, he’s finally admitting that he’s getting older, and isn’t as agile as he used to be.”

Well, you’d be wrong. So there.

About 60% of our online traffic these days is generated through mobile devices. Especially from one of our largest markets – the Far East – the mobile connectivity is phenomenal. I’m sure there are technology reasons, probably even economic reasons. But whatever it is the penetration is impressive.

Hence, it means that when we post articles or images, or this week, we did a Facebook Survey on Retirement (anonymously), we have to be very careful about making sure we are mobile compatible. And that is not as easy as it sounds, given the variety of platforms we now work with.

The Survey asked 5 questions about issues/concerns re retirement:-

  1. Are you worried about poor health ?
  2. Are you worried about running out of money ?
  3. Are you worried about being left alone ?
  4. Are you worried that you could lose your home ?
  5. Is it important that you stay mentally active ?

Because we didn’t reach every mobile device unfortunately (we’ll do better next time), our outreach was not as high as we would have liked. Nonetheless we had a fairly good representative response level.

Guess what was #1 …. by a mile…?

You guessed right – mental health.

From other conversations we’ve had with Members around the world we always heard “health” as being the main concern about going into retirement. It is only now that we have more detailed analysis, that we find mental health is the top of that topic. Thus, we’re going to be doing a lot more in-depth work and research on this, to hopefully help our Members and Friends. Interesting.

Very worthwhile exercise though and we can clearly see the benefit of this type of research with our established audience.

Enough of that then.

On a happy note, we had one of Britain’s top actresses visit us online this week to Like some of our material in Olderhood and add her own. I won’t name her cos she might not think she’s old ;-))) .. But how cool.

And on a sad note. A very good friend of mine passed this week here in Bermuda. A fellow Scot, and a huge follower of Scotland’s National Bard – Robert Burns. Many a time this man spoke at the Annual Burns Supper – a celebration of Burn’s birthday – January 25th.  My friend would find some solace that he should pass the same week. And while he and I supported quite different football teams in Scotland, he was a very fine man. He will be missed. RIP.

Have a nice weekend wherever you are.

Happy Burns Night (25th)




They told me I was gullible…and I believed them.

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