Photo of Nancy Bobo talking to her husband about retirement.

Am I ready to retire? Is my partner?

Nancy Bobo retired in 2018 from a long and fulfilling career in nonprofits. But her husband, Bo (Melvin), a mental health therapist at a Des Moines, Iowa hospital, wasn’t ready to quit working. They’re just one example of how couples have many factors to consider—including timing—in their retirement discussions.

You and your partner may not feel pressure to retire at the same age. Or maybe you have personal or financial reasons to stagger the end of work. For example, one person who continues to be employed can supply income so you’re able to defer Social Security for a few years. Health insurance may also come into play; retiring before Medicare eligibility at age 65 means purchasing coverage. Or, maybe, you simply enjoy work and are reluctant to stop.

How can you figure out what retirement looks like for you and your partner? Take this short personality quiz alone, then compare answers to start a discussion about your ideal retirements.

Quiz: What’s your retirement personality?

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Individual results will vary based on individual choices and life situations.

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