Retirement Expo

Industry Expert Lynda Smith provides options for ‘Work over 50’ at Retirement Expo 2012

The world has changed dramatically in the last 20-30 years and is totally different from the world that existed in the late 1940s and early 1950s when the concept of retirement was first widely implemented. As people today are living longer, healthier lives, the thought of three decades of leisure during retirement is not that appealing to most of the active, progressive Baby Boomer generation facing retirement in the next 5-10 years. Many Boomers still feel that they want to make a contribution to society, and many are not in the financial position to retire at 65 and need to work longer. But what are the options available?

South African retirement expert and head of the Refirement Network, Lynda Smith will be sharing her insights as a result of many interactions with over 50’s who are looking to follow their passion and purpose while still earning a pay cheque, at this year’s Retirement Expo to be held in Gauteng later this month. The workshop entitled ‘Work over 50’ will help individuals understand how the world of work has changed and what this means for over 50s in their next season of life. It will help individuals identify their attitudes about retirement and the choices and changes they need to make in order to enjoy the retirement that they desire. The sessions will also help attendees identify their purpose and passions and to build a talent profile of all their valuable skills and life experiences that could be relevant to the next season of life, as well as giving some practical tips and insights into employment options available.

“The reality is that retirement in the current day and age, with advancements in medical technology, could be a season of 30 years, which is a long time to live off of your retirement funds. Most individuals preparing for retirement in the next 10 years live fit, healthy, active lives and are fully able to continue making a contribution to business and society for a significant portion of their retirement years,” says Smith.

“Modern IT and communication technologies, together with a changing world of work, are providing individuals with a variety of ways to mould their work responsibilities around their lifestyles and provide increased flexibility from the traditional 8am to 5pm 5-day work-week. Working part-time, from home, remotely, job sharing and flexi-time are all becoming viable options for individuals looking for increased flexibility,” Smith explains.

Smith will be running the workshop ‘Work over 50’ every day during the Retirement Expo which runs from 26-28 October at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. The expo is the ideal opportunity for those already retired, nearing retirement or conscientiously planning ahead to come and be inspired about how fulfilling and gratifying retirement can be. Besides interactive workshops by industry experts, the expo will also include top notch exhibits on everything to do with mature life, activity areas to help prepare for an active, healthy and happy retirement, hobby areas showcasing an array of hobbies and a health oasis.

The Retirement Expo runs from 9am to 5pm daily and tickets cost R60 per person or R30 for those already enjoying their retirement, students and children under 18. For more information visit