As long as we keep using the word retirement or any derivative such as “the new retirement,” that whiff of withdrawal, of closure, of endings will linger. And so will visions of what the word evoked a generation ago.
It might seem like retirement is a time to take it easy and devote yourself to gardening, golfing, and napping. But don’t take it too easy, say Harvard experts. For optimal well-being, you need to stay engaged—with your own interests as well as with other people.