Strategies for happiness? Rigid, nonflexible personality types have a harder time adjusting to retirement. As these individuals exchange the day to day dynamics of a long-term workplace for a sudden redundancy of time spent alone or without the extended family of peers and co-workers, the likelihood of mental illness is increased. The key to health and independance for older adults is in staying engaged with the world outside the home.
Enter the volunteer consultant: a good strategy in preventing dire social isolation is to engage one's professional acumen in a context where it is valued and needed. A number of organizations welcome a great range of the newly retired into their teams. Healthy, active older folks want to maintain busy fulfilling daily lives that involve some sort of interaction with community in the form of volunteerism.