Retirees not Pining Away for the Past

September 1, 2010 ( - In an independent survey of 471 retirees, 71% say they love being retired.

A press release from ExtendHealth, a Medicare exchange provider, said just 3% of respondents to its survey say they miss their work, and just 2% say they have too much time on their hands.  

When asked what they love about retirement, retirees’ top response was “I can do what I want with my time,” cited by 43%, followed by “I don’t have the stress that was part of my work,” cited by 25%.   

Respondents said now that they’re retired they are: 

  • Spending more time with family, especially children and grandchildren – 42%; 
  • Traveling more – 39%; 
  • Spending more time on a hobby or starting a new one – 32%; 
  • Volunteering – 27%; 
  • Living a life of leisure – 22%; 
  • Spending more time with friends – 14%;  
  • Starting a new career – 10%. 


The survey was fielded August 27-31, 2010.