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Have you started thinking about retirement? Want to get started? Join fellow Mount Holyoke alums for a webinar with journalist Harriet Edleson ’74, author of “12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future” (2021). 

Whatever your dream, start planning now. Whether you are already retired or thinking of retiring in the next five to ten years, planning will make the journey more enjoyable and secure. Consider your priorities: what do you really want to do? Think about all the resources you have or will have at a time when you may no longer be working. Will you have a pension or will you be relying on Social Security and savings? Whatever your situation, the best way forward is knowledge.

Join us to learn about the fundamentals of retirement planning, including budgeting and paying off debt that can eat away at your future expendable income. Discover the optimal time for claiming your Social Security retirement benefits and how to decide whether you should downsize. Since housing can be the largest expense in retirement, find out whether staying in place or finding a less expensive home is the path forward. You’ll also learn how and why many are working beyond retirement!

Harriet Edleson ’74 is an expert on baby boomer retirement strategies. She has written the “Retiring” feature for The New York Times and the “Where We Live” feature for The Washington Post. A former staff writer/editor/producer for AARP and contributing writer for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, she began her writing career at Gannett Westchester (NY) Newspapers and the Houston Chronicle. Her book, “12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future,” launches in paperback in Fall 2023. Her columns appear on

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