Season 2, Episode 6 – “Retirement”
This episode features an 82-year-old woman whose schedule is full with all her various activities — which includes volunteering. She wants to add even more onto her volunteering plate but her health, particularly her eyesight, is failing, and her children want her to slow down. She doesn’t. A couple in their 60s who planned every aspect of their retirement, including moving to their dream retirement town, encounter the one thing they didn’t plan for: loneliness. It takes them by surprise, but through volunteering and community activities they make fast friends. Now they have one more thing to take care of and it’s not easy: talking to their children about their end of life plans. How will that go? And finally, a 72-year-old widow was tired of coming home to an empty house; she needed to design an alternative. She bought back the large family home where she and her husband raised seven children, and placed ads seeking like-minded women to form an “intentional community.” Five women now live together. It saves on costs and provides companionship and support, but the founding member finds she still carries most of the responsibilities. How can they divide them up? Can they turn their intentional community into an official co-op?