Forced into retirement at 59 July 2012
Once I was let go, I knew there was no going back. I couldn't pass a physical so getting another job wasn't happening.
It took a year and a Lawyer to get Social Security. Then it took another 2 years to get on Medicare. With a Lung condition, a heart condition it was not easy, many times choosing what bills to pay and not to afford meds.
The Anxiety at first was very scary, not knowing what to do the feeling of sheer panic!
The year or so I did nothing but watch TV and sleep, felt useless. I still have all this knowledge from many years of work, not a clue what to do with it. Seems like a waste.
I started doing odd jobs around the house, and got back into some of the hobbies I once did. Its still not easy to figure out what to do each day to keep from going crazy. I wake up each day, I find something to do to Occupy my time.
The Anxiety is not as frequent as it was, with limited finances this is not easy!
Those that are Lucky to have money should this happen are very fortunate, having money always makes the transition easier!
I guess the best way to put it a friend told me, just keep trying don't give up.