Article Preview: There are plenty of misconceptions about retirement. Part of my role as a Financial Planner is to help turn retirement from a series of perceptions into a (hopefully more positive) reality. An issue with our perception of retirement is that we’re informed by the experiences of our parents’ or grandparents’ generations, or by cliched images of retired couples that appear in the media. Close your eyes for a moment and picture an image of retirement. Do you imagine silver-haired couples smiling from the deck of a cruise ship or standing on the golf course?