Financially Secure Property Manager
This participant has a German-Italian ethnic background and was born in Austria. She currently resides in Australia where she is able to work at home as the Property Manager for a suburban real estate agency. She finds satisfaction in her work, but would enjoy more opportunities for holiday and leisure activities like skiing and spending time with her three pets (which, together, incur about $100 in weekly expenses). However, she looks forward to having more time for leisure and holiday upon retirement. During which, she intends to purchase a boat and enjoy travel.
She isn’t overly concerned about her financial situation during retirement, but is keenly aware of the potential of a “financial and social system breakdown”. She has an optimistic perspective on aging. Although she fears losing the mobility of her youth, she appreciates the decades of experiences that currently influence and inform her decision making and relational interactions. She feels that aging results in more ‘reasonable’ life choices. She also appreciates the financial security and freedom she now enjoys.
She doesn’t use credit and purchases only what she can afford. She values the work of foundations “who seek people”, but is decidedly opposed to supporting causes for the homeless/unemployed. The participant currently watches 1-2 hours of television a day on her 70 inch plasma screen TV; mostly, documentaries and ‘property programs’. However, she is averse to drama series because she feels that her life is “stressful and dramatic enough. ” In general, she prefers DVD’s over television programming.
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