I just ran across a newspaper and am not happy with its central premise. Having friends is very important to a happy, satisfying retirement, there is no debate about that. Hobbies, interests, and keeping your mind active are crucial. No argument from me on that point...just look at some of my posts for agreement and support.
However, one of sentences in the item just jumped out at me: "Researchers suggested that grandchildren could get in the way of grandparents’ social life if they spent too much time caring for them." I would agree being a full time babysitter would put a crimp in your social calendar and hamper a lot of what makes retirement so great. But, I can't accept that putting family first is the wrong choice.
I'll say no more, but ask that you read the article from The Times of London and decide what you think. Comments are encouraged.