ERIC Number: ED217345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
Ready or Not - Planning for Creative Retirement: An Evaluation.
Smyth, E. Sharron; Holder, Mary
This paper describes a retirement planning program designed by four educational institutions in Calgary, Alberta and presents the program workshops that offered participants the basics of finance, health, and lifestyle, along with living arrangements, relationship changes, the aging process, community resources, and consumer affairs. Teaching techniques and resources used in the program are described and various workshop formats are discussed. The initial and continuing training of workshop leaders is reported as well as explanations about funding and fees. The process of using workshop leaders to help in the planning, designing, and presenting of pre-retirement planning programs on an in-house basis for businesses and industry is briefly described. This report also contains an evaluation of the program's effectiveness. The collection, coding, and analysis of data from 348 former program participants concerning changes they had made in their finances, health, and leisure time use as a direct result of participation in the program are presented. Both descriptive and statistical results are reported, which suggest a trend is developing toward a more positive attitude to retirement and an awareness of the need to plan ahead. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Educational Communications Corp., Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Calgary Univ., Alberta. Faculty of Continuing Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).