ERIC Number: ED225465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Retirement Training: Expanding the Role of the University.
Cox, Carole; Russell, Bonny
The beginning phases of a preretirement program at San Jose State University, California, are described. The program, initiated through the interdisciplinary gerontology program, entailed group discussions and individual followup and counseling when appropriate. Discussion topics were housing, legal matters, leisure and volunteer work, health, and finances, including budgeting on a fixed income. Forty-one participants, or 5 percent of the college's faculty, attended either on-campus sessions for 6 weeks or two off-campus sessions. Most participants were involved in social networks, organizations, and leisure activities, and many were looking forward to having more time to spend in these activities during retirement. Most had done some planning for retirement, mainly financial, and they were primarily interested in discussing financial topics such as investments, budgeting, and pensions. A university-based preretirement program has advantages other programs may not have: university consultants are knowledgeable in specific subject matters, instructional techniques, and adult development; the university consultants are available for further counseling or followup; information and material can be easily revised as new data are obtained; and sessions can also be offered in community locales. The university can also benefit from a retirement preparation program through training corporation personnel and students in industrial gerontology or preretirement planning. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Aging Education, Aging (Individuals), College Faculty, College Role, Educational Gerontology, Gerontology, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Preretirement Education, Retirement, School Community Relationship, Teacher Retirement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: San Jose State University CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (Boston, MA, November 1982).