ERIC Number: ED178733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-Retirement Planning: A Necessary Dress Rehearsal.
Newman, Mary Elizabeth
Studies seem to indicate that preparation for retirement is the key to its success. Planning includes these basic ingredients: (1) maintaining regular health habits; (2) role flexibility--the retiree needs a healthy self image not bound to the self-as-worker; (3) activity that is constructive and personally meaningful; and (4) continuance of social life. Contrary to popular myths, most retirees do not move (only 5% do), retirement is not necessarily a precursor of poverty, nor is it a source of stress and mental illness for most people. Recommendations for successful retirement include peer counseling, "phasing into" the process gradually, and realistic assessment of present and future financial situations. Are there opportunities for retirees seeking an active life? Definitely--there is part- or full-time work, volunteer work, and continuing education, often with low cost or free tuition. Many companies and unions now help the imminent retiree, as do agencies and governmental branches offering everything from workshops and courses through monthly lessons to video cassettes, pamphlets, and magazines. An active, meaningful retirement, viewed with anticipation, would seem to be an opportunity well worth planning for. (Two pages list sources of further information, programs, organizations, and help for those about to retire.) (CP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Emanuel Coll., Boston, MA.