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ERIC Number: ED565984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1303-7207-03
Retired Adults: Perceptions on Successful Retirement
Rausch, Suzanne
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University
This dissertation is an examination of the perceptions offered by adults who self-identify as being successfully retired. The increase in the percentage of the retiring population in the United States in the immediate future alerts us to the need to identify strategies that have been reported by retirees to successfully transition into retirement. The findings indicate that several common factors assist in the successful transition into and during retirement. Retirees in this study who had a timetable for prescribed retirement or a purpose that was a determining factor in the choice to retire had an easier transition and reported satisfaction in their retirement lifestyle. Retirees who were involved in an endeavor or activity that challenged them and gave a sense of self-worth and control over their schedule also contributed to a successful retirement. Seniors can use such strategies and make choices to maintain a quality of life as they age. Recommendations include strategies with financing, mental and physical health, and social activities that might yield a sense of purpose leading to improved self-esteem. These self-sufficient and independent seniors would be less of a strain on medical and social services. Findings of this study may be used to design and deliver adult education programs that serve retirees who seek to contribute to society through volunteerism and lifelong learning institutes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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