Tips For A Healthy Transition Into Retirement

Is retirement in your future? Are you ready to relax and sail off into the sunset? Before you do, there are some things about retirement, health, social engagement, and time management that you should know! Join us to learn more and better prepare yourself for your future.

A panel of experts will introduce health, wellness and time-management concepts relevant to retirement-aged individuals.

The stages of the family life cycle suggest that an important conversion occurs as adults transition from the workforce to retirement. As retiring individuals leave behind a lifetime of work, they engage in a renegotiation of family roles and may begin to face potential physical health issues. In one longitudinal analysis, retirement led to a 5-16% increase in challenges associated with mobility, a 5-6% increase in physical illnesses, and a 6-9% decline in mental health. The ability to mitigate these potential effects of retirement are possible, and include maintaining a social support system, engagement in exercise, and committing oneself to part-time work or volunteerism. However, negotiating a balance of your new commitments to your free time is crucial, and is an area in which retired individuals may struggle; many retirees may be guilted into taking on too many volunteer hours and/or becoming a full-time childcare provider for their grandchildren (Lagier, 2011). Thus, obtaining the skills to effectively negotiate a new “work”-life balance is optimal.

This webinar will introduce concepts that the workforce needs to consider when facing a transition to retirement. Specifically, participants will:

a.     understand the trends between retirement and poorer health outcomes;

b.     understand the need to stay socially, cognitively, and physically active in order promote optimal aging;

c.     brainstorm ways in which to remain active in one’s family, community, or professional association;

d.     understand the need to establish adequate time management during retirement; and

e.     make a plan for balancing work or volunteer commitments with free time and time for oneself.

This panel of experts will provide research-informed information as well as next-steps for attendees to consider whether they are facing retirement now or in the future. The panel will represent a collaboration of expertise, and will include a gerontologist, a certified mediator, and a family therapist.

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Primary Audience: Extension Professionals