Sunday, February 9, 2014
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Retirement Workshop Opening Presentation
1) Emotional and Psychological adjustment
a. Lifestyle planning
b. Emotional and Logical challenges
2) Why lifestyle planning is important
a. Increasing life expectancy (current figures)
i. Males 84 years +
ii. Females 86 years +
b. Three questions: After Retirement:
I. What will I look like?
ii. What will I be?
iii. What will I feel like?
c. If negative, what would you need to change to it to positive?
3) Stereotypes about retirement:
a) Positive: Make a note if you agree
___ Most people over 65 are ‘Very friendly and warm.”
___ Greater years of experience bring greater wisdom
___ Elder people are more dependable.
___ The aged are well off financially
___ The political power of seniors makes them a political force
___ Most elders are free to do what they want, when they want, any way they want.
b) Negative: make a note if you agree
____ Most seniors no longer have sexual acivity or sexual desire.
____ Most old people are ugly.
____ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
____ Most older persons are “senile”. Mental illness is common.
____Older people are incapable of working effectively and those who continue are unproductive.
_____Most elders are poor
_____Most older people are “grouchy”, “touchy,” “cranky” and “feel sorry for themselves”
a) Most retired persons are as busy as they were before retirement
b) Life satisfaction continues to increase if you have modest finances, reasonable health and contacts with others.
c) A positive view of aging can create a positive self-fulfilling prophecy.
5) Leisure Time Factors:
a) Is there a conflict with your work ethic?
b) Learning new interests and finding old ways of pursuing old favorites is an important way of keeping an active mind and imagination.
c) Planning for future leisure
d) Practical limitations health, age, transportation, finances
e) Needs for beauty solitude, companionship, helping others, recognition, physical exercise, leadership & learning.
Leisure Inventory: How are These Needs being met?
6) Needs we seek to satisfy
While still working _______
Retirement Activity _______
To Move or Not to Move
8) New versus known area _____________
1. Factors to be considered:
Spouse’s health ___________
Social connections __________
Talking to other retirees in the area ________
9) Housing Inventory:
a.What past housing have you liked best _______
b.What did different houses have in common? _______
c.Housing factors you prefer____
10) How well do your preferences match those of your spouse
Relationship with Spouse
11) Spending time together _______
12) Both Employed? ______
13) If so have you coordinated retirement schedules____
Changing from being outer directed toward family, job, organization and community, to making own plans, an schedules to being inner directed. Being accepted for yourself rather than a title or place in an organization. Stress may arise by unfamiliarity of the new game.
14) How do you fight stress:
Relaxation techniques ______
Good Nutrition _____
Post Retirement Goals
A major point is that our sense of well-being depends on how we experience and evaluate our lives as we develop.
Development works in both positive and negative ways. As we will have both gains (growth) and losses (decline) in areas of how we function.
One of the key factors for for maintaining health and well being is how much control we have over our lives and the opportunities we have for social engagement, community participation and social support
As we grow older we can slow down the process of mental decline by engaging in cognitively demanding activities that exercise the mind. Here are some suggestions:
1. Examine your personal goals for your life and arrange them goals in order of importance
2. Be prepared to reorganize your goals to some degree during retirement.
3. Being active in a reorganizing your life-style will help you looked forward to retirement, and increase your satisfaction
4. You will also need to establish a new set of community activities criteria. For example, do you feel that retired persons have a responsibility to improve our neighborhood? Much of our success in postretirement volunteering is connected with how we see ourselves and what we feel we can contribute:
· What can you bring to the table after years of work
· What kinds of unique experiences can you share with the wider community?
· How can we help make things better?
There are many opportunities listed on the Internet for
successful adjustment to Retirement is connected with:
ü Good health
ü A successful marriage
ü Solid social network
ü Good Coping skills and yes while it’s not just about the money
ü Level of income and
ü Occupational status
In summary, Our ability to successfully age is determined to a great extent by our attitudes toward aging and growing old. These attitudes both negative and positive will be a result of how effectively we are able to adapt to the physical, psychological and social changes that take place throughout adulthood.