This course is about your lifestyle in retirement - how to have a rewarding, fulfilled next chapter of your life. Some folks have done their financial planning for retirement, but have given little or no thought to what they were planning for. Then they retire and experience the loss of identity, time structure, friendships and most of all, meaning and purpose in their lives. All this is uncomfortable at best, and can be devastating.
This course deals with the process of adjusting to a major life change such as retirement - what to expect and when; how to make the adjustment and find a new meaning and purpose in life.
This course contains about 90 minutes in 10 lectures, 7 exercises and a resource list.The lectures are in the form of videos and voice-over power point slides.The exercises are included for self-knowledge, to help you apply the material presented in the lectures to your own situation.
Lecture 3: How do I manage Change? Here are some questions to help you identify strategies you have used in the past to manage a major life change.
There's more to the change that is retirement than the loss of a paycheck. What else is going away, and what will that mean for your life in retirement?
Your Purpose Checkup
Here is an opportunity to write your own personal mission statement
The portfolio approach to planning your life in retirement. Diversify your assets - your time and energy.
Here is a exercise to help you build your retirement portfolio
What is happiness? How do we find happiness? Is your happiness healthy or unhealthy?
Here is a link to Seligman's website which contains a number of self-exercises on happiness.
Carol A. King is a retiree living in the Princeton New Jersey area. She was, until her second retirement, the founder and director of the Next Step: Engaged Retirement and Encore Career Program at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Previously Carol was a college professor, hospitality consultant and a food service manager. She has both an MBA and PhD from New York University, and is a Certified Retirement Coach.