Emotional Aspects of Retirement

Planning for the financial aspects of retirement often takes priority, but it is equally important to consider the emotional impact this significant change may have on you. Preparing for the non-financial aspects of retirement will ease the transition and assist you with adjusting from actively employed to retired.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide you with the emotional support and self care you need prior to, during and after this lifestyle change.

There are many excellent books and articles written by reputable authors that provide quality information to guide and support you through your transition into retirement. Examples of the types of books that may be helpful include:

The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by Marci Alboher


The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked by Ernie J. Zelinski


The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams...at Any Age You Want by Mitch Anthony


What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the Life You Want by Richard N. Bolles


Life After Work: Redefining Retirement - A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing Your Life and Achieving Bliss in the Wisdom Years by Douglas S. Fletcher

Other articles you may find helpful:

"How to Retire Happy" by Stan Hinden, AARP Bulletin

"Easing into Retirement" by Eileen Ambrose, AARP Bulletin

"How to Plan for a Fulfilling Retirement: Resources for Volunteering at Home and Abroad" by Jeremey Koch, What'sNext

"Retiring Minds Want to Know" by Jamie Chamberlin, American Psychological Association


These resources are intended to provide examples of the type of content that would be helpful to someone planning for retirement. UO Benefits Office is not endorsing these books.  Visit your local libraries or bookstores for additional options.  Your financial advisor may also have suggestions of resources that other retirees have found useful.


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