By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Retirement is a new chapter of adulthood as it transforms a person to a time of passion and purpose. Retirement is not the end of everything. It is just the beginning of a new and relaxed life which could turn out to be interesting and more productive if you plan well. So design your next phase well to lead a meaningful second adulthood.

Many people are uncertain about their pre-retirement planning. Are you confused about the right plan or selecting a career path after retirement? You should be, and more so if you are nearing your fifties as you have plenty of years to plan ahead and this question is the one that should lead you to the right path. Some people find pre-retirement planning very tedious and boring and they feel that they would need more money than they calculate. Many executives prefer leading stressful life, as they don’t know how to start planning for their retirement. Some find themselves locked in a decent pay pack and they cannot think of anything else or any change over.

You should plan well for your retirement. Seek the help of a counselor who can create a plan for your retirement and help you set your goals or define your career path so as that you can lead a satisfying retired life. Counseling is generally based on your needs and either the counselor guides you to a specialist or provides a referral. Counselors are well versed to handle all your issues relating to relationship, financial management, life balance issues, stress and well as anxiety that accompanies when you near the retirement stage.

If you seek help from the Employee assistance program, then you will be guided by counselors who formulate step-by-step pre-retirement plans, focusing on the emotional readiness of the transitional phase towards retirement. Conselors identify the stress and anxieties associated with retirement and help you handle them by discussing the use of time and money. They also help you handle your health problems and identify community resources.

Retirement is very critical for some people and other than financial issues some also face restlessness. Experts are not satisfied with the currently available pre-retirement programs as they find them shallow. They suggest that a counselor should give a holistic approach towards understanding:

• Current financial resources and the future needs.
• Management of leisure time more meaningfully, by pursuing hobbies or
opting for some volunteer activities, or
in reflection and contemplation.
• Obtainable property, or health and safety.
• Relationships.

Research shows that pre-retirement people refuse to seek help from counselors. But slowly this trend is changing and many corporations now offer specific pre-retirement help. Counselors play an important role in providing financial information with meaningful suggestions based on a special sensitivity to the fact that anxiety about retirement is often about aging.

Counseling the elderly during the pre-retirement stage is a new and challenging field that promises a more satisfying, meaningful life for America’s older citizens. The little planning and initiative goes a long way.

© Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF is an adjunct professor at Essex County College, career development and marketing coach, speaker, and author. Anna helps individuals design a game plan for an extraordinary career or business. Since 1996, Anna has helped hundreds of job-seekers, managers, business owners, and sales professionals achieve career success. For more information send an email to
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