Trying to come to
terms with retirement
Retiring from work is one of the most significant events of one’s life.
Four patterns of retirement as studied by National Institute of Mental Health are
The pattern of people who try to satisfy the same needs after retirement as before retirement. They continue work in one way or another; For example: they take a part-time job.
The pattern of people who consider retirement as a time to relax. They give up many of their former activities and adopt new ones;
For example they take up golf.
The pattern of the people who attempt to satisfy the same needs as before retirement, but by different means; For example, they volunteer to work as helpers in hospitals or for charitable organisations
The biggest need is adequate financial security, socially stable relationships, medical care, emotional warmth and good health.
(The writer is an IPS officer and an
expert in stress management).