Reading, Berkshire (PRWeb UK) June 11, 2009
These days when we retire we are in general much fitter than the previous generation and potentially have some 25-30 years of active life ahead of us. The change from a work environment to one where there is no structure and nobody telling us what to do is dramatic and one of the biggest changes of our lives. Whatever number of hours we worked and spent travelling to work, and whatever aspirations we have for retirement, filling 40-50 hours each week on top of previous leisure time, for the next 25 years, is a major challenge.
That's why going on a pre-retirement course can be one of the best things you can do.
An independent study run by the University of Greenwich found that amongst people approaching retirement and in retirement, those who had been on a pre-retirement course were 19% more satisfied with life than those who had not been on a course. Dr. Oliver Robinson commented "this was a highly 'statistically significant' finding, therefore it was hugely unlikely the difference found between course attenders and non-attenders was due to chance. This data could suggest that a pre-retirement course is one deciding factor in whether retirement is experienced positively or not".
Tony Clack, Managing Director of Laterlife Learning who run pre-retirement courses all around the UK says "a recent retirement survey we conducted showed a 30% increase in the level of enjoying retirement for those who had attended a pre-retirement course. In particular course attendees were much more likely to say retirement was fantastic and at the other end of the scale only those who hadn't attended a course said they weren't enjoying it or hated it".
So why are pre-retirement courses effective? Tony says "courses which are much more heavily biased towards the lifestyle aspects of retirement, rather than the financial, are particularly effective because they engage delegates in thinking through their retirement plans from their own perspective. This causes them to identify the actions they need to take to ensure they enjoy and make the most of their retirement. As one of Laterlife's course participants said:
……along with the others attending the course, I found that I was being made to think about retirement, in all of its aspects, and challenged to question many of my pre-conceived ideas…
The Laterlife survey also indicated the active nature of today's retired population. Almost half were working part-time, with a significant number working in the voluntary sector, and 85% had set about improving their fitness in retirement. Relationships also faired better if employees had attended a course with everyone saying their relationship was the same or better, but amongst those that hadn't attended 10% said their relationship had deteriorated.
Says Tony - "It's clear it's well worth spending 1 day to make the most of the next 10,000!"
Laterlife also provide the free laterlife.com web site aimed at making the most of retirement. The country wide schedule of Laterlife Courses can be found in the pre-retirement courses section of the Laterlife web site or by visiting the dedicated pre-retirement courses site retirement-courses.co.uk
Notes to editors:
Laterlife Learning is the UK's leading provider of Open Planning Retirement Workshops. These are run all around the UK, covering all the lifestyle aspects of retirement. They are highly acclaimed by individuals and public and private sector organisations alike.
laterlife.com, in operation for 9 years, is the leading web site for those retired and coming up to retirement. It offers a rich mix of reference information, monthly feature articles, products and services of interest to those over 50. It receives over 1 million visits a year.