Successful Retirement: From Retiring to Rewiring
Successful retirement is typically considered through a narrow lens in the literature, with research findings that are limited to addressing financial considerations and greater amounts of free time in retirement. This chapter seeks to expand the traditional perspective on successful retirement by reviewing and incorporating often-overlooked quality of life factors. It covers research on concrete interventions and strategies for leading a more purposeful and successful retirement. They include factors such as gaining a sense of control, being goal-directed, explicit planning, implementing some projects and involvements before retiring, having concrete strategies to deal with goals, changes, and losses, and drawing on supportive social connections and relationships.