The lived experience of Australian retirees: 'I'm retired, what do i do now?'

Pepin, Genevieve and Deutscher, Brianna 2011, The lived experience of Australian retirees: 'I'm retired, what do i do now?', British journal of occupational therapy, vol. 74, no. 9, pp. 419-426, doi: 10.4276/030802211X13153015305556.

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Title The lived experience of Australian retirees: 'I'm retired, what do i do now?'
Author(s) Pepin, GenevieveORCID iD for Pepin, Genevieve
Deutscher, Brianna
Journal name British journal of occupational therapy
Volume number 74
Issue number 9
Start page 419
End page 426
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1477-6006
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
meaningful occupations
occupational adaptation
Summary Introduction: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the lived experience of retirement in a context where it is not compulsory, and to understand consequent changes in roles, identity and occupational adaptation from the perspective of Australian retirees. Method: Five people aged between 61 and 68 years, who had retired during the previous 18 months, were interviewed. Data analysis included transcription and coding of data, data aggregation and identification of themes. Findings: The themes that emerged from the data analysis were related to time structure and meaningful occupations, ageing and performance capacity, role changes, emotional adjustment to retirement and preparation for retirement. Conclusion: The findings suggest that engagement in meaningful occupations and valued roles, along with the emergence of grandparenting as a significant role, the development of new interests and engagement in retirement planning activities, and support in restructuring the use of time are essential to maintain a positive identity and to adapt successfully to retirement. © The College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
Language eng
DOI 10.4276/030802211X13153015305556
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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