Thinking retirement? What’s your next move?

Plan for your ideal retirement with Selkirk College session

While retirement is synonymous with freedom for many, for others it brings its share of anxiety and questioning.

Many factors influence retirement perceptions, expectations and planning, including gender, health status, socio-economic status and the nature of work.Clarify your expectations and preferences related to work and retirement, think about what meaningful roles you could play in your new retiree life, and make a plan according to what you want in life.

If the prospect of retirement sits on the distant horizon, you might be starting to think about what’s next for you. Travel? New career? Volunteering?

Maybe a combination of all three!

While we often focus on the financial side of retirement planning, the human factor is easily forgotten. How will you spend your time? What will your social circle look like? What will inspire you to get up in the morning?

It’s these kinds of questions that are at the heart of a coming session at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus in Nelson: Your Next Move – Transitioning into Retirement.

Hosted by Valhalla Retirement Transitions & Coaching’s Wendy Lacroix, the first session runs in Nelson on May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a second session in Trail May 16.

What is your retirement vision?

“We’ll look at what each person’s wants and needs are. What sort of vision do you have? There are many different options, depending on your lifestyle,” Lacroix explains. “I want to start preparing people so they feel confident and have a plan.” This workshop will discuss: Full retirement or gradual, what are your options? Creating a realistic vision for the future, determining whether you want to downsize to a smaller home, and how retirement will affect your social network.

“Transitioning to a new place or out of a familiar work environment may mean leaving your friends and peer group behind,” reflects Lacroix, a certified Retirement Coach, with Retirement Options.com, a Professional Counsellor with the Vancouver College of Counselling, plus an Employment Counsellor for nine years. She offers many insights into people’s retirement planning experiences, career changes, and much more. “You have to rebuild that network and that can create stress and anxiety for people.”

Even for those whose retirement is a few years down the road, start planning early so you can take the steps you need to enjoy the retirement you want. “And that plan can be updated based on what unfolds and how life changes.”

Registration for Your Next Move is $50 plus GST. To register or for more information, visit 250-354-3220 or email nelsonce@selkirk.ca (Selkirk College, Community Education, Health and Wellness, Your Next Move, Transitioning intoRetirement).

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