A Change in Schedules
Female, 60, married, 3 children
Education: college graduate
Job Status: social work administrator for 14 years
Retirement Income: $25,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for two years
I fell into my job because I had been working as a volunteer in the field of emotionally disturbed children. I was asked to be the administrator of a new program to work with the schools to reach those children before they had to be separated from their homes. We developed a program for emotionally disturbed and abused children. The idea was to start meeting with families during pregnancy and be involved with them during the first year of the baby's life. We were really helping parents to become parents for the first time. We believed that if there is help for the family from the beginning and they make an attachment to the child, there will be no neglect or abuse.
Actually, I didn't have any particular feelings about retiring; I certainly was not afraid of quitting. I was coming to a different point in my life. I had been in volunteer work for 30 years, and after 14 years as a professional, I left the world of work two years ago.
Retirement for me is like heaven. When you're a kid, you have to deal with school and everything that goes with it. When I got