Planning for the Final Years
Male, 62, married, two children Education: college graduate Job Status: college instructor, 27 years in education Retirement Income: $30,000 Health: reported good Retirement Category: early-voluntary, presently on a three-year phased retirement program
It seems to me my job was my main interest. The whole field of gerontology was something I had always been interested in, and when I compare that with other interests that I have, the job was my main concern. I invested most of my energies in it. There was often very little time for family. I was frequently out on the road teaching, lecturing. I did manage on weekends to find some time with my family. The job took what I had off the top, by way of energy and interest, and these other things, although I liked them very much, I just never had enough time really to follow these other interests.
My work was satisfying, and I felt successful because of the signals I got from my peers and students, and the recognition was certainly forthcoming in the general area of social gerontology. I am interested in people. I am concerned about old people, so that my work had a kind of intrinsic meaning to me. However, I perceive my life as having several dimensions. The work dimension has certainly been paramount. I am doing what I like, I get satisfaction from it, and others have indicated