Ease the Transition to Retirement

The Faculty Retirement Mentoring Program is designed to assist pre-retirees with the anticipated lifestyle, social, emotional, and psychological transition to a fulfilling life in retirement. It has been noted that beginning the retirement planning process early can and does facilitate a healthier adjustment process. Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC) and the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) have partnered to facilitate this initiative as a support system for faculty pre-retirees facing this important life decision. EUEC and FSAP have recruited and trained retirement mentors, who are members of EUEC and are available and ready to engage pre-retirees in the mentoring process. 

“Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.”
—Catherine Pulsifer

The Three-Session Mentoring Model

The mentoring sessions with pre-retirement faculty members will include the following, with each session estimated to last approximately one hour.
Session I: The mentor will meet with the faculty member to examine the “blank slate” of retirement.

• Review the stages of retirement.

• Discuss the changing perspectives regarding retirement and lifestyles in retirement.

• Present and discuss issues and stressors relevant at retirement.

• Discuss the psychosocial and emotional aspects of retirement and ways to cope with feelings of frustration, anxiety, depression and loneliness.

• Discuss strategies for planning and managing the retirement transition.

Session II: The faculty member, in discussion with the mentor, will shape a vision of retirement. 

• Define retirement “vision” and discuss strategies for finding new passion and purpose.

• Focus on shifting self-identify: It’s no longer your job title that matters.

• Discuss establishing a positive mind-set about retirement.

• Discuss mechanisms for making informed decisions about retirement lifestyle.

• Evaluate how to rebalance one’s life to a new-focused lifestyle.

Session III: The mentor and faculty member will examine the importance of a holistic approach to retirement planning. 

• Review retirement coping styles and strategies for dealing with unexpected circumstances.

• Discuss self-care mechanisms for health and well-being during retirement.

• Focus on ways to expand social networks during retirement.

• Review faculty member’s psychosocial portfolio for retirement.

The mentor and faculty member can then decide on the need for further sessions.

For more information, or to sign up for the mentoring program

Contact Gray Crouse at gcrouse@emory.edu