Postretirement use of time: Implications for preretirement planning and postretirement management

Marlene M. Rosenkoetter, John M. Gams, Richard A. Engdahl

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Retirement is a significant transition in life that creates major changes, especially regarding how a person uses available time. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of all retirees (N = 1, 565) from an international company living in seven southeastern states regarding changes in 12 use of time activities following retirement and the implications of those changes for preretirement planning and postretirement interventions. Findings indicate that among a primarily healthy sample, there were significant changes in 10 of the 12 activities. There was an increase in sedentary activities, no change in physical exercise or social activities, and a minimal difference across gender. Type of preretirement position held, however, was a factor. This suggests the need for early planning and programs on use of time activities and management designed to meet individualized needs in preparation for retirement and during postretirement adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Feb 12 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Leisure
  • Retirement
  • Retirement planning
  • Use of time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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