Is retirement working?
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The four main issues for a person facing retirement are income - having enough and having it regularly; having adequate health care; having appropriate living and housing arrangements; and having interest and purpose in life. Old people are not at all different from their younger contemporaries in the requirement that life must have some meaning. Our community, particularly through the activities of State and Federal Governments has made enormous advances in recent years in the first three of these areas, income, health, accommodation. The fourth issue, interest and purpose in life is often the least recognized and most neglected.
Speech given to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on community affairs, Session 3 of State Government responses to the inquiry into community involvement of retired persons workshop, Canberra, 11th September 1989, by Adam Graycar and Bev Doherty, Office of the Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/