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Transitions in Aging

Retirement Planning II


Photo of women painting This module is part of the Transitions in Aging project funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

This module was developed by Dr. Pei-Chun Hsieh, a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University, with support from Ms. Celia Feinstein, the Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities and her staff at Temple University.

We would also like to thank Ms. Cassandra Watts, and Kendra Smith for their assistance with this project.

We appreciate your interest in this topic. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Pei-Chun Hsieh at

How to Navigate

To ensure you have a good experience navigating within the modules, here are instructions on how to use each element.

  1. You can use the menu on the left side to go to different slides.

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  2. When you finish reading or listening to a slide, click the "NEXT:" button to move to the next slide.

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  3. Located at the bottom of each page. Click on this button to show all of the information to read for that slide.

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  4. Click the triangle button in the black bar to have the information on the screen read to you.

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  5. To change the volume of the voice over click on this button, circled in red here.

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  6. After you have completed all of the slides in the module, we would appreciate if you would complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. This button can be found at the bottom of the left side panel.

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Notes and References

This module is part two of a two-part series on retirement planning.

As defined in Retirement Planning: Part 1, aging is a natural process. When we reach a certain age (typically 65), we may need to make a decision about whether or not we would like to retire from our current position at work or discontinue the day program we are attending. As going to work or attending day programs can be a big part of our adulthood, we need to think about what we are going to do with our time if we are no longer going to work or the day program. We also need to start thinking about changes that could be happening during this time. Changes can include attending different day programs and community activities or adopting other ways to transition to our older adulthood.

In this module, we will discuss additional topics that should be considered when we plan for our retirement years. The topics that will be covered in the second portion of this retirement planning series include assistive technology, activities of daily living, leisure activities, as well as end of life preparation.