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Retirement Planning - Consulting a Counselor For Pre-Retirement Planning Needs

Anna D. Banks

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Retirement is a new chapter of adulthood as it transforms a person to a time of passion and purpose. Retirement is not the end of everything. It is just the beginning of a new and relaxed life which could turn out to be interesting and more productive if you plan well. So design your next phase well to lead a meaningful second adulthood.

Many people are uncertain about their pre-retirement planning. Are you confused about the right plan or selecting a career path after retirement? You should be, and more so if you are nearing your fifties as you have plenty of years to plan ahead and this question is the one that should lead you to the right path. Some people find pre-retirement planning very tedious and boring and they feel that they would need more money than they calculate. Many executives prefer leading stressful lives, as they don't know how to start planning for their retirement. Some find themselves locked in a decent pay pack and they cannot think of anything else or any change over.

You should plan well for your retirement. Seek the help of a counselor who can create a plan for your retirement and help you set your goals or define your career path so as that you can lead a satisfying retired life. Retirement counseling is generally based on your needs and either the counselor guides you to a specialist or provides a referral. Retirement counselors are well versed to handle all your issues relating to relationship, financial management, life balance issues, stress and well as anxiety that accompanies when you near the retirement stage.

Retirement is very critical for some people and other than financial issues some also face restlessness. Experts are not satisfied with the currently available pre-retirement programs as they find them shallow. They suggest that a retirement counselor should give a holistic approach towards understanding:

  • Current financial resources and the future needs.
  • Management of leisure time more meaningfully, either by pursuing hobbies or opting for some volunteer activities, or in reflection and contemplation.
  • Obtainable property, or health and safety.
  • Relationships.

Research shows that pre-retirement people often refuse to seek help from counselors. But slowly this trend is changing and many corporations now offer specific pre-retirement help. Retirement counselors play an important role in providing financial information with meaningful suggestions based on a special sensitivity to the fact that anxiety about retirement is often about aging.

Counseling baby boomers and elderly during the pre-retirement stage is a new and challenging field that promises a more satisfying, meaningful life for America's older citizens. The little planning and initiative goes a long way.

© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Anna D. Banks, a passionate advocate for baby boomers in exploring their priorities, planning and setting goals for the next stage of their lives. Assisting her clients to attract and build a professional and personal life consistent with their values is not just a goal of Anna's, it's her passion. Her diverse work experience in business, education and financial services enables her to help the diverse population of baby-boomers with their life, career, and personal finance coaching needs. Anna is currently Adjunct Faculty at Essex County College, where she teaches Career Development & Management.

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