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Results demonstrate need for help such as our 'Over 50's MOT' programme.

A newly published survey found that one in five adults (20%) who retired in the last five years have admitted to finding it difficult, according to figures from a UK-wide survey.

The data also revealed that only around half of UK workers planning to retire in the next five years are looking forward to it, (56%), with 41% worried about managing their money, a third concerned about feeling bored (33%) and missing their social connections from work (32%), and nearly a quarter worried about losing their purpose (24%). Some 17% of workers are worried about being lonely in retirement.

The survey was carried out by YouGov with more than 1,000 people across the UK who had retired in the last five years, and more than 1,000 who are anticipating retiring within the next five years.

It is part of a study by the Centre for Ageing Better and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch (CGF) exploring how the process of retirement affects people and what kinds of intervention and support could help people to better manage the transition.

The study also involved an evaluation of seven pilot pre-retirement workshops, delivered by different charities, which focused particularly on building resilience and emotional well-being. It found that participants had improved confidence and perceptions of ageing - even six to twelve months after the workshops had ended.

The YouGov survey also revealed: 

  • Almost 1 in 5 want greater support to manage the retirement transition
  • Women approaching retirement worry more than men
  • People from different backgrounds have different attitudes to retirement -
  • But, retirement was found to also be a very positive experience for many

Tavistock Relationships offers Retiring Together, funded by one of the originators of the YouGov Research, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The programme, which as our 50+ Couple MOT intervention is part of this project and aims to promote resilience in couples during the transition to retirement. This programme focuses on helping couples to develop their resources and thinking space, and therefore, feel less worried and alone in facing the changes emerging from a future life together.

We believe it is fundamental that we support couple relationships in later life itself. After all, personal relationships are a key factor in determining how happy our later years will be, with 9 out of 10 people believing that their relationship with their partner is very important to their happiness in retirement, a poll has shown (Relate, 2013). Failure to support relationships during adulthood and in later life manifest itselfs in a number of ways, including, loneliness, Physical health challenges and long-term conditions and poor mental health.

For more information on this intervention, visit our webpage.