COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in everyone's plans. While we love delivering Redefining Retirement programs in person, that model is just not an option at this point while our society works together to keep everyone safe. However, we want to make sure that participants can still benefit from Redefining Retirement, so our programming is being offered online.
The basic principles of the program are the same - we support participants to go through a series of exercises to help them take stock of their skills, experiences, interests and passions and find ways bring those all together to support people to feel more purposeful in their lives and communities. The change is that instead of five, in-person workshops, we will be delivering ten online workshops.
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The Redefining Retirement program is designed to help participants work through a process of personal reflection, community discovery, opportunity identification and idea implementation.
Each participant will reflect on their skills, interests, experience and passions, and how they could be of benefit to their own community, and help themselves to feel more fulfilled in their retirement, or the next stage of their life. Participants may chose to apply their skills through the development of a business, a social enterprise, by mentoring a community member or choosing to volunteer with an existing organization. The sky is really the limit!
Over the course of ten, 1.5 hour workshops, we'll cover the five modules that make-up the program (see below).
Chris Pelham, facilitator with Redefining Retirement, explains the expected outcomes of the program.
The Redefining Retirement program is composed of five modules.
Why My Retirement Matters is the first module of the program and lays the foundation for the rest of the program. We start to take stock of participants' past experiences, start thinking about our "vision for retirement" and reflect back on the journey that has brought us to present day.
Who I Am Matters builds upon the work completed in the first module and asks participants to dig deeper into their skills, passions, experiences and dreams.
My Communities Matter asks participants to consider the numerous communities they engage with: the geographic community where they live/work, communities of interest (e.g. ball teams or garden clubs) or communities of practice (accountants, nurses, etc.). By identifying these various communities, participants can focus on where they want to spend most of their time and effort.
My Personal Vision Matters starts to bring everything into focus that has been discussed during the previous sessions. Participants will develop their own personal vision for their fulfilling retirement.
What I Do Matters is all about action planning. This is where the rubber hits the road and where the personal vision becomes an action plan.
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