The retirement process: results of a survey

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This paper is the product of a discussion initiated to explore issues relating to the transition from work to retirement. The exploration was conducted by a task force composed of retired employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) and DWP employees eligible for retirement. The task force used computers to analyze results of a survey distributed to retired and working DWP employees. The data are organized around six topics: family and social interaction; self-esteem, community service, and educational opportunities; the planning process; financial issues; health/medical issues; and time allocation and management. The authors recommend that the DWP make financial planning assistance available. They also hope to make retirement planning information more accessible to DWP employees through their computer network.

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