BluePrint for Retiring

In this program we will work with a new generation of people going through retirement transition, who want to make the most of their next 30 years but struggle with the overwhelming question; “what will I do with my time?” and are afraid they won’t be able to find new forms of personal satisfaction.

We offer to Whittlesea U3A Members initially, a program where you can reflect, gather information and choose what’s going to be the most meaningful for you as you move into a new retirement lifestyle.

Through this program, you will:

  • Save precious time and avoid unnecessary anguish through structured guidance – through YOUR options.
  • Choose things which will give you a MEANINGFUL fulfilled lifestyle.
  • Avoid negative spiral of Boredom, Dissatisfaction, Stress and Anxiety that many people go through as they move into retirement. Instead, you can stay healthy, and maintain good relationships with your nearest and dearest.

We shall learn a great deal together, after all, we are all agents of Change 😊

Contact Jan for further information

Is this program for you?

 If you are only concerned about the amount of money you have in retirement, or the travel that you will do, this program is not for you. Finances will not be our focus.

Instead, you will be prepared to undertake some self-reflection, consider and explore where and how to find new forms of satisfaction and joy in your life.

You will be preparing for retirement, not just starting retirement. Retiring is a process, not a destination.

The Program:

Topics covered will include:

Skills; values; dreams; where you find fulfilment and joy; what there is available in the community; dealing with ageing; managing stress; location; family adjustments and roles; and developing an action plan for yourself and your new lifestyle.

A Framework approach combines theoretical understanding and practical observation (self-reflection) – initiating creative ways of understanding not only Transitions leading up to Retirement, but Transitions while in Retirement.

Contact Jan for further information on this course.

Course Information 2018:  

FORTNIGHTLY FOR 9 SESSIONS, not including Easter/term break

When: Tuesdays 10 am – 12 noon (6 and 20 FEBRUARY * 6 and 20 MARCH * 17 APRIL * 1 and 15 and 29 MAY * 12 JUNE).

Location: Peter Lalor College, Lalor, Victoria

Once commenced, the group will be closed.

For Expression of Interest for future courses contact Jan

All the materials that you will need to complete your course supplied.  You will be asked to keep a reflective journal between sessions. A holistic and integrated framework will be presented.  Mindfulness meditation will be included.

All general reading in the Transition to Retiring area is obviously beneficial as foundational material.

As this is a pilot program, you will be asked to complete evaluations to help us make this work.

This course will not undertake therapy or counselling.  In it we will share and discuss latest information surrounding Transition(s) to retirement and changes in a friendly small group conversational environment.

Contact Jan if you think this program might be for you for a free assessment and discussion of your goals.

Or, become a member of  Whittlesea U3A  and go ahead and book on the Members Courses pages (Course ID: 182TUE17).

For Expression of Interest for future courses contact Jan


Paul Hollander

Paul is passionate about the Framework and theory of Transition for Retirement, and brings his intuition and focus on holistic integration to this program.

Paul’s careers have included 21 years as Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (RPN); General Nurse Practitioner (RGN); Human Resource Management; Alcohol & drug counselling; Dual diagnosis Nurse (substance misuse, mental health problems); Psychogeriatric, Juvenile detention, Needle exchange program.
U3A member last 2 years attending; E-Publishing, Creative Writing, U3A Tutor “Listening to your Story.”

Jan Marshall

Jan loves working with groups of people and brings her caring, resilience and organisation to this program.

Jan’s careers have included Social Work, consulting in the computer industry, and working for 15 years as a people Change Manager.
More recently she has been attending the Creative Writing and E-Publishing courses at Whittlesea U3A, and is shortly to publish her memoir of being caught in an internet romance scam.
U3A member last 1 years attending; E-Publishing, Creative Writing.