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You, Me, Us: A program for couples approaching retirement

Relationships Australia Victoria
1:49pm Thursday, 10 May 2018

On Saturday 28 April, RAV’s Kew Centre delivered a one-day workshop for You, Me, Us, a new program supporting couples to have the best experience of retirement, with the understanding that retirement is a significant life transition that can have long term consequences for health and wellbeing.

You, Me, Us has been developed as part of RAV’s Senior Relationship Services through a process of research and consultation, including with RAV practitioners, focus groups of retired Victorians and external specialists on memoir and lifewriting in the context of dementia care and broader health care.

The interactive, participatory workshop provides an opportunity for couples to

  • hear the latest evidence about what makes a difference to wellbeing and fulfilment in retirement
  • recognise the strengths they have developed through their years together
  • discuss similarities and differences in goals, values, and interests
  • consider and plan for some of the challenges ahead, including the unpredictable nature of ageing.

Feedback from our preliminary workshop was very positive, with participants finding it valuable to have conversations about their expectations, concerns and goals for retirement with both their partner and the group.

Participant feedback:

  • "I really valued the opportunity to talk in detail about retirement challenges and hear how other people plan their retirement."
  • "For me the highlights were identifying my purpose and meaning and hearing other people's stories."

Registrations are now open for our next You, Me, Us group, which will be held in Kew on 21 July from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

For more information, please click here.

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