[Physical activity during the transition period between occupation and retirement]

Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2010 Oct;43(5):297-302. doi: 10.1007/s00391-010-0103-z. Epub 2010 Apr 3.
[Article in German]

Abstract

Background: During the transition period between occupation and retirement, different mental challenges may arise as a consequence of the numerous changes and necessary reorientation to the following phase of life. Personal well-being is a precondition to cope with these challenges.

Methods: Interviews with physically active people in the transition period between occupation and retirement, concerning the importance of physical activity in coping with mental challenges, were conducted.

Results: Physical activity is meant to affect well-being and the physical condition in a positive way. In addition, it should foster social contacts and make it easier to manage everyday life. Moreover, it is a measure of personal success during advanced age.

Conclusion: Because of its influence on various physical, mental, and social aspects, physical activity can help a person to cope with mental challenges in the transition period between occupation and retirement.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Leisure Activities
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*
  • Physical Fitness
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Retirement*
  • Social Adjustment
  • Sports / psychology*