Our long-term aim is reduced loneliness in later life, with people in mid-life becoming happier, more resilient and better supported to respond positively to change. Our approach is summarised here.
Transitions in later life can include:
We believe that improving the ability of people to manage potentially destabilising and distressing transitions can significantly enhance their wellbeing.
Through our Transitions in later life strand, we are looking at what works in supporting people during the transition of retirement and at how therapeutic support and techniques can help build psychological resilience.
In developing this work, we will draw on knowledge from work we have already supported including:
In July we hosted a learning session to discuss what we already know about transitions in mid and later life.
We have undertaken research to identify key stakeholders with expertise in the transition to retirement and with expertise in therapeutic techniques to help build psychological resilience, We will be organising design events in early 2015 with these stakeholders to help us identify priorities for this Transitions in later life strand.
In October we launched a blog as part of an online engagement to assist the Foundation in identifying ways of supporting people through later life changes. We encourage people to visit the site, suggest resources and join the discussion so as to inform us in the development of this strand of work.