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You may begin thinking about what you want the next phase of your life to look like well before you set a date for retirement.

This page has resources for you late in your career. You will find a self-assessment to help you recognize your attitudes about this new phase of life. Other materials address the psychological transition and planning for a fulfilling retirement lifestyle, including financial planning.

Once you have committed to retiring from the University, you have numerous decisions to make. Start with the 36-month checklist and retirement guides (Choose the ASRS version or ORP version).

Visit this page to find more information about Medicare, continuing your University benefits, calculating your pension or retirement account distributions, phased retirement, and Retiree Accumulated Sick Leave (RASL) payout.

Yes, retirement involves departure, but it’s also a bridge to a new phase of life. Learn what official University retirement status is and what it offers you. Consider options for staying involved with University, including a host of volunteer opportunities. Finally, review ways to create a fulfilling and meaningful retirement.

"STOP USING THE 'R' WORD!
I'm not retiring, I'm just taking a distribution from my account."

— UA employee to benefits consultant

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FROM "R-WORD" TO FORWARD

When Social Security was established in 1935, the average US life expectancy was 62 years. “Retirement” implied not only stopping work, but retiring from life. In 2015, life expectancy is 80 years or more, and “retirement” means something very different. It’s time to start checking off that bucket list, from starting a new business to doing independent research to joining the Peace Corps.

What hasn’t changed is that retirement is a major life transition from days shaped by the responsibilities of UA employment to controlling your own time. And transition, whether good or bad,tends to be stressful. This website is designed to help you take charge of that transition—emotionally, logistically, and financially—so that you can enter UA retirement on your terms, heading to the future of your choice.