Creating retirement paths: Examples from the lives of women

Christine A. Price, Olena Nesteruk

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Through in-depth interviews with 40 retired women diverse in age, marital status, ethnicity, income, and occupational background, we explored how women experience retirement. Following our analysis, we identified five retirement pathways: family-focused, service-focused, recreation-focused, employment-focused, and disenchanted retirements. These pathways represent dominant activities and interests at the time the women were interviewed and challenge the cultural portrayal of retirement as an unvarying life stage. The participants' narratives provide a glimpse into the pathways retired women create by revealing the complexity of later life and the changing nature of retirement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-149
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Mastery
  • Qualitative methods
  • Retirement
  • Social integration
  • Women


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