Wendy Quinn

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and wellness in retirement transition was examined by presenting a case report where the participant experienced depression and risk factors for cardiovascular disease after retiring from full time employment. The preparation for retirement is in question and an exploration of what role the employer has in this transition was examined. A literature review of IO studies was conducted and common retirement themes emerged: I. Careful planning and preparation improves outcomes, 2. Illness in work life predicts health outcomes in retirement, 3. Retiring causes illness versus illness causing retirement, 4. Physical activity contributes to wellness in retirement, 5. Impact of wellness in retirement on society and roles of employer, governments and policy makers to improve outcomes. It was concluded that there is a role for employers to not only provide financial retirement planning, but also health and wellness planning as the employee transitions from work life to retirement.