Navigating Later Life Transitions

Navigating Later Life Transitions: An Evaluation of Emotional and Psychological Interventions

(Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Centre for Ageing Better)

(August 2019)


Transitions in later life, for instance retiring from paid work, changing career, ending or starting a relationship, can have a major impact on people’s lives and their wellbeing. Recognising a gap in preventative support for transitions such as these, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) has funded a number of projects that provide group-based psychological and emotional support as part of its Transitions in Later Life programme.

This evaluation report focuses on two of these courses — Working Longer and Living Life to the Full, a two-day course run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and Changing Gears, a three-day course run by Age & Opportunity in Dublin, Ireland.

The report highlights the importance of providing support to employees in mid-life as a way of helping them stay in work for longer if they want to, plan for retirement, and think ahead about their future needs.

Read the report