Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Lynn Shaw


In Canada there are is growing number of women on the cusp of retirement. However, the major emphasis on planning for this transition is financial. A constructivist grounded theory study was used to investigate and analyze data to uncover the processes women use to prepare for retirement. Twelve professional women, teachers, nurses, and dieticians, shared their insights through group dialogue and interviews. Findings provide a conceptual model depicting the process for how women appraise their personal readiness to retire, based on appraising the self and comparing the self to others. The proposed conceptual model provides a deeper appreciation of the characteristics of the interactive planning process that women enact to move forward in their retirement journey. In conclusion, more efforts are needed to engage women in holistic retirement planning that provides opportunities for collaborative learning and appraisal of personal needs and desires.



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