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Retiring on Purpose or for a Purpose? Policies and Practices for a Goal-Directed Retirement

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Retirement comes with the potential for greater freedom and autonomy regarding time management and activity selection. However, this freedom is not available to all retirees, and, when it is, it may be viewed as an opportunity to avoid goals and commitments rather than to live purposefully. Patrick Hill’s talk will discuss factors that influence sense of purpose in older adulthood, and why it may be valuable to remain purposeful during retirement. Building from these points, the talk will focus on implications for policies at multiple levels of society, as well as individualized programs to help retirees find or regain their purpose and direction in life.

Patrick Hill is an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, and a faculty scholar in the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his BA in psychology and economics at Indiana University, and his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Afterwards, he served as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in both cognitive aging and personality science labs. His research focuses on understanding purpose in life from a lifespan developmental perspective, investigating the benefits associated with a sense of purpose from adolescence into older adulthood.

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Patrick Hill → Washington University in St. Louis


October 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm1:00 pm