Many people find the transition to retirement to be challenging. In spite of the real losses that can mark the later years of life, these years also have the potential to be a time of deep joy, connection and meaning. Retirement may also be the phase of life in which you experience the greatest freedom from others’ expectations and the ability to explore your most authentic self. This course, taught by psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., integrates lectures, discussion, journaling and interactive activities to help you thrive and discover the fullest potential of your retirement years.


  • The meaning of retirement, examining personal and cultural assumptions
  • Challenges and opportunities of later life
  • Understanding and planning for the psychological changes in later life
  • Building community and social connections
  • Reimagining your present, future and legacy


The intent of this course is to offer a general educational overview of the topics described. If you are seeking specific therapeutic guidance, please consult with the mental health professional of your choosing.



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Section Title
Finding Meaning in Retirement
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Oct 21, 2019 to Nov 25, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
* non-credit $210.00
Section Notes

Refund Policy A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.