Transitioning to Retirement With Fun and Purpose

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 29, 2006

Transitioning to Retirement With Fun and Purpose

For years many residents work toward that golden time called retirement. Many are so intently focused with an eye on the prize that they might not think beyond that first Monday morning when they don’t have to be jerked awake by an alarm clock, wear business attire and join the rush-hour commute. They slam the door on the world of work and open a new door to what?

If the only goal of retirement is to quit working, then some residents may leave themselves without a plan, which could be stressful, confusing and frustrating. There is an alternative. Beginning Sept. 28 and running for eight Thursdays through Nov. 16, Fairfax County will host its award-winning Neighborhood College program, with a focus on how to transition from work to retirement with fun and purpose. Classes will be held at the Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St., Herndon, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes will combine presentations, discussions, practical experiences and field trips to learn:

  • How to follow your interests and get involved in the community.
  • Using your skills to become an effective community leader.
  • How local government works and how you can be involved.
  • Your community’s needs, trends and demographics.
  • Identifying and accessing community resources.
  • Ways to transition into retirement with fun and a purpose.
  • Leisure education and enrichment activities.

Classes are free but space is limited; light meals will be provided. The deadline for registration is Sept. 21. For more information or to obtain registration forms, call 703-787-4962, TTY 703-803-7914.

Neighborhood College, an award-winning community leadership development program that helps build stronger communities, is sponsored by the Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services. This session is in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services.


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