Supporting Faculty Transitions to Retirement: Moving beyond Basics, Acknowledging Faculty Legacy, and Fostering Well-being

This study addresses challenges associated with the non-retirement of faculty members in higher education in the United States and describes a pilot study investigating programs and services supporting faculty transitions to retirement at four-year colleges and universities across California. The study examines three types of nonprofit institutions: campuses in the University of California system, campuses in the California State University system, and private colleges and universities. The data showed that all institutions make available basic information about retirement-related finances and benefits, but that few offer services addressing psychosocial needs of faculty members, faculty desires for an ongoing sense of community with colleagues at their institutions, or faculty needs involving identity and legacy. Recommendations for institutions are provided.

My Days in Solitary Confinement: The Plight of Older Immigrant Caregivers

When politicians coldly debate “cuts” to various health support services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, many of them do not realize or care that they are adding to the stressful burdens of millions of Americans who sacrifice their lives to help a spouse, or parent, or some other loved one who needs a helping hand. Approximately one quarter of the US population has at least one chronic condition, many of these are elders who need care and assistance. In the United States alone between 30 and 38 million adults provide regular ongoing care for a family member or loved one. The stressors and burdens of caregiving have a negative impact on the health and well-being of aging care givers. Most caregivers are female with an average age of sixty-nine. The burdens of providing care can be overwhelming. Caregiving stress has been shown to result in a variety of physical and psychological concerns such as chronic anxiety, depression, and loneliness. This qualitative study explores the stressors and burdens of immigrant caregivers.

Inequality in Living Conditions among Danish State Pensioners

The object of this article is to analyze if and how economic differences between state pensioners manifest as inequalities in actual living conditions among state pensioners. This is analyzed quantitatively using descriptive statistics, and findings are controlled for relevant variables via regression analysis. The data sources are registry data on the gross population of 841,246 Danish state pensioners merged with survey data on 4,800 state pensioners. The analysis of living conditions of the 10 percent with the lowest income and the 10 percent with the highest income in addition to the state pension shows that the low income group is doing worse on all aspects of living conditions: marital status, composition of household, housing, education, well-being, loneliness, unwillingly alone, social relations, health, level of function, evaluation of economy, and deprivations. These findings of inequality are contextualized within the 1980s pension reforms which changed the economic configuration between state pensioners.