Retirement and disability
In our ageing population, 1 in 7 Australians are aged 65 years and over (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, 2018). Attitudes about retirement can fluctuate, and can impact on an individual’s sense of wellbeing (Moen, 1996; Reitzes & Mutran, 2004). Older people with disability are also leaving the workforce prematurely or are facing the prospect of early retirement (AIHW, 2018). The number and proportion of people aged 65 and over receiving the Disability Support Pension has increased over the past 15 years (AIHW, 2020).
Retirement of older people with disability can be very stressful, particularly those who rely on routine and require additional time and planning support. People living with disabilities may have less educational, employment and financial opportunities to plan for retirement, and there are limited sufficient resources to support. It can be hard for people living with disability to remain actively engaged in retirement (Bigby et al., 2011; McDermott et al., 2010).