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Health and wellbeing in retirement

Retirement means not only grappling with changes to your finances, but also thinking about the impact your retirement will have on your family life and your mental and physical wellbeing. This page provides information on how to cope with these changes and ensure you have a healthy and fulfilling retirement.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

Contact the Library

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Good retirement guide 2020, The: everything you need to know about health, property, investment, leisure, work, pensions and tax

This book is packed with information, suggestions and advice on every aspect of retirement and beyond. It aims to inspire you to do things you've never thought of, and help you to sort out the practicalities should you have not already explored the opportunities available. It is an invaluable resource book which will help you enjoy your retirement to the full.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How to become a happy retiree

Provides insights on how to shape a happy retirement. Covers transitioning, different paths open to retirees and how to build identity, relationships and purpose once retired.

The real retirement struggle: Defining yourself as more than the sum of a long career

Article on the importance of preparing emotionally, as well as financially, for retirement. Discusses ways of forging an identity that will shape wellbeing once your existing career has ended.

The home and its role in a retirement plan: making decisions about where to live and how to pay for it

Explores the question of where to live in retirement from a psychological, practical and financial perspective.

Counting snowflakes: the emotional side of retirement

Looks at some of the psychological and emotional issues involved in making the decision to retire and the process of reorganising your life once you have retired.

Useful links

Health and wellbeing (Age UK)
Guides, tips and news on health for older people from the charity Age UK. Information covers:

  • conditions and illnesses
  • healthy eating
  • keeping fit
  • mental health
  • relationships and family
  • healthcare rights.

CABA supports ICAEW Chartered Accountants through difficult and challenging times, provides practical resources and advice to ICAEW members facing difficult decisions about health and care or need assistance with benefits. CABA also runs training courses on managing stress and improving your health and wellbeing. CABA provides assistance to ICAEW members and students as well as the families of current, former or deceased ICAEW members.

How to look after your mental health in later life
Booklet from the Mental Health Foundation offering practical advice on protecting mental health for people who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

Can't find what you are looking for?

If you're having trouble finding the information you need, ask the Library & Information Service. Contact us by telephone on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat or by email at library@icaew.com.

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