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The Role of Social Gerontologists in Preparing the Elderly Workers for Retirement
One of the most important challenges before the retirement is preparation for active aging. The retirement period is an opportunity to adapt an individual for a quality life in the third life period. Many people, who are very active during the employment remain so even at the end of their working period. Some may accept retirement easily, while others find this transition more problematic. Many organizations are aware of the need to adapt to the elderly workforce and have therefore adopted strategies that offer an easier transition into retirement. Maintaining social contacts, alternative forms of work and the continuation of previous working activities remain options that may be considered to mitigate the retirement changes. In this case study, we highlighted some proposals for the pre-retirement programs from a sociogerontological point of view. We described an individual, who faced the retirement, which represented a concern for the future. This was a new situation for him, and through the perspective of a social gerontologist we tried to find new solutions for an active and quality life.