Retirement Center


April 24-25, 2013


Since the last CUCRA-CUCEA meeting, the Center and UCB, LBNL and OP retirees have been very busy with activities and programs

to support our mission to transform the retirement experience by contributing to the wellbeing and creativity of our retired faculty and staff

and that support the UC community.



Your Life, Your Future: Later Life Planning

May has been celebrated as Older Americans Month in the US since 1963, recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

For Older Americans Month 2013, the Retirement Center is offering a free series on Later Life Planning over four consecutive Thursday afternoons.

The series addresses the heartfelt concerns of retirees to plan for themselves and others wisely and well. Experts from the fields of aging, legal and

estate planning, living arrangements and caregiving will offer advice, instruction, information and resources in the weekly sessions. A readert

relative to workshop topics will be provided to all attendees.


Caregiving 101:                                                                    End of Life Issues

Take Care of Yourself/Take Care of Others                    Thursday May 9 2pm-4pm

Thursday May 2 2pm-4pm


Estate Planning                                                                    Living Arrangements

Thursday May 16 2pm-4pm                                                             Thursday May 23 2pm-4pm


Pre-Retirement Planning Program (PRP)

The spring 2013 PRP concluded March 8. Over 100 active staff, including some 40 faculty registrants, participated in the program. Over six sessions

covering 12 topics, the participants were provided expert commentary, discussion and resources to assist in their preparation for retirement from

fulltime work. A comprehensive reader organized by topic was provided to all participants. The fall 2013 PRP will occur in October/November and

 conclued before Thanksgiving.


Learning in Retirement  (LIR)

The LIR Committee develops and offers free educational series every fall and spring semester. This spring they offered the following series:


Three Perspectives on Chinese Art and Technology

Freud in 21st Century America

Reading and Writing and Berkeley Students


For fall 2013, the committee has confirmed a four part series on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Paul Alivisatos  Director LBNL,

will give the first lecture, an overview of the Lab's programs to include a description of plans for the Richmond Bay Campus and how the Lab's

research interests have changed over the years. In successive weeks, the series will acquaint the audience in more depth with the varied projects

of the Lab


Caregiver Support

In collaboration with the campus Elder Care Program, the Center now offers a retiree caregiver support group. A proposal is being developed to

expand this collaboration to include individual consultation services for retirees in challenging caregiving situations.


Volunteer Program: Coming of Age: Bay Area Collaboration

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 the Retirement Center and Coming of Age: Bay Area (CoABA) launched a pilot effort to widen the range of

meaningful community-based volunteer opportunities available to retirees in Alameda and San Francisco Counties. Some 80 retirees registered for

the program The special event offered a brief program by the UCB Greater Good Science Center and the opportunity to interact with over 12

community-based organizations with opportunities for retirees to volunteer their talents in meaningful ways.


In March 2013, the Center and CoABA offered four Explore Your Future Workshops that 24 registered for. The workshops helped retirees examine

their volunteer ambitions and clarify their interests.


Emeriti Survey

Under a Sloan Foundation grant, the UCB Office for Faculty Equity will be conducting a survey of all UC emeriti. The survey will seek emeriti input

on their concerns and experiences with retirement and their thoughts about policies and initiatives that would promote satisfying and successful careers

and successful transitions to life after full time engagement. More information about this study will be forthcoming in the near future.


Annual Summer Picnic

The Center will again host a summer picnic for retirees. Over 120 retirees attended last summerÕs picnic. The summer 2013 picnic will be held in July

in BerkeleyÕs Tilden Park.



The Center is exploring the possibility of a retiree golf outing this summer at the Berkeley Tilden Park golf course.  We know there are duffers out there.


Patrick Cullinane, Director