Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

Synopsis

This innovative volume presents the personal aspects of retirement--the feelings, pleasures, and problems of this life event, expressed in the words of retirees. The passage of worker to retiree addresses concerns and questions that are important to many of those about to retire: how working conditions and other factors can affect the decision to retire; problems of a workaholic; how to handle leisure interests on a full-time basis; widowhood and retirement; depression; retirement insurance; mandatory retirement; volunteer work; and many other topics.

Excerpt

Many of us have a desire for some inexplicable reason to write a book. I suppose basically we feel we have a story to tell. Our story arises from where we are coming: professional writers for the money--philosophers to explain belief systems--historians to delineate the past--psychologists to discuss behavior--economists to translate the movement of money-- movie stars, celebrities, and now politicians to tell their story known as "kiss and tell."

My reason was to present the life event of retirement as a basis for guidance to those men and women thinking about their future years.

My belief was threefold that future retirees would benefit from my innovative approach to the subject of retirement. First, the fact that I had retired provided hands-on contact with the problems and promises of retirement. Second, my research in the field indicated a need to relate the retirement experience, not from a cohort or statistical standpoint, but rather from the richness of an individual's recollection. Finally, I believe the shared trials, tribulations and triumphs of other retirees suggest approaches to the transition from work to retirement.

Since, to my knowledge, there is no book on the market that addresses retirement in an individual, personal manner, I have gone to the source, actual retirees, to learn of their experiences expressed in their own words.

These conversations provide an opportunity for the reader to share the sentiments of others as they considered leaving their jobs, making the decision to retire, and details of their lives in retirement. Each interview is followed by a short analysis of a salient point arising from the retiree's . . .

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