Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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The Inevitability of
Retirement

Male, age 75, married, two children Education: college graduate Job Status: dentist, 52 years Retirement Income: $30,000 Health: reported poor Retirement Category: regular-mandatory, retired for 6 months

I loved working; that was, next to my wife and family, my first love. My work was my hobby; I had no other hobbies.

When I was in general practice, I didn't have the same interest in my profession as I had when I began working in a specialized field of dentistry. The reason for this change came about eleven years ago when I went in full time at a local hospital and began working on things I had always wanted to do. The reason why I couldn't do this type of work before was because of the need of supporting a family. Because of the hospital arrangements, I was able in my later years to devote full time to this type of work.

I was able to eliminate general practice and devote myself to people with facial deformities. I am considered a maxillofacial prosthodontist. I was the only one in my state doing this type of work. There were very few men throughout the country in this particular specialty. My work was in rebuilding their face and mouth to as near normal as possible.

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