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While many books address the issues that arise for people in their thirties and forties, little has been written about the unique challenges, joys, and fears that individuals encounter in their fifties. This book offers those who are in, or about to enter, their fifties a wealth of insights for making the most of these rapidly changing, exciting years.
Not simply a time to prepare for 'endings,' the authors show that the fifties are a vibrant period for new beginnings, a time for reevaluation, reinvention, and development. Personal interviews with more than seventy men and women uncover the reality of life at fifty. Offering insights for self-exploration and for personal development, the authors demonstrate that courage and honesty can make these the best years of one's life.
|1||Myths and Realities: The Invisible Decade||1|
|2||New Identities, New Priorities: Settling Down or Gearing Up?||11|
|3||Stories and Dreams: Listening to Inner Voices||27|
|4||Body and Mind: Over the Hill or In Our Prime?||40|
|5||The Mirror of History: Understanding Commonality and Diversity||55|
|6||Friends and Lovers: The Quest for Relationship and Autonomy||75|
|7||Families: New Roles as Parents, Grandparents, and Children||89|
|8||Work and Career: Changing Needs and Sources of Meaning||115|
|9||Leadership: Power, Redefinition, and Self-Renewal||136|
|10||Achievement and Failure: Coming to Terms||148|
|11||Reinventing Our Lives: The Challenge of Change||165|
|12||To the Next Generation; Preparing for Your Fifties||173|
|Appendix: Research Questions||183|