In Our Fifties: Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"About half way through reading this book, I became aware of the fact that my reaction was, 'Oh, to be fifty again.' The authors present this decade as the one that 'promises to be the richest and most satisfying of your life.' A time of growth toward greater fulfillment. A message that especially warms the heart of an adult educator." —Malcolm S. Knowles, professor emeritus of adult and community college education, North Carolina State University
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is an optimistic, encouraging though dull report about how 70 Americans in their 50s handle the special burdens and opportunities that attend their particular time of life. The study concentrates on those who have spouses, children and grandchildren, and although single, heterosexual people will find scant advice here, several sections deal with middle-aged gay people. There is interesting information on how today's 50-year-olds differ from yesteryear's and how they are faring with their grown offspring who move back to the family home. Bergquist president of the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco, Greenberg a Denver educational consultant and Klaum a San Francisco therapist stress the need for positive images of the age-50-59 population. Apr.
Library Journal
If conclusions can be drawn about fiftysomething adults based on a study of 73 men and women aged 50 to 60 done in 1987-91, then this book provides valuable questions and answers on how that age group identifies and adapts to the unique features of being in their fifties. Very little is currently available on this decade of life, and as the baby boomers approach it, the topic is certain to be of interest. The authors, all professionals in the fields of psychology, personal management, and adult studies, explore the areas of health, family, work, and leadership before presenting their own message of challenge to others entering their fifties. The lack of resources on this subject is reason enough for purchase.-- Hilma F. Cooper, Cheltenham Twp. Libs., Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425135
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/20/1993
  • Series: Social and Behavioral Sciences Series
  • Edition description: 1st
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM BERQUIST is president of The Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco and Sacramento. He is the author of many books, including Developing Human and Organizational Resources (1993). ELINOR M GREENBERG is president of a consulting firm near Denver. She is the author of Weaving: The Fabric of a Woman's Life (1991). G. ALAN KLAUM is president of a San Francisco consulting firm, codirector of The Sutter Institute, and a practicing psychotherapist.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
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
Recommended Readings 185
Notes 189
Index 195
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