Purpose and Power in Retirement

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Eighty million baby boomers are heading toward retirement. Some are retiring now, either out of choice or because they have been laid off. Others will work for a few more years until their retirement plans kick in, until they feel they can retire, or until theyre forced to retire. Whatever their age at retirement, they will have better health and live longer than their parents. And each of them will face these...
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Overview

Eighty million baby boomers are heading toward retirement. Some are retiring now, either out of choice or because they have been laid off. Others will work for a few more years until their retirement plans kick in, until they feel they can retire, or until theyre forced to retire. Whatever their age at retirement, they will have better health and live longer than their parents. And each of them will face these questions

Do I want a reason to get up in the morning and be excited about the day ahead?
Do I still want to make a difference in the world?

They need a visiona goal that takes into account their experience, wisdom, strengths, and limitations, and gives purpose to their lives.Dr. Harold G. Koenig, with expertise in the fields of geriatrics, mental health, and religion, explains that the notion of retirement was in fact a marketing tool developed in the postWorld War II period.Continuing today, societys image of retirement is based largely on myths, such as things will get better when you retireyoull be able to do everything you wanted to but couldnt when you worked. In fact, these beliefs can be harmful, leading to emotional issues, identity crises, and problems with physical health.Citing current scientific and medical research, Koenig illustrates how having a purpose motivates and energizes people in their retirement years. He presents a stepbystep guide to identifying a goal toward which they can strive. And he shows how striving for that goal in itself brings meaning, satisfaction, and a sense of reward to retirement years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932031874
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Koenig, MD, completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is now on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Koenig is director and founder of the Center for the Study of ReligionSpirituality and Health at that institution, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with nearly 250 peerreviewed articles and book chapters and 25 books in print or in preparation. He is editor of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, a refereed medical research journal, and editorinchief of Science and Theology News, a monthly international newspaper. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on close to 50 national and international TV news programs (including all major US news networks), 80 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR, BBC, and CBC interviews), and nearly 200 national or international newspapers or magazines (including three issues of Reader's Digest and cover stories of Newsweek and Parade magazine). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on health, and has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for progress in religion.
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