Retiring as a Career: Making the Most of Your Retirement

Overview

Every year, millions of Americans retire—and many of them wonder what went wrong. What they envisioned as a graceful pirouette into the golden years often leads instead to a rude awakening. Why? We all know about financial planning for retirement, but emotional and social planning is just as important. This book deals with the issues of purpose and structure, self-esteem, emotional and social roles, resources, and the special issues of women who retire. Based on the results of a survey of successful retirees, it ...

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Overview

Every year, millions of Americans retire—and many of them wonder what went wrong. What they envisioned as a graceful pirouette into the golden years often leads instead to a rude awakening. Why? We all know about financial planning for retirement, but emotional and social planning is just as important. This book deals with the issues of purpose and structure, self-esteem, emotional and social roles, resources, and the special issues of women who retire. Based on the results of a survey of successful retirees, it helps readers to learn from their experiences and benefit from their own hard-won wisdom.

In many ways, today's retirees are pioneers, charting new courses for their unprecedented long futures. This book looks at the changing faces, definitions, and models of retirement in order to help those who are looking forward to their own. It enables readers to identify and avoid some of the typical pitfalls of retirement: moving too quickly from a fast-paced schedule to a life of total leisure; giving up home, friends, and community to move to a strange location; expecting your spouse to cooperate with your own retirement plans; and doing too much—or too little.

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What People Are Saying

Carol Anderson

"Betsy Kyte Newman dispels the notion that retirement is a purely economic event, but rather an important life transition that requires planning and preparation in all areas of life. Retiring as a Career is well researched and insightful--I highly recommend this book."

Steven S. Shagrin

"A must read for anyone who hopes to have a successful transition from work to retirement. Betsy Kyte Newman hits the nail right on the head--helping you understand the meaning retirement might have for you, the importance of the need to structure your time, awareness of your self image and other emotional issues, changes in relationships with family and friends, relocation and other housing considerations, and what you might do if you find that retirement isn't working out the way you expected."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981686
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

BETSY KYTE NEWMAN a consultant in management education and career development, is the Director of Counseling and Career Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. She specializes in career planning, mid-career change, and life transitions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: So You Want to Retire (Why You Need This Book)

The American Dream? (Redefining Retirement for Yourself)

What Do You Need to Know? (Planning Ahead)

What Happens Next? (The Changing Face of Retirement)

But What Will I Do All Day? (Structuring Your Time)

Looking in the Mirror (Self Image and Other Emotional Issues)

It Takes Two (For Better or Worse--but for Lunch?)

For Women Only: The Pioneering Generation Retires

Help! (Resources for Retirement)

Why Do You Want to Retire Anyway?

Retirement Is Not for Sissies (Avoiding the Black Holes)

Flunking Retirement (When Things Don't Work Out)

Plan B and Beyond (Retiring from Retirement)

Seeking Enlightenment (Spirituality and Retirement)

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Appendix

Bibliography

Index by Topic

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