The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life

The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life

by Barbara M. Fleisher, Thelma Reese
     
 

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Rather than focus exclusively on preparing for retirement, this book offers the firsthand accounts of women of retirement age, the real obstacles and changes they face, and how they successfully navigate their retirement years.See more details below

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Rather than focus exclusively on preparing for retirement, this book offers the firsthand accounts of women of retirement age, the real obstacles and changes they face, and how they successfully navigate their retirement years.

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Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
The later life of the senior woman today has little in common with her mother's or even grandmother's lives. To start she will live 20 to 30 years longer with better health, more vitality, and increased resources to affect changes in themselves as well as society. Fleisher and Reese, two retired professors turned bloggers, aim to help women navigate the unique realities of life after retirement in this day and age. The two approach the topic like the academics they once were—interviewing hundreds of women "with varied histories who examine their lives critically." The book collects and categorizes the wisdom of women already in the second half of their lives (one is 100 years old!) to provide inspiration and practical advice on such topics as how to live with adult children, downsize their homes, and embrace galloping technology.The authors do not avoid the unavoidable and most serious issues of aging: separation and loss; however, at times they seem overly earnest or too optimistic. And, even the elder chicks can slip into unintended ageism. For example, in the chapter about downsizing they talk to a couple in their 80s moving to a retirement community in Florida. "Even at their age," the authors write, Hannah H and her husband "had the spirit and courage to recognize that a change in lifestyle would be worth the effort." Minor pitfalls aside, Fleisher and Reese successfully provide direction and community for women 60-plus looking to reinvent their later life. (Oct.)
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Since 1950, America’s population older than 60 has nearly tripled. In step Fleisher and Reese, retired professors who started the blog, www.ElderChicks.com, to share inspiring stories about how one’s senior years can be a 'time of renewal and reinvention.' Dick Goldberg, national director of Coming of Age (for Americans 50 and older), writes a lovely introduction about seniors maintaining freedom and independence. Indeed, that’s a common, food-for-thought theme throughout the book as Fleisher and Reese profile 'people who are truly mastering the art of a senior life.' Lawyer 'Cheryl L' frees herself from a moribund marriage. 'Shirley L,' in her mid-80s, plays tennis and still works at the art dealership she founded with her husband. At first, 'Joanne K' was devastated that her husband cheated on her. But eventually, she concluded that 'he was the bad guy here, not me!' And she got her master’s degree in psychology. The book ends, satisfyingly, with Elena S’s creed, 'While I can, I will. When I can’t, I won’t. But I’ll be glad that I did when I could.'
Molly D. Shepard
This remarkable compendium of stories of and by women of a 'certain age' provides enormous insight and wisdom to all of us as we approach retirement. This underlying message is reinforced in every page; "To thine own self be true."
Deborah Carr
The New Senior Woman is essential reading for “women of a certain age” who are on the verge on their retirement years. With its lively conversational style, The New Senior Woman is a self-help book for savvy women who typically eschew self-help. Baby Boom women have re-invented every social institution they’ve encountered, and old age is no exception. This book provides women with helpful yet never sanctimonious advice on how to navigate retirement, downsizing one’s home, health woes, cognitive decline, ever-changing parent-child relations, loss, and the other inevitable changes that accompany aging. Equal parts first-person narrative, scholarship, and self-help, The New Senior Woman invites women to face old age with knowledge, confidence, and guarded optimism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442223578
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
336,127
File size:
1 MB

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