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End of the Retirement Age: Embracing the Pursuit of Meaning, Purpose and Prosperity

End of the Retirement Age: Embracing the Pursuit of Meaning, Purpose and Prosperity


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Your retirement is fast approaching. It should be a time of celebration, but you have more questions than answers.

Will you struggle to fill your days with meaningful activities? Will you lose your sense of identity and purpose? Will you outlive your money?

The combination of longer life expectancies, declining government support, and a reduction in job security means you need to completely rethink your approach to this phase of life.

Fortunately, there is hope.

In End of the Retirement Age, David Kennedy presents an optimistic exploration of the forces shaping the retirement landscape, the surprising economic opportunity of an ageing population, and the inspiring ways a generation is redefining retirement in pursuit of meaning, purpose and prosperity.

You'll discover:

  • Why retirement in its current form is redundant.
  • How you can adapt to the changing retirement landscape, including tips and strategies to help you prepare.
  • Why older Australians hold the key to Australia's economic prosperity.
  • Inspiring stories from a broad cross-section of retirees.

If you are serious about planning for life after work, this book will help you understand the challenges and opportunities of the new retirement playing field, while providing insights, stories and strategies to help you adapt and thrive in this new reality.

The retirement age is over. What takes its place has the potential to be transformational.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995445390
Publisher: MacMillan Company Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

DAVID KENNEDY is an author, educator, retirement planning expert, and owner of Hillross Pacific Advisory, an award-winning wealth management consultancy based in Sydney. In 2014 he received the Hillross Adviser of the Year award, and his views on retirement trends have featured in The Australian, AFR Asset magazine and Financial Planning magazine. David is a strategic consultant to the financial services industry, a practitioner at Kaplan Professional and a proud partner of the Cancer Council Pro Bono Program. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents



  • The end of the retirement age
  • Reinventing the retirement paradigm
  • Revisiting our patriotic duty
  • Four converging realities challenging retirees
  • Finding meaning and purpose

Part 1: Contending with longer life expectancies

  • Visualising the future
  • The business of expanding the human life span
  • Exploring a cure for ageing
  • Joining the dots on where the science may go
  • Clues to boost your chances of a longer life

Part 2: Surviving without welfare

  • The cost of living longer
  • Unpopular decisions in the national interest
  • A nation buckling under pressure

Part 3: Navigating the ever-changing workplace

  • Meaningful work matters
  • Why older Australians are part of the solution
  • The great workplace disconnect
  • Opportunities missed in the workplace
  • Introducing
  • Finding an age-friendly employer
  • How social media can boost your job prospects

Part 4: Planning for your financial future in a world obsessed with 'now'

  • The retirement planning challenge
  • Why you are increasingly on your own
  • But how much is enough?
  • Instant gratification and the psychology of money
  • The perils of short-termism
  • Retirement trends and transitions
  • Strategy corner

Part 5: Inspiring stories as a generation redefines retirement

  • Working longer: A life of service and contribution
  • Connecting online: Life starts at 60
  • Seniorpreneurship: Rise of the retirement coach
  • Globetrotting: The world is your oyster
  • Fundraising: Older but definitely not invisible
  • Volunteering: Combining hobbies and a desire to give back
  • Getting active: Overcoming adversity and taking on new challenges
  • Creative pursuits: Embracing a passion for art
  • The caring conundrum: Hats off to the sandwich generation

Part 6: Rethinking retirement in pursuit of meaning, purpose and engagement

  • Protirement: Ageing positively on purpose
  • We all need something to retire to
  • Work, learn and play till you drop


  • A new beginning
  • 40 reflections on retiring well


About the author

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