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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995445390
Publisher: Grammar Factory Pty. Ltd.
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction 9

The end of the retirement age 9

Reinventing the retirement paradigm 12

Revisiting our patriotic duty 13

Four converging realities challenging retirees 16

Finding meaning and purpose 19

Part 1: Contending with longer life expectancies 21

Visualising the future 21

The business of expanding the human life span 22

Exploring a cure for ageing 24

Joining the dots on where the science may go 26

Clues to boost your chances of a longer life 27

Part 2: Surviving without welfare 31

The cost of living longer 31

Unpopular decisions in the national interest 34

A nation buckling under pressure 36

Part 3: Navigating the ever-changing workplace 40

Meaningful work matters 40

Why older Australians are part of the solution 42

The great workplace disconnect 44

Opportunities missed in the workplace 45

Introducing olderworkers.com.au 48

Finding an age-friendly employer 49

How social media can boost your job prospects 50

Part 4: Planning for your financial future in a world obsessed with ‘now’ 53

The retirement planning challenge 53

Why you are increasingly on your own 54

But how much is enough? 55

Instant gratification and the psychology of money 57

The perils of short-termism 58

Retirement trends and transitions 60

Strategy corner 62

Part 5: Inspiring stories as a generation redefines retirement 70

Working longer: A life of service and contribution 70

Connecting online: Life starts at 60 72

Seniorpreneurship: Rise of the retirement coach 74

Globetrotting: The world is your oyster 75

Fundraising: Older but definitely not invisible 77

Volunteering: Combining hobbies and a desire to give back 80

Getting active: Overcoming adversity and taking on new challenges 82

Creative pursuits: Embracing a passion for art 86

The caring conundrum: Hats off to the sandwich generation 87

Part 6: Rethinking retirement in pursuit of meaning, purpose and engagement 90

Protirement: Ageing positively on purpose 90

We all need something to retire to 91

Work, learn and play till you drop 94

Conclusion 98

A new beginning 98

40 reflections on retiring well 99

Acknowledgements 102

About the author 104

Back cover 105

End notes 106

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