Retirement Straight Talk describes all stages of retirement from the initial whispers in the mind, to the raw emotions of major life change, to the choices, challenges, and commitments in the second half of life. Addressed fully are the new beginnings and joy to be found in retirement and also issues of economic security, housing, relationships, health, continued caring for others, and spiritual well-being. Over 300 retired educators share their wisdom through conversations which are instructive to all persons who want to navigate more thoughtfully toward and through their own retirement. Each chapter ends with the author's own story, helpful guidelines, and thoughtful questions exploring ongoing transitions in retirement. This book aims to help four types of readers: 1) Those educators who are thinking about planning for their retirement. 2) Those educators who are well into their retirement facing ongoing transitions. 3) All retirees, regardless of occupation, who can well learn from the experience of educators. 4) College and university professors who are teaching/studying stages of life, change, and aging.
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About the Author
Donald R. Draayer is a professional speaker. He has been honored as the National Superintendent of the Year and served as mentor, teacher, principal, superintendent, adjunct professor, and educational consultant across the country. He lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where he continues to provide leadership in church and community as well as state and national organizations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Section I Facing a New Magnitude of Choices Chapter 3 Section II Scanning Postretirement Possibilities Chapter 4 Section III Confronting Inescapable Challenges Chapter 5 Section IV Aligning Value Commitments Consciously Chapter 6 Section V Pooling Retirement Wisdom from Educators Chapter 7 Appendix: Structured Interview Response Form Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Don Draayer addresses the issues about retirement that haunt those of us who are still serving as education leaders, but know that we are approaching the time when we will walk a new path. The insights of 300 educators help us to consider the practical and philosophical issues we all need to face as we look forward to this next phase of our lives. 'Retirement Straight Talk' is a must read for senior education leaders!
Dr. Draayer's new book, Retirement STRAIGHT TALK, is a most impressive work. It is comprehensive in that it covers all aspects of retirement, and the anecdotal material gleaned from over 300 educators gives the reader much food for thught--particularly with regard to setting our priorities and maintaining a healthy life balance. We do indeed 'create and live our own retirement stories,' and Dr. Draayer's book helps to make the retirement journey a little easier (and more enjoyable) for all of us. Highly Recommended! Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Author. Writer and consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation which provides character education materials to grades K-8 throughout the United States and Canada.