How Do I Get There From Here?

When The Old Rules No Longer Apply
A retirement of nonstop leisure is not just unreachable but for many, unaffordable and undesirable. Change – continuous and discontinuous - is happening faster than we can comprehend or adapt. This is the unpredictable New Normal. No one is immune. Not long ago everyone knew what the word “retirement” meant. Today, when living to 90 is common, savings are slim, people work longer, and the shelf life of knowledge is short, clinging to an outdated concept of retirement, work, planning, and quality of life gets you nowhere. What’s required is an incremental approach to planning—and now is the time to start. This is not a book about how to be happy in retirement or age with dignity. This is a book about navigating the New Normal, which demands conscious engagement, diverse interests, updated expertise and skills, health in longevity, and the ability to adapt regularly. This book helps you plot your direction. The first step is to acknowledge where you are—reviewing your assets, both the tangible (e.g. finances, health, relationships) and intangible (e.g. unfulfilled ambitions and new intentions). Then self-reflective questions and exercises walk you through imagining your future, identifying skills you’ll need, and preparing for inevitable twists and turns along the way.
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After 50 It's Up To Us

Developing the Skills and Agility We Need
Baby boomers are finding to their surprise (and often chagrin) that life after 50 isn’t what they hoped, dreamed, or imagined it would be. Nor is retirement. Futurist and developmental psychologist George Schofield deftly explains why life after 50 is uncharted territory, as a series of demographic and economic trends have converged or collided, sending most of us on unexpected detours. Against this challenging landscape, Dr. Schofield uses real-life stories from people ages 50 to 97 to illustrate the curves that life throws at us. In a clear, platitude-free style, he pushes readers to understand why they must adjust plans, expectations and self-definition, then guides them through their options. In the end, readers will discover the tools they need to cope with change, make plans that are both realistic and flexible, and get ready for the future.