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In Our Fifties : Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives - William H. Bergquist

In Our Fifties

Voices of Men and Women Reinventing Their Lives

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Published: 20th April 1993
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While many books address the issues that arise for people in their thirties and forties, little has been written about the unique challenges, joys, and fears that individuals encounter in their fifties. What can those in their fifties or those approaching that age expect from this time? What can they do to make the most of these years?
In Our Fifties shows that this age is not simply a time to prepare for "endings" but a vibrant period of new beginnings, a time for reevaluation, reinvention, and development. Through extensive interviews with people in their fifties and through insights from personal experience, the authors offer a unique and thorough look at the lives of men and women in this age group - their evolving self images, their changing relationships with their families, spouses, or lovers, and their maturing view of the world at large.

"About half way through reading this book, I became aware of the fact that my reaction was, 'Oh, to be fifty again.' The authors present this decade as the one that 'promises to be the richest and most satisfying of your life.' A time of growth toward greater fulfillment. A message that especially warms the heart of an adult educator." --Malcolm S. Knowles, professor emeritus of adult and community college education, North Carolina State University

Preface

The Authors

1 Myths and Realities: The Invisible Decade 1

2 New Identities, New Priorities: Settling Down or Gearing Up? 11

3 Stories and Dreams: Listening to Inner Voices 27

4 Body and Mind: Over the Hill or In Our Prime? 40

5 The Mirror of History: Understanding Commonality and Diversity 55

6 Friends and Lovers: The Quest for Relationship and Autonomy 75

7 Families: New Roles as Parents, Grandparents, and Children 89

8 Work and Career: Changing Needs and Sources of Meaning 115

9 Leadership: Power, Redefinition, and Self-Renewal 136

10 Achievement and Failure: Coming to Terms 148

11 Reinventing Our Lives: The Challenge of Change 165

12 To the Next Generation; Preparing for Your Fifties 173

Appendix: Research Questions 183

Recommended Readings 185

Notes 189

Index 195

ISBN: 9781555425135
ISBN-10: 1555425135
Series: Jossey-Bass Social & Behavioral Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 20th April 1993
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 13.0  x 6.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1