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The Third Age : Six Principles Of Growth And Renewal After Forty - William Sadler

The Third Age

Six Principles Of Growth And Renewal After Forty

Paperback Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9780738204345
Number Of Pages: 256

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Medical and technological breakthroughs have given most of us the equivalent of a thirty-year life bonus. As a result, we face a new period in the middle of our lives, what Europeans call the third age, which challenges us to change the way we live and transform the way we age. But rediscovering a youthful spirit and staying truly involved in life demands an attitudinal shift, a resistance to outdated stereotypes, and an effort to balance the seemingly paradoxical pulls on our time and energy. Practically instructive and powerfully inspiring, "The Third Age" expertly guides us toward and through the second half of our lives.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Making the Most of Your Thirty-Year Life Bonusp. 1
An Unexpected Challengep. 2
The Need for a New Modelp. 3
New Discoveries about Adult Options and Agingp. 4
The Alternative to Middle-Aging: Second Growthp. 9
Six Paradoxical Principles of Second Growthp. 12
The Dawn of a Third Agep. 17
Shredding Old Scripts That Block Second Growthp. 18
How Long Can This Go On?p. 19
Principle One: Balancing Mindful Reflection and Risk Takingp. 23
The Surprising Appearance of Second Growthp. 23
Getting Startedp. 26
A Paradox of Mixed Messagesp. 29
Keeping Goingp. 32
Taking the First Paradoxical Stepp. 33
Looking Ahead to a More Abundant Futurep. 44
Principle Two: Developing Realistic Optimismp. 47
Addressing the Dilemma of Optimism and Realismp. 47
What Realistic Optimism Meansp. 50
Getting a Little Help from Your Friendsp. 52
Gaining Self-Confidence by Asserting What You Wantp. 56
Planning for Purposep. 58
Utilizing Detoursp. 62
Growing a Sense of Humorp. 65
Taking Charge of Your Lifep. 67
Strategies for Realistic Optimismp. 70
Principle Three: Creating a Positive Third-Age Identityp. 73
Why Think About Identity at This Late Date?p. 73
Detecting and Dislodging the Stereotypes of Agep. 76
Building a Post-Institutional Identityp. 79
Letting Your Youth Catch Up with Your Agep. 83
The Paradox of Growing Older/Growing Youngp. 87
The Paradox of Genderp. 92
Principle Four: Redefining Our Work/Balancing Work and Playp. 97
Coping with Permanent White Waterp. 97
Recovering a Sense of Meaningful Work and Playp. 99
Finding Work Not Listed in the Classified Adsp. 101
Striking a Balance Between Work and Playp. 118
Trading In Retirement for a Better Optionp. 122
Finding Meaning in the Paradox of Work and Playp. 127
Principle Five: Balancing Personal Freedom and Intimacyp. 129
Liberation One More Time--Greater Freedom after Fiftyp. 129
A New Kind of Marriage--Intimate Interdependencep. 138
Freedom and Friendshipsp. 146
Principle Six: Building a More Caring Lifep. 151
Increasing Our Capacity to Carep. 151
Finding Meaning Through an Expansion of Caringp. 153
A Caregiver Learns Self-Carep. 156
Lust for Life: Caring for Optimal Physical Healthp. 163
Caring for Our Material Well-Beingp. 166
Caring for the Earth: An Ecological Spiritualityp. 166
Leading to a More Caring Societyp. 168
It's Your Life After All: Stepping into More Purposeful Livingp. 171
Designing Your Own Living Mosaicp. 171
Creating a Balance among Multiple Commitmentsp. 173
The Invitation of a Lifetimep. 196
Afterword: On the Meaning of the Third Agep. 199
An Era of Social Discontinuityp. 199
Creating an Objective Correlative within the Third Agep. 202
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780738204345
ISBN-10: 073820434X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1