Purpose and Power in Retirement: New Opportunities for Meaning and Significance

Harold G. Koenig / Templeton Foundation Press, 2002

This is a book for people who have reached the age of 50 and are either retired or looking forward to retiring in the future whether that be only a few years off or 20 years from now. It’s about making this time in life more worthwhile and meaningful — developing a vision for the last third of life that will give a reason to get up in the morning and be excited about the day ahead. It describes a vision of retirement that will make these years the most fulfilling and satisfying ever, making a difference in the world around. This book emphasizes the importance of having clear direction and purpose in life at this time, even when sickness strikes, loved ones die, or other unpredictable or uncontrollable changes occur with aging. There are chapters on the fascinating (and quite recent) history of retirement in the United States, myths about aging and retirement, mental and physical health consequences of an inactive retirement, the results of having purpose during retirement, volunteering, generosity, stress relief, healthy lifestyle, and spirituality. The book ends with 10 practical steps to achieve purpose and power in retirement. This is a volume filled with facts that are carefully documented about how retired people spend their time and what happens as a result. Written for those in middle-age or the retirement years.

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