Purpose And Power In Retirement by Harold G. Koenig
(HB): New Opportunities for Meaning and Significance

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Eighty million baby boomers are heading toward retirement. Some are retiring now, either out of choice or because they have been laid off. Others will work for a few more years until their retirement plans kick in, until they feel they can retire or until theyre forced to retire. Whatever their age at retirement, they will have better health and live longer than their parents. Each of them will face these questions: Do I want a reason to get up in the morning and be excited about the day ahead? Do I still want to make a difference in the world? They need a visiona goal that takes into account their experience, wisdom, strengths, limitations and gives purpose to their lives. Dr. Harold G. Koenig, with expertise in the fields of geriatrics, mental health and religion, explains that the notion of retirement was in fact a marketing tool developed in the post-World War II period. Continuing today, societys image of retirement is based largely on myths, such as: things will get better when you retireyoull be able to do everything you wanted to but couldnt when you worked. In fact, these beliefs can be harmful, leading to emotional issues, identity crises and problems with physical health.Citing current scientific and medical research, Koenig illustrates how having a purpose motivates and energizes people in their retirement years. He presents a step-by-step guide to identifying a goal toward which they can strive. And he shows how striving for that goal in itself brings meaning, satisfaction and a sense of reward to retirement years.

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Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.
Published March 26, 2007 by Templeton Foundation Press. 208 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In this thoughtful self-help manual, Duke University associate medicine professor Koenig explores life after retirement as an opportunity for growth.

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