Spirit-Health Connections

Purpose and Power in Retirement

Look InsideLook Inside
Mp3 Sample AvailableMP3 Sample
eBook AvailableeBook Available
 

Purpose and Power in Retirement

New Opportunities for Meaning and Significance
Harold G. Koenig MD
October 2002, 5 x 8 , 208 pages
 
Available Formats:
Hardcover 
978-1-890151-87-4  List Price: $19.95  Our Price: $15.96 Add to Cart
Paperback 
978-1-932031-33-1  List Price: $12.95  Our Price: $10.36 Add to Cart
Audio Book 
978-1-932031-87-4  List Price: $14.95  Our Price: $11.96 Add to Cart
eBook - Adobe Reader 
978-1-932031-40-9   Our Price: $10.00 Add to Cart
 

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 they're forced to retire. Whatever their age at retirement, they will have better health and live longer than their parents. And 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 vision—a goal that takes into account their experience, wisdom, strengths, and 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, society's image of retirement is based largely on myths, such as: things will get better when you retire—you'll be able to do everything you wanted to but couldn't 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.

"Finding purpose is more urgent than ever during the retirement years, when the search for purpose becomes one of the deepest of human longings," says Koenig. His Purpose and Power in Retirement is an invaluable resource for everyone heading toward retirement, and for anyone seeking meaning in life.

Author Information

Related Questions

Aging

  • Is the idealized post-retirement "leisure lifestyle" really all that great? Are there any alternatives to it? more...

Researchers

  • Purpose and Power in Retirement more...
 
Ask an Expert
  Do you have a question that you would like an expert in the spirituality and health field to answer?

ask here

review recent questions
 

line spacer

Home | Resources | Extras | Bookstore | Contact us | Related Links

This website is copyright ©2008 Templeton Press.
The graphics used are optimized for 800x600 and 24-bit True Color.
Terms of Use Agreement | Privacy Policy


Subscribe to our RSS News Feed by clicking on the feed icon RSS Feed on your browser.