1st Edition

Rethinking Retirement for Positive Ageing Creating a Meaningful Life After Full-Time Work

By Denise Taylor Copyright 2024
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rethinking Retirement for Positive Ageing is a practical guide that shows you how to make retirement successful, based on the most up-to-date research available. It encourages a deeper and wider view of retirement and reveals how retirement can be a time of transition, renewal, and re-imagination.

    Written by career coach Dr Denise Taylor, it considers the psychological factors that impact a successful adjustment to retirement and offers a deeper analysis of how people can find meaning and purpose after full-time work. It examines retirement as an event that often brings about great changes in a person’s personal and social life, and how to move forward with meaning in life. Illustrated with interviews, activities, and case studies, and with exercises and questions for reflection, it covers key topics including identity, health, well-being, finances, and relationships.

    This insightful guidebook is for all prospective and current retirees as well as employers, careers professionals, and counsellors who want to help people reflect on their approaches to retirement. You can visit the website and find publication resources linked to the book here: https://denisetaylor.co.uk/rethinking-retirement/

    1. Introduction Part 1 – Reflect 2. Transitions – The Process of Retirement 3. Where Are You Now? 4. Who Are You? (Psychological Factors) Part 2 - Review 5. Why We Work and Filling the Gap 6. Health and Well-Being 7. Relationships 8. Financial Well-Being Part 3 - Renew 9. Meaning. Mattering, and Generativity 10. Search for Knowledge 11. A Change In ‘Time’ 12. Who Am I 13. The New You


    Denise Taylor started a series of changes and transitions at age 60 which began with regaining her own identity by becoming single after 39 years of marriage. She completed a Vision Quest 18 months later, a ten-day rite of passage in nature including four days and nights on a ‘solo’ with no tent and no food. This led to her interest in transitions, particularly the later life transition around retirement. Dr Taylor returned to study, 30 years after gaining an MSc in Occupational Psychology, and at 64, has gained her doctorate and built on her reputation as an expert in helping people find work after 50. Her research has given her expert standing in how to have a successful retirement.

    'Dr. Denise Taylor provides you a roadmap along an unexplored path from relationships to health, self and wealth that allows you to be open to discover meaning in the process of re-imagining retirement.'

    Kerry Hannon, workplace futurist, Yahoo Finance senior columnist and bestselling author of In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work

    'This practical and inspirational book couldn’t be more timely. With the changes we have seen in recent times to pensions, health and the world of work, we urgently need to set our outdated assumptions of what retirement should be aside if we are to truly make the most of twenty-first century life expectancies.'

    Catherine Foot, Director of Longevity Think Tank, Phoenix Insights

    'Dr Denise Taylor has written an outstanding blueprint with practical ideas to help you navigate your journey in later life. A personal roadmap designed for you.'

    Lynda Smith, Longevity Advocate, South Africa