Most people start thinking about retirement around 45 years of age. If you're between the ages of 45-65, and starting to think about retiring. If you're concerned about what life will be like post retirement. If you're curious about what it means to become an elder. Then you should read this. There is an age wave occurring w brought about by the convergence of the baby boom and the GenX generations. It's what's been called the longevity revolution. Basically, we're living much longer lives...up to 25-30 years longer. Given these extra years and this longevity bonus, we begin to ask questions such as, What will become of me in old age? Will I be financially secure? Will I be a burden to my family? Will I miss my work? What will I do with my life as I age? How will I live during the latter part of my life? Will I even matter? These are t trivial questions! In our society, there are rituals or rites-of-passage for growing older or becoming an elder. Elderhood is t that highly valued. For many, it is like trying to cross a chasm, a great divide, one side of which is a life of isolation and loneliness. The other a life of fulfillment, meaning, engagement, and happiness. The Elderquest is a search for wisdom, connection, and integrity in later life. It's an imaginative approach for reflecting on the experience of aging - one that is mentally stimulating and appealing to people of many ages as they each travel their own life journey. It is a whole new life stage that comes during that gift of years when we are still vital, still curious, and still healthy and active. Most importantly, still growing emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. And it comes at a time when we are developing a broader, deeper, and more carefully considered perspective on the meaning and value of life. The Elderquest is a process, a rite-of-passage based on the heroic journey, a journey in which we seek insights into and answers about our future. The stakes are high, time is short, and we seek answers to the questions of how will I live; how will I find meaning, fulfillment and happiness in the latter part of my life? It is a new and more positive narrative for successful aging. Both inspiring and practical, My Elderquest is filled with personal experiences, action plans and exercises to show you how you can cross that chasm from older to elder.
Dick Buckles is a business psychologist who specializes in personal and organizational change. For the past 40 years he has helped people and organizations build their competencies and capabilities in the areas of organizational and personal effectiveness, self-esteem, and change management. Dick has been a senior manager with world class companies such as Edison International, WellPoint, Amoco, ARCO, and Hughes Aircraft Company. He is the author of numerous articles on organizational effectiveness and change management and has taught MBA and graduate courses in Quality Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Psychology at California State University, UCLA, The University of La Verne, and the National Graduate School of Quality Management. More recently, his focus has been on issues related to what he calls a quest for life. That is, how can we live a fuller and more meaningful life as we age? As he grew into his '60s, he became concerned about how he wanted to live the rest of his life. Although concerned about health and finances, he was also concerned about his psychological and emotional health. He wanted to become an elder and not just grow older. It took him several years to experience, discover, and resolve many issues associated with elderhood and eventually created a process call the elderquest. He hopes to share that process, story and action steps through publishing, speaking, coaching, and workshops.