By Robert S. Weiss, Scott A. Bass

The newly retired are coming into a time of lifestyles that's nearly uncharted, a time during which they're unfastened from social expectancies and, to a wide volume, from responsibilities to others. Life's meanings are not any longer supplied by way of paintings and kin. as a substitute, women and men have the liberty, and the necessity, to discover new actions that they could imbue with which means. The time period, "Third Age" has been given to this time of existence within which for many there's rather sturdy future health, monetary balance, and lowered relatives responsibilities. the issues and probabilities of this "Third Age" function the fabric for this ebook. How do older humans come to a decision tips on how to installation their persisted energy, now that they're unfastened from the calls for of labor and youngsters? How do they locate that means in lifestyle? during this ebook, students from a number of disciplines think of the way which means are available during this very important degree of later existence. They speak about sociological, mental, and non secular determinants of responses to the demanding situations of discovering significant task after retirement.

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But it also means that in the absence of disability it is unlikely that people will consider themselves truly old. It appears to me that the life review, as a fairly focused and identifiable phenomenon, is triggered by events that threaten the self: chronic or acute illness, impending death, or whatever else might produce a profound sense of finitude. The hallmarks of the Third Age, in contrast, are freedom, wealth, and health. These are hardly the prompting conditions for the life review. The onset of chronic illness may mark the end of the Third Age and the point at which the life review process may be triggered and one’s life story reevaluated through reminiscence and identity construction.

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