Subj: Re: A great Second half Date: 96-08-22 10:16:50 EDT From: LMcKinzey It is heartwarming to know that there are so many people with the courage to try to find new answers on living the second half of our lives. I have been reading numerous books on the subject and have gathered a lot of the wisdom from the research that is being done in this area. Most people think that health and financial resources drive the level of happiness they will have as they age. However, studies have shown that the greatest drivers for successful aging, regardless of individual financial or health situations are: KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL SECOND HALF OF LIFE: 1. Having a sense of purpose that engages you in life and continued growth. 2. Developing an organized, structured way of pursuing activities you find meaningful. 3. Having rewarding, intimate relationships with family and friends. 4. Accepting the losses that come with aging, but focusing on the gains that come with growing older. These ideas seem simple, but as we all know, they are easier said than done. I feel that there is a need for self-help seminars designed specifically for people our age to work through these issues and develop a life plan for the second half of life. I am working on developing a book and seminars on this subject, and would love to get your input on what would be useful. At this point, the main areas of emphasis would be: 1. UNDERSTANDING THE NEW REALITIES OF AGING in the 21st century: How to accept the inevitable, prevent the prevent the preventable, and treat the treatable. 2. DEVELOPING A LIFE PLAN for living the second half of your life: Discovering and pursuing a structured path that gives your life meaning, renewing and developing rewarding relationships, and ensuring that you have the financial and physical strength to accomplish your goals. 3. RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PLAN: An introduction to services and organizations that will help participants realize their dreams (i.e. volunteer organizations, employers who are "age friendly" and/or offer flexible work schedules, health services, educational opportunities, support groups, etc.). I'd love to get your input on whether or not you feel a book, seminars, or support groups would be helpful in guiding through these mid-life transitions. By the way, I highly recommend Gail Sheehy's "New Passages," and Letty Cottin Pogrebin's, "Getting Over Getting Older," if you're looking for books on the topic. Laurie McKenzey
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