Men face retirement differently than women do. Changes in life expectancy, women’s roles, and men’s early indoctrination to “man up” and be stoic in the face of challenges, and even ageism find them ill-prepared for what lies ahead. They are unlikely to have the kind of network of intimate friends that form life-long support groups for women. When men’s identities have been closely defined by the work they do, “Who am I ?” becomes a central question when that work is over.
Role models from 60 to 100 years of age, from all walks of life, tell, in their own words, how retirement is just the beginning of discovery — in their occupations, their interests, their relationships, and themselves. Even the difficult challenges aging presents offer opportunities for learning, for growth, and for maximizing this gift of time. Resources and a Study Guide are provided.