Rentsch, a founding member of the Transition Network (a national community of women over 50 considering retirement), has extensively interviewed women approaching retirement, finding that they do so differently than men; their planning often leads to reflection and reassessment of who they are and what they want to do. Baby boomer women gained unprecedented recognition in their careers, with greater choices than earlier generations of women, and they will reshape the concept of retirement. Women may continue to work or find other ways to stay sharp and involved, intellectually and emotionally at the top of their game. Although our culture worships youth, the author views boomers’ large numbers as a source of power, and each individual will choose to be “an old fussbudget or youthful and vibrant.” Rentsch acknowledges that health plays an important role in retirement years, as do economic limitations and family demands. Nevertheless, retirement choices are available for many women, and this thoughtful, well-researched book will inspire a broad range of library patrons. --Mary Whaley
Whereas parents before aspired to the ideal of completely escaping the work world for a warmer climate, baby boomers are developing new models for their "golden years." Public relations professional Rentsch is a founding member of the Transition Network, a national organization for women focused on retirement transition issues. Drawing on research and interviews, she explores a range of topics, from preparing for and deciding when to retire to overcoming self-defeating stereotypes about aging women and uplifting ideas about a meaningful retirement. Each chapter presents frank discussions, inventories and checklists, and case studies of real women's lives. Interpersonal topics like coordinating retirement with a spouse and cultivating friendships as one ages are also covered... This insightful book reinforces the idea that retirement can be transformative and even "cool."
"All women 50+ should read this book...regardless of where they are on their retirement journey!"
--Jeri Sedlar, Co-author, Don't Retire, REWIRE!
and Senior Advisor to the Conference Board on the Mature Workforce
"Boomers are continuing to pioneer each stage of life----in the next decade a huge number of women will be making a work-related transition from a life time career to whatever comes next. They will need sage advice and the community of like minded women to ensure that their transition is a positive one. This book from The Transition Network provides a valuable orientation to this process; it is rich in practical advice and inspiring stemming from the stories of women who have just recently journeyed through and navigated this complex stage of their lives..."
--Jennie Chin Hansen,President-Elect, AARP
"The Transition Network (TTN)...is the only
organization I know that zeroes in on the needs of successful women as they enter a new and productive transition in their lives...Now they have developed an invaluable handbook that spells out the challenges along the way, along with solid advice about how to meet them."
--Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor-in-chief of Ms.
Magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women is Second Adulthood
"Women are investing in their health by being part of the Transition Network-making the connections to explore retirement, finding new friends, and engaging in social and volunteer activities. This book will spread that message to women across the country."
--Dr. Eileen Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine NYU School of Medicine, Specialist in women's health, pioneer in the field of gender-based medicine