Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;For the first time in history, career women -- women who have worked outside the home for most of their lives -- are retiring. Without role models, they look to one another to face the changes this life transition brings.andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Career women from the Baby Boom and pre-Baby Boom, or Silent, generations are approaching retirement. They want to know what it means to suddenly find themselves back inside their homes after having devoted their lives to careers outside of them. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; These women are highly skilled, educated and successful.They have achieved visibility, status and influence. And because they are the first large group of American women to define themselves by their work, they have few, if any, models for retirement. andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; will show women that giving up their careers does not mean giving up who they are. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; is a term the authors created as an alternative to the word andlt;iandgt;retirement,andlt;/iandgt; which they associated with negative stereotypes and clichand#233;s. A combination of andlt;iandgt;retirementandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;renewal, Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; suggests optimism and opportunity, growth and self-discovery. andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; is a grassroots movement among women who are close to retirement or recently retired and looking to connect with one another. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The women of andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; believe that retiring is a process of change and increasing self-awareness. As they redirect the commitment and passion previously dedicated to their careers, they transform and reshape their lives. andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; provides these women with an enriched and safe environment in which to explore and confront the challenges that lie ahead as they leave behind a lifetime at the office, hospital, studio or courtroom. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Diverse topics are discussed, such as Who am I without my business card? What if andlt;iandgt;heandlt;/iandgt; retires first? What is productivity anyway? Why do I feel guilty reading a book on a Tuesday afternoon? How do I feel about not earning another dollar? Divided into two sections, andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; offers insight and support in a friendly, humorous and meaningful way. The first part of the book addresses the challenges that career women tackle when looking to retire. The second teaches readers how to start and maintain their own andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; group, so they can find support, inspiring relationships and even a few laughs as they look to get the most out of the rest of their lives.
andlt;iandgt;"Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; is a terrific book. Its cutting-edge approach to retirement for a new generation of career women is based on sound knowledge, a depth of experience and the rich dialogues of highly effective women creating their future. It's also a great read -- fun, informative and hopeful. I was particularly drawn to the essays through the creative illustrations, timely topics and clear writing." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- Ken Dychtwald,CEO, Age Wave,author of andlt;iandgt;Age Powerandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Power Yearsandlt;/iandgt;
"Here is a window on the changes facing career women when they consider retirement. Women are working longer without many models from the past about how to handle the next phase of life. A grassroots effort began in Southern California at meetings held by the authors, where talented, accomplished women discussed alternatives to their work lives and ways of pursuing objectives other than the pursuit of income. These meetings provided the evidence on which the ideas of this book are based. Reading andlt;iandgt;Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; is like getting a 'new set of tires' and driving off in new directions. It results from the wisdom that evolves from considering alternatives to work in the mature years. " andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- James E. Birren, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, and former dean of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
andlt;iandgt;"Project Renewmentandlt;/iandgt; is one of those books that becomes a faithful, trusted friend, the imaginary kind who's always there with wise advice and never needs to talk about herself. It's a soulful, pragmatic, delightfully entertaining guide for any woman who plans to keep growing older and intends to enjoy it come hell or high water. I'm rereading it several times in an attempt to impress it upon my subconscious mind before I misplace my copy. Not that my memory is getting patchy or anything. Of course, I'm not andlt;iandgt;nearlyandlt;/iandgt; old enough to need andlt;iandgt;Project Renewment.andlt;/iandgt; I just happen to love it." andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; -- Martha Beck, author of andlt;iandgt;Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Liveandlt;/iandgt;
Destined to become the landmark life guide for the 38 million Baby Boomer women facing retirement in the coming years, this groundbreaking book encourages women to deal with the end of their careers and to find a new, more satisfying way of life.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Bernice Bratter,andlt;/bandgt; is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an advocate for both women and the aging. In recognition of her leadership in the nonprofit arena, she has received numerous awards including an honorary doctor of law degree from Pepperdine University. She has been featured on andlt;Iandgt;60 Minutes, 20/20andlt;/iandgt; and in andlt;Iandgt;Hour Detroitandlt;/iandgt; magazine.andlt;bandgt;Helen Dennis,andlt;/bandgt; a nationally recognized expert on the issues of aging, employment and retirement, has received awards for her university teaching and contributions to the field of aging. Editor of two books, popular speaker and weekly columnist, she has helped more than ten thousand employees prepare for their retirement. Her expertise is sought by employers, national publications like andlt;Iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt; and such network news programs as ABC's andlt;Iandgt;Primetime.andlt;/iandgt;
Table of Contents
1. Retirement: Yes or No
2. I Won't Earn Another Dollar
3. Change Is the Norm
4. What Is Productivity Anyway?
5. I Only Cry at the Movies
6. Who Am I Without a Business Card?
7. Addicted to Power
8. Less Steam in My Engine
9. Work and Retirement?
10. Feeling Vulnerable
11. Antiaging or Pro-Aging
12. Is Busy Better?
13. More than the Blues
14. Back to the Kitchen
15. Going It Alone
16. Passion: It's More than a Fruit
17. You Can Always Volunteer
18. What Do I Wear When I Am Not in a Business Suit?
19. Grandchildren: Finding the Balance
20. The Queen of Multitasking Is Taking a Break
21. Dealing with Illness
22. Personal Planning: Is It for Me?
23. What if He Retires First?
25. Buying the Plot
26. Forever Guilty
27. Sex: Lest We Forget
28. I Lost My Keys and My Car
29. Pushing Sixty
30. Losing a Mate
31. Honoring Our Wisdom
32. The Illusion of Freedom
33. Connecting to My Soul
34. I Can Leave My House, but Not My Hairdresser
36. With a Little Help from My Friends
37. A Sorority House, Not a Nursing Home
A GUIDE TO CREATING A PROJECT RENEWMENT GROUP
B: Women of Project Renewment (1999-2007) -- Partial Listing
C: Survey Data from Project Renewment Groups
D: New Member Survey
E: Follow-up Survey
G: Books of Interest