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Adventures in Senior Living

by J. Lawrence Driskill, STD

This resource will help you prepare for the opportunities, needs, problems, and challenges that retirement brings. Through 31 lively and interesting interviews, you learn how other people have found rewarding ways to make their retirement years meaningful and enjoyable.

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Working with persons approaching retirement, are you retiring soon or you've recently retired, Adventures in Senior Living can help you prepare for the opportunities, needs, problems, and challenges that retirement often brings. Through 31 lively and interesting interviews, you learn how other people have found positive and rewarding ways to make their retirement years meaningful and enjoyable. Opening windows into their own lives, these inspiring retirees share with you a wide range of retirement ideas that pertain to volunteer work, travel, selecting your living arrangements, and getting involved in your community.

Retirement doesn't have to bring feelings of boredom or restlessness. This resource will show you that your retirement years can be your most fulfilling, productive, and fun years. You'll have more time to work in that garden you love, make quilts with your friends, spend time with your loved ones, and get exercise. But, possibly even more important than that, you'll have the ability to participate in your community on an entirely new level and to make a difference in other people's lives as well as your own. The life-loving, generous people who come together in this wonderful book are sure to inspire you as they speak about their accomplishments that include:

  • recording books on tape for blind people
  • conducting missionary work at home and abroad
  • brightening the lives of patients in nursing homes and hospitals
  • teaching Sunday school
  • caring for a spouse with Alzheimer's
  • delivering meals on wheels to shut-in people
  • establishing a battered women's shelter
  • rescuing prostitutes from the street

    This book presents retirees, teachers of courses in aging and retirement, activity directors at retirement and nursing homes, family members, and health and mental health care providers with many stories of extraordinary volunteerism, service, and kindness, but it also talks about the needs of retirees and their daily, more personal experiences. To this end, Adventures in Senior Living discusses the importance of continuing study, discussion, meditation, prayer, and fitness in the lives of seniors.

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    Contents
    Foreword
    Introduction
    Nurse to African Babies, Then to American Retirees: Marabelle Taylor
    Caregiving for an Alzheimer's Spouse: Bob Lazear
    The Flower Lady: Eleanor Jamison
    Telephone Helpline and Shelter for Battered Women: Nannie Hereford
    The Library Lady: Mary Ruth Hoyt
    Recording Books on Tape for Blind People: Virginia Mackenzie
    A "Can't Say No" Volunteer: June Hansen
    A Retirement Ministry in Twenty-Five Countries: Paul Lindholm
    Helping Needy People and Prostitute Rescue Work: Faye Speer
    A Retirement Ministry Team: Hal and Kirby Davis
    Overcoming Grief While Helping Others: Vicki McClelland Johnson
    Pastoring, Writing, Singing, and Caring for Family: Joe Gray
    Retirement: Deceleration or Cold Turkey?: Arthur Bushing
    Planting a "Rose" in Westminster Gardens: Bob McIntire and Gayle Beanland
    Feeding and Caring for an Angel: Henry (Tim) Lowe
    Serving Navajos, Hawaiians, Alaskans, and Yavapai-Apaches: Jim Douthitt
    Accomplishing a Musical "Dream" in Retirement: Earle Harvey
    Taking Widows and Widowers Out to Lunch: Frank Jamison
    Hospital Chaplain Work in Retirement: Peter van Lierop
    A Retired Teacher Who Didn't "Retire": Nelly Finch
    Overcoming a Bad Beginning in Retirement: Robert L. Caldwell
    Retirement in Japan, Then in the United States: Mildred (Millie) Brown
    Choosing Variety in Work and in Retirement: LeRoy (Roy) Engelhardt
    Caring for God's Creation: Birds, Animals, and Humans: Helen Furgerson
    Helping Others and Overcoming Great Loss: Rhoda Iyoya
    Does a Housewife Retire?: Dot Horcher
    Surviving and Serving in Retirement: Ted Tajima
    Overcoming Internment and a Handicap to Serve: Arthur Tsuneishi
    Helping to Evangelize People, Near and Far: Christy Wilson, Jr.
    Retirement: An Enjoyable Phase of Life: Bob and Peggy Thurman
    Sharing Stage and Screen Skills with Twentieth-Century Adventurers: Phyllis Love "Osanna" Gooding
    Insights Gained from These Retirees
    Appendix: Graphs of Age Groups in the U.S.A. (1900 to 2030)
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index

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