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By Richard J. Leider

Greater than 10,000 humans flip 50 on a daily basis within the united states; how do they deal with this shift? Claiming your house on the hearth invitations this crew of "new elders" to invite 4 key questions: Who am I? New elders synthesize and move the knowledge of the earlier into the current. the place do I belong? they've got a strong feel of the place they've got come from, the place they're, and the place they're going. How do I carry my passions alive? They have a good time in rediscovering their life's paintings, their calling, their vocation. what's my life's objective? free of imposed schedules and calls for, new elders now locate the liberty to create their lives anew. This well timed ebook describes how new older adults can re-light the great lifestyles, relight the hearth inside of, and proportion that light and heat with others.

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Tragic sentiments indeed. And yet feelings that are not at all uncommon to many people in the second half, especially as we transition into the post-work phase of our lives. Without the daily structure of the workaday world, we lose our bearings and feel lost. Suddenly finding ourselves with all-too-much time for reflection, we look back on our lives and wonder what was the point. Not surprisingly, many of us, like Schmidt, conclude that there wasn't any point, that our entire existence has made no difference to anyone at all.

New Elder Richard Peterson The word "elder" itself often produces negative reactions. Many people in their second half assume that "elder" refers to someone older than they are. Fifty-year-olds think elders are at least 60; 60-year-olds think elderhood starts at 70; 70-year-olds push it out towards 80. When Katherine Hepburn, in the film On Golden Pond, tells Henry Fonda that they should get together with another "middle-aged couple" like themselves, Fonda replies, "We're not middle-aged. " Many of us resist using any word that connotes "elder" to identify ourselves because it drives home two truths: one, that we're not young anymore, and two, that life has an ending point—and it's not 150!

In the most recent year, he did a fully loaded six-week bicycle camping trip across the United States from Seattle, Washington, to Anacortes, Maine, a supported tour of Italy, and three weeks on the British Isles, visiting the towns of his ancestry and a few distilleries. Keith says, "Being on a bike feels like home; no matter where I am in the world, when I'm on my bicycle, it feels like that's where I belong. And for me, it's not so much a matter of racking up the miles as it is about having a sense of adventure.

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