Have you developed a strategy for aging and retirement planning?

  Dr. Hellkamp’s book is one of the first to demonstrate how psychology can be used to facilitate your planning process. The author maintains planning for different life goals, including planning for a successful retirement, can be developed by using a method of self-examination (reflection) of your life experiences, especially early life experiences. He describes how to collect and record personal information as you age. He then walks you through a simple analysis of his own life experiences for the purpose of demonstrating how the process can be applied. Self-discovery of your own meanings of success along with identifying your passions becomes the basis for clarifying and establishing your life and retirement goals. Using reflections of your life, you can develop an enjoyable, freeing, clarifying and positive vision for your plan. Your mission is to develop your own plan while seeking a successful journey into retirement, discovering a soothing contentment along the way.

 

 AUDIENCE FOR THE BOOK:

Apart from a general readership, individually or book clubs, this brief book can be used for classes and seminars. The book can be valuable as supplemental reading for health care workers and other facilitators who deal with aging issues, such as teachers and professors, physicians, psychologists, social workers, life and legal counselors, financial advisors, human resource personnel, mentors, executive and life coaches, with adults of all ages, not just retirees.

 

The brief book can also be valuable for Organizations, Institutions, and Corporations who look to improve their role in helping their members (employees, staff, students, alumni, associates) plan and look ahead to major life transitions, especially aging and retirement planning.

CONTENTS OF THE BOOK:

The book includes an introduction and is organized in three parts:

 

  •  INTRODUCTION: discusses the rationale for the book along with a guide on how to begin a personal, self-reflective process for recording, analyzing, and developing your own life story.

 

  • PART ONE: (Chapter 1 and 2) walks the reader through story of the author’s life as both a method and example for identifying how success is defined meaningfully in an individual’s life. The premise is success consists of personal meanings embedded in passions for most individuals, usually “learned” in early life experiences, not something defined by our external culture, unless you allow it to be.

 

  • PART TWO: (Chapters 3-10) methods for identifying meaningful areas of life to examine for the purpose of planning goals for aging and retirement. Since most retirement books focus primarily on the financial area, this book can be supplemental to financial advising. Part Two is much more comprehensive in addressing other life areas that also require planning in addition to financial goals.

 

  • PART THREE: (Chapters 11-12) discusses in-depth issues about the general concepts: SUCCESS, CONTENTMENT, and RETIREMENT.

  Dr. Hellkamp’s book is one of the first to demonstrate how Psychology can be used to facilitate your planning process. The author maintains planning for different life goals, including planning for a successful retirement, can be developed by using a method of self-examination (reflection) of your life experiences, especially early life experiences. He describes how to collect and record personal information as you age. He then walks you through a simple analysis of his own life experiences for the purpose of demonstrating how the process can be applied. Self-discovery of your own meanings of success along with identifying your passions becomes the basis for clarifying and establishing your life and retirement goals. Using reflections of your life, you can develop an enjoyable, freeing, clarifying and positive vision for your plan. Your mission is to develop your own plan while seeking a successful journey into retirement, discovering a soothing contentment along the way.

 

 AUDIENCE FOR THE BOOK:

Apart from a general readership, individually or book clubs, this brief book can be used for classes and seminars. The book can be valuable as supplemental reading for health care workers and other facilitators who deal with aging issues, such as teachers and professors, physicians, psychologists, social workers, life and legal counselors, financial advisors, human resource personnel, mentors, executive and life coaches, with adults of all ages, not just retirees.

 

The brief book can also be valuable for Organizations, Institutions, and Corporations who look to improve their role in helping their members (employees, staff, students, alumni, associates) plan and look ahead to major life transitions, especially aging and retirement planning.

CONTENTS OF THE BOOK:

The book includes an introduction and is organized in three parts:

 

  •  INTRODUCTION: discusses the rationale for the book along with a guide on how to begin a personal, self-reflective process for recording, analyzing, and developing your own life story.

 

  • PART ONE: (Chapter 1 and 2) walks the reader through story of the author’s life as both a method and example for identifying how success is defined meaningfully in an individual’s life. The premise is success consists of personal meanings embedded in passions for most individuals, usually “learned” in early life experiences, not something defined by our external culture, unless you allow it to be.

 

  • PART TWO: (Chapters 3-10) methods for identifying meaningful areas of life to examine for the purpose of planning goals for aging and retirement. Since most retirement books focus primarily on the financial area, this book can be supplemental to financial advising. Part Two is much more comprehensive in addressing other life areas that also require planning in addition to financial goals.

 

  • PART THREE: (Chapters 11-12) discusses in-depth issues about the general concepts: SUCCESS, CONTENTMENT, and RETIREMENT.
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About the author

Dr. David T. Hellkamp

David T. Hellkamp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, taught full-time at Xavier University from 1967 to 2012. Apart from his research and teaching contributions, he practiced and supervised both clinically and as an organizational consultant. He held leadership positions in many academic, professional, athletic and public organizations, locally, on a state level, and nationally. He was recognized with many awards and honors for his service, leadership, and professional contributions. He and his wife take most pride in their family. They currently are enjoying their full retirement years in Cincinnati.

Reflections on Retirement

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REFLECTIONS ON RETIREMENT: Making Aging and Retirement Planning Enjoyable. Author: David T. Hellkamp, Ph.D., Professor EMERITUS of Psychology, Xavier University. Published by Cincinnati Book Publishing, Cincinnati, OH. (2020), 133 pages.

 

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PREFACE

 

REACHING RETIREMENT AGE means, among other things, a person has been plain lucky because one’s life was not cut short by a fatal accident, war, someone’s vengeance, one’s own questionable judgment, or some terminal illness. Yet reaching elder status is not a journey most people eagerly pursue. Our culture still places a premium on youthfulness. Then, one day, having passed all the “luck” tests, you continue aging until the time comes when you become a retiree!

 

Although retirement includes its share of mounting losses and challenges, usually within health, financial, social and identity areas of life, it can also include its share of enjoyment and success. It is my assumption that achieving success in the aging process is related to solid preparations. Such preparations, combined with other coping factors, can allow individuals to grow and succeed throughout the life cycle into retirement and discover contentment along the way.  

 

By presenting a practical psychology for coping with the aging process, based on a personal self-analysis, one can learn to prioritize planning for one’s own life journey, especially maturing into what is usually called retirement. Using reflections of your life as a tool, you can develop an enjoyable, freeing, clarifying and positive vision for your plan. Your mission is to seek a successful life journey into retirement, discovering a soothing contentment along the way.

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