“Having gone through “Retirement Planning” myself, it seems like it often starts out as interesting, then the task becomes less personal and something I would like to avoid. Dr. Hellkamp’s approach turns the focus on something most of us enjoy, thinking about our own past life. By doing so, it provides a source of data we can count on: our own life experience. As a result, we are much more likely to stay actively involved with developing a plan.”
Robert G. Meyer, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology
University of Louisville
“We have used Dr. Hellkamp’s story with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as supplemental reading material in our Exploring Life Transition Program. Many of our sisters have found it emotionally and spiritually inspiring and encouraging as they face post active ministry and employment.”
Joanie R. F. Gruber, MA., MSW, LISW-S
Coordinator of Office of Life Transitions
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ohio Province
“Dr. Hellkamp’s Reflections on Retirement fills the gap between traditional financial planning that will last a lifetime and the deeper dimension of life that, together, can build a retirement life worth living… offering personal and enjoyable ways of approaching Retirement, Success, and Contentment. A skilled psychologist who blends personal reflections with research and theory, Hellkamp opens our minds to the power of reflection and the value of critical thinking on the way through our life journey and retirement planning.”
John F. Kucia, Ed.D.
Vice President Emeritus
“Having researched retirement a great deal, I was personally done with any planning. Dr. Hellkamp’s Reflections on Retirement inspired me to change my mind. Each chapter broadened my vision about retirement planning. Anyone who is looking for an enjoyable strategy for developing a retirement plan should use this book as a reference to measure their progress in the quest for peace and contentment.”
Director of Psychiatric Services (retired)
School of Medicine, Wright State University
“I have known Dr. Hellkamp as a professional colleague at Xavier University for decades. His book reflects his long-standing interest in the welfare of individuals, especially those individuals who are contemplating retirement or are in retirement. While focusing on how individuals might prepare themselves for retirement, he also outlines steps individuals may take to live fulfilling and meaningful lives as retirees. This well-researched and well-written book makes readers aware of scores of works in various fields, ranging from psychology and history to economics and religion that support his thesis as well as provide suggestions on how to live in the present. As a historian, I highly recommend this book. It is not only informative, but also uplifting.”
Roger Fortin, Ph.D.
Distinguished Service Professor of History
Former Academic Vice President and Provost, Xavier University
“Hellkamp focuses on a very personal process which can be experienced as pleasurable and upbeat, while overflowing with doable ideas and boundless resources.”