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The aging of Aquarius : igniting passion & purpose as an elder / Helen Wilkes.
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
xvi, 189 pages ; 23 cm
"The Aging of Aquarius takes readers on a journey to find a new identity and passion and purpose in retirement. From gardening clubs to political campaigning, to social investing and creative work, it offers inspiration, practical steps, and resources."--Provided by publisher.


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646.79 WIL Book Adult General Collection

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Live your passion and purpose and change the world as an empowered elder.

Your career has wound down, the kids have moved, and your schedule is clear...for the next 30 years.

In your youth, you cared about people and planet earth, and you had grand visions of changing the world. At some point, those passions and that sense of purpose got buried under diapers and the 9-5. Still, that old you remains alive. Now, with the rest of your life ahead, you can be the change and make this next stage of your life the most powerful yet.

But where to start?

Helen Wilkes, a retired professor and activist, takes readers on an inspiring journey to find renewed purpose in retirement. Along the way she helps readers navigate the transition to a post-work identity by fanning the embers of lost passions and developing new interests.

Whether you are drawn to gardening clubs, to social justice issues, political campaigning, ethical investing, or creativity through the arts, The Aging of Aquarius offers inspiration, practical steps, and extra resources to help reignite your passion, your sense of purpose, and to effect real change in the world as an empowered elder.

Author Notes

Helen Wilkes, Ph.D. is an energized octogenarian who survived a lifetime of hardships ranging from fleeing Nazi Germany as a child to navigating personal and professional obstacles as an adult. Helen is author of the award-winning book Letters from the Lost and lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Diving In
Stepping into the Voidp. 1
Facing Emptinessp. 9
The Better New Daysp. 15
The Unmapped Roadp. 21
What Didn't Happenp. 31
Digging Deep for the Uniquep. 39
Throwing Open the Shuttersp. 45
Fostering Well-Beingp. 53
The Care and Feeding of Curiosityp. 63
Creating Circles of Connectivityp. 69
Cultivating Compassionp. 79
Choosing Happinessp. 87
Reaching Outp. 97
Embracing Travelp. 105
Shedding Cultural Baggagep. 111
Finding Balance and Hopep. 117
Delving Deeper
No Easy Answersp. 127
Who Are You?p. 135
Spiritual Speculationp. 143
Deeper Still
Feeling Gratitudep. 151
Having No Regretsp. 157
Facing Death with Equanimityp. 163
Yielding to the Inevitablep. 169
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 183
About the Authorp. 189
A Note about the Publisherp. 190