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Too Young To Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age (Paperback) 2017:  Order Now!

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As the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age, the number of Americans ages 55 and older is growing dramatically. The question on our minds is: How do I age well? In this accessible and upbeat book, Nancy K. Schlossberg builds on the concepts she pioneered in her smash hits Retire Smart, Retire Happy and Revitalizing Retirement with an engaging take on positive aging.

Schlossberg uses personal stories of widowhood and romance along with her professional experience to look at aging through the lens of Positive Psychology. By taking a broad and comprehensive view on aging issues combined with an approachable discussion on psychological theories, this title will help teach readers the principles of aging well, including:

There has been a shift in how we think about aging. Beginning with the basic issues—health, finances, and relationships—readers will learn to think about and develop a deliberate plan to navigate transitions and age happily.

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APA Books – Coping Through Transitions Positive Aging Guide from Retirement Expertclick here

Your talk yesterday was Great! I had some down-time at a doctor’s office today, and started reading your book. I can tell it won’t take me long to finish. Thank you so much for writing it. I was so energized by what I read that I walked home from the doctor’s office instead of taking a cab. And the walk was about 5 miles!
-Liz Medaglia.

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Nancy Schlossberg is a prolific writer, especially on the topic of living well as we age. Her most recent book is a swift and satisfying read, full of wisdom and encouragement for all of us. She addresses the evil of ageism and how to deal with it, especially as it affects one’s self-image. A discussion of transitioning – of the challenge of moving, health changes, family formations – is especially engaging. Stories of how various individuals both cope with and thrive with aging enrich the text, and bring the more abstract ideas down to earth. At the end of each section, she assigns a “To-Do List” to encourage action as well as understanding. The book concludes with the idea of re-creating the self, with a focus on family, fun, romance, and self-satisfaction.
-Positive Aging Newsletter

Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose (Paperback) 2009: Order Now!
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Revitalizing Retirement From Editorial Review

In preparation for retirement, we are often urged to build up our financial portfolio or perhaps down-size our home or move closer to family. Often neglected in this process, however, are the psychological ramifications that come with the transition into retirement. It is important for retirees to make a financial plan for their retirement, but also to take stock of their psychological portfolio at the same time. This means taking an honest look at how your sense of identity will change with retirement, how your relationships and support systems may change, and how your sense of purpose will be affected.

Revitalizing Retirement gives unique guidance on how to create a happy, fulfilling retirement. Nancy K. Schlossberg, a counseling psychologist and author of Retire Smart, Retire Happy, describes the secret to a happy retirement. She encourages readers to reshape their identity, relationships, and purpose. She discusses several coping skills that deal with accepting change and help retirees continue to feel that they are vital members of their community and that they matter.

Each chapter contains stories from actual retirees that demonstrate the numerous ways of pursuing an enjoyable retirement. There are short quizzes and discussion questions at the end of each chapter so that readers can reflect on what they have read and see exactly how it relates to their own lives. This book is a must-read for anyone considering retirement in the near future as well as current retirees who may be struggling to find happiness in their daily lives.

Endorsements for Revitalizing Retirement:  Marc Freedman, Author, Encore:  Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life – “Nancy Schlossberg is one of America’s most thoughtful chroniclers of the changing nature of retirement and an invaluable guide to making the most of the period stretching beyond the middle years.  Revitalizing Retirement:  Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose is a wonderful book, packed with essential insights, compelling stories, and a road map to genuine fulfillment.  It is essential reading.”  Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, Director, Center on Aging, Health and Humanities, The George Washington University, Washington, DC – “Revitalizing Retirement:  Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose by retirement expert Dr. Nancy Schlossberg is insightful, accessible, and highly useful for the public, professionals, and program planners alike.  Concepts like the Psychological Portfolio, reflecting a depth of understanding and wisdom, take you on a positive journey in relation to personal identity, purpose, and relationships.  This book is not about making the best of, but creating the best in retirement.”


Retire Smart, Retire Happy:  Finding Your True Path in Life (Paperback) 2003: Order Now! ***Now Available On Kindle!***

Nancy Schlossberg's Retire Smart Retire Happy From Editorial Review

Most of us look forward to our retirement from full-time work, eagerly anticipating more free time and opportunities to play. But the reality of retirement can be very different. Relationships with family and friends may change and unexpected challenges may present themselves, leading us to wonder who we really are and what we can reasonably expect to accomplish in the remaining years of our lives.

This is one of the first books to provide guidance on the psychological and emotional adjustments we make in retirement. Nancy Schlossberg, a psychologist and experienced counselor, provides tips on coping with its ups and downs and reassures us that retirement can be one of the most fulfilling times of one’s life. Readers are introduced to some common personality types among retirees, including Continuers, Adventurers, Searchers, Retreaters, and Easy Gliders. Armed with this knowledge, the author shows us how understanding our retirement “type” can help us put our strengths and resources to work.

Each of the seven chapters contains dozens of examples of situations experienced by actual retirees and includes short self-assessment quizzes. You’ll learn how to conduct a personal inventory, reinforce relationships, investigate new roles and activities, and take charge of the future.

Endorsements for Retire Smart, Retire Happy:  Gail Sheehy, journalist and author – “Finally, a book to help people turn the inevitable traqnsition of retirement into another opportunity for growth and adventure.”  Helen Thomas, Columnist, Hearst Newspapers, former White House Correspondent for United Press International – “Retire Smart, Retire Happy is a wonderful book–it is reality about retirement with the bark off.  Those who think they will live happily ever after when they leave their jobs may be disappointed.  But the author shows many have found a way to fulfill their lives afterward.”  George Kourpias, President, Alliance for Retired Americans, AFL-CIO – “This book is a roadmap to a successful retirement.  It is a must read.


Overwhelmed, 2nd Edition: Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs (Paperback) 2007: Order Now!

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Based on years of research, this book examines significant life transitions-families moving, loss of a job, retirement-and offers a step-by-step approach to turning these often overwhelming events into challenging experiences. By systematically sizing up transitions and one’s resources for dealing with them, people can learn how to build on their strengths, cut their losses, and even grow in the process. Schlossberg’s work on transitions provides a generic framework to dealing with any transition and is written in accessible, everyday language.

Endorsement for Overwhelmed:

Bernard S. Arons, MD, psychiatrist and executive director/CEO, The National Development and Research Institutes

“Nancy Schlossberg’s Overwhelmed is a combination self-help book and personal improvement tool kit.  Professor Schlossberg tells great stories–stories that teach and guide us to move from ‘overwhelmed’ to ‘in control’ as we face life’s vicissitudes.  What more could one ask for?”


Counseling Adults in Transition, Fifth Edition: Linking Schlossberg’s Theory With Practice in a Diverse World, Fourth Edition [Hardcover]:
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The fifth edition of this authoritative text continues to provide expert guidance for counseling professionals working with adults who are coping with individual, relationship, and work transitions. Abundantly updated with new literature and resources, the book examines the most pressing life transition issues facing today’s adults. It incorporates new and emerging theories and culturally sensitive strategies for counseling diverse clients, along with new case studies providing examples and practical applications. The fifth edition sheds light on the particular challenges of populations who may feel disempowered and marginalized, allowing for a deeper understanding of transition theory. Key themes include enhancing resilience and coping, illuminated by updated literature and discussion of applications of Schlossberg’s theory and 4 S model–a model that offers effective techniques to understand and successfully navigate life transitions. Also addressed are the roles of hope, optimism, and mattering. The text deepens the discussion of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social justice, along with intersectionality regarding multiple identities as diverse individuals and their families navigate life transitions. It also highlights the role of escalating changes in the current global, political and socio-cultural landscape. Purchase includes digital access for use on most mobile devices or computers.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Focuses on the increasing importance of helping adults navigate transitions
  • Integrates Schlossberg’s unique transition model with both classic and emerging theories to guide adults in transition
  • Discusses sociocultural and contextual factors in shaping the coping process
  • Presents culturally sensitive strategies and interventions
  • Emphasizes social justice concerns and advocacy on behalf of underrepresented populations
  • Delivers rich and diverse case studies focused on transition issues
  • Includes updated learning activities and exercises to enhance understanding


My Path: My Transitions: Order Now!

By Nancy K. Schlossberg

I have told my story in the context of the many transitions I have faced – some happy others unwanted. But always trying to approach life with hope and optimism. My story is not a survival story. Rather it illustrates the importance of early decisions. But just as important in my development of a Transition Theory which explains how to understand and manage your transitions. The book includes my story, columns I wrote for the magazine Better Living. (now out of print) and a summary of the transition theory which takes the mystery if not the misery out of change.

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