The Joy of Retirement

Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You've Always Wanted

The Joy of Retirement

Authors: David C. Borchard, Patricia A. Donohoe
Pub Date: May 2008
Print Edition: $16.95
Print ISBN: 9780814480564
Page Count: 288
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814412831

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The Best Part of Life Begins After Fifty

New AMACOM Book Shows How to Create a Fulfilling, Passionate and Meaningful Life After Retirement

Retirement used to be a word with a somewhat negative connotation. Oh sure, people said they looked forward to retiring, and others would say how envious they were of the recent retirees. But the underlying feeling was that retirement was the end of something: the end of your career and the end of your productive life. It was time to walk off into the sunset, play golf, putter around in the garden, and baby-sit the grandchildren.

Well, that concept of retirement has fallen by the wayside. THE JOY OF RETIREMENT: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted (AMACOM 2008) by David C. Borchard with Patricia A. Donohoe, reshapes how people look at retirement and helps them to reinvent their lives.

In the first half of our lives, we focus on being what others want us to be or what our profession requires. As we get older (and wiser) however, we stop being so concerned about how others see us and are more interested in becoming our “Natural Selves.” Author David Borchard, a professional counselor with 30 years experience working with adults to identify their passions and develop a vision for the next phase of their lives, has designed a step-by-step, structured approach for people who are in transition and are unsure about how to proceed.

THE JOY OF RETIREMENT offers useful tools for self-assessment, including such tests as:

• Life Vitality Assessment Test (page 4)

• Ultimate Questions at Fifty-Plus (page 51)

• Life Themes Profiler (page 65)

• Assessing Your Criteria for Personal Success (page 132)

• Assessing Your Strengths (page 152)

Written for recent retirees or those thinking of retiring, the book provides advice on relationship management and tips for regenerating relationships; clarifying location priorities if you plan to relocate; assessing your psychological age; reassessing old work behaviors in your new life; and managing stresses associated with this life change and transition.

Whether you are planning on continuing to work during your senior years or to transition into a more traditional, leisure-oriented lifestyle, this book is written for those looking to take full advantage of the new freedom, the self-liberation, and the joy of graduating into senior status that life in 50+ year’s offers.

About the Authors:

David C. Borchard is a professional counselor with 30 years of experience in helping adults identify their passions and develop a vision for the next phase of their lives. He specializes in career management coaching and life/work transition counseling and has helped thousands of adults regenerate their careers. He is creator of an Internet accessible career assessment process for adults, The Passion Revealer & The Skills Profiler (, and has taught graduate level career development courses at The Johns Hopkins University. Since 1992, he has been a writer, presenter, and career consultant. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Patricia A. Donohoe is a writer, an artist, and an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA). Her experience includes teaching English and working as an alumni magazine editor, a public relations manager, and an associate pastor.

Both David and Patricia live in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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