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Alive After AcademiaPost-Career Reflections of Social Work Educators$
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Spencer J. Zeiger

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190068189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190068189.001.0001

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Old Folks Boogie

Old Folks Boogie

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Alive After Academia

Spencer James Zeiger

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores how retirement provides an opportunity to appreciate what gives us meaning and adds to the value of our experiences. The study participants were asked to describe how their current stage of lifespan development affects their life today. Topics include a time for reflection and integration; physical limitations; and aging positives. The author proposes that as we make the transition from our role as a social work educator into The Next Chapter, we shift our focus from living life for a purpose (satisfying the requirements set forth by others) to searching for life’s meaning (satisfying our own internal needs by replacing “have to” with “want to” activities).

Keywords:   aging, retirement, mental decline, physical decline, life purpose, life meaning

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