Book review by Sally Smolen, RSM
WMW Retirement Advisory Board
“As we approach midlife, many of us begin to think about what will make our lives worth
living in our sixties and seventies. Most of us do not feel particularly
old or worn-out, and yet we are looking for ways to slow down and notice things we have been too busy to consider before. We may begin looking for a place where we do not have to compete so fiercely or carry the ambitions of others in quite the same
With this paragraph, author Marjory Zoet Bankson begins CREATIVE AGING in which she invites the reader to rethink retirement and non-retirement in a changing world, and instead, focus on the spiritual
dimensions of aging. She describes the generative period between the ages of (roughly) sixty and seventy-five (maybe to eighty) as a period of possibility that is almost new in our time.
Each chapter explores specific issues
of generativity and includes a spiritual practice with questions to ponder at the end. The book provides thoughtful reflections that lend themselves to use in
solitude as well as in group discussion. The book concludes with a list
of suggestions for further reading.
Publication Date: December 28, 2012
Discover Your Unique Gift
''Creative aging is a choice.... If we remember that transition always
with endings, moves on to a wilderness period of testing and trying, and
only then do we reach the beginning of something new, then we can
embrace this encore period of life with hope and curiosity, remembering
it is our true nature to be creative, to be always birthing new
ways of sharing our planet together.''
- from the Epilogue
(Taken from the Amazon website)