Summary of My Time

Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life

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My Time book summary
You’re ready to retire, and you still have 30 healthy years ahead. What do you really want to do with your life?


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Abigail Trafford’s compassionate guide to the post-retirement years is a fascinating collection of personal stories, mixed with a healthy dose of sociological and scientific findings. Her research into what she calls “the Bonus Decades” began when she found new meaning in her life after age 50. As she talked with hundreds of members of her generation, or “My Timers,” Trafford uncovered a quiet revolution in the making. These adults, who are finished with child-rearing and have reached the end of successful careers, are wondering, “now what?” as they face longer, healthier lives post-retirement. It is this generation, she predicts, that will change the structure of the workplace, reaffirm the values of family and community, and leave an enduring legacy. Trafford’s insightful comparison of the storms of adolescence to the emotional and spiritual crises of late adulthood will resonate with anyone facing retirement, a late-in-life career change or simply a growing feeling of anxiety and dissatisfaction with the norm. This is not a how-to book or a survival manual, but a reassuring travel guide to the uncharted territory of “Second Adolescence.” getAbstract recommends this book to everyone older than 50 or soon to arrive there – after all, it’s about time.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How today’s older adults will experience several decades of post-retirement called “My Time”
  • What the three psychological tasks of My Time are, and how many people meet them
  • How the demographic shift to an older America will transform the workplace and the family


The Social Revolution
More and more Americans are living longer and healthier lives. The average life expectancy has increased from less than 50 years to age 77 in the past 100 years. By 2010, one-third of Americans – 85 million people – will be between 50 and 80 years old. This demographic...
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About the Author

Abigail Trafford is a columnist and former health editor at The Washington Post. She hosts “Health Talk,” an online talk show. She is the author of the bestselling Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life (revised edition, 1992). She lives in Washington, D.C.

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