—The Midwest Book Review
“By 2015 some 77 million Americans will be fifty to sixty-nine years old and represent the first (and largest) generation in history to be so long lived and have to deal with the promises and problems of such an extended live span. In After 50 It’s Up To Us: Developing The Skills And Agility We’ll Need, George H. Schofield presents the results of his own researches on the subject, which include numerous in-depth interviews with Americans in the 50 to 97 age bracket. The result is an articulate presentation offering invaluable insights and an accessible wisdom to the mind-opening possibilities of what an extended life span can offer senior citizens today. After 50 It’s Up To Us stresses that planning is essential; the pace of change is accelerating; nobody’s life happens entirely according to plan; thriving beyond the age of 50 requires development and application special abilities; agility in dealing with changes is a necessity; situations and companions can change as we age—often without prior warning; aging cannot be ignored; mastering the skills of coping with and benefiting from the aging process is an essential and life-long necessity; living successfully beyond the age of 50 must be a customized plan specific to oneself. Of special note are Schofield’s ten tips when negotiating through the uncharted territory of an extended life span. Simply stated, After 50 It’s Up To Us should be considered mandatory reading for all seniors, and an important acquisition for community library Self-Help/Self-Improvement reference collections.”
“Like it or not, as members of the Baby Boom, the odds are you will live longer than any previous generation. But after 50 or so, the author reminds us, things change – kids move out, one’s relationship with work or career may shift, physical limitations crop up, time feels like it is running out and so on. Author Schofield explores how to handle the inevitable changes and make the person you are now the best you can be. The book is based on his research with a wide variety of individuals age 50-97. Their experiences and Schofield’s insight offer inspiration for the road ahead.”
—Psych Central (psychcentral.com)
“Written by a personal development and planning expert, After 50 It’s Up To Us is an insightful little book which analyzes how we can continue to learn and develop throughout our later years.
With great attention to detail, the author offers intellectual and practical explanations about the life-processes many of us take for granted—and often don’t understand or plan for. He helps us understand what to do next, for example, when we run into “the wall.” He shows us that even though life rarely goes according to plan, we have to plan anyway! He helps us identify the right blend of relationships and create community that works for us.
In the chapter titled: Identity Ability: Who You’ve Been May Not Be Who You’ll Need to Be, Dr. Schofield helps us explore the answers to questions such as: Who am I? How did I get to be who I am? I like who I am, so why should I change? Who will I need to be in the future? By developing the skill Dr. Schofield calls “identity ability” one can identify and become who he/she needs or wants to be, while still remaining true to self.
Using real-life examples which he culled from multiple personal interviews through original research, Dr. Schofield shows us in real terms how people become their best selves after 50. If you benefited from Richard Nelson Bolles’ classic, What Color is Your Parachute, you’ll like After 50; in fact, Richard Bolles wrote the Foreword to Dr. Schofield’s book.