What Readers Are Saying About The Book

This Book is Worth the Read!

“I really enjoyed reading this book because the message resonated and there are some great practical tips and insights that got me moving as I’m considering my life at 55. It’s easy to read, well organized and full of useful ideas for recreating our lives and reconsidering what we can and want to do after 50! I highly recommend it. “

— Christi Olson, Ph.D.

How Did We Ever Get To Be This Age?

“Somehow I always thought I would stay young, but suddenly 50 is looming on the horizon! George Schofield wisely and in a very readable format lays it out for us: now that we are here, what do we need to do to take care of ourselves, our families and the rest of our lives?”

“Schofield is smart, practical and gave me a lot of think about. I would recommend this book to all those baby boomers who never trusted anyone over 30, and are now in our 40’s 50’s and 60’s! Yikes! How did this happen? Thanks! I’m buying it as gifts to give to my friends.”

— Patti J. Christensen

Thanks Dr. Schofield for Saving the Rest of My life!

“Like many people, I am wondering if the rest of my life will be and should be a continuation of what I have done so far. At 55, I have a long way to go, but I have already been a long way. This book helped me realize I needed to change some of the fundamental things in my life if I was going to accomplish what is left undone. And it told me how to make those changes. The result has been a transformative experience. Thanks Dr. Schofield for saving the rest of my life!”

— Steven J. Carnevale

Ongoing Enlightenment

“After 50 It’s Up to Us has become an ongoing reference book for me. Schofield’s engaging and upbeat insights and real-life stories are wonderful starting points for both family discussions and personal reflection. Be sure to read the section on 10 Key Realities After 50 anytime you find yourself saying, “I’m too old to change; that’s just the way I am.”

— Cynthia Frank

A Must Read

“After 50” is a must read for anyone facing transitions in mid-life. Dr. Schofield’s book is filled with insightful tools to help navigate this often unsettling transition. My favorite chapter is “A New Framework for Skill and Agility after 50”, in which he sets forth a learning plan with exercises designed to examine our own story and abilities. It is an enjoyable read filled with substantial exercises to help us develop our own path and abilities.”

— Phyllis Heintz

It Really IS “Up To Us!”

“As one who has admired Dr. George Schofield’s mind and work for years, I am delighted that he has finally chosen to share his research and perspectives on this very significant life intersection. While reporting as a social scientist, Dr. Schofield most importantly shares his own life long journey and his courage to live at life’s edges. This authentic voice permeates this work and one feels that one has a wise companion for the road ahead. This central message has never been more true: we are responsible for what happens; I find this a powerful and positive reminder.”

— Robert B. Mintz, Ph.D.

Perspective and Insight for Life After 50

“After 50 It’s Up to Us was an enjoyable, easy, and informative read. Dr. Schofield weaves his personal experiences throughout the book, and these stories and examples bring the book to life. I was particularly impressed with how Dr. Schofield captured the optimism and opportunity of life after 50 and balanced this view with the accountability each of us has for being proactive in creating our futures.

“He delicately reminds us that our identities have been driven by circumstances “outside of ourselves” (roles, family, work, achievement, etc), and he describes how this identity changes as we move into our 50s and beyond. He tells us we have the opportunity to drive our lives to a new meaning, and he goes into detail why this is possible and important.

“Dr. Schofield provides a truly refreshing and optimistic look about the next stage of life. I like the book so much, I bought it for my parents and in-laws.”

— Michael Corley

Reviews from Amazon.com

“George delves into a world that has been rarely commented upon…the time between 50 and 75. After 50 It’s Up to Us is unflinching in its humanity, lays the responsibility for our personal happiness at our own feet, and is an honoring message about the richness of life that our years have earned us. George strikes a perfect balance of sharing his own pioneering story, while allowing each person to bring to it what s/he will. Then, like a Zen master, he gently helps the reader find the way that is unique to them.”

“I am delighted that he has finally chosen to share his research and perspectives on this very significant life intersection. While reporting as a social scientist, Dr. Schofield most importantly shares his own life long journey and his courage to live at life’s edges. This authentic voice permeates this work and one feels that one has a wise companion for the road ahead. This central message has never been more true: we are responsible for what happens; I find this a powerful and positive reminder.”

“Dr. Schofield openly writes about what so many of us are trying to hide; we are getting older in a society that values youth. How can each of us take responsibility for leading healthy, productive, and ”After 50″ is a must read for anyone facing transitions in mid-life. Dr. Schofield’s book is filled with insightful tools to help navigate this often unsettling transition. My favorite chapter is “A New Framework for Skill and Agility after 50”, in which he sets forth a learning plan with exercises designed to examine our own story and abilities. It is an enjoyable read filled with substantial exercises to help us develop our own path and abilities.

“As someone who is definitely over 50, I was particularly intrigued by Schofield’s book. What I find especially interesting (and helpful) is the observation that underlies the work: Most of us will live longer than our parents did. Many of us will not retire or retire much later in life than has been the norm. Most of the models in our heads of how to age well – and live well as we do so – are no longer applicable. So we have to create them for ourselves. The book lays out great principles for how to do so.”

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