Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9⅜
978-1-4422-7196-8 • Hardback • October 2017 • $42.00 • (£32.00)
978-1-4422-7197-5 • eBook • October 2017 • $38.00 • (£29.00)
Barbara M. Fleisher, Ed. D., was a retired professor of education. She wore many hats in her life: public school teacher, learning disabilities/reading specialist, child advocate in the schools, college professor in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia, and author. She published many articles that have appeared in juried professional journals, and presented her research at national and international conferences on education. She had been project director of several university-community partnerships and service learning grants. Co-author of The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life (Rowman & Littlefield), she found work on The New Senior Man rewarding and inspiring.
Thelma Reese, Ed. D., retired professor of English and of Education, created the Advisory Council for Hooked on Phonics and was its spokesperson in the '90's. In that role, and as director of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia, she appeared frequently on television and hosted a cable show in Philadelphia. She was a founder of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, chaired the Board of Children’s Literacy Initiative, and organized the World Symposium on Family Literacy at UNESCO in Paris in 1994. She is co-author of The New SeniorWoman: Reinventing the Years Beyond Mid-Life (Rowman & Littlefield). She lives with her husband, Harvey Reese, author and artist.
Together, Fleisher and Reese created the blog, ElderChicks.com which continues to publish the thoughts and opinions of older women and other interested readers. Their published essays may be found on ElderEssays.com. Thelma appears monthly on Rick Toquigny’s blogcast, Life Lessons Radio- "America's Favorite Lessons Show" as he plumbs the ideas and opinions of the ElderChicks.
TABLE OF CONTENTS 220 WORDS INTRODUCTIONCHAPTER 1: WHY MAN UP?
CHAPTER 2: WHO AM I NOW THAT I’M RETIRED?
- Growing up and growing old
- Facing Ageism
- Is it time to think about legacy?
CHAPTER 3: STAYING THE COURSE: LONGER, FARTHER, DEEPER
- Am I still the same guy?
- I really didn’t see this coming.
- I’ve had my coffee and read the newspaper; now what?
CHAPTER 4: NEW PATHSCHAPTER 5: MEANDERING
- Won’t do it. Cannot.
- Reconfiguring the same passion.
CHAPTER 6: MY LIFE AT HOME HAS A NEW FEEL
- I want to play golf most days. On the other days I want to play tennis.
- Loving my leisure
- Deferred dreams, finally fulfilled
- New venues; new relationships
- Changing role of women
- Changing Role of Men
- I don’t fit into my wife’s busy life.
CHAPTER 7: HEALTH SEX AND INTIMACY
- Home Alone
- Where Is Home? Where Should It Be?
- What is health anyway?
- The “D” word
- The “A” word
- The “P” word
- LGBTQ Issues
- Are sex and intimacy the same?
- Does one size fit all?
CHAPTER 8: SEPARATION AND LOSS
- Fears, reassurances, and cautions
- Managing different expectations within a partnership
CHAPTER 9: WHO WILL YOU BE?AFTERWORDDISCUSSION GUIDEREFERRALS AND RESOURCES
- The universal experiences
- Learning and Growing
- An Annotated List of Organizations, Programs, Resources
Thelma Reese and Barbara Fleisher have opened the eyes of America to the new senior man. Their new discoveries are enlightening, often humorous, and sometimes surprising. With The New Senior Man, expect to gain new definition to man's purpose, his journey into retirement, and his quest to reinvent himself. Thank you Elder Chicks for this new point of view.
— Rick Tocquigny, host and author, Life Lessons Show
All hail, The New Senior Man! In their new book Fleisher and Reese dig deep and really get to the juice of things—the sense of identity, passion, fear, energy, creativity, sexuality – and more – of a new breed of older homo sapiens. We meet and get to know a wonderful cast of characters who prove the authors’ twin theses: this is a new and exciting time of life for older men and there is a legion of such men inventing it.
— Dick Goldberg, former National Director, Coming of Age
The stories presented in this book paint pictures of possibilities for men who are elders, and it’s these possibilities that will enable us to choose to live our lives to the fullest.
— Yosaif August, encore careers life coach; founder, Menschwork and the Jewish Men’s Retreat
Never before have so many people – men and women – had so much experience and time and the capacity to do something significant with it. This moving and insightful book – and the thoughtful men in it – encourage us to seize the opportunity, write our own encore, and live our legacy. What a gift!
— Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift