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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. Resolve Your Love-Hate Relationship With Aging
  • Talk Back to Your Mirror
  • Just Say No to Ageism
  • II. Understand Transitions
  • Embrace Change
  • Diversify Your Coping Skills
  • III. Navigate the Many Transitions of Aging
  • Create Your Own Retirement Fantasy
  • Choose Your Place: Location, Location, Location
  • Cope With Health Challenges
  • Understand Your Family Transitions
  • IV. Create the New You
  • Keep Your Dance Card Full: Pay Attention to Friends, Family, and Fun
  • Go for Romance (If You Want It)
  • Create Your Own Happiness: Your Path to Positive Aging
  • Notes
  • Index
  • About the Author

About the Author

Nancy K. Schlossberg, EdD, is a professor emerita, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, College of Education at the University of Maryland. She previously served on the faculties of Wayne State University, Howard University, and Pratt Institute. She was the first woman executive at the American Council of Education (ACE), where she established the Office of Women in Higher Education (1973). She later served as a Senior Fellow at ACE's Center on Adult Learning. She has published nine books, including Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Schlossberg's Theory With Practice in a Diverse World (4th ed., 2012, with M. L. Anderson and J. Goodman); Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose (APA, 2009); Overwhelmed: Coping With Life's Ups and Downs (2nd ed., 2007, with M. Evans); Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life (APA, 2004); Getting the Most Out of College (2001, with A. Chickering); and Going to Plan B (1996, with S. Robinson). Dr. Schlossberg has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses. She has been quoted in cover stories in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Reader's Digest, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Reports, and was featured in a 90-minute PBS pledge special in June 2007, Retire Smart, Retire Happy. Dr. Schlossberg is a Fellow in three divisions of APA; Fellow, Gerontological Association; APA's G. Stanley Hall Lecturer on Adult Development; and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Maryland. She received awards from The National Career Development Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and American College Personnel Association. She recently received the 2016 Teachers College Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award.


"An expert on transitions and how to navigate them; the author of "Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age" and other books on aging, and creator of a respected academic theory about transitions."

Author featured in The Washington Post article 'Dying at your desk is not a retirement plan'

"Nancy Schlossberg is a prolific writer, especially on the topic of living well as we age. Her most recent book is a swift and satisfying read, full of wisdom and encouragement for all of us." --Positive Aging Newsletter

"Accessible and upbeat guide that builds on the concepts Professor Schlossberg first pioneered in her popular books Retire Smart, Retire Happy, and Revitalizing Retirement with an engaging take on positive aging." --Midwest Book Review

"This book is a timely contribution to the field.... Too Young to Be Old is a valuable book for a resource library at senior centers, gerontology studies, college courses on sociology and psychology of aging, practitioners, and as a self-help guide." --PsycCRITIQUES

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