Touro College Dean Publishes "The Retirement Maze"

Date: May 14, 2012
Dr. Louis Primavera, Ph.D., Dean of the Touro College School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Louis Primavera, Ph.D., Dean of the Touro College School of Health Sciences.
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What You Should Know Before and After You Retire

New York, N.Y. – For most people, retirement is inevitable. For those interested in learning more about how to adjust to all of its ups and downs, a new book, “The Retirement Maze: What You Should Know Before and After You Retire,” provides answers to many challenges posed by retirement.

Published by Rowan & Littlefield and co-authored by Louis H. Primavera, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences at Touro College, the new book explores the many psychological and emotional issues associated with retirement.

Dr. Primavera and co-authors Robert Pascale and Walter Roach say retirement can pose problems such as loss of identity, deterioration of marriage and social life, and feelings of being disconnected from the world.

“The aging of the Baby Boomer generation has made retirement a critical topic for workers, retirees, and social scientists alike. Pascale, Primavera, and Roach bring these various interest groups together,” said George Stricker, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, in Washington, D.C. “Based on an imaginative and exhaustive survey, they describe the pleasures and pitfalls of retirement. They draw on their data and the literature on retirement, and then present it in a readable form. This produces a rare work that can be read enjoyably by both laypeople and scientists.”

The authors conducted a nationwide survey via the Internet among approximately 1500 retirees, as well as 400 people who are of the same age and share other demographic characteristics. They also performed in-depth interviews, and followed numerous studies that have concluded that up to 40 percent of retirees have difficulty adjusting – and even those who say they enjoy retirement may experience some uneasiness as they adapt to a life lacking in structure and direction.

As the book explores the struggles faced by retirees in building new lives outside of the workforce, readers are provided an honest assessment of retirement, based on the not-always-acknowledged fact that it is a difficult transition with pitfalls and obstacles to be overcome.

“As millions of boomers are just beginning to retire, they will find solutions that enable them to be better prepared and to avoid being blind-sided by unexpected situations,” Dr. Primavera said.

A New York state licensed psychologist trained in behavior and rational emotive behavior therapies, Dr. Primavera has published extensively in the social sciences and his work has appeared in a number of prestigious professional journals in psychology. He was a consultant to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has held other consulting positions in medicine, business and education. He has served as president of the Academic Division of the New York State Psychological Association and the New York City Metro Chapter of the American Statistical Association.