THE AUTHOR: Jack Bynum is a retired University Professor of Sociology and Criminology. His teaching and research specialty of social problems is reflected in published books and fifty journal articles. When Jack retired from Oklahoma State University, he and his wife Margaret moved into a century-old ranch house in the foothills near Ashland, Oregon. Finding themselves in an unfamiliar environment, they were surprised by some major issues and obstacles common to retirees that blocked transition into successful retirement. These new challenges included the following:
1. What is successful retirement adjustment?
2. How do migrating retirees cultivate new friends and establish a new and viable social network?
3. When and how will the loss of a life-long profession and social identity be softened and replaced with a new and satisfying social role?
4. What are the causes, consequences, and solutions for human loneliness?
5. Are there useful strategies for dealing with the reduction in health and income often associated with retirement?
6. How can a sense of humor help us adapt to change and difficulties in our lives?