We are now experiencing one of the most significant — but not yet fully understood — revolutions in human life: the dramatic rise in life expectancy. This revolution does not imply, as most people usually think, that we’ve simply got more years of old age. Rather, it implies the formation of a new period in human life: the Age of Wisdom.
When Dr Zvi Lanir reached retirement age, he was ready to admit that he was no longer young, but he did not feel old at all. The Wisdom Years is the product of Lanir investigating this ‘hidden age’ and finding out how to make the most of it. People who are able to prepare themselves for this new age will be able to enjoy an active, wise and satisfying stage of life, which will enable them to delay their ‘old age’ to the very end of their life.
The Wisdom Years provides a practical, thought-provoking and life-changing read for both people embarking on retirement and younger people who would like to mindfully prepare themselves in advance. Derived from Dr Lanir’s lifetime of work experience in identifying mindsets that are no longer helpful, it reveals how to reframe our thought processes so that we can live life based on our ‘functional age’ rather than our ‘chronological age’. The result is a book that carries a unique and inspiring message: life after retirement is to be enjoyed as a new, exciting and uplifting journey of personal evolution.
Zvi Lanir, PhD is the founding president of the Praxis Institute which, for over 30 years, has specialized in various aspects of coping with disruptive change in personal, social, economic and strategic domains. Dr Lanir holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a visiting scholar at New York’s Columbia University. He is a graduate of the Israel Defense Force’s Academy, where he also held the position of its intelligence and strategic thinking teacher and researcher. Dr Lanir has also taught policy thinking and implementation at Tel Aviv University, and served as a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Strategic Studies Institute. He has enjoyed a long and successful career advising governments and organisations in the theory and the practice of coping with fundamental changes in human realities and for the past 15 years, Dr Lanir has specialized in the realities of human aging. He has conducted interdisciplinary research to reveal the gaps between the common knowledge on aging and the new opportunities for living our advanced years differently.