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Retirement from work is just one of many changes that can affect us deeply in the second half of life. The loss of family or friends, the loss of physical or mental capacity, divorce, the menopause, living in an ‘empty nest’ or ‘down-sizing’ can all cause emotional distress. Such life changes can be deeply challenging to our sense of self and what we have to offer to the world. Many lose their self-confidence as they age. Others find a new way forward. 


This book is designed to help you make a conscious choice about how you want to be now and in later life. The chapters take you through three stages of life development – from the dependent child, to the limited mind-set of the independent adult and then, towards the freedom of the inter-dependent, mature adult. It’s a re-framing of the ageing journey and an opportunity to see what might prevent you from living a fulfilling life.

"Adam Duncan offers a warm and gentle invitation to reflect on ageing and how we might meet it gracefully and meaningfully. He has created a simple format that guides, informs and opens up into  spaciousness, helping us to engage in co-creating (what I imagine we all wish for) a fulfilling conclusion to our one precious life! It's an excellent resource." 


Dr Hermione Elliott, Director Living Well Dying Well

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"I absolutely love the way Adam writes and how much of his passion, intention, genuine love for life come across in his words."

Mathilde Barbier, Integrated Emotional Practitioner



The Power in Ageing is the result of workshops and on-line sessions that have been run by Life-Stage over the last five years. It is designed to help people in the second half of life find their inner wisdom and courage. It provides a method of transforming fears around ageing into deeper connection and purpose. The process enhances self-belief and resilience

There are limitations to developing our physical world as we grow older, but we can continue to develop a rich inner life to find joy and fulfilment.




After mid-life, some people come into their own, while others become fearful and isolated. Rather than be cowed by fear, we can respond to the challenges of ageing with our innate wisdom and courage. With this practical guide book, the second half of life can be the start of a fulfilling adventure.

Inevitably, the effects of entropy become more apparent as our youth slips away. We grieve the loss of relatives and friends. We live with diminishing flexibility, skin elasticity and 20/20 vision. Retirement and caring for ageing parents may challenge our social identity and our sense of purpose. Ageing is not for feint-hearted, so how can we develop our inner resources to change the paradigm around growing older?



The book opens with the story of transition from the dependent child, through to the independent young adult and on to mid-life. In a society where outward appearances are so important, most want to stay looking and feeling youthful for as long as possible. The dread of old age becomes deeply rooted and hinders a sense of inner freedom and well-being. Attachment to past ways of thinking can lead to arrested development, sadness and regret.

This book provides some accessible techniques that have been developed in the Life-Stage workshops. The reader is invited to be mindful around ten specific questions to help them develop a simple daily practice. A few minutes each day can transform fears of ageing into meaningful connection and a strong sense of purpose. With growing awareness, we can become inter-dependent adults with a rich life, and as elders we can bring wisdom and courage to our communities.

The book is specifically written for people in the second half of life (45-70+) and is appropriate for people regardless of physical capability and is open to people of all faiths or of no faith. The Life-Stage community offers free on-line sessions as well as courses and workshops to support the work of the book.




Find deeper meaning and purpose to your life as you age. 

A sense of


Change  limiting beliefs around ageing



to others and your true self 

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