willow way consulting
Preparing you for life in the third age…
WHAT IS THE THIRD AGE?
THE THIRD AGE IS THE TIME IN LIFE THAT OCCURS GENERALLY AFTER RETIREMENT, WHICH FOCUSES ON HEALTH, VIGOR AND AN EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY AND PURPOSE. RETIREMENT IS A DOMINANT LIFE TRANSITION, TYPICALLY AFTER THE LONGEST PERIOD OF RELATIVE STABILITY WE EXPERIENCE (CAREER YEARS) IN OUR LIVES. THIS DESERVES OUR UTMOST ATTENTION, INTENTION AND PLANNING. AND FOR SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST OUR FINANCIAL HEALTH. EXPLORING WHO WE NOW ARE, WHAT AND WHO MATTERS MOST TO US ARE CENTRAL KEYS TO A LONG, HEALTHY AND FULFILLING LIFE IN THE THIRD AGE.
There are 75 million baby boomers in the United States.
10,000 Reach retirement age every day
Only 54% have taken steps to clearly identify options for retirement
60% retire before they planned to
5% work past the age of 65
Gray divores have doubled since the 1990’s
59% still support children between the ages of 18-39
Over the past 29 years, Hugh has counseled clients across numerous settings including private practice over the past 18 years. He has guest lectured at area university graduate programs, including UNC-CH; NC State and St. Augustine’s, on various counseling and healthy lifestyle related topics, as well as public agencies, non-profits, businesses and local/state governmental departments. He has developed numerous modules, drawing interest from multiple entities, including AHEC’s and Osher Learning Institutes across the Southeast U.S.
Throughout this time, Hugh has worked extensively with folks in or approaching retirement. He is in the final stage of finishing a certified retirement coaching program, with an intensive focus on the pertinent issues and dynamics for these populations.
Individual Consultations to help clients develop the best psychosocial portfolio for their retirement years
Retirement Seminars on such topics as Finding Meaning; Cultivating Creativity; Mindfulness; Emotional Intelligence; Phoenix Families (grandparents raising grandchildren) and the Enneagram
Consultation with business/community groups to facilitate their best structures and services for employees and patrons
“I had worked for forty years, saw many ups and downs, but thought that I was finally going to sail into the sunset with ease. Little did I know that reality was waiting to smack me in the face. Hugh was an amazing listener. But more than that, Hugh seemed to intuitively know the right questions to ask to adroitly get me through the fog of my stress and clearly into the space where I was liberated; where I could make the best and right choices for myself.”
“I was definitely in a rut after retiring. Hugh was right there with me. He didn’t mail it in or use cookie cutter sayings that might make me feel better in the moment, but not really help me in the long term. He helped me clear my own, unique path with creative insights and ideas.”
“I had a lot to clean up in my personal relationships after spending the better part of 35 years neglecting my family and friends in favor of my career. He never judged me.”
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