Take a look at late-blooming psychologist Robert Iadeluca’s smile and biceps as he hoists Avery, a friend’s three-year-old, at his surprise 90th birthday party last week.
“I can honestly say, these have been the best years of my life,” he said after the party.
“Dr. Robby,” as he is widely known in Warrenton, Virginia, is a poster boy for reinvention and enduring vitality.
He is featured in chapter of “What Should I Do With The Rest of My Life?”, titled “Doctor of Substance.” (See Excerpts page.)
Laid off from his state job in his 50s, he got his Ph. D. in lifespan development from Syracuse University at 60, then went to work for ten years at the Army Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He retired for a couple of weeks at 70, before beginning an internship at the University of Virginia Medical School in the treatment of substance abuse and went into private practice in Warrenton.
Besides continuing to see clients six days a week, often late into the night, he rises each day before dawn to lead a discussion group on Seniornet.com on the history of civilization, walks two miles a day, pens a monthly column, serves on the board of the Hospice of the Rapidan, recently took up bridge, and dances whenever possible.
His motto is printed on his license plate: All-Okay.
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