Retirement

What You Need to Know: 

A variety of books, organized into categories, are available for checkout from the Career Development Resource Room. When you have chosen a book you would like to borrow, just stop by the Career Development Resource Room in 124 Scovell Hall, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, to check out any of the following books.

Career of Gold:  Defeat Age Bias by Re-Careering for the Second Half of Your Life

Bracken, Don, ©2006, 9781933909844. From BarnesandNoble.com:  Starting a business is scary at any age... this book shows you how and that you are not alone. A new type of American workers are reaching what is now called retirement age. What role does ageism play in our careers and retirement and how can those over 50 defeat it?  With the answers to these questions and more, Don Bracken provides a comprehensive, effective, and informative guide to re-careering for the second half of our lives.  Whether you want to keep your hand in something productive, you are eagerly anticipating this time to pursue your dream career or you wish to add to your financial security, Career of Gold will be an invaluable resource.

Changing Course: Navigating Life After 50

Sadler, William & Krefft, James, ©2007,
978-0-9793510-5-1. From Amazon.com: 
Changing Course is a how-to book for people who want to change the aging game. It is a practical book that provides a new way to think about and experience life after fifty. Changing Course demonstrates that people over fifty can redefine aging and retirement by building a different kind of portfolio, a Third Age Life Portfolio. When it comes to aging, the future is not what it used to be. An array of new possibilities for people over fifty provides options previous generations simply did not have.  Historically, D words have defined becoming older: difficulty, disengagement, decline, degeneration, and disease. But recent research has been showing how people can set new directions with R words: renewal, reinvention, regeneration, rejuvenation, and redirection.  In Changing Course: Navigating Life After Fifty, William A. Sadler and James H. Krefft present path-breaking discoveries from over twenty years research. With life stories and lessons, they show readers how they too can take charge of their lives to redefine both aging and retirement.

Don't Retire, Rewire!

Sedlar, Jeri & Miners, Rick, ©2003, 0-02-864228-7.
From BarnesandNoble.com: 
Working after retirement is one of the fastest-growing trends in the American workplace. A 1998 AARP survey of more than 2,000 adults age 33 to 52 found that 80 percent plan to work at least part-time during their retirement. You just may be part of that majority-- but the last thing you want to do is the same work you've been doing all your life. In a word, you're looking to REWIRE-- to channel your energy and experience into work situations that are both financially and personally rewarding-- whether it's a part-time job, volunteer work, or a second career. Don't Retire, Rewire! helps you determine what kind of work suits your interests and then guides you through the process of finding a position with the hours, challenges, and rewards you want. With plenty of practical how-to content, this book also offers you stories and lessons from more than 300 real-life retirees.

Encore, Encore: Finding Work That Matters In the Second Half of Life

Freedman, Marc, ©2007, 978-1-58648-483-5. From BarnesandNoble.com:  The boomers are rejecting conventional notions of retirement and crossing into a new stage of work—and their energy could transform what work means for all Americans.

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free:  Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get From Your Financial Advisor

Zelinski, Ernie J., ©2010, 978-0-9694194-9-5
From Amazon.com: 
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life -- interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.  World-class author and innovator Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:  gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better, put money in proper perspective so that you don't need a million dollars to retire, generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits, follow your dreams instead of someone else's, take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health, better envision you retirement goals -- including where you want to live, and above all, make you retirement years the best time of your life.  What sets this retirement book apart from all the others is its holistic approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that people have about retirement. This international bestseller (over 110,000 copies sold in its first edition) goes way beyond the numbers that is often the main focus of retirement planning in most retirement books.  There are many ingredients of a happy retirement and several retirement planning tools that help retirees plan for their retirement in new and more meaningful ways. One of the most powerful tools is The Get-a-Life Tree that you won't find in any other retirement books.  In short, the retirement wisdom in this book will prove to be much more important than how much money you have saved. How to Retire Happy Wild, and Free helps readers create an active, satisfying, and happy retirement in a way such that they don't need a million dollars to retire.

Life After Work: Redefining Retirement

Fletcher, Douglas, ©2007, 978-1-60145-125-5. From Amazon.com:  Whether you are planning to retire, newly retired, long retired, or wishing you never retired, this book offers insights into the retirement process. You will learn the phases of retirement and transitions required to overcome career losses.

My Next Phase:  The Personality-Based Guide To Your Best Retirement

Sundstrom, Eric; Burnham, Randy; & Burnham, Michael, ©2007, 978-0-446-58117-2. From Amazon.com:  Too many people 'flunk' retirement--even after a lifetime of hard work. Why? Because they only plan on their financial needs, not their emotional ones as they move into the next phase of life.  The key to a successful retirement lies in your personality, NOT in your bank account. My Next Phase--featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and The Washington Post--offers a revolutionary, step-by-step process to figure out your personal "Retirement Style" and creates a unique retirement plan based on who you are.

Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose, & Passion After 50

Corbett, David & Higgins, Richard, ©2007, 978-0-7879-8356-7. From Publishers Weekly:  As the boomer generation's hair turns gray, it's not surprising to see retirement advice books like this one, which argues against conventional scenarios. As founder and CEO of New Directions, which coaches older workers on making the transition from working to life after a career, author Corbett points out that boomers' longer life expectancy and better health means that reprioritizing may be more rewarding than simply stopping working. In his first few chapters, Corbett discusses why the concept of retirement needs to be retired, then quickly moves to his central proposal. He encourages readers to focus on building a portfolio of skills, which allows them to shuffle their skills in the same way they would remix a financial portfolio, rather than follow a linear career trajectory. Instead of abandoning work altogether, people can refocus later in life on the preferred skills and meaningful pursuits that suit them best. This insightful and readable book provides not only a convincing argument for the portfolio concept but also concrete instructions on how to get started. If there's a drawback, it's that the subtitle dismisses younger readers who could benefit by putting this plan into action long before reaching age 50. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Retire Retirement

Erickson, Tamara, ©2008, 978-1-4221-2059-0.
From Amazon.com: 
Good news: there is no need to retire. There is no need to pack up your desk or attend one more retirement party. Why? With the widen gap between the number of workers and demand for talent, employers are looking to keep smart, productive workers in the workplace. The growing talent shortage will allow you to re-negotiate your relationship with work.   The question is how will you make the most of your new career options. By retreating from traditional 9-5 work, or by exploring unconventional ways to stay a part of the workplace? The choice is yours, and Retire Retirement shows you how to think about what you want, and how to get it. In this conversational, optimistic book, you will learn how to negotiate the best work environment for you, how to work with different generations to get the most out of your job, and explore the great opportunities that lie ahead.  This book will help you begin today to create the opportunities that fit your unique needs now and in the years to come!

Retire Smart, Retire Happy

Schlossberg, Nancy K, ©2004, 1-59147-039-0.
From Amazon.com: 
This is one of the first books to provide guidance on the psychological and emotional adjustments we make in retirement. Nancy Schlossberg, a psychologist and experienced counselor, provides tips on coping with its ups and downs and reassures us that retirement can be one of the most fulfilling times of one's life. Readers are introduced to some common personality types among retirees, including Continuers, Adventurers, Searchers, Retreaters, and Easy Gliders. Armed with this knowledge, the author shows us how understanding our retirement "type" can help us put our strengths and resources to work.

Revitalizing Retirement:  Reshaping Your identity, Relationships, & Purpose

Schlossberg, Nancy K, ©2009, 978-1-4338-0413-7. From Amazon.com:  Revitalizing Retirement gives unique guidance on how to create a happy, fulfilling retirement. Nancy K. Schlossberg, a counseling psychologist and author of Retire Smart, Retire Happy, describes the secret to a happy retirement. She encourages readers to reshape their identity, relationships, and purpose. She discusses several coping skills that deal with accepting change and help retirees continue to feel that they are vital members of their community and that they matter.

Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free

The Transition Network & Rentsch, Gail, ©2008, 978-0-446-58091-5.  From Library Journal:  Whereas parents before aspired to the ideal of completely escaping the work world for a warmer climate, baby boomers are developing new models for their "golden years." Public relations professional Rentsch is a founding member of the Transition Network, a national organization for women focused on retirement transition issues. Drawing on research and interviews, she explores a range of topics, from preparing for and deciding when to retire to overcoming self-defeating stereotypes about aging women and uplifting ideas about a meaningful retirement. Each chapter presents frank discussions, inventories and checklists, and case studies of real women's lives. Interpersonal topics like coordinating retirement with a spouse and cultivating friendships as one ages are also covered... This insightful book reinforces the idea that retirement can be transformative and even "cool." 
-Library Journal 

Super Charged Retirement

Lloyd, Mary, ©2009, 978-0-9798319-3-5     
From Amazon.com: 
Life after retirement is much more exciting if you look beyond what you need for financial security as you prepare for it. Mary Lloyd lays out a whole new paradigm for doing this and shows you how to assess what you really want and need--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually--to make retired life the most rewarding time of all. Supercharged Retirement will help you conquer the emotional and personal challenges of stepping out of the workforce with solutions that work specifically for you.  This book is a valuable wake-up call, particularly if you've been focused on financial planning alone. It will challenge your assumptions about this stage of life, refocus your sense of what s possible, rekindle your passions, and reawaken your drive to spend your time, energy, and resources on what's important to you. You'll discover how to:  decide if you really want to retire now or ever, design a lifestyle for your post-career years that s right for you, find compelling ways to act on what's important to you and maintain your sense of purpose, keep your world expanding, and define strategies for dealing with likely challenges and potential fears.  A passionate guide for making these years sparkle, Supercharged Retirement turns conventional wisdom about how to prepare for retirement on its ear. It delivers practical, easy-to-read advice about a better way to do it, using humor, anecdotes, and exercises along with a wide range of factual information. If you use this book, get ready to launch. With Lloyd s recommendations, not even the sky is the limit.

Too Young to Retire:  101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life

Stone, Marika, ©2002,
0-452-28557-7. From BarnesandNoble.com: 
Based on the popular website www.2young2retire.com, Too Young to Retire offers inventive and exciting retirement alternatives to help readers find their labors of love, inner activists, or how to make a home away from home. Enlightening exercises and workbook pages as well as a comprehensive list of publications, home exchange organizations, and websites are included to assist readers in making meaningful choices. For those who aren't ready to throw in the towel, Too Young to Retire is the essential resource for discovering what comes next.

Transitions:  A Woman’s Guide to Successful Retirement

by Cort, Diana ; Arsdale Van & Newman, Phyllis, ©1991, 0-06-016278-3. From Publishers Weekly: The special problems that working women face when they retire and various possibilities open to them are examined here in authoritative, constructive detail. Psychotherapist Cort-Van Arsdale and Newman, her retired psychologist sister, both married with grown children, contend that many of the first generation of liberated women whom they interviewed has not sufficiently planned a retirement that will meet individual practical and emotional needs. The authors stress the importance for women of considering the strength of their attachment to family and of their funds should they decide to relocate, say, to a warm climate; and, for those married, the effect of a husband's constant presence. Among options discussed to structure one's leisure hours are part-time paid or volunteer work, social groups, adult education and remarriage. Retirement, readers are wisely reminded, should not be viewed as a backdrop to old age.  Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

What Color is Your Parachute For Retirement

Bolles, Richard N. & Nelson, John E., ©2007, 978-1-58008-711-7. From Amazon.com:  For more than 35 years, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has guided millions of job-hunters to find satisfying careers. Now, PARACHUTE FOR RETIREMENT will help them plan for the next stage of life. Going beyond financial planning, Richard N. Bolles and retirement expert John E. Nelson tackle readiness in terms of money, health, and happiness, using the latest research from economics, medicine, and psychology. PARACHUTE FOR RETIREMENT will inspire readers to take the helm of their retirement destinies, while fulfilling their lifelong goals, passions, and dreams.

What You Don't Know About Retirement

Dodds, Bill, ©2000, 0-88166-359-X