Recommended by Life Planning Network members
Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job by Elizabeth Fideler (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2014)
Men Still at Work explores the reasons why many men are continuing to work well beyond
the traditional retirement age. In today’s challenging economy, they are the second-fastest
growing group of workers (just behind older women). Filled with profiles of older working
men, as well as dynamic interview quotes, Men Still at Work explores thorny issues such as
masculinity and the "need to provide," as well as economic issues, job satisfaction, and more.
For more information, read
or the publisher's website.
Women Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job by Elizabeth Fideler (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2012)
The fastest growing segment of the workforce is women age sixty-five and older. Women
Still at Work draws on national survey data and in-depth interviews to show the many
reasons why women are working well past the traditional retirement age. The book is
filled with profiles of real working women, with a focus on women in the professional workforce.
For more information, read
or the publisher's
The Couples Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life. by Roberta Taylor and Dori Mintzer (Lincoln Street Press, 2011)
This book is a user-friendly guide for couples who are redefining themselves and their relationships. It's not
a "How to Retire" book, but rather a road map for communication that helps each individual clarify their own values
and goals so that, together, they can begin to craft a shared vision.
It is also a helpful book for individuals not in a relationship who would like to
clarify their own values and goals and have conversations with their children or other friends.
For more information see the book's website, http://www.couplesretirementpuzzle.com/.
Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark
Harvard Study of Adult Development by George E. Vaillant,
M.D. Little Brown, 2003.
The author directed a Harvard Medical School longitudinal
study (over 50 years) of the basic elements of adult human
development, analyzing the health and happiness of hundreds
of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Vaillants
rich descriptions of home visits are fascinating and put human
faces on his surprising findings.
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional
and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.
Harvard Business School Press, 2002.
Presents ways to create innovative paradigms for personal
and professional development and emphasizes that possibility
is infinite. An extraordinarily useful national best seller
and a delightful read.
The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the
Second Half of Life by Gene Cohen, MD, Ph.D. Avon/Harper Collins,
Very comprehensive paean to creativity in later life, full
of inspiring stories and examples, as well as medical/scientific
evidence, and discussion of life stages. Presents value of
seeing creativity as multi-dimensional (e.g., personal vs.
public, individual vs. social) and as a basic human attribute
that increases with age. Author was director of the National
Institute on Aging and founded Washington DC Center on Aging.
Dont Retire, REWIRE: 5 Steps to Fulfilling
Work That Fuels Your Passion, Suits Your Personality, or Fills
Your Pocket by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. Alpha, 2002.
Sedlar and Miners offer an alternative to traditional retirement
that recognizes the varied needs of individuals. With lifespan
extended by modern medicine, many individuals want to continue
working, usually part-time. The book offers a quiz and discussion
for identifying your personal drivers, describes multiple
scenarios for rethinking work and life based on drivers, and
provides tips for creating your optimum situation.
How to Create the Life You Want after 50 by Sara Brown Ph.D.
and Joan Malling. Savvy Sisters Press, 2004.
Includes over 200 tips, resources and exercises for planning
at midlife. It guides the reader chapter-by-chapter through
a three step planning process to identify and assess typical
midlife issues and opportunities, clarify needs and wants
and develop a plan. The authors provide ideas, information
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That you
Wont Get From Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski.
Ten Speed Press, 2004.
A truly upbeat read! The author, who semi-retired at age 30
and in debt, claims you are never too young to retire. He
paints a picture that is so appealing you will wish you had
retired years ago. He hits topics such as lifelong learning,
relocation, the importance of friendships, and creative travel
options. His seven-page list of "activities for your
get-a-life tree" will help you start and keep you active
for a very long time.
LifeLaunch: A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your
Life, by Frederic M. Hudson and Pamela D. Mc Lean. Hudson
Institute Press, 2000.
One of the best single sources on life-planning for the Third
Age. Compellingly and comprehensively presented in the form
of Maps: Chapters and Transitions; Living with Passion and
Purpose; Balancing the Parts of Your Life - Activities
and Roles; [Life Stages] from Twenty to Ninety; and The Adult
Looking Forward: An Optimists Guide to Retirement
by Ellen Freudenheim. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2004.
Offers innovative ways to think about our lives once work
is no longer central. Holistic in approach, the book address
issues such as attitude, relationships, and physical and mental
fitness. With chapters on working, volunteering, traveling,
spiritual pursuits, romance and play, the book is loaded with
practical tips, resources, quizzes, and anecdotes to help
the reader find a meaningful and satisfying post-career lifestyle.
The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
by Gene D. Cohen. Basic Books, 2005. A lucid presentation
of an adult development model (extending Erickson and coining
the term "developmental intelligence"), integrating
recent scientific research on brain functioning/structure
with qualitative data from interviews with Third Agers.
My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades After 50 by Abigail
Trafford. Basic Books, 2005.
Thanks to the longevity revolution, Trafford sees the period
between middle and old age as a new developmental stage in
the life cycle. She skillfully guides readers through the
obstacles, encouraging them to take full advantage of the
bonus decades. She blends personal stories with expert opinions
and the latest research on life development.
Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction by Laura Berman Fortgang.
The book provides an in-depth, practical three-month guide
for those seeking to discover their unique life blueprint,
explore potential paths and take actions toward creating positive
change in their lives. Through exercises, reader/participants
explore questions such as: What themes define my life? What
motivates and inspires me? What are my strengths, skills and
talents? What are my values and needs? How would my life be
different if I said good-bye to limiting beliefs?
Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest
of Your Life by Lee Eisenberg. Free Press, 2006.
Written by the former editor of Esquire magazine, this book
attempts to make the connection between preparing financially
for retirement and the importance of creating a life plan
that identifies on what the money will be spent. While not
entirely achieving the promise of its premise, the book raises
a number of useful points that reinforce the value of life
planning. Included as an appendix is a quick and dirty calculation
of The Number.
The Power Years: A Users Guide to the Rest of Your Life
by Ken Dychtwald. Wiley, 2005.
The latest book by a well-known psychologist and gerontologist,
whose seminal work, Age Wave, was published in 1989. It replays
familiar "rediscover and take charge" themes in
areas such as dream jobs, vital relationships, lifelong learning,
where and how to live, and financial freedom.
Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform
America by Marc Freedman. Public Affairs, 2002.
Presents a visionary analysis of a burgeoning
older population as an enormous social and civic resource,
ripe for engagement and contribution - and anything but the
burden some commentators have portrayed. This work has had
a wide impact through Freedmans nonprofit, Civic Ventures.
Filled with inspiring examples of individuals and programs
utilizing this "national resource."
Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life by
Richard Leider and David Shapiro. Berrett-Koehler, 2002.
Though not a book aimed strictly at the Third Age, this update
of an earlier version does address many of the issues experienced
by people in this life stage. Using the metaphor of unpacking
and repacking ones "bags", the authors
examine a range of topics associated with "the good
life:" work, relationships and location. The book focuses
on process with some useful tools for achieving purpose, balance
and intentional change.
Retirement for Two: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive Together As
Long As You Both Shall Live by Maryanne Vandervelde, Ph.D.
Topics include managing money within the relationship; wanting
different things; deciding where to live; medical and legal
matters; fighting fairly and growing whole individually and
together. The book is illustrated with New Yorker cartoons
dealing with relationships in retirement; these add a wonderful
touch. (I searched for a long time for books that were targeted
to couples in the mid-life transition and found this one to
be the best.)
Second Acts: Creating the Life You Really Want, Building the Career
You Truly Desire by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine. Collins,
A guide to reinventing your life whether you are at the beginning
of your career or about to retire. The authors discuss various
scenarios from changing careers, moving to a new location,
starting a business or dropping everything to pursue a dream.
They posit that barriers to a rich and rewarding life are
self-imposed and can be overcome, and, as examples, provide
practical success stories from their own lives and those of
The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by
Angeles Arrien. Sounds True, 2005
Written by an anthropologist, educator, and award-winning
author, this book is a collection of teachings, reflections,
and stories from diverse cultures which opens readers to the
challenge and deeper mysteries of the "great crossing"
The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty
by William Sadler. Perseus Publishing, 2001.
The author conducted 20 years of research involving people
40-80 years of age. In the book he summarizes his findings
and identifies six principles of growth and renewal for Third
Agers. He gives his readers the gift of a new perspective
on aging, one that is filled with optimism and endless possibilities.
Too Young To Retire: An Off the Road Map for the Rest of Your
Life by Howard and Marika Stone. Harpers, 2004.
This lively, upbeat prescription for a second half of life
of adventures, "discovery, surprise, and blazing your
own trail," offers stories, exercises, suggested activities,
and some excellent resources for the journey. Contains chapters
on money, paid work, volunteer work, wellness (mind, body,
spirit), and travel. (The authors are members of our Life
Transitions: Making Sense of Lifes Changes, by William Bridges,
DaCapo Press, 2004.
Managing Transition: Making the Most of Change by William
Bridges. DaCapo Press, 2003.
Transitions is a classic recommended for anyone going through
major life changes. In Managing Transitions, Bridges expands
on his theoretical structure for the process of transition.
He offers psychological insights, compelling examples and
stories, and advice on how to manage the process. He also
gives some attention to transition in later life, using Odysseus
as a model.
Issues for an Aging Society: A Guide for Students
Pass it On Network
http://agingandwork.bc.edu Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College
aarp/community_service AARPs information on volunteering
AARPs information on career transitions
AARPs information on finances
American Society on Aging
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
Think tank and incubator for programs that harness energy
and talents of Third Agers for civic and social renewal
Philadelphias Coming of Age program
Newton Free Library program –
Action Without Borders, listing jobs and volunteer opportunities
in nonprofit organizations
Education Program sponsored by The National Retirement Planning
Based on Dr. Miriam Nelsons Strong Women series
SOAR 55 (Service Opportunities After Reaching 55) - a program of
Newton Community Service Center, SOAR is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service national network of volunteers agencies that tap the passion and experience of people over 55 to improve society.
www.Workforce50.com, is an online job site focused on finding employment opportunities for job-seekers over 50. Our passion is promoting cultural change in hiring practices to further opportunities for this group. Our goal is to become the go-to service for employers interested in reaching and tapping into this mature, experienced and dependable workforce.
University of North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement
AGE-RELATED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
The Center for Third Age Leadership (Bill Sadler) www.thirdagecenter.com
The Hudson Institute (Pam McLean) www.hudsoninstitute.com
The Inventure Group (Richard Leider) www.inventuregroup.com
Retirement Options (Richard Johnson) www.retirementoptions.com
2Young 2Retire Certification Program (Howard Stone) www.2young2retire.com