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The following resources were used in the preparation of How to Plan a Great Second Life, and are recommended reading for those wishing more information about retirement and life planning. With the exception of two, now out of print, all are available at your library or bookstore. Should you wish to purchase them for your personal library, I have linked them to Amazon.com, where a discount is available in almost every case. Simply highlight the linked title and it will magically switch you to that site. To return to ours, simply hit “BACK.”
Bortz II, Walter M., M.D., Dare to be 100: How to Live Long and Enjoy it to the Fullest. (Fireside, 1996). In Chapter 5, the “Gameplan,” is particularly interesting. Also see his Longer Living for Dummies (For Dummies, 2002).
Carter, Jimmy, The Virtues of Aging. (Ballantine, 1998). An excellent account of the former President and wife Rosalynn’s coming to grips with their second lives.
Cassell, Christine K., M.D., ed., The Practical Guide to Aging: What Everybody Needs to Know, (NYU Press, 1999). Complete and easy to follow.
Dowling, Colette, Red Hot Mamas: Coming into Our Own at 50. (Bantam, 1997). Very funny: addresses sex, money, hormones, and menopause. For mamas of any temperature.
Dychtwald, Ken, Age Wave. (BantamDoubledayDell, 1990). An early, important book in the field. Good facts showing the power and numbers of those who are or will be seniors. Also read his Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old (J.P. Tarcher, 2000).
Ferrin, Kelly, What’s Age Got to Do With It? Secrets to Aging in Extraordinary Ways. (Alti, 1999). Need inspiration? 101 biographies of old folks living fully.
Marc Freedman, Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America. (Public Affairs, 2002).
Kaplan, Lawrence J., Retiring Right: Planning for Successful Retirement. (Square One Publications, 2002)..
Lesham, Eda, It’s Better to Be Over the Hill Than Under It: Thoughts on Life Over 60 (Newmarket Press, 1992). For women; insightful and very funny. A journalist with a magic pen.
Oxford Book of Aging. (Oxford Press, 1994). What the older think of aging. See Mark Twain’s prescription for reaching 70, p. 302.
Perls, Thomas T., et al, Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age. (Basic Books, 2000).
Pipher, Mary, Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders. (Riverhead Books, 1999). Great insights and interviews.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin, Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey. (Berkeley Publications Group, 2000). Focuses on what really counts. Very well written, with much humor. Again, for women.
Ready or Not Retirement Guide, 1995, 22nd ed. (Manpower Education Institute, 1995).
Rivers, Joan, Don’t Count the Candles (Just Keep the Fire Lit). (HarperCollins, 2000). Funny.
(*) Sheehy, Gail, New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time (Random House, 1996). Gail has some newer spin-offs of this book, with update data, but this is the core book for the 50+ (as she reached 50). A very good chapter about the “Flourishing Forties” too. She’s a journalist with a sociological bent. Her examples are inspiring. See p. 450 for 11 books about menopause; Sheehy wrote the key book on the topic.
(*) Sher, Barbara, It’s Only Too Late if You Don’t Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life after 40 (Delacorte Press, 1999). My favorite book to get your head right with aging. Better yet, it’s funny and full of useful exercises to throttle the 40-55 tremors. Sher has other good books too—and she’s older than you are!
Walker, Barbara, Create
Your Retirement: 55 Valuable Ways to Empower the Rest of Your Life.
Barrett, James H., Gerontological Psychology (Thomas, 1972).
Ettinger, Walter H., M.D., and Brenda S. Mitchell, Ph.D., and Steven N. Blair, PED, Fitness After 50 (Cracom Publications, 1996). Sensible.
McKhann, Guy M., and Marilyn Albert, Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity. (Wiley, 2002).
Rosenfeld, Isadore, M.D., Live Now Age Later: Proven Ways to Slow Down the Clock (Warner Books, 2000).
Rowe, John. W., M.D., and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D., Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study (Dell, 1999).
Vaillant, George E., Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life. (Little, Brown and Co., 2003).
Wei, Jeanne, and Sue Levkoff, Aging Well: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health. (Wiley, 2001).
(*) Williams, Mark E., M.D., The
American Geriatrics Society’s Complete Guide to Aging and Health (Harmony
Books, 1995). An excellent, no-nonsense guide.
Collins, Victoria F., Your Next Fifty Years. (Henry Holt, 1998). Solid, straightforward thinking.
(*) Gerber, Michael E., The E-Myth Revisited. (Harper Business, 1995). If you’re going to start a business, this is must reading.
Godin, Seith, If You’re Clueless about Retirement Planning and Want to Know More. (Dearborn, 1997).
Hinden, Stan, How To Retire Happy: Everything You Need to Know about the 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make before You Retire. (McGraw-Hill Trade, 2000).
Holzer, Bambi, two books: Set for Life: A Financial Planning Guide. (Wiley, 2000) and Retire Rich: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to a Secure Future. (Wiley, 1998).
Keefe, Carol, How to Get What You Want in Life With the Money You Already Have. (Little, Brown, 1995).
Kehrer, Daniel, Kiplinger’s 12 Steps to a Worry-Free Retirement, 2nd ed., revised and updated (Random House, 1995). Has excellent charts to see where you are and what you need, though the figures are getting dated and you’d have to save millions, using their formula, to retire worry-free.
Lee, Dee, and Jim Flewelling, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Retiring Early. (Alpha Books, 2001).
O'Shaughnessy, Lynn, Retirement Bible. (Wiley, 2001).
Patterson, Martha Priddy, The Working Woman’s Guide to Retirement Planning: Saving and Investing Now for a Secure Future. (Prentice Hall, 1999).
(*) Pollan, Stephen and Mark Levine, Die Broke. (HarperBusiness, 1998). Clear, usable process that shows how to spend and give all your money in this life. Other practical advice for second lifers too.
Scholen, Ken, Your New Retirement Nest Egg: A Consumer Guide to New Reverse Mortgages. (NCHEC Press, 1998). An excellent guide.
Warner, Ralph, Get a Life: You Don’t Need a Million to Retire Well. (Nolo Press, 1998). Realistic, easy to read with interesting interviews with second lifers. Promises you won’t end up a bag person, unless of course bags are your thing.
Wasik, John F., Retire
Early—And Live the Life You Want Now: A 10-Step Plan for Re-Inventing Your
Retirement. (Owl Books, 2001).
William Glasser, Choice Therapy, Harper, 1999.
Kramp, T.K. and D.H., Living with the End in Mind, Three Rivers Press, 1998. An interesting book that deals with the process of getting ready to die, when you know the end is in sight. Very helpful for those helping others in terminal situations.
Are you interested in genealogy?
Here are some sources I found very useful in the library, bookstore,
and on the computer rack:
After looking over the assortment of genealogical items on CDs, I like the Family Tree Maker the best, a $39.95 Brøderbund product, with 8 CDs. For Windows 95 or 98, it not only gives you access to 1.8 billion names, it provides four kinds of trees and helps put your work on a home page, to share with your entire family.
If that home page idea intrigues you, a fairly hard-to-find book that
looks helpful is Richard S. Wilson’s Publishing
Your Family History on the Internet (Compuology, 1999).
Kalian, Linda and Bob, The Best Free Things for Seniors (Roblin, 1999).
Plus two excellent books I'm currently using for my speech preparation
that provide intriguing information about aging and the boomer/post-boomer
Friedan, Betty, The Fountain of Age (Touchstone, 1994). The best over-all book I have found on the subject. A masterpiece. Will be the classic and mark a turning-point in how seniors are viewed. Equal in import to Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique.