Retirement Resources

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Alboher, Marci. Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life. Workman Publishing, 2012.

Anthony, Mitch. The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living your Dreams…at Any Age You Want, 4th edition. Wiley, 2014.

Applewhite, Ashton. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Aging. Celadon Books. 2019.

Astor, Bart. AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choice about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle…and Pursuing your Dreams. Wiley. 2013.

Bateson, Mary Katherine. Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. Vintage. 2011.

Blackburn, Elizabeth and Epel, Elissa. The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. Grand Central Publishing. 2018.

Bratter, Bernice and Dennis, Helen. Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women, Scribner, 2008.

Bridges, William and Bridges, Susan. Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, 25th Anniversary edition. DaCapoPress. 2017.

Brown, Brené.  The Gifts of Imperfection, Hazelden, 2010.

Brown, Brené. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Gotham, 2012.

Brown, Brene. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House, 2018.

Chimsky, Mark Evan: 65 Things to Do When You Retire: 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life, Sellers Publishing Inc, 2012.

Chimsky, Mark Evan: Not Your Mother’s Retirement: Secrets for Today’s Women to Live Fully During the Best Years of Life. Sellers Publishing. 2014.

Cohen, Gene D., MD. Ph.D., The Mature Mind, The Positive Power of the Aging Brain, New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Cohen, Gene D., MD. Ph.D., The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. William Morrow. 2001.

Collamer, Nancy. Second-Act Careers: 50+/Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. Ten Speed Press. 2013.

Conley, Chip. Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. Currency. 2018.

Conrad, Jessica. The Sharing Revolution. On the 2014.

Corbett, David D. and Higgins, Richard. The Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion after 50. Jossey-Bass. 2009.

Cullinane, Jan.  The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, Wiley, 2012.

Duckworth, Dr. Carolee and Langworthy, Dr. Marie. Shifting Gears to Your Life and Work After Retirement: Second Edition. New Cabady Press, 2018.

Dychtwald, Ken. The Power Years: A Users Guide to the Rest of Your Life. John Wiley. 2005.

Emmons, Robert. Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Mariner Books, 2008.

Fideler, Elizabeth F. Women Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

Fideler, Elizabeth F. Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014.

Frankel, Bruce. What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Penguin Publishing, 2010.

Freedman, Marc. The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Mid Life, Public Affairs, 2011.

Freedman, Marc. How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Public Affairs. 2018.

Geber, Sara Zeff. Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults. Mango. 2018.

Goldman, Connie. Who Am I..Now that I’m Not Who I Was?Nodin Press. 2015.

Goldman, Connie. The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing. Society of Certified Senior Advisors, 2018.

Goldman, Connie. Wisdom from Those in Care: Conversations, Insights and Inspiration. Society of Certified Senior Advisors, 2018.

Gullette, Margaret Morganroth. Ending Ageism, or How not to Shoot Old People (Global Perspectives on Aging). Rutgers University Press. 2017.

Gullette, Margaret Morganroth. Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America. University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Hannon, Kerry. Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +, Updated Edition: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills, Wiley. 2017.

Hannon, Kerry Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women, Post Hill Press. 2017.

Hawley, Miriam and McIntyre, Jeffrey.  You and Your Partner, Inc.: Entrepreneurial Couples Succeeding in Business, Life and Love, (Enlignment, Incorporated, 2012).

Hively, Jan, MacKay, Carleen, and Mintzer, Dorian. The Career Playbook: Second Half Plays. Free ebook at

Hoblitzelle, Olivia Ames. Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s. Tarcher Perigee. 2010.

Hoblitzelle, Olivia Ames. Aging with Wisdom: Reflections, Stories and Teachings. Monkfish Book Publishing. 2017.

Jay, Gary R. Remarkable and Real: Remarkable Questions, Real Possibilities for the Second Half of Life,  (Business Expert Publishing, 2011).

Jeffers, Susan. Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway, Ballantine Books, 2006.

Jenkins, JoAnn. Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age. AARP, Public Affairs. 2016.

Kind, Viki. The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t Greenleaf Book Group, 2010.

Landry, Roger. Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging. Greenleaf Book Group Press. 2014.

Laura, Robert. Naked Retirement: Living a Happy, Healthy & Connected RetirementSpiritis Publishing. 2010.

Leider, Richard J. and Webber, Alan M. Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2013.

Leider, Richard. The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.

Life Planning Network. Live Smart After 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times, Life Planning Network,2013.

LeGuin, Ursula K. No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters. Houghton Mifflin Harcort, 2017.

Levine, Suzanne Braun. Fifty is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood. Plume. 2010.

Loverde, Joy. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? Plan How to Safeguard your Health and Happiness in Old Age. DeCapo Lifelong Books, 2017.

Macy, Joanna and Johnstone, Chris.  Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy. New World Library. 2012.

MacKay, Carleen and Taft, Brad. Boom or Bust! New Career Strategies in a New America. Cambridge Media. 2008.

MacKay, Carleen.  Return of the Boomers, Cambridge Media,2009.

Miller, Marc with Lahey, Susan. Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. Career Pivot Publishing. 2013.

Miller, Mark. The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work and Living. Bloomberg Press. 2010.

Miller, Mark. Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation. Post Hill Press. 2018.

Miller, Wendy L. and Cohen, Gene. Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness. 2016.

Moen, Phyllis. Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal and Purpose. Oxford University Press. 2016.

Nayer, Louise. Poised for Retirement: From Anxiety to Zen. 2017. Central Recovery Press. 2017.

Nelson, Tammy. Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together, Quiver, 2008.

Nelson, Tammy. The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity, New Harbinger Publications, 2013.

Nemzoff, Ruth, Ed.D. Don’t Bite Your Tongue, How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Nemzoff, Ruth, Ed.D. Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into Family, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Ogden, Gina, Ph.D. The Heart and Soul of Sex, Making the ISIS Connection, Trumpeter Books Shambhala Publications, 2006.

Pink, David. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Riverhead Books. 2009.

Potgieter, Kim. Retiremeant: Get More Meaning From Your Money. Jacana Media. 2015.

Price, Joan. The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty: How to Maintain – Or Regain—a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life. Cleis Press. 2015.

Retirement Coaches Association. The Retirement Challenge: A Non-Financial Guide from Top Retirement Experts. 2018.

Richo, David. The Five Things we Cannot Change…and the Happiness we Find by Embracing Them, Shambhala, 2006.

Rogoff, Edward G and Carroll, David L. The Second Chance Revolution: Becoming Your Own Boss after 50. Rowhouse Publishing. 2009.

Rosenberg, Renee Lee. Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making It Happen (The Five O’Clock Club), Five O’Clock Books, 2007.

Sadler, William, Ph.D. and Krefft, James Ph.D, Changing Course: Navigating Change After 50, The Center for Third Age Press, 2008.

Schofield, George. How Do I Get There from Here?: Planning for Retirement When the Old Rules No Longer Apply. Amacon. 2017.

Sedler, Jeri and Miners, Rick. Don’t Retire, Rewire! 3E: 5 steps to Fulfilling Work that Fuels your Passion, Suits your Personality and Fills Your Pockets. Alpha. 2018.

Seligman, Martin. The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism. PublicAffairs. 2018.

Seligman, Marty. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, Free Press, 2012.

Sharf, Maggie. September Songs: The Good News about Marriage in the Later Years, Penguin Books, 2009.

Singer, Marc. The Changing Landscape of Retirement: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You,  ATA Press, 2011.

Stone, Marika and Howard. Too Young to Retire: 101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life. A Plume Book, Penguin Group, 2002.

Strecher, Victor. On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, The Dung Beetle and Julia. Dung Beetle Press. 2013.

Taylor, Roberta K. and Mintzer, Dorian.  The Couples Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together. Sourcebooks, 2014.

Thomas, Dr. Bill. Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected LifeSimon & Schuster, 2015.

Trafford, Abigail. My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, (New York: Basic Books, 2004).

Vandervelde, Maryanne, Ph.D. Retirement for Two: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive Together as Long as You Both Shall Live, Bantam Books, 2004.

Walton, Marc S., Boundless Potential: Transform Your Brain, Unleash your Talents and Reinvent Your Work in Midlife and Beyond. McGraw-Hill Education, 2012.

Weber, Robert L and Orsborn, Carol. The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older. Park Street Press. 2015.

Weil, Andrew, M.D. Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Whyte, David. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity. Riverhead Press. 2001.

Yogev, Sara. A Couple’s Guide to Happy Retirement and Aging: 15 Keys to Long-Lasting Vitality and Connection. Familius. 2018.

Zander, Rosamund Stone, and Zander, Benjamin. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, Penguin Books, 2002.

Zilbergeld, Bernie with George Zilbergeld. Sex & Love at Midlife: It’s Better Than Ever. Crown House Publishing, 2010.


Web Resources


Age Without Borders: 

Age Without Borders Summit:

Boomers and Beyond SIG (Special Interest Group):

Elder’s Action Network:


International Longevity Center, Global Alliance:

Life Planning Network:

National Center for Creative Aging:

National Council on Aging (NCOA):

Retirement Project:

Retirement Living Sourcebook:

Revolutionize Retirement:

Road Scholar (used to be Elder Hostel):

Sage-ing International:


The Ageless Mind Project:

The Center for Aging and Work at Boston College:

The Pass it On Network:

The Transition Network:

Vital Aging Network:

2Young2 Retire:



Board positions:

Create the Good:

Cross-Cultural Solutions:

Experience Corps:

Gen2Gen Opportunity Finder:

Global Exchange:

Habitat for Humanity:


Peace Corps:


Senior Corps:

United Way:

Volunteers in Medicine:

Volunteer Match:


Websites Focused on Support for Work Transitions:

AARP Start a Business

Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Career Builder:

Career By Choice:

Career One Stop:

Exec Searches (non-profit positions):

Flex Professionals  (part-time positions):

Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship:

Go Abroad:


Interns Over 40:

Job Hunter’s Bible

My Lifestyle Career:

My Perfect Resume:

People Per Hour:

Pivot Planet (used to be Vocation Vacations):

What’s Next Direction Finder Assessment:

Workforce 50:

Your Encore:

(Thank you to Jan Hively for her help with some of these resources.)