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.

Amabile, Teresa and Kramer, Steven. The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at Work. Harvard Business School Publishing. 2011.

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.

Aronson, Louise. Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2019.

Arrien, Angeles. The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom. Sounds True Publishing. 2007.

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.

Bitter, Lori K. The Grandparent Economy: How Baby Boomers are Bridging the Generation Gap. Paramount Publishing. 2015.

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. 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel, Sellers Publishing, 2016.

Chimsky, Mark Evan. 80 Things To Do When You Turn 80. Sellers Publishing. 2017.

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.

Crowley, Jocelyn Elise. Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits. University of California Press. 2018.

Cullen, Melanie with Shea, Irving. Get it Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To. Nolo. 2018.

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

Dass, Ram. Be Here Now. Harmony Publishing. 1978.

Dass, Ram. Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart. Sounds True Publishing. 2014.

Dass, Ram & Bush, Mirabai. Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying. Sounds True Press. 2018.

Davidson, Sara. The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery. Harper One. 2015.

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.

Farrell, Chris. Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press. 2014.

Farrell, Chris. Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money and Happiness in the Second Half of Life. Harper Collins. 2019.

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.

Fischer, Lucy Rose. I'm New at Being Old. Temuna Press. 2010.

Fischer, Mark S. Serious About Retirement: A Practical Roadmap for a Healthier, Wealthier, Happier Retirement. Temuna Press. 2019.

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.

Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Metropolitan Books. 2017.

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.

Gratton, Lynda and Scott, Andrew. The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in the Age of Longevity. Bloomsbury Business Press. 2016.

Green, Cynthia R. Brainpower Game Plan: Sharpen Your Memory, Improve Your Concentration, and Age-Proof Your Mind in Just 4 Weeks. Melcher Media. 2009.

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.

Hannon, Kerry. Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life. Next Avenue and Wiley. 2019.

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.

Huddleson, Peggy. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques. Angel River Press. 1966.

Ibarra, Herminia. Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Harvard Business Review Publishing. 2004.

Ibarra, Herminia. Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. Harvard Business Review Press. 2015.

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.

Kardasis, Arlene; Larsen, Rikk; Thorpe, Crystal; and Trippe, Blair. Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Elder Care Crises. Agreement Resources, LLC. 2011.

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

Kinder, George with Rowland, Mary. Life Planning for You: How to Design & Deliver the Life of Your Dreams. Serenity Point Press. 2014.

Kinder George. Transforming Suffering into Wisdom: Mindfulness and the Art of Inner Listening. Serenity Point Press. 2015.

Kinder, George. A Golden Civilization: The Map of Mindfulness. Serenity Point Press. 2018.

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

Langer, Ellen J. On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity. Ballantine Books. 2005.

Langer, Ellen J. Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Random House. 2009.

Langer, Ellen J. Mindfulness, 25th Anniversary Edition. Merloyd Books, 2014.

Langer, Ellen J. The Art of Noticing. The Langer Mindfulness Institution. 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.

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

Leland, John. Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old. Sarah Crichton Books. 2018.

Levine, Suzanne Braun. Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women's Second Adulthood. Plume, 2006.

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

Levoy, Gregg M. Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. Harmony. 1998.

Levoy, Gregg M. Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life. Jeremy Tarcher/Pequin. 2015.

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

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.

Magnusson, Margareta. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter. Scribner. 2018.

Margolis, Harry S. Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning. Ducks in a Row Publishing. 2019.

Mauterstock, Bob. Can We Talk? A Financial Guide for Baby Boomers Assisting Their Elder Parents. Soar with the Eagles Press. 2008.

Mauterstock, Bob. Passing the Torch: Critical Conversations with Adult Children. Create Space Publishing. 2014.

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.

Moody, Harry R. & Carroll, David. The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages that Shapes Our Lives. Anchor Books. 1998.

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.

O'Hare, Alan. Love Mary B., A Teacher's Gift. Damianos Publishing. 2014.

Orsborn, Carol. Nothing Left Unsaid: Words to Help You and Your Loved Ones Through the Hardest of Times. Red Wheel Publishing. 2010.

Orsborn, Carol. Older, Wiser, Fiercer: The Wisdom Collection. Independently Published. 2019.

Osher, Marianne T. Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It's Not About the Money. Balboa Press. 2019.

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

Pipher, Mary. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age. Bloomsbury Press. 2019.

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.

Retirement Coaches Association. Out of the Box Retirement: Creative Ideas, Role Models and New Possibilities. Retirement Coaches Association Press. 2019.

Retirement Coaches Association. Rightsourcing: Best Practices for Employers and Employees. Retirement Coaches Association Press. 2019.

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

Robinson, John C. The Three Secrets of Aging: A Radical Guide. John Hunt Publishing. 2012.

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.

Sapphire, Peggy.The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies. Bayward Publishing. 2013.

Sassenberg-DeGeorgia, Anja. On the Edge of Something Bigger: Empowering Steps for Retirees who Want More Meaning, Fulfillment & Fun. 2019.

Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older. Grand Central Publishing. 2014.

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.

Sellers, Ronnie. 70 Things to Do When You Turn 70. Sellers Publishing. 2013.

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. Basic Books, 2004.

Tyrrell, Mary O'Brien, Becoming a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business. Memoirs, Inc. 2012.

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.

Walter, Carolyn Ambler. The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved. Columbia University Press. 2003.

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.

Zweig, Connie andAbrams, Jeremiah. Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature. Jeremy Tarcher/Penquin. 1991.

Zweig, Connie and Wolff, Steven. Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life. Ballentine Book/Random House. 1999.

Web Resources


Boomers and Beyond SIG (Special Interest Group):

Certified Retirement Coach Program:

Elder Abuse:

Elder’s Action Network:

Elders Climate Justice:

Empower the Elderly:


Fierce with Age:

Greater Good Magazine:

International Longevity Center, Global Alliance:

Life Planning Network:

National Council on Aging (NCOA):

Next Avenue:

Nursing Home Abuse Center:

Our Bodies Ourselves:

Positive Aging Sourcebook (Used to be Retirement Living Sourcebook):

Retirement Project:

Revolutionize Retirement:

Road Scholar (used to be Elder Hostel):

Sage-ing International:

Senior Care Fitness:

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:


All Hands and Hearts Smart Response:

Board positions:

Create the Good:

Experience Corps:

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.)