Already retired or working on your five-year exit plan, add these books to your must-read-now list.
When you hear the word “retirement” do you immediately start doing the math, calculating Social Security plus pension plus IRA withdrawals? While that’s a big piece to the retirement puzzle, there are other aspects—emotional preparedness, health, travel, working after retirement—that aren’t talked about as much, but leave the retirement puzzle incomplete if not addressed.
Here are six books about retirement covering many of those important pieces.
Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging by Alan D. Castel, Ph.D.
Castel, A UCLA psychology Professor, challenges the most common (often negative) myths about aging. He combines knowledge from years of hands-on research with interviews from well-known personalities who share inspiring stories on successful aging. Written in an easy-to-read, engaging style the author offers practical advice on setting realistic goals for happiness, exercise, memory challenges—which Castel argues aren’t inevitable—and finding purpose as we age.
Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer, MS
Today, many soon-to-be retirees realize they aren’t ready to retire. Some aren’t prepared mentally—what am I going to do with all that free time? Others face the reality they aren’t financially ready to retire. Collamer describes more than 50 pursuits for Boomers who (for whatever reason) need to “reinvent their careers without a traditional 9-to-5 job.” Whether freelance work, consulting, or realizing a long-held dream, Collamer shows that beginning a new career is not only possible but can also be extremely rewarding.
The Retiring Mind: How to Make the Psychological Transition to Retirement by Robert P. Delamontagne, Ph.D.
It’s not uncommon for the sudden “silence” of retirement to cause feelings of anxiety and depression. For some, it’s the loss of relationships (with coworkers) and social connection. Others succumb to boredom, lacking a sense of purpose. And for business professionals addicted to achievement, it can be especially difficult. A leading authority in retirement psychology, Delamontagne adapts the Enneagram model to help you determine what personality type you are and, using that information, outlines solutions to overcome the mental challenges faced by career-driven professionals.
How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire by Stan Hinden
A long-time financial columnist for The Washington Post, Hinden discusses the economics of retiring. The author presents expert insights gleaned from his experience as a professional retirement planner and his own personal retirement story. Organized as an easy-to-read, step-by-step guide, Hinden poses a series of thought-provoking questions anyone considering retiring should answer before taking the plunge.
The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together by Roberta K. Taylor, RNCS, MEd and Dorian Mintzer, MSW, Ph.D.
The stages of retirement—preparing for, transitioning into, and moving through—require many decisions. The process is more complex when two people are involved in the decision-making. Taylor and Mintzer offer a workbook-like guide, in the form of suggested conversations, to aid couples in making joint decisions, employing compromise, problem-solving, and good communication.
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski
“You won’t find genuine joy and satisfaction by spending all your time sleeping, relaxing, loafing, and watching TV, hoping to live up to the ideal of a true idler,” writes Zelinski. The underlying message: the biggest retirement planning mistake ever made is focusing solely on the financial piece. Zelinski’s international bestseller, rich with inspirational wisdom, approaches the topic of retirement in an all-inclusive manner.