Retirement Lifestyle Resource List

 Your Lifestyle in Retirement

When I first started developing programs on lifestyle in retirement, I found almost no literature on the topic.  All of the books and articles under the heading of Retirement Planning were about financial planning.  Today, most of the literature is still about financial planning, but there have been a number of books about lifestyle published since I first started searching.  Some of those books are quite good; many are, to my mind, very superficial.  The problem is that retirement is a complex topic, and people moving toward retirement or already there have widely different life situations and goals. It is hard to cover everything in depth in one book.  I have tried to pick out those books and materials that have the most substance to them.  That means that some of them are not all that recent. Some of the books are not specifically about retirement, but rather about making a major life change or about finding fulfillment or purpose in life.   I think you will find good stuff in all of them.

The websites listed are links. Click on them to go directly to the website.  If any of the links are broken, please let me know so I can fix them.


Carol King

General books on retirement
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes. William Bridges. 2004
Portfolio Life: The new path to work, purpose and passion after 50. David Corbett with Richard Higgins. 2007
A New Purpose: Redefining money, family, work, retirement & Success. Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec. 2009
The Power of Purpose: Finding Meaning, living longer, better. 3rd ed. Richard Leider 2015
Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life. Richard Leider 2002
The Power Years: A user’s guide to the rest of your life. Ken Dychtwald and Daniel Kadlec 2008
Ready or Not. Elizabeth McFadden, 43rd edition. 2016
Looking Forward: An Optimist’s Guide to Retirement. Ellen Freudenheim. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004

Retirement for Two: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive Together as Long as You Both Shall Live. Maryanne Vandervelde, PhD. Bantam Books 2005.

The Couples Retirement Puzzle. 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life. Roberta K. Taylor and Dorian Mintzer. 2014

Smart Women Don’t Retire, They Break Free by The Transition Network and Gail Rentsch. Springboard, 2008.

Retirement readiness surveys and research
A retirement readiness workbook from MetLife Mature Market Institute

MetLife MatureMarket Institute Report: Meaning Really Matters.

Longevity calculators: How long will I live?

Working in retirement, including encore careers
Encore: Finding work that matters in the second half of life. Marc Freedman. 2007 http:/ 

The Encore Career Handbook: How to make a living and a difference in the second half of life. Marci Alboher. 2012
Don’t Retire, Rewire! 2nd ed. Jeri Sedlar & Rick Miners 2007

General websites: AARP has a wealth of information on their website, including work, relationships, travel,
gardening, personal growth, entertainment, games, politics, technology. (Where grownups keep growing) PBS website for boomers.

Wayne Dyer The Shift
The Open Road: America Looks at Aging. An hour-long documentary that examines the impending retirement of America’s baby boomers on both society as a whole and on individual choices for the future.