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Resources for Retirement Lifestyle Planning

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Borchard, David, Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Find Passion in Your Life and Work. Pittsburg, PA: Sterlinghouse Publishers, 2006. (Available at
This book condenses thirty years of Dr. Borchard’s professional counseling experience in working with thousands of adults into a self-coaching guide for discovering, defining, and applying your passion. The book features the Passion Revealer assessment for defining your strongest interests and guides you through a process for translating the assessment results into a powerful resume.
Borchard, David and Donohoe, Patricia, The Joy of Retirement: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You've Always Wanted. AMCOM books, 2008  (Available at
This book is a powerful resource for helping those facing retirement to examine their own talents and dreams in creating happy, productive futures. The book provides unique assessments for developing key themes, reinventing life and work, and gives examples originating out of the author’s years of experience with thousands of individuals. Borchard, a licensed professional counselor, and Donohoe, an ordained minister provide a holistic picture for re-inventing your life in the senior years

Baker, Dan and Stauth, Cameron.  What Happy People Know:  How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better.  Rodale Pres, 2003.
In What Happy People Know, Baker and Stauth distill the best of science and spirituality into a life-enhancing narrative.  With deep, experience-based wisdom the authors show how we can learn to be happy and let go of unnecessary suffering.

Cameron, Julia.  The Artists Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self.  New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1992.
Based on the principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Cameron leads you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks. Cameron offers a process using focused self-reflection questions and “morning pages.” The book has helped countless numbers access their inner wisdom resources and come to clarity on important issues in their lives.

Cohen, Gene MD, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life.  New York: Harper-Collins, 2000.
Cohen identifies four important developmental phases in mid- and later life that provide opportunities for creativity to blossom.  He also cites the latest scientific research disproving dated views about the inevitably of deteriorating brain function, points out the advantages in the willingness to experiment that come with age, and shows that the adversity and loss that often crop up later in life actually encourage creativity by forcing change. This is an excellent reference for perspectives on creative living in senior life.

Fraunfelder, MD., and Gilbaugh, MD, Retirement RX: The Retirement Docs’ Proven Prescription for Living a Happy, Fulfilling Rest of Your Life. New York: Penguin books, 2008.
Over the years, Fraunfelder and Gilbaugh have seen thousands of their patients respond differently to the challenges of retirement: some rose to new heights; others hit new lows. To find the answer, they designed a comprehensive study involving more than one thousand patients. The results revealed that financial planning is not as important to a fulfilling retirement as is the psychological experience. From their research the docs identify eight key traits shared in common by the happiest retirees.

Harkness, Helen, PhD., Don’t Stop the Career Clock: Rejecting the Myths of Aging for a New Way to Work in the 21st Century.  Palo Alto, CA: Davies-Black Publishing, 1999.
Harkness champions a radical approach to aging and working for the new century. With inspiring stories of people who created their most satisfying careers at an age when others were being "put out to pasture," Harkness shatters the myth that growing older equals biological, mental, psychological, and creative decline and encourages us instead to reset our career clocks.

Hudson, Frederic.  The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self Renewal (Revised Edition). San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 1999.
Hudson's book develops an insightful model for understanding the psychological process associated in transitioning through the various stages of adult development and serves as an excellent resource for self-renewal.


American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)  ( covers a variety of information and resources of interest to 50 plussers.

Blue Zones ( a site dedicated to sharing the latest research-based knowledge on living younger and better.  Take the Vitality Compass assessment to discover how long you can expect to live given your current habits and learn how to enhance your longevity and quality of life.

Our Experience Counts (  designed to help the experienced worker through the job search and career transition process this site features a series of webinars and other programs, delivered over the internet, and led by recognized authorities in their fields,

Planning for Retirement ( an overview of a variety of retirement issues including lifestyle planning, caring for elderly parents, estate planning, early retirement, planning tips, and a retirement blog.

Road Scholar (alias Elderhostel) (  provides educational travel experiences for 50 plussers interested in exploring the world’s places, peoples, cultures and ideas. Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse and warm camaraderie.

The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara (  The institute offers coach certification training, life launch courses for intelligently undertaking life transitions, and a list of trained coaches in the U.S. and beyond.

Volunteer Match ( an online service that connects your volunteer interests with opportunities in the nonprofit and profit sectors.

Other Resources
Community colleges and universities in your vicinity provide learning opportunities and special programming for seniors, often at reduced costs in comparison to regular tuition and fees.


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