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Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Warner's focus is on the whole person - he makes a very compelling argument that money is a FACTOR in a good retirement, but that it is also important to cultivate health, outside interests, friendships and family. He believes these latter factors have a FAR greater influence on a successful retirement than money. He bases this viewpoint on research among those enjoying active, successful retirements.
Warner is not a Pollyanna, saying not to even think about retirement savings (as some critics seem to suggest). The book contains some common sense ideas on savings and admits that having SOME money may help. Warner's point, however, is that money alone isn't going to make you have a successful retirement if you neglected your family, friends, outside interests, spirituality and health in order to get the money.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who ever thinks about retirement. You may not agree with the proposition, but the book will really help expand your view of the elements of a good retirement and may help you plan a more enjoyable life.
One lived independently for years (admittedly, not on a champagne and caviar budget, but not poorly,either) and then moved into a nursing home, all expenses paid. This person is happy. Health costs have not driven that person to poverty and the medical care is just fine.
Another friend lives modestly but has family and friends nearby, an active social life and lives in a lovely Arts and Crafts style bungalow, bought for a modest amount and very tastefully decorated. She lives (as this book suggests) a life full of meaningful activities, many of them free, some of them volunteer work, some of them low-cost or free programs such as concerts in the parks or nature programs or lectures. Again, not an expensive lifestyle.. but fully satisfying.
ONE SUGGESTION: If you read this book, it is quite possible that you can start NOW to learn to live on far less money than you may be spending mindlessly today - and not feel deprived. If you do that, of course, you may save even more for your later years, when health issues and other concerns may impact your finances in a less predictable manner than today.
In any case, this is a refreshing change from the books which promote worry and anxiety about not being able to afford retirement. This book advocates finding a happy medium, neither advocating a "no savings" plan or needless worry and obsessions about the future and doomsday scenarios.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! This is a completely different view on retirement for most people. I would recommend anyone thinking about retirement to read this book and you will be surprised by... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jim Perry
I recommend this book to anyone who is 40 or over. This book is a very thorough look at retirement. I am now able to relax and map out my plan to retire in 20 years. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wish I had read this in my 50's but it helps clarify goals and finances as I look forward to retirement - someday!Published 10 months ago by Pat W.
I first read this book years ago, but turned my copy in to Good Will as I was trying to bring my library down to a more manageable size. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Denver Hawkeye
As someone approaching retirement, these had lots of food for thought on how I am can live a fulfilling, satisfying life in retirement. Good planning tool.Published 11 months ago by Bill Reed
After you survive fooling around in your teens and twenties, this book will help you figure out what really matters, and help you put together what a sensible, enjoyable,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by summer breeze
Excellent book for planning your life post retirement. The chapters on money and expenses are well written and debunk most of the scare tactics used by so called retirement... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thomas Uhlemann