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Product Details

  • Series: Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books; Second Edition edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193351289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933512891
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recommended"
--GRAND Magazine, the magazine for Today's Grandparents and their Grandkids

[How to Love Your Retirement] provides snippets of advice from scores of people on how they have coped and thrived in retirement.
--Newsday (New York)

How to Love Your Retirement, from publisher Hundreds of Heads, includes contributions from expert sources in finance, health, career, psychology, education and business, providing guidance on some of the challenging questions we'll need to answer:

· How do you know if you're ready to retire?

· How will your relationship with your spouse change?

· What will you do with all that free time?

· Will you get stronger and more fit, or turn into a couch potato?
--Family Goes Strong (NBCU)

“How to Love Your Retirement,” .... outlines core tips for helping people prepare for the next stage in their lives....[it] contains 10 chapters that offer wisdom on topics such as feelings and attitudes about retirement, creativity and brain fitness, finances and technology. There are also exercises that readers can complete to gain further insight, and then perhaps apply the lessons to their own lives.
--J Weekly

As is the premise of the Hundreds of Heads’ Survival Guide series, the best way to answer these questions and many more is to mine the hundreds of heads of real people’s hard-earned wisdom and advice. Barbara and her team conducted hundreds of interviews with boomers and older adults, collecting the best advice from them on a range of topics relating to aging and retirement. In addition to the hundreds of regular people interviewed, contributors include experts in the areas of finance, health, career, psychology, education and business.

The book also includes coaching exercises readers can complete to gain further insight into how to apply lessons to their own lives. This ensures readers are asking themselves the right questions and taking all the steps to achieve their retirement-based goals. The book serves both as a quick reference guide and as a workbook.
--WatchBoom.com

Customer Reviews

The format of this little "handbook" is quick, accessible, and an easy read.
Robert Hauck
The problem with publishing a book of mostly quotes from others is that you must tie them together somehow.
L. JOHNSON
I highly recommend this book as a gift or for the soon to be or recently retired.
L. Marvet

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
My son gave us this book as a gift and I was sure I didn't need it. Then I picked it up and got hooked. It's not your typical book. It is made up of hundreds of tips, stories and advice from many other "normal" people who have been through this same stage of life.

This book is special because it's readable, is not focused on "golden years," but the next vibrant stage in our lives, and it's practical. I walked away from a quick read with many good ideas, approaches to consider and tricks to try. It was a great gift and is an excellent book.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By R. Post on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
"How to LOVE Your Retirement" is the kind of self-help book I can really enjoy. Divided into topics such as timing, finances, health issues, selection of domicile, hobbies, and adjustments at home, it is a series of vignettes, from one-liners to paragraphs, submitted by those in the business of retirement -- the retirees, themselves. The book's success is a product of the personal quality of those thoughts, many funny, some cautionary, but all insightful and enjoyable to browse. It gives those of us in retirement good ideas to mull over, and for the pre-retirement folk it offers inspiration.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jane Newhagen on October 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Has everything been said about retirement? Maybe, but a lot of it bears repeating and How to Love Your Retirement gives the subject a fresh look through the words of hundreds of retirees. It's kind of like asking friends for advice, only who has 100 or more friends to ask?

I've heard some of the advice before -- plan your finances, look after your health, and keep your mind working -- but have I always listened? Somehow it makes a difference when the words come from personal experience rather than an academic study. As far as I know, no study has come up with down home wisdom like, "The most important thing is to eat prunes," or "There is a temptation to become an alcoholic, so we have to watch that." There's a section on life coaching exercises and plenty of web site references on a variety of subjects.

I'm planning to give it to several family members who are approaching retirement age.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This lively book will rev up the creative energy of anyone who wants to do "something else." The best of the "How to Survive" series, it's grounded by interviews with hundreds of folks who probably could not qualify to author a "How I Failed Retirement" article like the one published in "Fortune" magazine by former Chrysler CEO, Lee Iacocca. I can attest that "How to Love Your Retirement" can kick-start creation of an exciting retirement plan. I pressed this book on my attorney husband, 72, who had expected to follow in his father's footsteps and maintain a vigorous practice until he was 93. Seriously. Nonetheless, he has been quietly musing about retiring from complex criminal defense to do "something else." Major hurdle? Could he find anything equally engaging that did not include solving other people's very big problems. He found "How to Love Your Retirement" fun to read and loaded with solid, specific information, ideas and inspired advice, including timing, new work, money, travel, domestic adjustments, moving, new activities, and staying in shape. This book energized and focused his plans for himself-- and us.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beth Jinkerson on May 8, 2007
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The book is basically a series of short paragraphs written by many ordinary people describing how they had handled retirement or giving their advice. The advice was very basic, and seemed a bit random. I was hoping for new ideas on ways to fill the time, but this approach did little to fulfill that need.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Marvet on November 24, 2006
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I gave this book to my Uncle who was retiring and after reading it he couldn't stop raving about it. He said he got 25 great ideas from the book that he would integrate into his retirement. What's great about the book is that it doesn't require reading the book cover to cover; you can dive in when and where you like and still take away wisdom and wit. I highly recommend this book as a gift or for the soon to be or recently retired.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hauck on October 12, 2006
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The format of this little "handbook" is quick, accessible, and an easy read. The vignettes combine humor with practicality and caution the reader not to take even retirement too seriously. Shrewd personal strategies are interwoven with absolute common sense approaches to retirement. Anyone who is already retired or is about to retire will thoroughly enjoy the breadth of experiences related by many contributors, some of which are totally contradictory - - - but every approach works for someone out there. As I compared my own retirement experiences to the dozens of accounts in the book, I found myself chuckling aloud - - - something I don't often do during a read. Enjoy it! It's fun (and wise).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Waxman on September 18, 2006
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I found this book a surprising delight to read the candid opinions of other retirees. It covered the numerable issues that have to be dealt with and the highlighted areas with statements of fact were very helpful. Good advice book for future senior citizens at the threshold of this next stage in life.
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