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“In matter-of-fact language, Jan Cullinane gets at the heart of what you need to do to plan for and protect your future. I can’t say it strongly enough: If you’re a single woman, you need this book.”—Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial expert

“For too long, women in America have made the retirement journey alone. No longer. Jan Cullinane is there, companion, teacher, and guide, showing women how to find happiness in retirement.”—Stan Hinden, author of How to Retire Happy:The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

“Finally, a guide for that growing and important demographic! It is clear, comprehensive, fun to read, and immensely useful.”—Bella DePaulo, PhD, author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After

“Jan Cullinane has written the essential tool for single women approaching retirement. Her practical guide covers every angle—from when to retire, what to do, and how to find single-friendly places to tips about managing money. The wealth of practical details and useful tips turns retirement anxiety into confident anticipation.”—John Brady, founder of Topretirements.com

“Cullinane has done it again. Her previous book is truly an Ultimate Guide to Retirement, but much of the content focuses on retirees as couples. With The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, she recognizes that statistics are against us. Women live longer than men, which means that even if you’re ‘happily coupled’ now, there’s an 80 to 90% chance that at some point, you’ll find yourselfmaking important decisions—financial and otherwise—as a single woman. Thankfully, you’ll have this book to lean on. It addresses ALL aspects of single retirement and offers single women a blueprint for a satisfying and successful second half of life. This is a must-read book!”—Anne L. Holmes, “Boomer in Chief,” National Association of Baby Boomer Women

The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement is a motivator for single mature women to make decisions so their second half of life will be the best part of life. From dating to divorce, from money to boomerang children, no subject is too small or too big to tackle. It’s a great read.”—Bernice Bratter and Helen Dennis, coauthors of the bestseller, Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women

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"In matter-of-fact language, Jan Cullinane gets at the heart of what you need to do to plan for and protect your future. I can't say it strongly enough: If you're a single woman, you need this book."
—Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial expert

"For too long, women in America have made the retirement journey alone. No longer. Jan Cullinane is there, companion, teacher, and guide, showing women how to find happiness in retirement."
—Stan Hinden, author of How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

"Finally, a guide for that growing and important demographic! It is clear, comprehensive, fun to read, and immensely useful."
—Bella DePaulo, PhD, author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After

"Jan Cullinane has written the essential tool for single women approaching retirement. Her practical guide covers every angle—from when to retire, what to do, and how to find single-friendly places to tips about managing money. The wealth of practical details and useful tips turns retirement anxiety into confident anticipation."
—John Brady, founder of Topretirements.com

"Cullinane has done it again. Her previous book is truly an Ultimate Guide to Retirement, but much of the content focuses on retirees as couples. With The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement, she recognizes that statistics are against us. Women live longer than men, which means that even if you're 'happily coupled' now, there's an 80 to 90% chance that at some point, you'll find yourself making important decisions—financial and otherwise—as a single woman. Thankfully, you'll have this book to lean on. It addresses ALL aspects of single retirement and offers single women a blueprint for a satisfying and successful second half of life. This is a must-read book!"
—Anne L. Holmes, "Boomer in Chief," National Association of Baby Boomer Women

"The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement is a motivator for single mature women to make decisions so their second half of life will be the best part of life. From dating to divorce, from money to boomerang children, no subject is too small or too big to tackle. It's a great read."
—Bernice Bratter and Helen Dennis, coauthors of the bestseller Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118229509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118229507
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement received a 2014 Living Now Book Award, a 2013 Apex Award for Publishing Excellence in the books and ebooks category and a 2013 Mature Media Award.

Jan Cullinane is a best-selling and award-winning author, speaker, and consultant. Her books include The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement, The New Retirement: The
Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life and Retire Happy! She has been
featured on TV, radio, and in many newspapers and magazines.
Cullinane has a bachelor's and master's degree from the
University of Maryland, and is ABD from Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey. She can also speak backwards fluently!

Visit Jan at www.jancullinane.com, and follow her on Twitter @jancullinane.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Christine on April 3, 2013
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After skimming through this book at Barnes and Noble, I checked it out at my local library. The author succeeds in navigating the retirement maze and provides useful information and Internet sites I previously discovered years ago. The book's title suggests a guide to single women approaching retirement, BUT, there is an underlying "couples" theme. Several communities described are golf and fishing havens and seem remote, although beautiful.

I don't want to depend on a Walmart or K-Mart for food and clothing. Nor do I want to drive one hour to a major city for shopping.I would have preferred viable information on mid-size cosmopolitan cities. Portland, OR or Minneapolis, MN, come to mind although not idyllic to some due to overcast days and extreme winters. Again, would have liked more in-depth information on retirement friendly cities with low crime, clean, reliable public transportation, accessible medical care, quality food markets, libraries, etc.

The author describes vignettes of several women who have discovered their Edens. My opinion of these: Bend, OR, although beautiful and scenic, is boring and transient. The Northwest Crossing community in Bend seems to cater to younger families and there is high unemployment. Daniel Island, SC is lovely, yet situates in hurricane alley and is hot as hell in the summer. Fairfield Glade, TN is also quite lovely, but small and over an hour away from a major city. This community is definitely a "couples" environment with fishing and golf as the highlight. Visit their website.

There are additional resources for solo, older women seeking retirement places such as City-Data forums and Sperlings Best Places.com.
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A lot of people say, "You can't judge a book by its cover." With "The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement" it is a case of, "Great book, great cover!"

I am regularly reading retirement books to see what other writers and experts are saying about how to have a happy and productive retirement. Before encountering this book, I read an article about how the greatest fear for women approaching 50 or in their 50s is their fear of winding up living in poverty in their retirement years. Adding to this, Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor of economics at the New School for Social Research, in a "New York Times" article (July 21, 2012) stated:

"Seventy-five percent of Americans nearing retirement age in 2010 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts. The specter of downward mobility in retirement is a looming reality for both middle- and higher-income workers. Almost half of middle-class workers, 49 percent, will be poor or near poor in retirement, living on a food budget of about $5 a day."

Still more, a July 2012 study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows that women of retirement age are twice as likely as men to live in poverty. Another reason that makes "The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement" so timely is another 2012 study by MetLife and the Society of Actuaries concluded that "Singles are the least prepared for retirement."

"The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement" is no doubt the best and most comprehensive retirement guide to help single women prepare for retirement. Some of the information will be obvious to some but there is a lot of not-so obvious information that can help enhance the retirement of not only single women, but everyone who intends to retire.
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Best-selling author and retirement expert, Jan Cullinane, delivers a clear, concise and detailed guide essential for single women approaching pre-retirement or retirement. AARP's guide is a golden treasure to Baby Boomers and will not only teach, but will benefit in several ways to make the trip easy in protecting yourself. As 25 million single women reach the age of over 45, living in the U.S., including myself, this important guide will make the Golden Years less confusing and more successful. The author provides easy-to-read tips and helpful advice that is immensely useful. Jan Cullinane walks you through the many challenges of retirement which include: how to manage your finances; how to deal with divorce; how to stay healthy; and much more. In addition, she covers issues that matter in this age group, helps make retirement much easier, and provides real-life stories from other women to convey new ideas about how to make it satisfying. The author's writing style makes this fun-filled guide enjoyable. I found it gratifying to learn of refreshing plans to protect myself in the future. In today's weak economy, statistics are against us, and planning early is the key to success. The author addresses crucial financial decisions we must all face in this remarkable blueprint for retirement. Additional topics are discussed concerning children, dating, and how to budget, but also live comfortable. We no longer have to take the retirement journey alone. Instead of a nightmare, this trip can be one of happiness as the the author becomes a teacher and companion to direct your way. Highly Recommended to all Baby Boomers and anyone approaching retirement. This practical guide with many useful tips will indeed decrease retirement anxiety, and make you feel more confident. Brilliant, motivating, and comprehensive!
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