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The Successful Retirement Guide: Hundreds of Suggestions on How to Stay Intellectually, Socially and Physically Engaged for the Best Years of Your Life Paperback – April 8, 2009


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Books, Inc.; First edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568251157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568251158
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Successful Retirement Guide by author Kevin Price provides a wealth of information to help identify the activities that will help you remain intellectually, socially and physically engaged with life, regardless of your resources. The 344-page book is loaded with ideas and opportunities to explore ways to make your retirement a successful one.

It is a book about learning, appreciating, growing, playing, making and giving back. It also discusses the reason for doing these things beyond the simple enjoyment they may bring. The book reviews hundreds of ideas for engaging retirement activities in an educational and entertaining fashion and provides references to sources of additional information. Following the introductory material it uses an alphabetical organizational format to present the ideas. It can be read at length but it is also easy to read in short sittings.

For most of the hundreds of activities listed there are references - books, magazines, web sites and other resources that can provide additional information. The book has five appendices: Life Expectancy Calculators, Senior Olympics, Collectibles, Veterans' Organizations, and Volunteer Considerations and Opportunities. --Retirement Living News

The beauty of retiree Price's book is its simplicity one can pick a chapter and find a latent interest that could be developed, from building a bird house to quitting smoking. Price gives the reader the opportunity to do that by providing the idea, the opportunity potential, and the resources for getting started. . . . it's an inspirational guide that will provoke people of all ages to engage in new ventures and discover what life can offer. --Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Kevin Price graduated Manhattan College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. After working more than 30 years in the financial services industry, he retired at age 55. He enjoys being physically and intellectually active, and in particular, educational travel, sailing, yoga, guitar, and studying architecture, art, religion, history, music theory, geology, meteorology and Italian. In retirement he set out to discover what it means to be successfully retired. The result is this book.

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I entered the world in 1947 and grew up in Stamford, CT. My father was a pipefitter and my mother a secretary. In the 8th grade I was the tallest person in the school (including the faculty) so I got to be class president, captain of the safety patrol and chief altar boy. I worked in landscaping and stocked grocery store shelves while attending St. Basil's Preparatory School for Young Christian Gentlemen (which was also a seminary for Ukrainian Young Christian Gentlemen).

I went to Manhattan College in NYC to study Chemistry and graduated with a degree in Government (Chemistry and I did not have good chemistry). To help pay the bills and get date/gas money I worked as a grocery store clerk, liquor store clerk, warehouseman and bartender. In my leisure time I pursued the normal activities of a college student in the late 1960s.

Following college, I attended UCONN Law School at night while working as an insurance and pension contract drafter during the day at Aetna Life and Casualty (at the time, the nation's largest diversified financial company). I later became a trainer and then a manager in the insurance/pension area. After graduating from Law School I transferred to Human Resources where I was a corporate officer and developed management systems and headed up employee communications (both of which were a lot more fun than insurance contracts). I became Director of Recruiting in 1978 and got to travel the country in search of new Aetnoids. While working at Aetna I was also happy to get married and father two sons. The whole family enjoyed skiing together until I ran into a tree with my butt and had to take up snowshoeing as an alternative.

In 1984 I left Aetna to become the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) - a firm specializing in equipment breakdown insurance and engineering services and possessed of one of the longest corporate names ever on the NYSE. In 1990, I left Human Resources and became responsible for the company's world-wide claim function (I got to look at a lot of broken equipment and write a lot of checks). In 1993, I was given the added responsibility for the company's Engineering Services business unit. In the early 1990s I also became certified to captain charter sailboats and this became the basis for many a happy holiday.

In 1994, I was promoted to Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary.
Reporting to the CEO and the Board of Directors, I was responsible for the Corporate Secretarial function as well as the corporate-wide strategic planning process, human resources, public relations and advertising, information systems, community relations, and administrative services (basically I was Mr. Overhead Expenses).

HSB was acquired by American International Group in 2000. I worked on integration issues for two years and essentially integrated myself out of a job. I received a severance package and retired from the firm in 2002 at age 55.

In retirement I have become a student of many things, a traveler, a grandfather and an author.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Lowe on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this up as a gift for a retiring co-worker. Its perfect. Price's A-to-Z listing of activities for retirement is broad enough that some are bound to appeal to just about anyone (unless they are already dead). Some activities are relatively obvious (like travel), but many others are thoughtful suggestions that I would never have come up with on my own. And even the obvious activities offer a gem or two of off-beat ideas. Lots of references, so that once you make your pick, there is a way to get started.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don Graeter on August 16, 2010
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With all the rave reviews, I was expecting much more from this book. Before purchasing, understand that there is literally NOTHING in the book, other than a long, alphabetized list of possible retirement activities, accompanied by a brief, thumbnail sketch of each and a suggestion for further information about each.

What's NOT here is either (1) even the briefest guidance on the overall psychology and physiology of retirement, or (2) anything of any depth at all on any of the activities.

I wouldn't recommend this book except for those with no clue whatsoever how they may want to spend their retirement years. As a comprehensive list of possible retirement pursuits acompanied by one or two starting points for further information, it's fine, but how many are really in that boat? Most will have at least a general idea of their interests, making large portions of this book irrelevant. Would the same person really be interested in, for example, needlepoint and hunting?

What I would like to see is a more focused approach--retirement pursuits for the active man, for the professional woman, for the homemaker, etc., preceded by a more thoughtful examination of the psychological and physical aspects of retirement at various stages of the game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dingo on July 17, 2009
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When my wife and I retired to New England, we left behind all our office friends and the many activities that Manhattan offered. Once we got settled, we admittedly were at a loss as to "where do we go from here?" Kevin's book, "The Successful Retirement Guide" is a lifesaver. It will take you on a journey through all the many activities and hobbies that are available to retirees--wherever you retire. It gives clear explanations on so many areas of interest and tells you where to go to find out more about the things that might interest you, and how to go about joining or getting involved.

The book is alphabetized so you can go right to a particular subject. We have started to investigate our Family Trees, my wife has started knitting, and Mr. Price's section on woodworking, something I thought I could never do, has blossomed into birdhouses and garden seats. The recommendations found in The Successful Retirement Guide point the novice towards other books and web-sites that can help you to jump into and advance your chosen area of interest. In the back of the book are several appendices that give you names, addresses and telephone numbers of organizations and other resources that are themselves of great value; Appendix D, gives Veterans' Organizations for example, and Appendix E provides the same for those who want to volunteer, from Civic Ventures to Mentoring.

We loved the book and find it a valuable resource to have on our shelf. My wife and I find ourselves reaching for it time and again to read from the more than one hundred and eighty different entries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John S. Hammond on April 16, 2009
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If you want to make some smart choices about what to do during your retirement, this book is for you. It succinctly describes a delicious menu of attractive alternatives in a fresh and useful way. It's great! Look elsewhere for a book about retirement finances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Sage on April 30, 2009
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If you are facing retirement and wondering what you're going to do with all that time, this book is a must read.

Whether on a budget or have means to travel the world, physically active or interested in creative arts, enjoy learning about new things or developing a new skill, you'll get hundreds of great ideas here. Mr. Price has done extensive research and provided unique insights into a broad range of activities with valuable links, contacts and sources to get engaged in your retirement years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Walsh on August 7, 2009
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I found The Successful Retirement Guide remarkable in the sense that unlike other books on the subject that I have read that tended to emphasize the author's circumstances, interests and needs, Price clearly directed his work at the broadest range of actual and potential retirees. In this "something for everyone" approach, the author combines an appealing style with a comprehensive examination of the subject in a uniquely structured format that is as informative as it is readable. Substance, form, research and background were the author's focus throughout his work, all of which are strengthened by the extensive reference material that come together to make The Successful Retirement Guide an even more compelling resource to a growing public that is interested in learning how to achieve and to enjoy successful retirement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbtvance on June 21, 2012
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Exactly as described. This item was was well packaged, shipped and received promptly, and was exactly as described. This is a good product and was good customer service.
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