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The Couple's Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life Paperback – April 5, 2011
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This book provides a structured approach for discussing each persons view of the future. It offers the means of constructing a consensus vision of the future called "Retirement". The book offers several sets of retirement related questions for each partner to mull over and then share their answers. From each set of these questions common goals or expectations are identified and recorded in a "common vision" statement.
Be prepared! Working through these exercises honestly could surface very potent subterranean emotions.
Personally, I found the book to be a set of relationship building exercises with retirement as a central theme.
Whether you live in a traditional family environment or one that has become blended over time, whether your marriage is great or not so great... and even if you are single, the authors have chosen the "right" conversations. They have complemented these with other useful tools, anecdotal stories and summary sheets to encourage readers to plan more openly, effectively and authentically for what can certainly be the "best" half. Enjoy!
Retirement has become a puzzle, because it's no longer what it once was - a short stage after years of working before the end of life. Because of our greater longevity and vitality, retirement is being redefined; for many of us it is an evolving process of transition with surprising possibilities and challenges leading to personal fulfillment. But how can we make it something so positive? Couples especially need to address the retirement puzzle together. While many books have been sketching out principles and practices for personal growth in the retirement process, we haven't yet had a book that is specifically designed for couples. We do now, and this book by Dori Mintzer and Roberta Taylor is just what we've needed - practical, inspiring help for couples exploring the new terrain in positive aging to discover ways to converse that will promote a mutually supportive, deepening relationship that sustains their individual and joint growth. This book is based on the authors' personal and professional experience as psychotherapists and third age life coaches. It is packed with stories, examples, fun exercises, and coaching tips for starting and sustaining those crucially important conversations about when, whether, where, and how to plan your retirement transition to a more meaningful life. I find it a book that keeps engaging us as we read it - it wears well, like an old friend. In a decade of workshops and classes focusing on the principles for third age growth, I frequently have people ask me: as I change course, how can I get my partner to join me so that we can grow together?Read more ›
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The book is helpful for someone contemplating retiring soon. It goes through more than just how much money you need to retire. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John F
Truly a "must have" for people of my age looking to retire in the next couple of years...Published 8 months ago by Jeff Salzman
practical ideas to look at before reaching retirement age. I already r etired and now we are trying to figure out how this will gell with my partner's retirementPublished on May 17, 2014 by steve olson
This book just blathered on and on and on about how you and your spouse need to have conversations ad naseum about every little aspect of your personality, and how each chat is... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Dale T. Brose
For anyone who is getting ready to retire, this book gives you some important things to think about and discuss. Definitely will help prevent some big problems.Published on March 10, 2014 by Teresa C. McCagh
Good overview of ALL aspects of retirement. Not just money but time, sharing and partner interaction. With good sharing exercisesPublished on January 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Has some great titles to the chapters - like "Half the money, twice the husband." Got it for a gift for my husband but can't wait to read it myself.Published on January 6, 2014 by Holly Ensor
Lifestyle changes and improvements in medical practice over the past 40 years have led to most people having an additional 15-20 years of high quality functional life. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Karl
this is a book that will put sense and planning into retirement. Couples should read it together and talk realisticallyPublished on August 26, 2013 by Barbara McDaniel