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Invent Your Retirement: Resources for the Good Life Paperback – January 15, 2006
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Invent Your Retirement is the perfect prescription for turning those declining years into a productive and satisfying second half of your life. A smorgasboard of ideas coupled with a pot-full of checklists and a pinch of attitude are all it takes --Gerry Crispin, Chief Navigator, CareerXroads
Art Koff is the living, breathing example of the kind of pro-active opportunistic living that this book describes in practical detail. It is the perfect tonic to jolt seniors out of their lethargy and headlong into their Golden Years --Ted Pincus, Business Columnist, Chicago Sun Times
Invent Your Retirement is just the kind of reference guide that our senior readers need. It provides content on every subject of interest as well as referencing where they can go to find more information. An absolute must-read not only for seniors, but also for younger people responsible for the well-being of senior family members. --Jim Moss, Publisher, The Times Herald-Record
About the Author
Art Koff graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957 and did postgraduate work at the University of Chicago Executive Program. He started his career with the Chicago Sun Times and then spent 31 years with national and international advertising agencies. After "retiring" he helped develop and market one of the first automated job-posting systems which was later acquired by a major player in the field. He also helped build a suite of over 1000 niche sites focused on recruiting. As a consultant and writer for the past nine years, he has helped clients develop cost effective strategies primarily by using the Internet to reach seniors and minorities. Art has made presentations at local, national, and international association meetings and at conventions and trade shows. He has made appearances on NBC and is a quoted authority on new developments in national publications and via the Web that affect seniors and retirees. Art lives in Chicago with his wife Normin and his two Westies, Spocker and Duncan.
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It is written in plain, accessible language and uses large fonts (a nice touch!). It also relies heavily on listing websites that can be useful: this feature, while welcome by most, may however be a nuisance for the elderly who are not so familiar with "surfing the net".
Retirement, says Koff, doesn't mean sitting back in the rocking chair and watching the world pass you by. Seniors today have more choices and more opportunity than ever before. But a multitude of choices also means a multitude of questions. Are you puzzled about social security and health costs and insurance questions? Are you thinking of going back to work or volunteering? Do you want to learn how to use e-mail? Are you concerned about memory loss?
This book provides you with the answers to these and other questions. Koff has brought together information from numerous sources, including federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration and Medicare and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, State, and the Food and Drug Administration, plus private individuals and organizations like the AARP and the Alzheimer's Association.
If you want to become computer literate and a proficient Internet user (and Koff strongly thinks seniors should do this), the book supplies an understandable computer primer. This gives specific commands to do everything from forwarding e-mail to playing music CDs to renaming Word documents.
You may not have thought about many of the topics Koff discusses, including protecting your credit, setting up your home office, the best employers for part-time workers, and choosing a pet. (Learn why Koff thinks long-haired cats are good choices for retirees.)
Throughout the book are numerous references, websites, addresses, and phone numbers to help you get more information. Presumably this material will be updated in future editions.
Invent Your Retirement is an invaluable and readable resource for seniors. Don't retire without it.