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Top Ten Must-Reads Before You Retire

Retirement is a scary step for many seniors, in many different ways. Here are ten books that explore the many ways retirement can be challenging, and help you find practical solutions to each problem. 


1. What’s Next: Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job (Kerry Hannon)

Hannon has traveled the country to interview a variety of people who have made a successful midlife career transition, and have been happier as a result. Read this book years before you retire, so you can make the most out of a positive change in your life.

2.
How To Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire (Stan Hinden)
Hinden does a great job of thoroughly covering everything from Medicare to estate planning, so you understand the most important decisions you must make before entering retirement. This book helps an upcoming retiree to focus on the decisions that will impact their retirement the most.

3.
Stop The Retirement Rip-Off: How To Avoid Hidden Fees and Keep More of Your Money (David Loeper)

Many seniors are at an extreme disadvantage because they do not fully understand their retirement benefits, and the fees associated with them. Loeper shows you how to figure out the fees and actually do something about them, so more of your money stays in your pocket.

4.
What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement: Planning Now For The Life You Want (John Nelson, Richard Bolles)

This book does not just focus on the financial aspect of retirement. The authors encourage you to think about what will fulfill you in your retired years, and how you will plan for your overall happiness. There are exercises and resources that help you plan each step of your retirement. 

5. Recession-Proof Your Retirement Years (Steve Vernon)
Vernon describes ten steps to retirement security, including maximizing your Social Security benefits, protecting against a catastrophe, and re-thinking your living expenses.

6.
The New Frugality (Chris Farrell)

Farrell believes that the recession spurred our country to adopt better financial habits, such as downsizing and using energy efficient appliances. Read this book to understand how to maximize your money, especially when your money is limited after retirement.

7.
The 7 Most Important Equations For Your Retirement: The Fascinating People and Ideas Behind Planning Your Retirement Income (Moshe Milevsky)
Milevsky takes a close look at seven people who shaped the equations we still use to figure out our retirement. This is an interesting and entertaining look at the mathematical equations, and the people behind them, that are shaping your retirement, whether you realize it or not.

8.
How To Retire Happy, Wild And Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get From Your Financial Advisor (Ernie J. Zelinski)

This book will help you look at retirement in a whole new light. It’s not about money; it’s about your life. You can begin to make changes now to retire happy, wild, and free.

9.
Shock Of Gray (Ted C. Fishman)

An insightful look into how our economy is changing due to an aging population. If this is something you have never considered, this is the place to start, as Fishman gives a very interesting explanation to how our country will look as more citizens hit retirement age.

10.
You’re Only Old Once! A Book For Obsolete Children (Dr. Seuss)

Dr. Seuss is no longer for your grandchildren! This book chronicles the endless doctor’s visits when you are getting older. Anyone age fifty or over should read this.

By starting on this list now, regardless of your current age, you can start planning and making smarter choices for retirement. Retirement is coming…so prepare yourself. 


Jenny Winston loves reading. spending time with her children (and grandchildren!) and getting fresh flowers from flowerdelivery.net

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