By Ralph Warner
Warner takes at the monetary carrier industry's maxim that to prevent monetary destitution in previous age, americans have to set aside better sums of cash that they're at present doing. Warner additionally advises readers on a couple of alternative routes to benefit from the retirement years, together with preserving reliable overall healthiness, having neighbors and shut relations ties, and having fun with different pursuits and actions. Illustrations.
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Extra resources for Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well
Much inspired research for this book was done by Stanley Jacobsen, a twice-retired librarian who, at age 70+, cheerfully arrives at work at Nolo Press every morning at least an hour early. Stan's skill at mining online databases for golden nuggets about retirement and aging has been particularly helpful. I'm also greatly indebted to Michael Phillips and Catherine Campbell, whose groundbreaking little book, Simple Living Investments (Clear Glass Publishing, San Francisco), I first read over 15 years ago.
Occasionally, people become involved in nonprofits because of the status they think they will gain as a result of membership on the board of directors or other responsible position. Participation primarily for this reason is almost always a mis- Page 25 take. Serious involvement in the nonprofit sector is hard work, with recognitionif it comes at allusually being noteworthy only in the relatively small circle of people who truly care about the activity. S. Government's Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs: "In addition to evidence that seniors can contribute in important ways through service, there are indications that the seniors greatly benefit themselves by serving.
On the other hand, many people who retire early report at least a couple of problems less common to people who retire in their 60s. The first is the feeling (sometimes reinforced by the attitudes of friends) that by quitting early they are slackers. Although objective facts may make it clear that this is nonsense, a decision to leave the workplace well before the traditional retirement age nevertheless runs counter to many deeply held American attitudes about the value of work. A second problem is that at a time when corporate America has shed tens of thousands of unneeded older workers, you may be viewedwhether fairly or notby friends, business colleagues and even family members as having been cast aside early because you didn't quite measure up.