The best books if you are thinking about retirement

Liisa Kyle Author Of Making the Most of Your Retirement: Ways to Foster Health, Happiness & Fulfillment at Any Age
By Liisa Kyle

Who am I?

As a life coach and author of two dozen self-help books, I’ve spent the past twenty years helping people prepare for, plan, and go through major life changes, such as the transition to retirement. I’ve interviewed dozens of retirees about the challenges and opportunities they’ve experienced during their retirement. I’ve designed this guide so you can be strategic in choosing your path, overcome challenges, and make adjustments to make the most of this chapter of your life.


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Making the Most of Your Retirement: Ways to Foster Health, Happiness & Fulfillment at Any Age

By Liisa Kyle,

Book cover of Making the Most of Your Retirement: Ways to Foster Health, Happiness & Fulfillment at Any Age

What is my book about?

Are you contemplating retirement? Or maybe you have already retired but are dissatisfied and are looking to improve your experience. Whatever your circumstances, you can make the most of your retirement. You can decide what is important to you and how you would like to live this chapter of your life. This self-help guide is packed with activities, examples, and ideas to help you: decide how you really want to spend your retirement; devise a plan to make the most of this period of your life; prepare for and manage the transition to retirement; take stock periodically; make adjustments and address challenges as they arise; boost your health, improve your social life, and consider your legacy.

The books I picked & why

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The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime

By Suze Orman,

Book cover of The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime

Why this book?

Money is the biggest concern for most people thinking about retirement. Suze Orman is the queen of straight-talk about how best to manage your finances during this chapter of your life. She explains practical steps you need to take to make sure you have enough money to last your lifetime. I love that she is ruthless about making readers consider the long-term effects of their purchases and financial decisions.


What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success

By Richard N. Bolles,

Book cover of What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success

Why this book?

How do you want to spend your retirement? What activities appeal to you? Start by using the Flower exercise to identify your true preferences. What options are available to you to pursue your preferred activities? Consider volunteer, unpaid, and paid opportunities. If the latter, there is plenty of practical advice to help you navigate today’s job market. If you want to start a business, there’s a section on that, too. 


Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole Body Mobility

By Katy Bowman, Joan Virginia Allen, Lora Woods, Shelah M. Wilgus, Joyce Faber

Book cover of Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole Body Mobility

Why this book?

Retirement is the time to give attention to your health. The more you move, the healthier you will be and the longer you will live. This is a practical book designed to show you safe, simple exercises you can do at home to improve your alignment, flexibility, and mobility. Your feet are your body’s foundation and you will be surprised at how well they will respond to Katy Bowman’s prescribed regime. 


The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

By Dan Buettner,

Book cover of The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

Why this book?

“Blue Zones” are places in the world in which people have unusually high longevity. Research into these regions has pinpointed nine factors they have in common, including nutrition and level of physical activity. This book shows how you can improve your health with some relatively simple adjustments to your lifestyle. It is notable that different cuisines in far-flung parts of the globe can each lead to extended longevity.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

By Atul Gawande,

Book cover of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Why this book?

During your retirement, you may need to make difficult decisions about your health care or that of a loved one. This book is essential reading for anyone undergoing health challenges – or taking care of someone who is. It guides you to have the necessary conversations to ensure that dignity and personal control are part of health care decisions.


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