Successful Aging; Navigating the Second Half
Bernice Brattner and Helen Dennis, Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model For Career Women (Scribner, 2008). Includes a guide for setting up local Renewment Support groups.
William Bridges, Transitions (AddisonWesley, 1980) and Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change (2nd ed., Perseus, 2003)
Dorothy Cantor (with Andrea Thompson), What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?: Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life (Little Brown & Co., 2000)
Jan Cullinane, The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement (Willey, 2012)
Bruce Frankel, What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life (Penguin, 2010). Beautifully written and nuanced stories.
Ellen Freudenheim, Looking Forward: An Optimist’s Guide to Retirement (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004)
Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler, Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer: Extraordinary and Ordinary People on the Art of Staying Creative, Alive, and Aware in Midlife and Beyond (Hazelden Information Education, 2000); Connie Goldman, Who Am I Now That I Am No Longer Who I Was: Conversations with Women in Mid-Life and the Years Beyond (Nodin Press, 2009)
Frederick M. Hudson and Pamela D. McLean, Life Launch: A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (4th ed. Hudson Institute Press, 2001) and John S. Murphy and Frederic M. Hudson, The Joy of Old: A Guide to Successful Elderhood (Geode Press, 1995)
Martha Johnson, Why Not Do What You Love? An invitation to calling and contribution in a world hungry for your gifts (Pearl Meadow Press, 2010) Not strictly for 2nd half, but comprehensive and well written.
Judy F. Kugel, 70-Something: Life, Love, and Limits in the Bonus Years (eBook Bakery, 2017) Best of her blog with section introductions.
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in in the 25 Years after 50 (Sarah Crichton Books, 2009)
Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro, Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life (San Francisco: BarrettKoehler, 2002); Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber, Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities (Berrett-Koehler, 2013) lifereimagined.aarp.org
Suzanne Braun Levine, Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood (Penguin, 2005)
Life Planning Network, Live Smart After 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times (Boston: Life Planning Network, 2013). Thirty-three experts help readers address a variety of issues to achieve a fulfilling second half of life. lifeplanningnetwork.org
Ed Merck, Sailing the Mystery: My Journey into Life’s Remaining Chapters (Friesen Press, 2013)
Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D., Don’t Bite Your Tongue, How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into Family (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Dr. Tom Pinkson, Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years (self-published, 2012)
Renee Lee Rosenberg. Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making It Happen (Five O’Clock Books, 2007)
John W. Rowe, M.D. and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D., Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study (Random House, 1998)
William A. Sadler, The Third Age: Six Principles for Growth and Renewal After Forty (Perseus Publishing, 2000). William Sadler and James Krefft, Changing Course: Navigating Life After 50 (Center for Third Age Leadership Press, 2007)
Maggie Sharf, September Songs: The Good News about Marriage in the Later Years (Penguin Books, 2009)
Abby Seixas, Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Meaning and Balance in Everyday Life (Jossey-Bass, 2006). deepriverwithin.com
Marika and Howard Stone, Too Young to Retire: An OfftheRoad Map to the Rest of Your Life (2nd ed., The Writer's Collective, 2004) 2young2retire.com. Pioneers, but now somewhat outdated.
Roberta Taylor, and Dorian Mintzer, The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life (Lincoln St. Press, 2011; Sourcebooks, Inc., 2014)
Dr. Bill Thomas, Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Abigail Trafford, My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Basic Books, 2004)
George E. Vaillant, Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life (Little, Brown 2002,) and Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Belknap Press, 2012)
Ernie J. Zelinsky, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom that you Won't Get From your Financial Advisor (Ten Speed Press, 2004) revolutionizeretirement.com