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The following is a partial list…​

The following is a partial list of resources that I have found in my own research related to planning for retirement life. If you have found other books or websites that you found helpful or interesting, please email me and I’ll add them to this resources page!


Helen, M., & Smith, S. (2000). 101 secrets for a great retirement: Practical, inspirational & fun ideas for the best years of your life! Chicago, IL: NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group.

Hovanec, M. & Shilton, M. (2007). Redefining retirement: New realities for boomer women. Toronto, ONT: Second Story Press.

Hoy, M. (2023). Lessons learned in retirement: Retiring with purpose and passion. Nestledown Books (available on Amazon)

Ryan, R. (2018). Retirement reinvention: Make your next act your best act. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Schlossberg, N. (2004). Retire smart, retire happy: Finding your true path in life. New York, NY: American Psychological Association.

Sundstrom, E., Burnham, R., & Burnham M. (2007). My next phase: The personality-based guide to your best retirement. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.

Waxman, B. (2010). How to love your retirement: The guide to the best of your life. Atlanta, GA: Hundreds of Heads Books.

Wright, F. J. (2018). Time for wonderlust: Planning your retirement renaissance. Farmington, CONN: Real Leisure Press.

Wright, H. N. (2012). What’s next?: Navigating transitions to make the rest of your life count. Bloomington, MINN: Bethany House Publishers.

Zelinski, E.J. (2005). How to retire happy, wild, and free: Retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press. This book and others (e.g., The Joy of NOT Working) are available on Ernie’s website:


Interesting Organizations for People Who are Retired:



Here’s what they say on their website: “Our goal is to provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years. We are a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide, 255 being Canadian clubs made up of over 38,000 members. Our clubs are all about encouraging healthy minds and bodies and socializing with other retirees in the community.”


Road Scholar:

Here’s what Road Scholar says about itself: “Not-for-profit Road Scholar is the world’s largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities. We have guided generations of lifelong learners on transformative learning adventures from San Francisco to Siberia, and nearly everywhere in between. We are a diverse community of knowledge seekers and explorers, united in the belief that lifelong learning is a vital part of overall wellbeing. We believe in living life to the fullest at every age — by experiencing the world, and not just looking at it.”


Other Websites: 

Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP):

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):


Coaching Services:

Mariella Hoy is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in helping people (and organizations) prepare for the retirement transition. Her tagline is: Putting purpose & passion into your retirement – your life! “Crabapple Coaching is committed to enhancing emotional and social well-being in people’s retirement, through exceptional professional coaching, retirement workshops, and retirement transition consulting.” For information about the coaching she provides see:



Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like more information:

Email: Dr. Sue Hutchinson at:

Telephone/Text: 902-817-4702

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