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Retire happy and healthy without keeping a million bucks in the bank!

The financial-service industry wants you to believe that in order to avoid financial destitution, you need to put aside huge amounts of money that you — let's say it together — ""should have begun saving years ago.""

Not true, states Ralph Warner, Nolo co-founder and the author of Get a Life. Although a sensible savings plan makes good horse sense, many other actions and decisions will determine whether you enjoy your retirement years.

Get a Life shows you how to beat the anxiety surrounding retirement, and to develop a plan to make your golden years the best of your life by:

- developing family relationships

- maintaining and creating friendships

- improving health

- keeping active

- developing a robust curiosity for the world

- realistically calculating how much money you need and how to secure it

The 5th edition provides the latest research and studies that show physically and mentally active retirees live longer and enjoy happier lives.

Get a Life shares with readers sensible ways to ensure a fulfilling retirement ways that have little to do with accumulated wealth and everything to do with quality of life. Warner stresses the importance of: developing family relationships; maintaining and creating friendships; improving health; keeping active; developing a robust curiosity for the world. Conversations with a variety of active, older individuals also featured.

Book News Annotation:

Warner founded Nolo Press in 1971, built the company and authored or co-authored many of its books, and happily retired. This updated edition of his compendium of advice, interviews, and exemplar cases includes coverage of finances, lifestyle choices, and coping strategies as well as new health research and information about how to prepare for retirement while still in midlife.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Get a Life shares with readers sensible ways to ensure a fulfilling retirement ways that have little to do with accumulated wealth and everything to do with quality of life. Warner stresses the importance of: developing family relationships; maintaining and creating friendships; improving health; keeping active; developing a robust curiosity for the world. Conversations with a variety of active, older individuals also featured.

Synopsis:

This latest edition features over 1,000 changes and updates, providing the latest research and studies that show physically and mentally active retirees live longer and enjoy happier lives.

About the Author

Ralph  Warner is widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. What Will You Do When You Retire?

Plan to Keep Busy

The Importance of Thinking Ahead

Making an Action Plan

Working Part-Time

Volunteering for a Good Cause

Pursuing Personal Interests

Continuing Your Education

Can You Buy an Action-Packed Retirement?

A Conversation With Ernest Callenbach

2. Health and Fitness

Some Immediate Ways to Improve Your Health

Stop Smoking

Clean Up Your Diet

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Control Your Blood Pressure

Control Your Cholesterol

Prevent Brittle Bones

Manage Stress

Get Needed Medical Tests

Embrace Sex and Prayer

Exercise Often

Finding Time to Exercise

Make the Commitment

Work Less

Cut Down Commute Time

Squeezing Out a Few Hours to Work Out

3. Family

The Value of Close Family Ties

How Healthy Is Your Family?

Ways to Improve Family Functioning

Spend More Time With Your Children

Work for a Family-Friendly Employer

Keep Your Family Unit as Extended as Possible

Don't Take Family Leadership for Granted

Try to Develop a Sense of Humor About Lifestyle Differences

Don't Give Up on Black Sheep

For Couples: Improving Your Relationship

Bernie and Bob Giusti

Getting Close Again

For Men Only: Look Beyond Your Paycheck

For Women Only: Avoid a Lonely Old Age

A Conversation With Henry and Althea Perry

4. Friends

Make Some Younger Friends

Make Friends Outside of Work

Forming New Friendships

Couples: Make Sure Your Friends Are Really Yours

Why It's Wise to Join Early

A Conversation With Yuri Moriwaki Shibata

5. Loving Life

Embrace Life, Not Money

Retirement Role Models

Dare to Be Authentic

A Conversation With Hazel Peterson

6. Reaching Out for Help to Create Your Successful Retirement

Find Positive Mentors

Look Inward

Participate in a Group Process

Forming a Geezer/Geezelle Group

A Conversation With Carol Thompson

7. Nursing Homes: How to Avoid Them, or Pay for Them If You Can't

Staying Out of a Nursing Home

Guard Your Health

Strengthen Your Family Relationships

Support Community Efforts to Provide Senior Services

Long-Term Care Insurance

The Cost of Long-Term Care and of Long-Term Care Policies

Are Long-Term Care Policies Lousy Deals?

Who Should Consider Insurance?

How to Find a Good Long-Term Care Policy

8. How Much Money Will You Need When You Retire?

A Closer Look at the Retirement Industry

How Much Retirement Savings Is Enough?

Estimating Your Retirement Needs

A Conversation With Afton Crooks

9. Where Will Your Money Come From After Age 65?

Social Security Retirement Benefits

How Much Will You Receive?

Social Security and Working After Retirement

Pensions and Individual Retirement Savings Plans

Employer Pension Plans

Individual Retirement Savings Plans

Continuing to Work

Income From Savings and Investments

Why Many Scare Stories Are Wrong

How Much Extra Do You Really Need to Save?

Inheritance

Talking to Your Parents

How to Think About Inheritance Uncertainties

Gifts

Early Retirement Incentives and Buy-Outs

Withdrawing Equity From Your House

Rent Out One or More Rooms

Move to a Less Expensive House

Sell Your House and Become a Renter

Get a Reverse Mortgage

10. How to Save Enough—Even If You Think It's Impossible

Credit Card Interest: How the Poor Pay the Rich

Looking at Your Credit Habits

Practical Ways to Break the Credit Habit

Using a Home Equity Loan or Borrowing From a 401(k) Plan to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

Plan to Avoid Car Payments

How to Buy a Decent Used Car for Cash

Prepay Your Mortgage

Comparing Mortgage Prepayments to Other Investments

Where Will Money to Prepay Your Mortgage Come From?

Adding Up the Savings

A Conversation With Peter Wolford

11. The Savvy Peasant's Investment Guide

How to Invest Like a Savvy Peasant

Your Investment Choices

Bank Savings Accounts

Bank Certificates of Deposit

Money Market Accounts

U.S. Government Inflation-Adjusted Securities

U.S. Treasury Bills

U.S. Government Bonds and Notes

Municipal Bonds

Corporate Bonds

Stocks

Stock Mutual Funds

Mutual Fund Basics

Variable Annuities

Immediate or Fixed Annuities

Real Estate

Precious Metals and Exotic Investments

Index

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Doug, December 5, 2006 (view all comments by Doug)
Ralph Warner, an attorney, has written a retirement guide which, despite its title, focuses on non-financial issues as well as the traditional retirement concerns - which I found was just up my alley. Using notable people who have led productive "retirement" lives Mr. Warner focuses on important concerns such as broadening circles of friends, relying on one's extended family, turning to hobbies and nonwork activities. The book will help the general near-retirement or already-retired reader gain a healthier perspective on retirement. The sections on friendship and love are particularly compelling. Mr. Warner can also be something of a contrarian in his financial advice; he maintains that experts who say people need roughly 80% of their pre-retirement income are wrong. Additionally, Warner says that the Social Security system is not actually in precarious shape and will be around for many years to come. Be-that-as-it-may this book of the is one of freshest and most practical approaches to retirement planning in a long time - because, money for retirement does not really matter? Well, not exactly - but the real keys to an effective and successful retirement are good health, spiritual life, relationships with family and friends, and having interesting things to do. Mr Warner accomplishes his mission in this book and that is to identify the habits and life-style choices that set zestful people apart from those who spend their last years bored, lonely, and very depressed. He reveals - quite bluntly infact - that there is most often a very direct connection between a mid-life obsession with work and saving and an unhappy & unfulfilling retirement.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9781413300840
Author:
Warner, Ralph
Publisher:
NOLO
Author:
Warner, Ralph E.
Subject:
Personal Finance - Retirement Planning
Subject:
Personal Finance - General
Subject:
Aging - Retirement
Subject:
Business & Economics-Personal Finance - Retirement Planning
Subject:
Family & Relationships-Aging - Retirement
Subject:
Finance, Personal -- United States.
Subject:
Social security -- United States.
Subject:
Business-Retirement Financial Planning
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Fifth Edition
Series:
Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.85 in 1.25 lb

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