Book Review: The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement
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The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, by Jan Cullinane. $18.95. Paperback. 320 pages. Publisher: Wiley. Pub. Date: October 2012.
Reviewed by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
This book offers great advice for women in their mid-40s and beyond — some 25 million women in the U.S. — on how to plan for and successfully manage retirement and all its related issues.
Author and expert Jan Cullinane sets forth to provide all women — single, married, widowed, and divorced — a comprehensive overview of every aspect of life in your mature years, including issues such as job-hunting, working, relocation, volunteering, finances, dating, divorce, caregiving, death of a spouse, and boomerang children… what she calls a “blueprint for a satisfying and successful retirement.”
Besides the expert advice, readers will also find useful worksheets, informative anecdotes, helpful hints, and much more. The ends of each chapter are loaded with references, resources, and critical information.
The excellent content of the book falls nicely into 8 chapters; here are the chapters and some of the highlights you’ll find in each:
Chapter 1: Retirement and the Single Woman. Jam-packed chapter provides facts and figures about… you!
Chapter 2: Deciding What to Do With 168 Hours a Week. Great discussion of travel, volunteering, lifelong learning, reinvention.
Chapter 3: Working in Retirement: An Oxymoron? Expert advice about all aspects of job-hunting, uncovering job leads, and interviewing.
Chapter 4: Fitness in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Provides information about women’s health issues and how to live longer by eating healthier, exercising, and growing spiritually.
Chapter 5: Where is Your Heart? Exploring Options for Living. Tips for moving and relocating in retirement — and all the options available.
Chapter 6: A Place to Call Home: What Are Your Choices? In-depth discussion of alternative types of living arrangements, including continuing care retirement communities and retiring overseas.
Chapter 7: Divorce, Death, Dating, Dependency, and Deepening Connections. The chapter says everything about the key bits of information you’ll find here.
Chapter 8: Dollars and Sense. Because the vast majority of women will be responsible for all financial decisions at some point in their lives, this chapter is a must-read on all-things money, savings, investments, social security… and more.
Final Thoughts on The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement
This book is well worth the small investment of the purchase price — for any woman thinking about retirement and beyond. The resources, while many could be found via a Google search, are excellently reviewed and organized… and the personal anecdotes are powerful and inspiring. Get this book — and move toward a happy and fulfilling life beyond retirement.
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