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Retire & thrive : remarkable people share their creative, productive and profitable retirement strategies
Otterbourg, Robert K.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Kiplinger Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
283 pages ; 25 cm
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HQ1063.2.U6 O77 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Lots of books tell you how to save for retirement. Retire & Thrive tells you how to have a fun, productive time with those 2,000 extra hours each year!

Author Notes

Robert K. Otterbourg is living proof that modern retirement is a turning point, not an end. After a long career running his own public relations firm in New Jersey, he shifted gears, relocated to North Carolina and became a full-time writer.

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Booklist Review

Otterbourg very craftily makes the telling of personal experiences his focus in a book about that much-dreaded concept retirement. Yet, as the first chapter title asks, why all the fuss? Maybe because we're saddled with images of our parents' completion of work or because ages 62 to 65 seem so young, certainly not old enough to stop producing. But whatever the misperceptions, the author duly outlines the options, which include flexible work patterns, new careers, hobbies, volunteerism, re-education, new jobs, or a succession of jobs. In addition to stories of "how we retired good" are suggested reading and points of contact. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Retirement age is often perceived as the end of our working years. It can also mean the beginning of new opportunities. Here are two sources that discuss making the most of retirement. Otterbourg, now a full-time writer after a career in journalism and public relations, offers case studies as well as practical advice on preparing for and living the retirement years. For example, many retirees enroll in college or continuing education programs, perform community service, start a new hobby, or buy a small business. According to the author, "contrary to the dictionary definition, retirement need not be `withdrawal from one's position or occupation or from active working life.'" He even includes a special section, "How Will You Foot the Bills?" which discusses effective financial planning strategies. Throughout the work, the author lists names and addresses of organizations helpful to retirees. Smith, a financial planner specializing in retirement, uses case studies of the fictional Meehans and Keenes to illustrate his advice. After introducing sessions the couples have with financial planners and other professionals, he concentrates on the financial aspects of retirement, including tax implications, investing, and estate planning. The appendixes contain sample forms and worksheets. Smith provides as well a glossary and a bibliography. Both works offer positive, helpful advice to those 50-plus and to younger people beginning retirement planning. Both should encourage readers to view retirement as a beginning, not an end. Recommended for public libraries.‘Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. XIII
Preface What's Next?p. XV
Chapter 1 What's All the Fuss About Retirement?p. 1
Chapter 2 Planning for Retirementp. 21
Chapter 3 Back to Schoolp. 57
Chapter 4 Volunteerism: More Than a Workplace Substitutep. 85
Chapter 5 Hobbies: The Pleasure Is All Yoursp. 123
Chapter 6 Staying Put, but Not the Samep. 151
Chapter 7 Starting Overp. 177
Chapter 8 Escaping From Retirementp. 221
Appendix How Will You Foot the Bills?p. 261
Indexp. 279