The Complete Guide to a Creative Retirement (By Rob Kelley, TurnKey Press, paperback, 316 pages, $17.95) The average age of retirement is 57, with half of the U.S. population retiring almost a decade earlier than their parents. Retired teacher and consultant Rob Kelley, who retired at 50, wrote this book out of self preservation. Instead of focusing on financial preparation and security, Kelley discusses the changes retirement imposes on the mental, physical, emotional and social aspects of a retiree’s life, as well as offering specific recommendations for improving quality of life. It is a systematic, humorous and innovative guide that includes 12 strategies to ease the trasition into retirement; five distinct lifestyles favored by retirees; how to achieve a balanced lifestyle; worksheets to analyze retirement needs; 80 exciting and worthwhile large-scale projects.

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