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Transition to Retirement

Carol Baird Krul and Enise Olding

Pacific Edge Publishing

80 pp, personal development, softcover print version (available in downloadable eBook format)

Level: Adult

$18.95 (print)

  $12.95 (eBook)




This book is the missing link in the retirement planning puzzle.


Transition to Retirement: The Uncharted Course reveals what there is to learn about that crucial transitional phase from when you leave your job to when you feel significantly engaged in the life of retirement. It is not about finances or lifestyle; it is about you - the person behind the work title, name-tag or job description and how to discover who you are or will be outside of your job.


While acknowledging that we have all been through phases of transition in our lives, and that we have many personal coping skills, the authors point out that this time there is an added extra: age. Written by todays retirees for todays retirees, the authors use their own retirement experiences, combined with extensive research and development to help others become aware of some of the challenges that people face early on in retirement. The book is based on the popular workshop of the same name, one in a series of retirement planning workshops conducted by the authors.



The authors used a nautical theme to introduce the phases of the transition from work to retirement. There is humour, honesty, enlightenment, encouragement, joy, enthusiasm, excitement and a chance to see retirement through new eyes. It is gender neutral and designed to appeal to a broad audience. "Aids to Navigation" at the end of each chapter, comment on the significant aspects and essence of the chapter. Throughout the book are italicized side-bar comments, questions and ideas pertinent to the contemplation of life after the workplace. Recommended books are well critiqued and useful. A list of Canadian websites is included.


A must read for anyone thinking about retirement or who is recently retired. A valuable and usable source information, this book is the perfect gift for friends or colleagues who are thinking about retirement.


Table of Contents


Destination Retirement -             The Voyage from Here to There

Dockside -                                       Retirement on the Horizon

Stowing the Gear -                        Getting Ready to Go

Casting Off -                                   Retirement Past and Present

On Board -                                      The Journey Begins

The Continuum -                           Discovering the Phases

Sunny with Cloudy Periods -       The Early Days of Retirement

Stormy Weather -                          Discovering the Unexpected, and Yourself

Safe Harbour -                               Considering Your Life From Now On

Charting Your Own Course -       Making Choices for Your Future

Your Crew and You -                    Relationships Before and After Retirement

Bon Voyage -                                 En Route to the Rest of Your Life More Aids to Navigation

Log It -                                             Your Thoughts and Ideas

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