Retirement for Two

Retirement for Two

Book - 2004
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In Retirement for Two, psychologist Maryanne Vandervelde, author of the breakthrough book The Changing Life of the Corporate Wife, and human resources consultant, picks up where the standard retirement guides leave off. Vandervelde helps spouses-- nearing or already in retirement--confront, with honesty, respect, and humour, the conflicts and adjustments unique at this stage of life.

Vandervelde doesn't give tax or estate planning, or 401K advice; that she leaves to the money men and women (she does deal with the emotional fallout of money and spending, like not having enough). She explores the challenges for couples, who upon retirement find they have many more choices than ever before, and therefore ample room for disagreement and disappointment. Even couples who think they've experienced it all are often suprised by retirements' special challenges.

Retirement for Two offers commonsense advice, tackling such issues as:
*Where will you live? Will you downsize? Move south or west? Split time between city and country? Live apart/together for some time each year?
*What will you do with your time?
*What will your relationships with kids and grandkids be like?
*What kind of social life do you want?
*What do you each desire for the rest of your lives? What happens when you want different things? Have different goals?
*Sex and intimacy.
*getting strong, staying healthy, dealing with a spouse's illness.

Whether you are already grappling with post-work issues, or are approaching retirement age and thinking about how it is all going to work out, here is an invaluable tool you can use to help your relationship--and yourself--survive and thrive through some of the best years of your life.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780553803822
0553803824
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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JohnFDavidson
Nov 02, 2010

I spotted this and realized my own retirement has not been thought out very well and that it would affect my wife as much as me. The book presents a lot of problems (choices) one needs to sort out. She understands a lot of of the psychology of preparing or being unprepared for retirement. It opens up my thinking regarding decisions that are inevitable. The big concern--what are you going to do with all that time. You can grow or fade into oblivion.

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