Best books to think about active retirement?
What are the best books to get ready for retirement at 70. Not so interested in the financial aspects but rather on work, health, mental outlook, and life-style issues.
Pretty big question, and good one too. It’s definitely worthwhile creating a list of great books about aging and getting older, and how to do it right. Anything can be done badly, that’s the easy part. I’m just getting into this but here are some good ideas. Amazing books I read long ago and are getting back into or new books I’m just finding.
1) Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
2) The Art of Aging, A Doctor’s Prescription for Well-Being, by Sherwin Nuland
3) The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, by the Roman Emperor himself
This is very literary, and I’m certain there are better novels about the end of life, but I’ve always loved this one and have always thought that it’s deep and enlightening.
4) Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar
5) Old Age, By Simone de Beauvoir
I’ve read two best-sellers on active retirement that I would happily recommend. Amazon readers seem to love them as well.
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
by Joan Chittister
Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser,
by Lewis Richmond
Hope this helps.