A Simple Guide to Retirement
How to Make Retirement Work for You
by Morley D. Glicken and Brian Haas
May 2009, 194pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37229-2
$75, £58, 66€, A103
eBook Available: 978-0-313-37230-8
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Many of the 2 million people who retire every year have unrealistic expectations. They think retirement will be a time of calm and peace. Yet for many, it becomes a time of inactivity, sadness, and role confusion. This, in turn, can lead to depression, a decline in health, financial woes, and substance abuse.

This affirming, positive, and practical book will better prepare retirees and their families for the changes and challenges of retirement in an uncertain economic, social, and political climate.

A Simple Guide to Retirement: How to Make Retirement Work for You is a book for older Americans planning for retirement. It is also for people who have left work before they were ready and are now experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or financial weakness in their new role as retirees.

Written to be at once affirming, positive, and practical, the book covers all of the many topics that will help retirees better prepare themselves for a positive, fulfilling, and satisfying retirement—beginning with financial security. These topics include saving for retirement, working part time, staying healthy and fit, dealing with the emotional and financial burden of health care, cultivating optimism, and much more. Case examples and vignettes will help readers apply the principles to their own lives.


  • 10 illustrations
Morley D. Glicken is on the faculty at Arizona State University and is director of the Institute for Positive Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Institute in Prescott, AZ. Dr. Glicken is former dean of the Worden School of Social Service in San Antonio, founding director of the Master of Social Work Department at California State University, San Bernardino, past director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Alabama, and former executive director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Tucson. He wrote extensively for National Business Employment Weekly.

Brian Haas is the president and portfolio manager for Haas Capital Management, LLC, a Prescott, AZ-based Registered Investment Advisor (www.haascap.com). Mr. Haas has over a decade of investment experience and specializes in low-volatility portfolio strategies. Haas Capital Management, LLC provides investment management solutions to affluent and high net worth individuals.


"Calling retirement 'the road less traveled' because it enables the pursuit of new paths, Glicken (Arizona State U.; Institute for Positive Growth) and Hass (an investment advisor in Arizona) cover the retirement decision process and financial, health, and social aspects for couples and singles. While acknowledging concerns about economic uncertainties and devoting a chapter to substance abuse in older adults, they present an overall upbeat outlook based on surveys about satisfaction with retirement. Chapters include an equation for calculating projected income and costs, references and resources."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2009
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