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A Teacher's Guide to the
Decision to Retire
Retirement Happiness 

Tailor Made for Retiring Teachers

1. Grounded in the results of our exclusive research among 750 retired teachers (your retirement mentors) - the true experts on retiring from teaching. You can learn from their experiences and advice. This valuable resource is only available through Life After Teaching.

2. Includes our exclusive Life Goal Planning Program to replace satisfactions such as social interaction, challenge, involvement, achievement, etc., lost from work. Developed through more than 30 years of academic and practical experience, Life Goal Planning will enable you to create a retirement that will be worthwhile and enjoyable.

Table of Contents

Part 1 / The Key to Retirement Happiness

1. Handyman (James Taylor)
Updating the image of retirement and introducing ‘re-tire’ with a dash.

2. Do You Want to Know a Secret? (The Beatles)
Money alone will not guarantee retirement happiness. The secret lies in how you will be spending your time.

3. Ticket To Ride (The Beatles)
Overview of Life Goal Planning.

Part 2 / Apply Life Goal Planning to other Lifestyle Issues

4. A Hard Day’s Night (The Beatles)
Working in Retirement. It’s not just about money.

5. (Money) Can’t Buy Me Love (The Beatles)
Life Goal and financial planning complement and work in parallel with changes in one influencing changes in the other.

6. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
The decision to retire involves more than money.

7. When I’m Sixty-Four (The Beatles)
There is a commonly held but false connection between aging and retirement. This chapter includes a strong argument to redress this potentially self-fulfilling prophecy.

8. With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)
Social and spousal relationship in the transition to retirement plus single in retirement

9. Our House (Graham Nash)
This is not just a real estate issue, but a concern with replacing satisfactions lost from work in the context of the housing decision.

Part 3 / Self-Help Life Goal Planning Workshop
Workshop Instructions
Incorporate with Financial Plan

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify personal needs and a retirement life goal.
  • How to evaluate and possibly improve current retirement plans.
  • How to create new plans before or after retirement.
  • How to link Life Goal Planning to a financial plan.
  • The decision to retire should not be based solely on money.
  • Working in retirement may be taking the easy way out.
  • Housing decisions go beyond real estate issues. 
  • What to look out for with spousal and social relations.
  • Aging is not a retirement issue.
  • And much, much more

The Author

Academic & Practical Experience
  • 1978 Ph.D. Sociology, University of Edinburgh
  • 1978 - 1985 Tenured Professor Dalhousie University, specializing in Social Gerontology (the study of aging), Sociology of Retirement, Social Psychology, Sociology of Work, and Leisure Studies.
  • 1985 Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • 1986 Changed careers to establish Second Career Retirement Program specializing in lifestyle retirement planning.
  • 2008 Created Life After Work series of self-help books based on exclusive research among 2,500 retirees.

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