The Retirement Guide

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As you plan for the future, you'd best make this book your bible if you don't want to spend the latter years of your life toothless and frail, eating cat food from the can with your cable TV cut-off indefinitely. People over 65 years old constitute the fastest growing segment of the American population. Today, there are 35 million Americans over 65. By 2011, as the first baby boomers turn 65, 42 million people will be senior citizens. And by 2030, it is estimated that nearly one in four Americans will be over 65. The aging population will radically change society as individuals face the challenges of growing older, and caring for parents. As our life spans increase, so do our options for how we will spend our later years. Few have made plans for retirement. Without clear goals, plans to support dependants and means of paying for financial commitments, in addition to increasing health risks, retirement could be a time of uncertainty.
 

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Contents

GROWING OLDER
19
YOUR LIFE PLAN
25
BODY AND MIND
39
WHERE WILL YOU HANG YOUR HAT?
51
THE TIES THAT BIND
67
PUTTING YOUR LEGAL HOUSE IN ORDER
81
THE FINAL EXIT
95
BEING A CAREGIVER
109
BOOSTING THE BOTTOM LINE
183
MAKING YOUR MONEY GROW
195
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
209
PLANNING YOUR ESTATE
227
CHOOSING A FINANCIAL ADVISOR
235
OVERCOMING POSSIBLE PROBLEMS
247
TYPES OF INSURANCE
263
PREPARING TO MEET YOUR ADVISORS
269

PROVIDING CARE
125
COPING WITH DEMENTIA
147
WHY PLAN?
161
YOUR FINANCIAL PLAN
169
INTERVIEWING A FINANCIAL ADVISOR
293
INDEX
298
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About the author (2004)

Jill L. O'Donnell, R.N., P.H.N., Cert. Social Service Administration, B.A., is the founder of Complete Geriatric Care, a private eldercare consulting service established in 1981. In 1994, under the umbrella of Complete Geriatric Care, she founded The Elder Connection, a monthly networking breakfast. She also launched ElderMoves, a complete relocation service, in 1996. O'Donnell is a recognized pioneer in the field of gerontology, known for her work as a consultant, advocate, and educator on eldercare issues, and as a lecturer and presenter at international, national, and regional conferences on aging. She has a broad knowledge of both private and public resources gained through experience in community and institutional settings. Her expertise extends to organizing treatment, and housing frail elders who have cognitive impairment. O'Donnell is Past President of Women's College Hospital School of Nursing Alumni and is a certified registered nurse with the College of Nurses (Ontario). She is a member of the Ontario Gerontology Association.

Graham McWaters is a graduate of McGill University with a bachelor of commerce, with a major in finance and international business. He is also a co-author of The Canadian Retirement Guide, The Retirement Guide, and The Canadian Student Financial Survival Guide. He is a speaker and trainer within the financial services industry

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