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Old 06-05-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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Book release: “Retire Right” / “Retirement RX”

I found this book while learning how to use my library’s electronic checkout system.

Amazon.com: Retire Right: 8 Scientifically Proven Traits You Need for a Happy, Fulfilling Retirement: M.D., Frederick T. Fraunfelder, Jr., M.D., James H. Gilbaugh: Books

“Retire Right” was released on May 14, written by two doctors, one an ophthalmologist and the other a urologist. I’ve come across this before recently that when a book is leased in paperback, the title is sometimes changed. Looks like this is the same as “Retirement RX” published last year. Amazon is calling “Retire Right” the paperback edition; blurb looks identical. It apparently emphasizes the non-financial aspects of living in retirement.

These are their topics:

plan ahead
maintain a positive attitude
accept change
lean on their support network
have a sense of purpose
keep a healthy lifestyle
engage in leisure activities
enjoy some expression of spirituality

This is from a three star customer review of “Retirement RX.” The other 11 reviews are 5 stars.

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...But they're also getting a highly biased sample. They're not getting people who avoid care or simply don't need any. They're getting responses from people who can afford to see a specialist and who most likely have bought into mainstream medical values....
Amazon.com: Retirement RX: The Retirement Docs' Proven Prescription for Living a Happy, Fulfilling Rest ofYour Life: M.D., Frederick T. Fraunfelder, Jr., M.D., James H. Gilbaugh: Books

I saw an excellent review of it on a retirement blog site, but “Retirement RX” and its authors did not come up in a search here. Has anyone read it? Any thoughts?
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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I found this book while learning how to use my library’s electronic checkout system.

Amazon.com: Retire Right: 8 Scientifically Proven Traits You Need for a Happy, Fulfilling Retirement: M.D., Frederick T. Fraunfelder, Jr., M.D., James H. Gilbaugh: Books

“Retire Right” was released on May 14, written by two doctors, one an ophthalmologist and the other a urologist. I’ve come across this before recently that when a book is leased in paperback, the title is sometimes changed. Looks like this is the same as “Retirement RX” published last year. Amazon is calling “Retire Right” the paperback edition; blurb looks identical. It apparently emphasizes the non-financial aspects of living in retirement.
Sounds good!

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These are their topics:

plan ahead Check!
maintain a positive attitude Check!
accept change Check!
lean on their support network Er... what support network? OH... Frank, and the forum, OK, Check!
have a sense of purpose Check!
keep a healthy lifestyle Check!
engage in leisure activities Check!
enjoy some expression of spirituality Check!
OK, looks like I am ready to retire. Good thing, since I am going to anyway!

This is from a three star customer review of “Retirement RX.” The other 11 reviews are 5 stars.



Amazon.com: Retirement RX: The Retirement Docs' Proven Prescription for Living a Happy, Fulfilling Rest ofYour Life: M.D., Frederick T. Fraunfelder, Jr., M.D., James H. Gilbaugh: Books

I saw an excellent review of it on a retirement blog site, but “Retirement RX” and its authors did not come up in a search here. Has anyone read it? Any thoughts?
I never heard of it. Sounds interesting, though. Now that I am pretty sure my finances will support my upcoming retirement, I am starting to become more interested in the psychological aspects. I don't want to just do nothing for six months and then wonder why I ever retired. (Though I WOULD like to enjoy a lot of "down time").
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plan ahead - and then some...ended up using Plan B.
maintain a positive attitude - I postively hated w*rk.
accept change - Expert level.
lean on their support network - I am a loner most of the time, but had dh2b to lean on. I did not share my plans with anyone else until after I wrote and submitted my resignation letter.
have a sense of purpose - Getting out of Dodge ASAP.
keep a healthy lifestyle - Doctor said it was the best thing I ever did for myself.
engage in leisure activities - Perfecting the art of doing nothing.
enjoy some expression of spirituality - Not so good here. I use nature's beauty as my "spirituality".

The book looks good BTW. I may order it. My local library only keeps a few investing books on the shelves, which are all outdated. Their budget is very tight.

It is often cheaper for me to order a book through Amazon that to spend the time reserving it through the statewide library lending program, drive 20 miles RT to pick it up, drive 20 miles again to return it. Sheesh!
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lean on their support network - I am a loner most of the time, but had dh2b to lean on.
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The book looks good BTW. I may order it. My local library only keeps a few investing books on the shelves, which are all outdated. Their budget is very tight.

It is often cheaper for me to order a book through Amazon that to spend the time reserving it through the statewide library lending program, drive 20 miles RT to pick it up, drive 20 miles again to return it. Sheesh!
I read a few reviews and there is some discussion in the book of what to do if you don't have a support network; one of the couples they interviewed had no children and worked out a plan for dealing with having no one to help them when they become frail, etc. I'm interested in looking at that section. The authors are doctors who used their own patients as examples.

This book is one of 25 my library has in the Finance/Business category that can be delivered through the internet to my computer. I'm next on the list.

Apparently I have to delete it when it becomes due or they will somehow disable it--looking forward to finding out how that works. I also checked out an audio book that way, took a while to add software and sign up, that one is due to be snatched back June 17. Still a geek-in-training.
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Maybe I'll write a "Retire Wrong "
1- have no plans for retirement
2- sleep the first three months away
3- make your goal to complete the crossword every day
4- get a retirement wardrobe consisting of gym clothes so people think you are actually working out
5- take hi brow books from the library but never read them
6-get pj"s that you can wear to the grocery store without stares and rude remarks
7 - have as your goals getting out of bed and having breakfast before noon everything else is optional
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Maybe I'll write a "Retire Wrong "
1- have no plans for retirement
2- sleep the first three months away
3- make your goal to complete the crossword every day
4- get a retirement wardrobe consisting of gym clothes so people think you are actually working out
5- take hi brow books from the library but never read them
6-get pj"s that you can wear to the grocery store without stares and rude remarks
7 - have as your goals getting out of bed and having breakfast before noon everything else is optional
I'll follow that advice.
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Moemg, your version sounds like a lot of fun.

Where does the "Lazy Retired Folks Club" meet?

Is there chocolate involved?

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Maybe I'll write a "Retire Wrong "
1- have no plans for retirement
2- sleep the first three months away
3- make your goal to complete the crossword every day
4- get a retirement wardrobe consisting of gym clothes so people think you are actually working out
5- take hi brow books from the library but never read them
6-get pj"s that you can wear to the grocery store without stares and rude remarks
7 - have as your goals getting out of bed and having breakfast before noon everything else is optional
Yeah, but but #3 gets harder as the week progresses, Thursday is my limit. That's how I know what day it is, if the puzzle is impossible, it must be Friday or is it Saturday or Sunday? Doesn't matter.

I like #4, that also takes care of the "what do you do all day inquires."

Just bought some PJs that fit the go-everywhere bill. I'm all set.
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Is there chocolate involved?

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Of course but do not let it stain your pjs or you will not get a week 's wear out of them !
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Yeah, but but #3 gets harder as the week progresses, Thursday is my limit. That's how I know what day it is, if the puzzle is impossible, it must be Friday or is it Saturday or Sunday? Doesn't matter.

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Now that I'm retired over a year I challenge myself to see how quick I can finish the crossword . ( See I do Have goals ) and if I can't finish it my 93 year old Mom is happy to do it in pen no wimpy pencils for her .
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Just bought some PJs that fit the go-everywhere bill. I'm all set.

Not yet , you have to be able to accessorize your pj's so they never look out of place . I add a sweater when appropriate or some clip on earrings .
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Thanks for the heads up, I will definitely read it! It may go on the bookshelf with my two favorite retirement books, How to Retire Happy, Wild & Free (Zelinski) and Work Less, Live More (Clyatt).

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So many people seem to focus only on 'do I have enough $,' even here. I have come to realize that's only a small part of what it takes to be "successful" in retirement, at least for an ambitious Type A like myself (and there are many of us).
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I have found a lot of good brain food in "Get a life" by Ralph Warner /Nolo press and would like to recomend that for the non-financial aspects of retirement.
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So many people seem to focus only on 'do I have enough $,' even here. I have come to realize that's only a small part of what it takes to be "successful" in retirement, at least for an ambitious Type A like myself (and there are many of us).
Well, yeah -- I suppose the bottom line is that financial planning for retirement is the "enabler." One doesn't have to stop w*rking once they reach financial independence, but one can't safely *stop* w*rking without it.

Once people reach the point of FI (or close to it) they need to assess themselves in the non-financial aspects of retirement -- mental and emotional. Just because you have the means to quit doesn't mean we're all ready to do so.
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LOL, I thought someone might take umbrage at the title, "Retire Right" and demand equal time for "Retire Left." Wonder how well it will sell, implying that people move to red states. Maybe that's just me.
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Maybe I'll write a "Retire Wrong "
1- have no plans for retirement
2- sleep the first three months away
3- make your goal to complete the crossword every day
4- get a retirement wardrobe consisting of gym clothes so people think you are actually working out
5- take hi brow books from the library but never read them
6-get pj"s that you can wear to the grocery store without stares and rude remarks
7 - have as your goals getting out of bed and having breakfast before noon everything else is optional
Very good.
Close to what I did.
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I think a retire wrong book would sell.
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I think a retire wrong book would sell.

Me too , I'll start writing a draft as soon as Happy Hours is over .
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