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Create Your Future

"We create our future through the decisions we make in the present"

The old roadmaps that have been used to plan our lives are out of date. We are living longer. Life after 50 is being re-imagined.

It used to be roughly twenty years of education and training, forty years for family and work and then the golden years. That has changed. Little in our upbringing has prepared us for the life stage we are now entering. It is largely uncharted territory. So how are we to navigate this new life stage?

You have the opportunity to create your future - one that continues to be filled with purpose and meaning. Use the GROW+S template to get started.

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The resources on this page are provided as an adjunct to my book - DOING IT DIFFERENTLY: LIFE AND WORK AFTER 50.

Inspiring You Tubes
Legacy of Wisdom

Mary Catherine Bateson talks about finding purpose.

Ken Dychtwald's Longevity Lifeplan

Ken Dytchwald talks about longevity and the rethinking of life stages.

Books and Articles
Understanding Retirement Journeys

A useful report from the UK comparing expectations with realities.

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Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life

Chris Farrell

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Composing a Further Life

Mary Catherine Bateson

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Encore: Finding Work That Matters in The Second Half of Life

Marc Freedman

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Transitions Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Bridges William

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Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life.

Nancy Schlossberg

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Useful Websites
Encore

Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of people in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.

Windmill

Windmills offers a portfolio of groundbreaking, internationally acclaimed, career and life management programmes and resources.

Age Wave

Age Wave

Australia

Resources for people living in Australia

Articles and Books

Government Websites
Moneysmart

Free and impartial financial guidance and tools from ASIC.

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Other Websites
ASFA Retirement Standard

The ASFA Retirement Standard benchmarks the annual budget needed by Australians to fund either a comfortable or modest standard of living in the post-work years. It is updated quarterly to reflect inflation, and provides detailed budgets of what singles and couples would need to spend to support their chosen lifestyle.

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Olderworkers

Australia’s only national job board connecting older job seekers with age friendly employers

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New Zealand

Resources for people living in New Zealand

Articles and Books

Government Websites
Commission for Financial Capability

Sorted

Everything you need to get your finances sorted

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Financial Markets Authority

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is a Government agency with responsibility for regulating capital markets and financial services in New Zealand.

Careers

Tools to get career ideas, explore study options and build your CV.

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Other Websites
Olderworkers

New Zealand’s only national job board connecting older job seekers with age friendly employers

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Book References

Farrell Chris (2014) Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press New York 

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Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055 (2015) Australian Government

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The Business of Ageing Update 2015 Ministry of Social Development 

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Buckland, S. (2009). Not the Retiring Sort: The New Zealand Boomer Dreams

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Bateson M C (2011) Composing a Further Life: the age of wisdom. First Vintage Books 

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Freedman M (2008) Encore: Finding Work That Matters in The Second Half of Life Public Affairs 

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Turning Back the Clock: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle in Middle Age. (2007) Dana King, Arch Mainous, Mark Geesey. American Journal of Medicine  

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Alicia H. Munnell and April Yanyuan Wu (2012)  Are Aging Baby Boomers Squeezing Young Workers Out Of Jobs?  

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Hawes M (2013) New Zealand Retirement Guide Penguin

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Dychtwald K, Kaldec D  ( 2006) The Power Years - a users guide to the rest of your life. John Wiley and Sons

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Twentieth Century Surge of Excess Male Mortality. Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, Caleb Finch, Eileen Crimmins Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences Vol 112:29 July 2015 

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New Zealand Listener The Super Model. 13 June 2015

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Fact or Fiction: Stereotypes of Older Australians . Australian Human Rights Commission Research Report 2013 

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Sheehy G (1998) Understanding Men’s Passages Random House 

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Bridges W (2010) Transitions Making Sense of Life’s Changes. Revised Edition De Capo Press 

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London Taxi Drivers and Bus Drivers: A Structural MRI and Neuropsychological Analysis Eleanor A. Maguire, Katherine Woollett, and Hugo J. Spiers. Hippocampus 16:1091–1101 (2006)   

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The Missing Million: illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50 . (2014) PRIME

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Why Global Aging Matters National Institute on Aging and National Institutes of Health US Department of Health and Human Services US. Department of State (2007)  

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You’ll probably live much longer than you think you will. Christopher Ingraham The Washington Post November 10 2014

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PwC The Golden Age Index June 2015

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Laslett P (1989) A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of the Third Age   

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Farrell C (2014) Unretirement How boomers are changing the way we think about work, community and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press NY 

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Nancy Schlossberg (2003) Retire Smart, Retire Happy: finding your true path in life. 

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Harter, J. K., Schmidt, F. L., Killham, E. A. & Agrawal, S., T. L. (2009). Q12® Meta-Analysis: The Relationship Between Engagement at Work and Organisational Outcomes. 

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Whyte D (2009) The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship

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