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The old roadmaps that have been used to plan our lives are out of date.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.
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.
Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life
Composing a Further Life
Mary Catherine Bateson
Encore: Finding Work That Matters in The Second Half of Life
Transitions Making Sense of Life’s Changes
Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life.
Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of people in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.
Windmills offers a portfolio of groundbreaking, internationally acclaimed, career and life management programmes and resources.
Resources for people living in Australia
Articles and Books
Free and impartial financial guidance and tools from ASIC.Visit Website
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.
Australia’s only national job board connecting older job seekers with age friendly employers
Resources for people living in New Zealand
Articles and Books
Commission for Financial Capability
Everything you need to get your finances sorted
Financial Markets Authority
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is a Government agency with responsibility for regulating capital markets and financial services in New Zealand.
Tools to get career ideas, explore study options and build your CV.
New Zealand’s only national job board connecting older job seekers with age friendly employers
Farrell Chris (2014) Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press New York
Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055 (2015) Australian Government
The Business of Ageing Update 2015 Ministry of Social Development
Buckland, S. (2009). Not the Retiring Sort: The New Zealand Boomer Dreams
Bateson M C (2011) Composing a Further Life: the age of wisdom. First Vintage Books
Freedman M (2008) Encore: Finding Work That Matters in The Second Half of Life Public Affairs
Turning Back the Clock: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle in Middle Age. (2007) Dana King, Arch Mainous, Mark Geesey. American Journal of Medicine
Alicia H. Munnell and April Yanyuan Wu (2012) Are Aging Baby Boomers Squeezing Young Workers Out Of Jobs?
Hawes M (2013) New Zealand Retirement Guide Penguin
Dychtwald K, Kaldec D ( 2006) The Power Years - a users guide to the rest of your life. John Wiley and Sons
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
New Zealand Listener The Super Model. 13 June 2015
Fact or Fiction: Stereotypes of Older Australians . Australian Human Rights Commission Research Report 2013
Sheehy G (1998) Understanding Men’s Passages Random House
Bridges W (2010) Transitions Making Sense of Life’s Changes. Revised Edition De Capo Press
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)
The Missing Million: illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50 . (2014) PRIME
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)
You’ll probably live much longer than you think you will. Christopher Ingraham The Washington Post November 10 2014
PwC The Golden Age Index June 2015
Laslett P (1989) A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of the Third Age
Farrell C (2014) Unretirement How boomers are changing the way we think about work, community and the Good Life. Bloomsbury Press NY
Nancy Schlossberg (2003) Retire Smart, Retire Happy: finding your true path in life.
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.
Whyte D (2009) The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship