Resource Library

Helen Dennis, keynote speaker at the 2008 Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) conference in Los Angeles, provided USC retirees with a list of 14 recommended books on successful aging, brain health, etc., listed below (source). We have several of these books in the Emeritus College offices for your perusal. Is their a retirement resource you think should be listed? Email:

  • Successful Aging by John W. Rowe and Robert L. Kahn (Random House, 1998)

  • The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life by Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. (Harper Collins, 2000)

  • The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain by Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. (Basic Books, 2005)

  • AgeLess: Take Control of Your Age and Stay Youthful for Life by Edward L. Schneider, M.D. (Rodale Books, 2003)

  • The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young by Gary Small, M.D. (Hyperion, 2002)

  • The Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small's 14-Day Plan to Keep your Brain and Body Young by Gary Small, M.D. (Hyperion, 2004)

  • Encore: Find Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman (PublicAffairs, 2007)

  • Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America by Marc Freedman (PublicAffairs, 1999)

  • My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life by Abigail Trafford (Basic Books, 2004)

  • Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood by Suzanne Braun Levine (Penguin Group, 2005)

  • Leap! What Will We Do with the Rest of our Lives? by Sara Davidson (Random House, 2007)

  • Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women by Bernice Bratter and Helen Dennis (Scribner 2008)

  • Don't Retire, Rewire by Jerry Sedlar and Rick Miner (Penguin 2003). Updated paperback version: Don't Retire, Rewire, Second Edition (2008)

  • Smart Women Don't Retire, They Break Free by the Transition Network and Gail Rentsch (Springboard 2008)