Resources for Retirement Planning

Retirement Seminars

Our Retirement Seminars feature topics pertinent to planning for and living your life after retirement. You can find recordings of past Retirement Seminars, along with the rest of our video collection, here.

Steps to Retirement

Click here for a handy guide to retirement planning.


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, and other topics, which are listed below. We have several of these books in the Emeritus College offices for your perusal. Is there a retirement resource you think should be listed? Then send an email to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don't Retire, Rewire, 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, Transition Network and Gail Rentsch (Springboard, 2008)