Links to help you on your way
For your convenience, here on one page are some helpful links to assist you in your rebooting journey. You can also find more detail on most of them elsewhere on our site.
Websites for and about the later years in life
http://www.platinumyears.net aims to help you “get the best out of the rest of your life” by realizing and marshaling all possible resources, financial and otherwise, that you already have at your disposal, and to provide you with more, including articles, blog entries, book recommendations, internet links, and forums on helpful topics.
http://www.eldr.com. ELDR is a media company which seeks to inspire the influential 60-plus audience to celebrate the joys, navigate the challenges and discover the meaning of aging. ELDR brings an enlightened, entertaining and sometimes edgy approach to aging through its reviews, articles and interviews, blogs, dynamic photography and artwork.
http://www.aarp.org/ — AARP, which used to be known as the American Association of Retired Persons, has a huge amount of resources on its site for everything from medical care to travel to driver safety to exercises for your brain.
Finding “good work” – for pay
Between working at a for-profit business for a salary and working at a non-profit organization as a volunteer, there’s another path for rebooters: Doing “good work” and getting paid for it.
That is, starting a new career by taking on a salaried position in an organization devoted to some higher social good, such as health care, education and social services.
Marc Freedman, co-founder of Civic Ventures, author and one of the nation's leading thinkers and writers on the opportunities presented by the aging of America, documents this growing trend in Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life (you can buy this book with a click or two at http://www.rebootyou.com/books.html) He calls it one of the most significant developments of the new century, and the biggest change in the American workforce since the women’s movement.
“Millions of boomers are headed not for an endless vacation but for a new stage of work, driven both by the desire to remain productive and the need to make ends meet over longer life spans,” he says.
"Boomers can capitalize on longer working lives to go beyond their own narrow needs, get down to some of their most significant work and leave the world a better place than they found it.”
Civic Ventures (www.civicventures.com) and its affiliate Encore.org (www.encore.org) are dedicated to helping people make such transitions to “encore careers,” working both online and offline. On the Web, Encore.org members share their stories, their ideas and their challenges. On the ground, the Encore.org community includes nonprofits, companies, colleges and other organizations that help people explore, prepare and launch their encore careers.
While RebootYou.com has no official affiliation with Civic Ventures and Encore.org, we are proud to share objectives with them and help further this valuable, vital and much needed trend.
Finding a financial advisor
The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) (http://www.fpanet.org/public) connects those who need, support and deliver financial planning.
The Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) offers a consumer referral service available by phone or the web. The toll-free consumer referral service number is 1-888-243-2258. and the Society's web site is http://www.financialpro.org/Consumer/find.cfm
Alternatively, you might go to the website of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (http://www.napfa.org). NAPFA is an organization of fee-only comprehensive financial planning professionals.
WiserAdvisor.com (http://www.WiserAdvisor.com) is an independent matching service designed to help individuals find the best financial advisors for their unique needs, and to provide advisors with their ideal clients.
Finding an attorney
The American Bar Association website, http://www.abanet.org, has a wealth of information to help you find a lawyer or get legal help. At the ABA home page, click on “Find Legal Help” in the left hand navigation bar.
www.lawyers.com — A free service from Martindale-Hubbard, publisher of the Martindale-Hubbard Law Directory, one of the most complete sources of information on lawyers available anywhere.
www.attorneyfind.com claims to be the oldest legal directory on the Internet and has been providing U.S. and international consumers and businesses with legal resources, information and attorney directory listings for more than 10 years.
Finding a personal coach
Two of the best places to look for solid information on coaching are The Hudson Institute, http://www.hudsoninstitute.com, and The Coaches Training Institute, http://www.thecoaches.com. Both have a lot of information on the subject of coaching and both offer training programs for anyone considering becoming a coach.
Also check the Coach Connection (http://www.findyourcoach.com) and the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org)
Finding a personal trainer
Check out two organizations that certify trainers: the American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org/) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (http://www.nsca-lift.org/).
Other reinvention resources
Encore – A Guide for Discovering What’s Next in Your Life. For more information and pricing, you can reach Alice by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hudson Institute ThirdLaunch program — designed for professionals in their late 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond who are at that crossroads when the work role is shifting in importance and the road ahead is not yet mapped out. It is a program for those who want to look at the chapters ahead and plan for a new way of being in the later years: http://www.hudsoninstitute.com/pages/RetirementSeminar.asp
For more general reinvention, we suggest http://www.rebootyourself.com (no connection with RebootYou.com). This website offers self-improvement, stress relief and personal development tips, tools and strategies.
Also: Check Mediabistro (http://www.mediabistro.com/career-reinvention-4-ondemandvideo.html). This is an online audio presentation on “putting your career dreams into action.” Three recorded audio lectures of 40-55 minutes each, for people interested in making a career change, by career coach Pamela Mitchell, with an accompanying workbook. Cost is $79 ($68 for members of AvantGuild, www.mediabistro.com’s premium membership association.) Pamela Mitchell is the CEO and chief vision officer for The Reinvention Institute (http://reinvention-institute.com), which offers classes and information aimed at helping people transform their careers.
Last revised May 2008