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Three Steps to Act on Now To Help Bootstrap Your Future

Don’t underestimate your needs or forget to “expect the unexpected.” These sites may help you get your finances in order.

Perhaps a second career is in your future, or maybe you’re working longer than the “traditional” retirement age?

Today’s older workers may very well need to have a plan in place to stay in the workforce longer. Start preparing when you are in your late 50s or early 60s for your next career, or work with your employer to adapt your job and add new skills as you get older. These are good places to start for useful advice and how-tos:

  • Encore.org

    A site with information that helps “make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. We call them "encore careers"—jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact – in the second half of life.”

  • AARP’s ‘Recareering’ Site

    Articles and resources on switching careers after age 50.

  • Next Avenue

    A PBS site “where grown-ups keep growing” that addresses a wide range of second career, financial, caregiving, health and lifestyle topics.

  • Ten Tips for Senior Entrepreneurs
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AARP/USA Today

Census

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

CNN

The Economist

The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)

MSN Money

National Bureau of Economic Research

The New York Times

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Research Center

Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends

Retirement Security Project; Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

Social Security Administration

Vanguard

The Washington Post