Bart Astor is a recognized expert in life's transitions and eldercare. He's the author of the Washington Post bestseller, AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle, and Pursuing Your Dreams. His unexpected personal journey led him to write his best-selling book, Baby Boomer's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, now in its second printing and critically regarded for being today's must-have healthcare resource. Bart has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including ABC's "Good Morning America," PBS's "MarketPlace," AARP Radio, Boomers Rock radio, and Ric Edelman's "The Truth About Money." His perspective comes from personal experience, both good and bad, and sometimes that's what matters most.
Bart has written eleven other books, numerous articles, testimony, grant proposals, training and technical manuals, white papers, and website content on a variety of subjects including eldercare, student financial aid, college admission, insurance, buying a home, and corporate social responsibility. He was also the publisher and founder of the College Planning Quarterly.
Look for his next book, Graduating from College without any Debt (or Almost) coming out in the fall.
Bart can be contacted at Bart@BartAstor.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at #bartastor.
Solid solutions and step-by-step instructions for planning the next stage of your life
Life after 50 isn’t what it used to be. The rules have changed. No more guaranteed pensions, retiree health plans, or extensive leisure and travel. It’s time to forge new paths and create innovative models. That’s where the AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life comes in. Bart Astor, author of more than a dozen books, offers a comprehensive guide for making lifestyle decisions, growing your nest egg, and realizing your goals. This book:
Provides guidance on the key areas you’ll need to consider: finances and work, health and fitness, Medicare and Social Security, estate planning, insurance, housing, and more
Offers expert tips on creating age- and health-specific goals through a personal “Level of Activity” scale based on how active you can and want to be
Includes tips for finding fun and fulfilling activities and even completing your bucket list
Supplies ready-to-use worksheets to help you set and meet financial planning goals, get your legal affairs in order, and maintain adequate health insurance
Contains a comprehensive list of valuable resources
The 50+ years have been called our Second Adulthood, Adult Part 2, even third age. But whatever it's called, those of us in the demographic - baby boomers most of us - have 20, 30, 40 or more years left. So as it says in the AARP Magazine, "At 50+ we still have a lot to look forward to."
In this column, I will write about those "Real Possibilities for 50+" and focus on various ways we can make those years rewarding. I'll write about attitudes and solutions, options and challenges. You'll get to meet some people who share with us their stories and life lessons. And you'll read about how you, too can re-imagine your life after 50.
So check back often to see the latest installment. And please comment or add your thoughts to each article.