Act Two

Winter 2012

Act Two Magazine, a publication full of information for active, engaged and inquisitive people aged 50+ looking to enjoy the second half of their life.

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DON'T RETIRE SCENE TWO REINVENT! SCENE TWO BY JOHN TORSIELLO We live in interesting times. Many Americans, especially baby boomers, are still reeling from the economic downturn that began in 2008. Some need income and are looking for guidance on how to reinvent careers that were unexpectedly tossed into turmoil. Others retired but can't adjust, missing the stimulation of a career. As one commented on a job application cover letter, "My retirement was a mistake. Help save my sanity, and I will surpass your expectations." Still others have always wanted to do something else — a passion they never fulfilled. They're all looking to enrich Act Two. For Nancy Collamer, a highly respected career consultant, speaker and author based in Old Greenwich, the timing for all of these groups couldn't have been better. In "Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement" (Ten Speed Press, 2013), Collamer, who specializes in semi-retirement career counseling, shows readers dozens of ways to turn professional expertise, personal interests and passions into part-time income. The book is filled with inspirational "second-act" success stories, how-to advice and links to valuable resources. It provides a roadmap for those looking to find more meaningful, fun and lifestyle-friendly ways to keep earning during their semi-retirement years Collamer's book is focused on helping those over 50 transition into not just new careers but into new lives, ones that are rich with personal, and to some degree financial, fulfillment. She interviewed over 40 people, a number of Fairfield County residents among them, and profiled 25 who were able to transition into new careers. In addition, she includes experts who offer advice on how to make dreams of earning income in meaningful ways during semiretirement a reality. The profiles provide moving, personal messages that anything is possible, even when entering what some might still term a person's "silver" or "golden" years. Nancy Collamer Author of an e-book, "The Layoff Survival Guide," Collamer explains how she came to write this new book. "My husband Joel and I were both over 50 and the kids had moved out. We went to a financial planner and, like everybody else after 2008, we saw how much the value of our 401K's had diminished. We had been slammed financially by the recession, and we were left to wonder what we were going to do down the road." She continued, "I thought, if we are in this trouble, what are other Americans facing?" The statistics are startling when you consider that if you retire at 62 or 65 you may have another 25 to 30 years to live. The questions become, "What are you going to do with the rest of your life? Are you going to be able to afford your lifestyle? How are you going to thrive and enjoy life?" 24 act two magazine Winter 2012

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