Cookin’ Up Your Retirement Plan

The Lake Oconee Boomers Team

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Third Book by Plymouth, MA Retirement Guru and Author Now Available

Baby Boomers are retiring faster than expected, largely due to COVID-19 implications. In 2020, 56 percent of Boomers were drawing Social Security prior to full retirement age. In 2021, that number increased to 58 percent.

“In short, it looks like we’re going in the wrong direction,” explained nationally-known speaker, author, retirement planning guru and Boomer Marcia Mantell. “With Boomers retiring sooner than planned, they’re taking on some additional risk. They’re adding years to their planning horizon and may need to stretch their finances a bit too thin.  We don’t control inflation and market volatility, but we are in control of figuring out how to pay for these extra years of retirement.”

But where to start? What if there was a blueprint, or better yet, an easy-to-follow recipe for planning your retirement years? 

Cookin’ Up Your Retirement Plan, Mantell’s newly released 3rd book, is a rousing departure from the typical retirement planning books. It’s an easy-to-digest discussion guide that offers up the “ingredients” for a successful transition into your retirement years. And includes worksheets and a 10-year outlook so each person can really see the direction in which they are headed.

Author of two other retirement planning books, What’s the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women (Rethink Press), and What’s the Deal with Social Security for Women (Rethink Press), Mantell was looking to create a better way for fellow Boomers, and even Gen Xers who are now in their 50s, to embrace the idea of reinventing retirement well before they actually leave their job behind. 

“We’ve made it too hard for most people to figure out their retirement. There’s no fun and nothing familiar when you’re making the transition from real life to retirement life. This book is meant to get you at your own kitchen table to talk about the possibilities. Then pull in the realities of living with no paycheck,” said Mantell. “So many near-retirees I’ve talked to are truly unprepared for life in retirement. They say they’ll travel, but then what?”

In her new book, Mantell walks individuals and couples through specific steps to create their own “recipe” for retirement, layer by layer, like making a lasagna. Cookin’ Up Your Retirement Plan includes:

•    Six sections filled with discussion guides and worksheets
•    Terrific resources and ideas to explore retirement options

•    A unique Plan A, B, +C for Boomers to create their unique “retirement menu”

With all the different ingredients needed in a retirement plan, Mantell’s discussion guide is in a familiar format. This retirement “cookbook” covers topics that boomers should be talking about with a cup of tea or coffee…or a glass of wine.

Cookin’ Up Your Retirement Plan retails for $19.99 and is available for purchase at and

About Marcia Mantell

For over 30 years, Marcia Mantell has helped the country’s foremost financial services firms and advisors increase their knowledge of complex retirement concepts and regulations.  She has a remarkable ability to translate those concepts into everyday language. With a deep knowledge of Social Security and Medicare, she works with advisors and their clients to make a successful transition into retirement.

She was named an Honoree by ThinkAdvisor in 2021—one of the “advisors, experts and leaders in financial services who are pushing the industry forward.”

Mantell is also a renowned speaker who has spent the past 20+ years presenting retirement topics in a highly-engaging style to Baby Boomer and financial advisor audiences across the country.

Mantell is the author What’s the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women (Rethink Press), What’s the Deal with Social Security for Women (Rethink Press) and her latest book, Cookin’ Up Your Retirement Plandiscussion guide. Mantell imparts her wisdom of all things retirement with the Baby Boomer generation, particularly Boomer women, in her books as well as in her popular blog,

Mantell owns and operates Mantell Retirement Consulting, Inc. a retirement education and marketing communications firm based in Plymouth, MA. She builds and conducts innovative retirement income planning workshops and programs for advisors and their clients and for employers who want to help their employees be better prepared for retirement.

For additional background on Mantell and her work with Mantell Retirement Consulting, visit