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New book gives pointers for a satisfying retirement

April 19, 2017

By David Burger

As Alan Roadburg, Ph.D., was writing his latest book, he had some help — from no fewer than 575 dentists.

All were retired or semi-retired, and all gave him direction and guidance on what to include in "Life After Dentistry: Retirement Lifestyle Readiness" (P037), the newest title in the ADA Catalog.

Aided by the Association of Retiring Dentists and ADA News — the latter published an article asking retired members to complete an online survey — Dr. Roadburg received practical assistance and unique insights.

"The key question I asked was, 'What advice would you give to dentists thinking about retiring?'" Dr. Roadburg said.

The idea of the book came from Dr. Roadburg's Life After Dentistry Retirement Workshop. Dr. Roadburg, who has conducted self-help workshops for professional groups for nearly three decades, had written the book "Life After Medicine," tailored for health care professionals, and realized that "Life After Dentistry" would be a perfect follow-up tied to the unique lives that dental health professionals enjoy.

Dr. Roadburg's main objective in the 213-page book is to help dentists plan for the lifestyle part of retirement, rather than the financial part, he said.

It is crucial, Dr. Roadburg said, that retiring dentists replace the satisfaction they found in dentistry with other meaningful endeavors. Complete with worksheets, checklists and planning exercises, "Life After Dentistry" is geared towards assisting dentists to ensure that their retirements will be worthwhile and enjoyable, he said.

Readers can save 15 percent on "Life After Dentistry" and all ADA Catalog products by using promo code 17124 by June 30.

To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746. Before discounts, the paperback book sells for $28.95 to ADA members, $43.95 retail.