This is another of those manuals that offer dabs of information about a lot of things having to do with the nitty-gritty--mainly financial--of retirement. The author covers basics about savings and guaranteed and investment income with fairly conservative guesses as to inflation. She discusses the many available money channels from banks, insurance plans, the stock market, etc., to more sophisticated maneuvers like buying gold or dealing in the currency market. All this with charts and tables for present and future income and budget analysis. An extensive section on legal matters includes references to wills, buying and selling real estate, purchasing your own business; and a table tells how to get help for various problems. The pros and cons of moving, apartment renting, and house owning are listed, and some rather weak information is given on retirement communities. The Upward and Onward section--a staple for this sort of book--is predictably rife with cheer (""You'll be surprised what you can do if you try""); the section on health is diffuse and sometimes unduly alarming. The ABC's of medical insurance may be found, but little solid information on nursing homes. A dry, bland, uneven compendium, with no real emotional support for those buying that house with ""doors and halls wide enough for a wheelchair.