Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, 2018 recipient of the “Influencers in Aging” designation by PBS’ Next Avenue, is an author, retirement coach, and professional speaker on retirement and aging. She has developed a niche specialty working with “Solo Agers,” people who have no children or who are aging alone.
Dr. Geber is the author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults (Mango Press, 2018) which was selected that year as a “best book on aging well” by the Wall Street Journal.

With her speaking and writing, Sara has been raising awareness of Solo Agers for the past 10 years. She believes Solo Agers have unique needs in later life that warrant greater foresight and a more robust approach to planning.

Sara is a regular contributor to on the topics of aging and retirement. She was recently invited to join the advisory team for Nexus Insights, a think tank and incubator for revolutionary concepts in senior living and aging.



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1. Solo Aging: Who and what is a Solo Ager, why there are so many in the boomer generation.
2. Why Solo Aging is of special interest to me (and should be to anyone without children)
3. How Solo Agers should prepare for a time when they are less mobile and less able to care for themselves and their surroundings.
4. Why being part of a community is so important.
5. Ways for older adults to develop and nurture a strong social network, even if you are starting from scratch.

6. Why we all need to get comfortable talking about death and important end-of-life issues.



1. “The Aging Boomers,” Episode title: “The Challenges of Solo Aging.”
2. Suburban Folk podcast - episode title: “Retirement Planning and Solo Agers”
3. “The Feisty Side of Fifty.”
4. ProBoomer show. “Surviving the pandemic and preparing for afterward.”
5. “It’s Your Time to Shine” show: “Aging Without Kids”
6. “Going Solo” show. (No episode title)
7. “My Future Business” podcast - episode title: “Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers”
8. Suburban Folk podcast - episode title: “Retirement Planning and Solo Agers”
9. Silvernest interview with me:
10. Mission Evolution podcast: “Creative Aging in a World of Upheaval”

1. Please start by defining “Solo Aging” for us
2. How did this catch your attention and why do you think it is such a big deal?
3. What are the three most important challenges Solo Agers will face and what should they do about them?
4. From a financial and legal standpoint, should solo agers plan differently than parents?
5. What about living arrangements? Are there some special kinds of living arrangements you recommend to Solo Agers as they get older?
6. Are Solo Agers more vulnerable to isolation and loneliness as they get older? How can they guard against it?
7. What should listeners who are solo agers (or who have friends who are Solo Agers) do this week or next month (i.e. without delay?)
8. Tell us the name of your book again and where listeners can buy it

Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D

Author | Speaker

California | United States