Be Healthy

Achieving A Healthy Weight – It Doesn’t Just Happen

It’s the new year.  Resolutions abound.  And we’re thinking that weight loss is one of the most popular of the resolutions out there! You may have heard that losing weight is as easy as eating less and exercising more. Well it is true—taking in fewer calories than you use each…
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The “Best” Exercises There Are: Bar None!

If you’re not an athlete or serious exerciser — and you just want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better — the gym scene can be intimidating and overwhelming. What are the best exercises for me? How will I find the time? Just having…
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Tips for Exercising – Even During a Pandemic

Staying fit can keep you healthy physically, but exercise also boosts your mental and spiritual health, too. During a pandemic, it’s important not to give up on your fitness routine just because you can’t get to the gym, attend an exercise class or play an organized sport. There are lots…
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Keeping Our Skin Healthy – As Time Passes

Your skin goes through many changes as you age. All you need to do is look in the mirror. Aging skin loses fat and becomes thinner and drier. Red and pimply spots can appear on the face (a condition known as rosacea). Spots also can become waxy and pink, particularly…
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Heart Issues? Two Important Tips

Have heart disease? Then you probably know what exactly you’re supposed to do: eat wisely, get regular physical activity, keep weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar on target; and if you smoke, quit. But, what you might not know is that sufficient, good-quality sleep and stress control also offer genuine…
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Be Awesome

Staying Engaged: Just What The Brain Doctor Ordered!

Declining brain health is perhaps the greatest fear of older adults. The good news is that you can take steps to maintain your thinking and memory for many years to come. A healthy diet, regular aerobic exercise, and proper sleep are essential to keep your brain healthy. But work engagement…
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Focus – A Challenge as We Age

Just as you may not run as fast or jump as high as you did as a teenager,your brain’s cognitive power—that is, your ability to learn, remember, and solve problems—slows down with age. You may find it harder to summon once familiar facts or divide your attention among two or…
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Friends Are Breaking Up Over Social Distancing

When one friend takes prevention guidelines more seriously than the other, suspicion, fear, and shame can drive them apart.  NOTE:  AFL Thanks The Atlantic…and especially, author Ashley Fetters for this article. Staying home whenever possible and limiting up-close interactions with people who don’t live with you is, unquestionably, the correct…
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Be AWESOME! Move It!

Spend a lot of time sitting each day? If you’re like most people, more than half of your waking hours are spent parked on a chair or sofa. Even if you dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to structured exercise (such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming), it’s still…
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Medicare: 5 Things To Know….

Planning for health care in retirement can help you be better prepared to handle the expected and unexpected costs. Medicare is a significant part of that planning. Your advisor will provide personalized advice based on your financial goals and personal situation. Here are five key aspects of Medicare to consider…
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Be Productive

5 Common Retirement Myths That Need Dispelling

Here are some insights to help dispel five persistent myths about retirement. Myth #1: I don’t need to revisit my withdrawal rate Planning how you will create a retirement income stream can be challenging. Historically, a rule of thumb has been that a properly diversified portfolio can last 30 years…
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Financial Benefits of Working after Retirement

Given retirement can last several decades, many retirees continue working to some degree. Whether by choice or necessity, working after retirement provides you with financial benefits. If you don’t have a financial advisor, this may be a good time to seriously consider getting one.  Here are a few considerations to…
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8 Unhealthy Habits To Be Rid Of – NOW

With more and more people living longer than ever before, it’s crucial to explore the best ways to maintain your physical and mental health as you grow older. Here are 5 Unhealthy Habits You Should Get Rid Of By Turning 50 Years Old
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Some Thoughts about Reverse Mortgages

QUESTION: What are the pros and cons of reverse mortgages? “Needs to know.” AFL’S ROSEMARIE BOYD ANSWERS: Dear “Needs To Know:” Before I give my opinion on this, I would like to start with a word of caution!   This decision is one which should not be made without expert advice! …
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Is A Loved One Losing Capacity? A Way To Tell…

An estate attorney recently noted that when it comes to judging capacity, many compromised folks are very good at hiding their downward trajectory. Little jokes, annoyed denials, push back, turning the tables, and graceful changes in conversation are all part of the repertoire. Also, being forgetful, or other symptoms people…
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Be Heard

Mary Maxwell Gives Advice About New Relationships As We Age

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The Crazy Days of “Now”

My home is lovely.  My spouse is a good person. My health is very good. My kids, my grandkids are simply marvelous.  And I’m grateful. But darn it – life has been turned upside down. During these crazy days, I’m trying, really, to maintain a schedule.  I’m trying to do…
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What Changes We’ve Seen!

NOTE:  This appeared 2 years ago.  We are thinking this is good “food for thought” in our Covid-19 era. Well, I’m giving it another try.  Back in February , we attempted hip replacement surgery – but, long story short, it turned out I had an allergy I wasn’t aware of…
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Just Sayin’

OVER THE HILL?? I am kinda annoyed (and that’s putting it mildly). There’s a comment on the AFL Facebook page that says being After 50 is “over the hill.” Really? It’s ONLY so in the mind of that poor, misguided, disgruntled creature. How sad is that!! My goal is NOT…
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Living It Fully!

Recently we received a wonderful note from Donna, an After Fiftier, and it got me thinking about the After Fifty Living tag line: live it fully, live it now.  But first, here’s the note: “Hi Jo-Anne, I am a tour operator and specialize in garden tours.  Many of my guests…
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