Be Healthy

Create a Wellness Plan: Independent Living Communities May = Health and Better Living!

Just about everyone looks forward to retirement. The day you finally get to hang up your hat for good and break free of the 9-to-5 is a cause for celebration! It represents the beginning of the rest of your life, spent doing what you want to do instead of what you have…
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For Osteoarthritis, Finding Relief Doesn’t HAVE to Mean More Pills!

Osteoarthritis? Here are some steps you can take to reduce your reliance on medication to control symptoms and stay functional. For mild wear-and-tear osteoarthritis, an occasional dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may be all you need to control the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and keep living your…
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I’ll Take Some Mouthwash, Aspirin, and Oh Yeah – Some Hearing Aids!

When Congress passed the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act in 2017, it opened up a new world of possibility for people with hearing loss. Instead of paying $5,000 for a pair of FDA-approved hearing aids and follow-up service, you could pay hundreds of dollars for an OTC pair from any…
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Relationship “Fatigue?” – It’s Real. Here’s Tips for Coping.

Too much time together can make for tense moments. Cutting each other some slack and setting ground rules will help.   There’s such a thing as too much togetherness at home, no matter if you’re with a romantic partner, an adult child, a grandchild, or a friend. “Because of the…
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Concerned? Weak Bones (Osteopenia) – but not quite Osteoporosis

Like their names suggest, osteopenia and osteoporosis are related diseases. Both are varying degrees of bone loss, as measured by bone mineral density, a marker for how strong a bone is and the risk that it might break. If you think of bone mineral density as a slope, normal would be at…
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Be Awesome

Downsizing: The First Step in Living a More Active, Healthy, Social Life

Ah, retirement. Finally, time spent permanently away from work! Now is the time to live your life to the fullest. Pursue all those interests and hobbies you never could because there was no time! Spoil your grandkids as they deserve! Travel the world and go on adventures like you always…
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Relationships After 50 – 5 Realities to Consider

Ok so, yep, I’ve been out there in this After 50 relationship world on and off for a few years. Much of this is written from my own first hand experiences along with the help of some friends. “I get by with a little help from my friends.” If you’ve…
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9 Myths about Retirement: Healthcare, Expenses, and More!

Retirement is a great reward for putting in literally decades in the workforce. That being said, preparing for retirement means ensuring that you can enjoy your golden years without any financial worries. It’s all too common to end up getting sucked into thinking the wrong way about retirement, so we’ve…
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Letting Go Can Lead Us to Genius

Often, we have the idea that letting go means the loss of something valued. This implies that there might be grief and pain involved. Out of fear we envision ourselves in some barren emotional wilderness, with nothing around that is familiar so there has to be that dreaded chaos, right? …
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Dating After 60. What It’s REALLY Like

Newly single older people are finding a dating landscape vastly different from the one they knew in their 20s and 30s.    NOTE:  AFL thanks Faith Hill and The Atlantic for this informative article. When Rhonda Lynn Way was in her 50s and on the dating scene for the first…
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Be Productive

Amazon is Forever!

1994 was a hallmark year. Stephen Spielberg won his first directing Oscar for Schindler’s List. Friends aired for the first of ten seasons. Baseball went on strike. Nothing compared to the bald computer guy from Wall Street who quit his job and launched Amazon from his garage. The world would…
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Your Retirement Income – 5 Factors To Know

  Financial decisions may impact your income and taxes at certain retirement milestones. A key milestone is the window between your retirement date and the year you begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs). Strategic planning for this window may extend your retirement dollars, so continued support from your financial advisor…
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To Work? or Not To Work….. Some Reasons To Think It Through

Why would anyone choose to keep a job when they could retire (or go back to work when they could stay retired)?  After all, “tradition” has it that most workers eagerly await retirement. We tend to think of it as our ultimate reward for decades of effort and hard work.…
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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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Be Heard

Covid Cocoons: Are You Ready to Emerge?


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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow….

It feels like a time warp. The days are short and the nights are long. You can’t find anything interesting on Netflix. It takes hours to walk to the kitchen and by the time you get there the best cookies are gone. Even Stephen Colbert isn’t funny anymore. There’s an…
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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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