Author: after-fifty-friends

Friend, Family with Money Problems? Here’s Some Tips

When loved ones struggle with finances, it’s natural to want to help. However, sometimes it’s difficult to provide assistance without straining a relationship or compromising one’s own financial well-being. “The economy may be getting better, but many consumers are still struggling to make ends meet,” said Mike Sulliva...Read More

Graying Hair – 2 Major Reasons

Dear Doctor: I am 53-years-old and my hair has gone quite gray in the past year. I’m wondering if stress could have caused it. If not, what else might be the culprit? Dear Reader: Each hair in your head keeps the color it has. If a single strand of hair starts out brown (or red or black or blond), it is never going to turn gray. If a hair is ...Read More

Thinking Early Retirement? Here’s 5 Timely Medical Issues!

The effort to repeal Obamacare has failed – so start making your early retirement plans now? Not so fast. Even though the Affordable Care Act remains in place for now, the stakes are high for early retirees. The health care law’s subsidies are still there to help you pay for health insurance until you reach Medicare age at 65. But you&#...Read More

Tips – “Spring” Back To Fitness!

It’s here!  Spring! (Well, maybe….) Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs — or arms or thighs — aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: Spring cle...Read More

Making Our Retirement $$s Last. Here’s 5 “How-To’s”

Even if you’ve planned carefully and your retirement nest egg is hefty, there’s always a possibility that you’ll outlive — or outspend — your money. So, if you’re worried about running out of money, consider these 5 steps and alleviate your concerns. Buy longevity insurance With longevity insurance, you give the ...Read More

5 Procedures, No Surgery – Let’s Refresh, Revitalize!

It seems like every day there are new breakthroughs that promise to make us look and feel younger.  Creams and lotions make claims to erase the hands of time, so how do we separate the hype from reality?  When we reviewed the most current statistics reported by the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, we learned that among the 15.5 million cosmet...Read More

Your Money. Saying “No” to Your Kids…

Lou Rose responded to a post about retired Professor Robert Pritchard’s suggestion that Social Security eliminate penalties for working and collecting between age 62 and full retirement age. He wrote that he and his wife were working past full retirement age — 66 — in order to save at least a year’s worth of cash. But he worries that the money will...Read More

Time to Downsize? 6 Signs It Just Might Be…

Making the decision to move from a larger home to a smaller one can be very hard. Your home, after all, is a source of comfort and is filled with beloved memories. For many, it’s where you watched your family grow. But sometimes you may not have a choice, especially as the years go by. As an older adult, the practicality of downsizing may out...Read More

Make That Visit with Your Doc Really Work! Here’s How…

Thanks to changes in the industry, today’s doctors spend on average of just 10 to 15 minutes with each patient. As a result, the experience can be both confusing and frustrating if communication is lacking. Many patients leave the office not understanding the doctor’s directions. Ultimately, however, your health is your responsibility. ...Read More

Best Fashion Tip Ever: Clear The Clutter from Your Closet! Here’s How…

Multiple-personality wardrobe disorder afflicts millions of Americans each year. Symptoms include blurred vision, habitual tardiness and loss of interest in normally pleasurable primping. Common side effects are closet overcrowding, spiraling credit card debt and reliance on yoga clothes for all but nonwaking hours. Help is available. It starts wit...Read More

Independent Living Communities. Some Pointers To Ponder…

It’s time to leave the rat race and daily grind behind. You’re retiring, and looking forward to the well-deserved golden years ahead. But retirement asks some questions you’ve never had to answer in the past. Chief among them: ‘What do I do now?’ The first Monday without a commute may be even better than you hoped. But...Read More

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