Author: AFL Staff

Downsize Your Closet to Stay Fashionable: What’s Hip, What’s Vintage, and What Needs to Go

It’s time to upgrade your wardrobe. There’s just one problem: no room in your closet! In the name of fashion, it’s time to take a good, honest look at what’s in there. Downsizing is an important step in your pre- or post-retirement journey. In your quest to downsize, it’s helpful to know how to objectively assess the items you have. Everyone has pi...Read More

Downsizing – What to Save, What to Keep, and What Your Kids Don’t Want

When you’re downsizing your home, it can suddenly seem like the things you own are a burden. You can’t take all your furniture with you, and some of the smaller items need to go, as well. After you’ve cleared out the clutter, made donations to charity and let your kids take away what they want, what’s next?

Downsizing: Mistakes vs. Success For Stress-Free Living

If you consult a dictionary, you’ll see that to downsize is to make something smaller. No problem if you’re cutting a cookie recipe in half or getting rid of some old books.

Living Life After Loss – The Importance of Grieving

At some point, we each loose someone we are especially close to. And grief, grieving, accomopanies that loss. Whether the loved one is a spouse, a parent, child, dear friend, or even a beloved companion animal, grieving is a normal part of our lives. And that grief can be very painful. While it may be tempting to deny grief in order to avoid or den...Read More

10 Myths About Aging And Long-Term Care

Like any form of bias, there are many false assumptions about what aging means and its effects on people.

Downsizing Tips – Preparing for the New Year!

While your sprawling house might have been the perfect place to bring up a family, many people find that once their kids have moved out, they don’t need so much space. In fact, for many, all that extra square footage starts to feel less like a luxury and more like a burden. From the upkeep to the utilities to the taxes, there’s a lot they could do ...Read More

3 “Musts” When Downsizing for Retirement

Downsizing means to make something smaller. No matter if that ‘something’ is an old CD collection or the big pile of junk in your garage. But when you’re facing reducing everything you own so you can retire to a neat little cottage for a well-earned life of leisure, it’s another matter altogether. It’s your whole life! Downsizing: Here’s What You N...Read More

Downsizing Seasonally – As the Seasons Change So Should Your Closet (and Your Garage/Shed)

If your closet is a chaotic mess, it might be time to try some seasonal downsizing. All it takes is an afternoon or two and the right frame of mind – and perhaps a little caffeine! The following guidelines can help streamline this often important dive into the inner recesses of your closet.

How to Save Money as a 55+ Traveler

Are you an empty nester? Are you retired or planning for retirement? Then I’m sure you’ve thought about the new possibilities and opportunities that await, one of which is the luxury of being able to travel. However, if you’re like many 55-plus folks, you may be on a limited or restricted budget. This means you want to save money as you plan ...Read More

4 ways to stop making bad health decisions

Why do we constantly make unhealthy choices even when we know we should do better? The real problem in making all these seemingly small decisions is this: small decisions made over and over again lead to decision fatigue, and the last thing you want when faced with a complex choice is to be so tired that you can’t even think straight.

Lifestyle: 5 Reasons to Love ILC’s (Independent Living Communities)!

A lot of older adults and their families assume that if they don’t need the services of assisted living, there’s no reason to consider moving to a senior living community. They feel that as long as they’re healthy and independent, why move? But the truth is, there are several good reasons to consider moving to an independent living community, which...Read More

FYI – Retirement Communities – Here’s Your Primer on Amenities AND Costs!

When you’re planning to retire, one of the first things to come up for consideration is whether it’s worth moving into a retirement community. The ultimate decision normally depends on the amenities and costs.    Of course, pinning down costs can be tricky, as there are so many factors that come into play, ranging from where you plan to retire, to ...Read More

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