Author: AFL Staff

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

Retirement Communities: Let’s Live Our Best Life Ever! Here’s How!

Planning for your retirement involves a whole lot of careful thought. One of the things you need to think about during this retirement planning process is whether you’re going to move to a retirement community. But there’s a lot of confusion over what, exactly, a retirement community is. Well, no longer — here’s our short, handy guide on retirement...Read More

Living to 100 (and beyond) – With Genuine Gusto!

Sarah Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016. Still involved in family and religious activities, she maintains many close personal relationships. At her retirement center, Sarah keeps a sign on her door: “I need your company more than my sleep. Please wake me.” Researchers say that Sarah’s connections with people may be a ma...Read More

Would You Know If Your Parent(s) Need(s) Care?

Some people live their entire lives with little or no assistance from family and friends, but today Americans are living longer than ever before. And while caring for your aging parents is something you hope you can handle when the time comes, it’s probably the last thing you want to think about. The first step: talk to your parents. How to get the...Read More

After 50 and Dating? Thoughts on Those Important Milestones!

How cool! You’re in a “relationship.” And, as you proceed down this road, spend some time figuring out if you’re heading up the hill toward Relationshipville (Population: twosome) or down the rocky path toward Dumptown (presided over by Mayor McSee-Ya). Either way, you’re going to pass the same progress-markers. How you anticipate...Read More

How to Become Financially Free from Adult Children

We love our children. We want to support them and watch them grow into stable, happy adults. But sometimes adulthood gets stalled, financially. It’s a normal part of the foray into adulthood; high rent, low pay, high debt, low expendable cash. For your adult children, the trouble with starting out isn’t just learning to manage that paycheck, but to...Read More

Going Gray? Make It Fantastic!

  If you want to invest the time and money to keep your hair colored and cut regularly to cover the gray, then go for it. However, if you know you can’t be bothered seeing your colorist for two hours every 5 weeks, then you should think about going gray. If you’ve decided you are ready to embrace your gray like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, or J...Read More

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