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You’re Up!

Bases are loaded. Your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors cheer. Do you homer, walk, or hit into a triple play? We’re all on the same baseball field. The pandemic is everywhere. Italians sing to each another from their balconies, parents home teach their kids, and celebrities perform a “living room concert.” Most of us care – don’t let anyone ...Read More

Solitary Confinement – The Health Risks of Social Isolation

There have been a number of recent reports about the importance of socialization and the risks of social isolation. This topic has become increasingly important for people in middle age who often have routines that keep them isolated and for the elderly who are also challenged by isolation. Let me know your thoughts. *******************************...Read More

5 Financial Tips for Women

According to AARP, only 39% of women are confident they will have enough resources to live comfortably 25 years into retirement, compared to 54% of men.1 Women often juggle multiple responsibilities, which can make it challenging to plan for their financial future. At home, they may balance care for both kids and/or aging parents. Professionally, w...Read More

I spoke to Finn today!

It wouldn’t have happened a few months ago. In the pre-pandemic days before our isolation, fear, and confusion, I never would have met Finn. I would have been too busy – too controlled by demands, errands, and schedules. Sheltering at home, away from people and deadlines, things have changed. In other words, time has changed. We all wait for Corona...Read More

Stock Market Performance During and After Bear Markets

  When stocks move into a bear market — defined as falling at least 20% or more from 52-week highs — they have recovered over time. As the below table of the S&P 500® Index illustrates from 1950 to present day, when the selling pressure finally hits a bottom, stocks have a strong track record of bouncing back over the next three, six and 1...Read More

Reduce Your Health Care Costs: 6 Great Tips!

  Key Points   Medical costs typically go up as you age and can account for a large portion of your overall expenses in retirement. There are many health-care related expenses that are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Your health and wealth can be closely tied – especially when it comes to planning for retirement. The actions you take...Read More

Before You File: 4 Changes to 2019 Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service adjusted several tax provisions for 2019, including some that could impact how you file and choose to save for retirement. Here are the facts you should know before you file your 2019 taxes. 1. Taxable income bracket amounts have increased The income limits for each tax bracket have increased for 2019. The tax rates are...Read More

Leftovers? 4 Ways to Upcycle That “Extra” Food!

A great way to save money for retirement or other goals important to you is to eat at home more often. To do this, it’s important to have tasty food ready-to-eat so that meal time isn’t paired with drudgery. Try these tips below to supercharge your selection of food. Get in the groove. When you return home from grocery shopping get into the habit o...Read More

Who Ate the Cheesecake?

It mysteriously leaps into your mouth. The ice cream is a lone spoonful left in an empty container. The chocolate chip cookies are gone – even though the grandkids haven’t visited for a week. Where did they go? Could it be you? Denial. It can be a good thing. Psychologists consider denial a way to handle reality – if it doesn’t exist then it doesn’...Read More

Prevent Tax ID Theft – Here’s Your Checklist!

Key Points The IRS estimates that it paid $3.1 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in a recent year. Identity thieves can use your information to file fraudulent returns in your name while they pocket the return. Get your personal identification number (PIN) early and keep your paperwork secure to help prevent your personal financial infor...Read More

You Are NOT Too Young for Heart Disease!

Usually when I share an article, it’s from a well-known medical journal. But this information was reported on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ January 15, 2020). And it’s alarming!   Heart disease and strokes are killing an increasing number of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64, in the prime years of their life.   “It’...Read More

Women Have Menopause, Men Have Manopause

What is Andropause? Most people know that women go through menopause. Periods stop, reproduction stops, and there are a number of other signs and symptoms caused by low estrogen levels such as hot flashes and mood swings. But a dirty little secret that most people don’t know is that many men go through their version of the same thing; their own mid...Read More

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