General Interest

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It A Happy One! (Part 3)

Let’s look at the final two “secrets” to a happy retirement, as was highlighted by Sidney Lagier in her recent US News’ article. The first 2 secrets were discussed in the posting here of July 25th and the next three secrets are discussed in the posting here on July 29th.� Here are the last 2 secrets. Not Addicted To Achiev...Read More

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It a Happy One! (Part 2)

Our previous posting here references US News’ recent article by Sydney Lagier: 7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement. In that posting, we reviewed Sydney’s first 2 secrets: good health and having a significant other in your life. Let’s look at three more of these secrets. A Social Network. The US News article mentions research showing t...Read More

After Fifty? Thinking of Retirement? Make It a Happy One!

US News came out this week with a great article, “7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement.” It could have easily been entitled “7 Secrets to a Happy Life,” as the “secrets” make a lot of sense, regardless of how many candles we have on our birthday cakes. The problem, though, is that these secrets may be a lot more diffi...Read More

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

Note that this was passed along to me. I don’t know who the author is – if anyone knows then please let me know. �The author�really needs to be acknowledged for writing such a wonderful piece!� Here goes….. 1. THROW OUT NONESSENTIAL NUMBERS. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why ...Read More

Alzheimer’s: A “Bold Plan”

It’s infuriating the way TV advertisements present Alzheimer’s disease. The socially acceptable scenarios played out on the�screen are�insulting to those who deal with the raw truth of this devastating illness. Televised fantasies contribute to dulling our senses to the urgency needed to get on with solving this issue. AlzheimerR...Read More

Supporting Ourselves in Retirement

I recently had the opportunity to review a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, which has produced its 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey. (You can read the report right here.) There are several significant, eye-opening findings in the report. For example, “most workers have little put away in savings and investments…”...Read More

Hoorah!!! Our first grandchild, Daisy, is here!

I am so, so pleased to share that we are now first-time grandparents! Did I say, “pleased?” Hmmmmm…. it’s actually more like ecstatic, elated, overjoyed – or, better yet – there are no words to adequately describe the feeling. Daisy, our little blessed one, is simply gorgeous, and happily, she, her mom and her da...Read More

Where To Live After Fifty: Things to Consider

After Fifty Living user “Beeples985″ wrote into the “Where To Live After 50″ forum recently. “Looking to downsize soon. Ugh, the thought of all that and moving too….” Beeples985 got me thinking – there really are so many issues and options to consider in the “stay put or move” decision-mak...Read More

Our Children’s Choices

I ran into an old friend yesterday. We were both in a rush, yet eager to catch up. We “hit the highpoints” of our lives, including those of our children’s. And then she relayed a brief story about one child, summing it up by saying, “Well, I made my choices and now she’s making hers.” I’ve thought about her...Read More

Retiring (Outside the US) on Social Security

The average Social Security check is $1200 per month. If Social Security is or will be your main source (or only source) of retirement income, then you may need to do some serious thinking about where you’ll hang your hat in retirement. While issues such as climate, medical care, and potential for intellectual stimulation are important, none ...Read More

A Guide For Caring For a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

Thank you! Thank you, National Institute on Aging for preparing, producing, and providing (for free, no less) this great guide for Caring For a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is described as “easy to use,” and thankfully, they are absolutely right! I remember standing by and watching helplessly as my father descended into the...Read More

Masking Ageism

Probably one of the most interesting aspects of the Tipper and Al Gore split is not the split itself, but rather the reaction people are having to it. We have all�heard the comment: why be bothered after all those years.�And this comment makes me think�”ageism” is at work. �There may be one of at least three things going on here...Read More

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