Lifestyle & Retirement

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

Giving A Powerful Gift To Your Loved Ones

My sisters and I were fortunate. My Mother was a very forward-thinking individual. Years before she (and my Father) died, Mom started going through her closets, her paperwork, her jewelry, the items in her safe, her garden area and the storage shed next to it. She tossed items that were outdated, expired, and the things that were no longer useful t...Read More

Need a Lifestyle “Do-Over?” Here’s 8 Great Steps – Just for Us!

Here’s a truth.  It’s simple.  After Fifty, opportunities for “do-overs” are few and far between. A friend colored my hair for me. Kind of a friend.  And, thank heavens I know someone who can strip out this awful color.  Ahhhh, thanks for do-overs!  But other situations, sometimes with far reaching implications, just can’t be R...Read More

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

Why I Wrote the Book That Everyone Needs to Read

It began innocently. “Why don’t you write food blogs for AFL,” Marge Mendel, my friend and fellow author suggested. It was a great idea. I could write about my favorite eats and not have to count a single calorie. Cholesterol, fat, and guilt-laden goodies filled my imagination like potato chips and M&Ms. My first blogs were about chocolate and ...Read More

Need A Financial Planner? 6 Important Steps BEFORE You Sign On

You spend a lifetime working and saving, amassing a retirement nest egg and wondering how best to invest it and make it last. Then you meet a financial adviser at a free investment seminar at work. You come to trust the planner, who advises you to take a lump-sum payout of your retirement account and let him reinvest it. He says the money will last...Read More

Retirement Ideas? One Size May Not Fit All!

One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to retirement advice. In fact, some of the most time-honored rules of thumb for managing your finances after the end of your primary working years may not make sense in your specific situation. On the other hand, they might make perfect sense. As is usually the case, whether retirement...Read More

How Moving To A Retirement Community Can Benefit Your Marriage

If you and your spouse are retired or about to retire, perhaps you’re wondering what this next stage of your lives together will be like. It’s not uncommon for couples in their 60s to start considering moving to a retirement community. What’s that going to be like? And more specifically, how will such a move impact your marriage?  Surprisingly, man...Read More

Is There Plastic In Your Belly?

Work out. Play. Take it with you and throw it out. What would you do without plastic water bottles? You better really love them. The one you’re drinking from today will still be around in 3019. Plastics are forever. Almost every piece of plastic that’s been manufactured is still with us. It’s everywhere from oceans to mountaintops, rivers to farmla...Read More

Top Part Time Jobs For Retirees

If you’re a retiree looking to boost your monthly income you are not alone in your quest, 72% of adults age 50 and older say they want or need to keep working after they retire, and nearly half of current retirees say they either have worked or plan to work during retirement, according to a survey of more than 7,000 adults by Merrill Lynch Bank of ...Read More

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