Empty park benches… waiting for YOU to fill them up! I’m a little troubled. Twice now in the last year, two friends of almost 4 decades have confided in me that they no longer have an interest in making new friendships. The man said “It’s too much work” and the other, a woman, said she is “without enthusiasm or desire for it.” Couple t...Read More
Baby boomers started out so strong. Back in the early seventies, most of the 76 million boomers were poster children for health and fitness, what else could explain a single generation producing Bo Derek and even Brad Pitt? Jane Fonda starred in her first workout video in 1982 allowing people to spandex in private. “Baby boomers led an unpre...Read More
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.
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
Remember “The Talk,” when mom or dad sat you down to explain the facts of life? Well, it may be time for you to initiate “The Talk” again, but focusing this time not on how life begins but how it should end, even if that end is several decades from now. “I hope people will recognize there are things they should think a...Read More
You may dream of retiring long before a traditional 60-something retirement age, but be careful about making that leap too soon. If you're not emotionally ready to quit working, you may not be ready to retire.
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
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 She tossed items that were outdated, expired, and the things that were no longer useful t...Read More
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
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
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
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