Lifestyle & Retirement

Well Preserved

Yesterday someone said to me, You are really well-preserved for your age. Well preserved? I said, What do I look like, a jar of Smuckers? While genes play a part in how we look by the time our grandkids are in college or have married and have rug rats of their own, so does that free dose of Vitamin D we call sunshine. It was supposed to be good f...Read More

Outsourcing Holiday Chores

‘Tis the season to pawn off potentially stressful holiday chores and rediscover merry. The gloom and frugality of the recession may be lifting for service-oriented businesses that allow customers to outsource seasonal errands they dread. From holiday decorating to shopping, cooking and gift-wrapping, there’s someone willing to do the wo...Read More

Traveling Alone

QUESTION: I want to do some traveling and will most probably go alone, but feel unsure about that.  What suggestions do you have regarding traveling alone at sixty….I am female. ASK LIFESTYLE ANSWERS: There are many mature women who travel alone.  I would "google" senior travel websites first to research exactly what you a...Read More


Kileen Prather has been a Tour Manager since 1997.  Her exciting career takes her to between thirty-five to forty states a year.  According to Kileen, there aren’t too many places in the US that she hasn’t visited.  She absolutely loves traveling and meeting so many wonderful people from all over.  In her column for ...Read More

Time In A Bottle

  Life Preserver If I could save time in a bottle The first thing that I’d like to do Is to save every day ’til eternity passes away Just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever If words could make wishes come true I’d save every day like a treasure and then Again, I would spend them with you. ~Jim Croce, Ti...Read More

Dad Died: Fix Up His House To sell it?

QUESTION: My mother died about 5 years ago and my father had been in a nursing home for about 2 years before his recent death.  I made sure that very basic maintenance was done on his house – but there has been no updating done.  The house is about 50 years old and the kitchen was redone about 25 years ago – and that’s i...Read More

Updating the bath – on a budget

QUESTION: Both my husband and I are in agreement that we want to "stay put" in our home. My late-1970’s bathroom is turquoise blue, including wall and floor tile, bathtub, toilet, and sink.  I know it needs to be updated, but I don’t have tens-of-thousands to spend.  What would you recommend I concentrate on.  A...Read More



“Adapt” our home?

QUESTION: We’ve decided we want to stay in our current home for as long as possible.  But we realize that we may need to "adapt" our home to our needs as we age.  What are some of the things we should think about doing in a home renovation? ASK YOUR NEST:  Great question! The best time to plan for the future is as ear...Read More




Deborah J. Carducci is the President of Carducci Design Group, Inc.  As she developed her successful interior design business of over 15 years, Deborah’s philosophy has stayed the course – life’s luxuries come from family traditions, friends, great food, wine and living well.    As a successful business entrepreneur...Read More

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