Senior Living

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 Tips to keep earning a paycheck in retirement

Retirement today is not that of a generation ago, we are living longer these days, and retirement is not what it used to be. Today, 60 (and beyond) is the new 50. Retirement is no longer a time to just garden and visit the grandkids, and healthier retirees want to stay engaged and stimulated. According to a recent survey about two-thirds of worker...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

How To Find Purpose After You Stop Working

So, you’ve finally made it to the big day: retirement. Maybe you’ve been looking forward to traveling the world when you no longer have work responsibilities. Perhaps you’re excited to try a new hobby. Or maybe you haven’t figured out yet what you want out of the next chapter of your life.    It’s true that without a typical work week to keep you b...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

Get Your Dream Job At 55

For the new crop of 50- and 60-somethings, retirement doesn’t mean they’re ready to stop working. It simply means changing gears. Fred and Pat R. were more than ready for retirement. At 56, Fred had spent most of his professional life managing high-pressure fuels and gases at NASA’s Space Center in Florida, while Pat had managed a...Read More

Slowly fading away: Families, patients share the toll of Alzheimer’s

She was fine two days earlier. Fine meaning she sat in a wheelchair fidgeting with the fabric seat belt that kept her from falling, blowing air through her lips and occasionally saying a word or two. “Margaret, do you look after me?” Delton Lee Johnson cooed at his wife of 54 years, one of the more than 13,000 people in Ventura County d...Read More

5 Tips for Affordable Healthy Eating

Maintaining a healthy diet is important at all stages of life, but as we age, it becomes even more imperative as our bodies change and require more nutrients. For many, understanding health and how to achieve a nutritious lifestyle is necessary, but for others, it isn’t so much that we don’t know about health, but that we aren’t sure how to afford ...Read More

Long-Term Care Insurance: Pros, Cons and Why It Matters

Key Points Long-term care insurance costs can be managed by adjusting your daily benefit levels. Costs vary by location, so it’s best to get local estimates and determine what benefits you may need. New hybrid insurance products can help you or your family benefit from the policy regardless of whether you use the long-term care coverage or not. Lon...Read More

Single, female, retired and barely hanging on

Female baby boomers shattered glass ceilings and enrolled in colleges that shut out their mothers. They took pills to control how many babies they would bear. Others chose to forgo motherhood and stay single; some married and stayed home to tend to their families. And all this unprecedented freedom of choice got many single female baby boomers to a...Read More

Stressed? Alcohol May Worsen – Not Help – Your Situation….

Not everyone drinks in response to stress. A number of factors, including genetics, usual drinking behavior, experiences with alcohol or other drugs, and social support, help determine whether a person will drink during a stressful situation. What is it about stress that makes some people turn to alcohol? Does alcohol help you relax, or can it make...Read More

Feeling the “Guilt” When Our Parent Resists Moving

  A while back, Gail Heimberg says she had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Her 88-year-old mother—a sharp, independent woman who had lived alone in Brooklyn, New York, for most of the latter part of her life—was quickly growing frail. While she used to walk from her home to the neighborhood bakery with ease, navigating...Read More

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