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Top 5 European travel destinations

Top 5 European travel destinations

Europe is a trove of luscious landscapes just waiting to be explored. Despite being the world’s second smallest continent, it packs in more than its fair share of stunning scenery. Here are five must-visit destinations… 1. Hill Walking in Slovenia Slovenia’s verdant hills provide the perfect backdrop to an active holiday in Europe. Grab your […]

How to Help Your Parents Adjust to a New Assisted Living Community

How to Help Your Parents Adjust to a New Assisted Living Community

As individuals age, many seek living arrangements that offer a safe, secure, stimulating environment but also one which provides for changes in mobility and health status. When it comes to making a decision about an assisted living community for a loved one, making a well-informed and timely decision is essential. Let’s face it, handing over the […]

Tips on Travelling with an Older Adult

Tips on Travelling with an Older Adult

Traveling can be one of the most exciting experiences of our lifetimes whether the goal is to see the world or to visit long-distance friends, family, grandchildren or a childhood home. You may find as a caregiver that you need to hit the road for a personal or medical reason. Whatever the reason, if you are planning to […]

Don’t Miss These Critical Pieces of An Estate Plan

Don’t Miss These Critical Pieces of An Estate Plan

So you’re getting older, maybe recently married, or are starting a family.  Perhaps a loved one passed away or you recently got divorced.  Or maybe you just want to get things in order. As an individual or a couple, you must ask yourself, “When do I need a will?”  or “Do I even need a […]

Get Paid To Be a Family Caregiver

Get Paid To Be a Family Caregiver

The number one question caregivers always ask is this, “how to get paid for being a family caregiver?” Caregiving for a family member is done out of love, and there is no monetary compensation attached to it. Since this is mostly the case, taking care of a loved one can be burdensome especially in the […]

Aging Without Children to Care for You?

Aging Without Children to Care for You?

Are you one of those baby boomers who will eventually become elder orphans? These are people who don’t have spouses, adult children or companion they can rely on assistance, company and care especially in the latter part of their lives. In other words, they age in place alone. Are You an Elder Orphan? Here’s a table that […]

Care For Elderly Parents Without Draining Yourself

Care For Elderly Parents Without Draining Yourself

One of the most overlooked factors when planning for retirement is helping elderly parents financially. Most often than not, people are too consumed to meet their goals by saving enough for their future to have a comfortable retirement that they forget to check on their aging parents If your parents’ savings and assets are not enough for […]

You Don’t Have To Be Lonely

You Don’t Have To Be Lonely

As we age, the changing physical and mental health and challenging life events like the loss of loved ones and retirement increase the risk for isolation. Research shows that prolonged isolation can have a negative effect on older adults and is a risk with significant consequences. According to the new AARP Foundation website Connect2AffectOpens a New […]

Maximizing Social Security Retirement Benefits

Maximizing Social Security Retirement Benefits

The importance of Social Security cannot be overstated. The program provides approximately 60% of America’s seniors with half of their monthly retirement income, and for a third of recipients it comprises over 90% of their income. Despite this heavy reliance, less than 5% of seniors avail themselves to strategies designed to maximize their lifetime income […]

Why You Need to Have a Will

Why You Need to Have a Will

Why do I need a will?  In fact, more than 50% of Americans do not have a will, according to a 2012 Rocket Law survey, putting their families, assets, and legacies at risk. Here are 3 reasons to be prepared: 1. Protect your assets.  When someone dies without a will, they die intestate.  If you die intestate, […]

5 Key Things for Financial Stability

5 Key Things for Financial Stability

Happy New Year!  New Year = New Resolutions = New Opportunities.  So let’s kickoff the new year on the right foot and focus on getting our financial lives in order. Here are 5 key things to put your financial house in order: 1. Take stock of what you have.   Organize your financial life.  Most people, and […]

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Financial Advisor

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Financial Advisor

Choosing an advisor – or a team of advisors – is an important first step on your way to financial health.  Just as with choosing any long-term partner, communication is key.  Here are 5 questions to ask when meeting with potential financial advisors to get a better understanding of whether s/he is the right fit. […]

Best Travel Destinations for Singles Over 50

Best Travel Destinations for Singles Over 50

Are you single, over 50, and not sure where to travel this year? Don’t worry. We’re here to help! Summer is in the air, and there is no better time to travel than right now! However, if you’re single and over 50, traveling by yourself may seem daunting. If Cancun was the go-to destination when […]

Finding the Right Travel Companion

Finding the Right Travel Companion

The Galapagos, Paris, Hong Kong, Alaska – there are so many places around the globe just calling our names. Nothing beats the sense of freedom and adventure you get from arriving in a new state or country and exploring all it has to offer. Traveling expands our knowledge and understanding of all the cultures that […]

9 Steps to Make Friends for Shy Older Adults

9 Steps to Make Friends for Shy Older Adults

If you are shy and over 50, you already know that making new friends doesn’t come easily. Not only have you probably spent most of your life finding it difficult to make new friends in the first place, you’ve reached an age where most people start to find their social circles start to shrink. Talk […]

The Basics of Long Term Care: Part I

The Basics of Long Term Care: Part I

Long-term care 101: What is it? Why plan for it? Who pays for it? Important recent changes. What is Long-Term Care? Long-term care is a form of healthcare that assists patients in carrying out necessary activities of daily living; among other activities, this includes bathing, dressing, transferring to a toilet, and eating. Additionally, long-term care assists […]

Be A Volunteer During The Holidays

Be A Volunteer During The Holidays

There’s no better time of the year than the holiday season. From delicious treats to cozying up by the fire, everyone’s in a wonderful mood. Since it is the season of giving, wouldn’t it be nice to spread the cheer with those in need? The winter season offers plenty of ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Not […]

5 Travel Apps That Helps You Save Money

5 Travel Apps That Helps You Save Money

Looking to travel this year, but do not want to break the bank? Do you like endless deals and savings? Is the word ‘FREE’ one of your favorite words of all time? If you found yourself saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” you have come to the right place! I believe it was John Steinbeck that once […]

Charles Eugster: Champion At 97

Charles Eugster: Champion At 97

He was a body-builder, a sprinter, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture. “Retirement is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself,” Charles Eugster, 97, told TODAY from his home in Zurich, Switzerland. His Motivation? “I […]

Thinking of starting a new business?

Thinking of starting a new business?

After spending years of your life having to answer to someone else, it is only natural to want to be your own boss. You’ve decided that you’re intrigued by the prospect of potentially opening your own business within the next few years. Whether it is a small bistro in your neighborhood or a startup that […]

Milestone Birthday Vacation Ideas

Milestone Birthday Vacation Ideas

In eighth grade, I always heard my math professor repeat this seemingly profound expression to all of his students: “Youth is wasted on the young.” Back then, I dismissed it as yet another piece of “elderly wisdom” that I would hearken back to when I reached his age. But now, I’m starting to think he […]

Daily Money Managers for Older Adults

Daily Money Managers for Older Adults

Think of the constant influx of mail that arrives at your home every day: bills that need to be paid, bank statements, notifications for insurance policies, wills, retirement plans and more. Now imagine managing all this with impaired eyesight, decreased hearing, arthritic hands, or failing memory. Most of us would like someone professional to handle […]

Financial Planning for a Longer Life

Financial Planning for a Longer Life

Retirement planning involves a delicate balance between adequately planning for a long retirement and maximizing the enjoyment of the money you’ve worked hard to accumulate. In most cases, a retirement that lasts 35 years will require far more financial resources than will one that lasts 20 or 25 years. What is more, the final years […]

Overcoming Language Barriers When Traveling

Overcoming Language Barriers When Traveling

When you travel to another language speaking country, the most difficult part might be the language barrier that prevents you from fully engaging in another countries culture. Communication is key when you’re in a different environment. Whether you’re asking for directions or learning about the locals, here are some tips to help you prepare for […]

Crossing Off Your Bucket List Doesn’t Stop at 100

Crossing Off Your Bucket List Doesn’t Stop at 100

“I’m too old for that” is not an excuse. At least it’s not for Al Blaschke, from Texas, and Glenn Quillin from Illinois, both whom skydived on their 100th birthday. These age defying centenarians are proof that age is not a limitation-the only limitation that is holding you back is yourself. So, why are these […]

How Cuddling Can Help You Live Longer

How Cuddling Can Help You Live Longer

Relationships change with age and as you get older, you may feel increasingly isolated. Incorporating human touch through cuddling can help you live a longer, healthier life. In the United States, one third of people ages 65 and up live alone. If you live by yourself, you may be missing out on all the hugging, […]

Elder Orphans: Planning for Retirement?

Elder Orphans: Planning for Retirement?

As baby boomers head into retirement, many are realizing they will have no family to depend on as they age. Planning is key if you’re an ‘elder orphan’ Almost one-quarter of Americans over 65 are single and childless, or known as “elder orphans,” with no one to care for them if their health declines, according […]

Forced Retirement Is a Growth Opportunity

Forced Retirement Is a Growth Opportunity

Forced or involuntary retirement—or the possibility that you may be forced to exit the workforce sooner than you wanted—is a more common problem than you may think. How prepared are you? Some 46% of retirees polled for the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey said they left their jobs before they’d planned, usually because […]

Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

Why exercise is crucial to ease arthritis pain Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming. But you […]

For Midwife, 71, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

For Midwife, 71, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

Sometimes you can’t retire even if you want to. For Dian Sparling, a certified nurse midwife in Fort Collins, Colo., there’s no one to take over her practice. But at 71, she’s finding that staying up all night delivering babies is harder than it used to be. Sparling founded an obstetrics and gynecology practice called […]

Tech Tool Aims to Manage Your Health

Tech Tool Aims to Manage Your Health

Aging 2.0 may not sound like the hippest start-up in San Francisco, but it’s part of an industry worth $2 billion and growing fast — technology to help older adults. Katy Fike, 35, is the company’s co-founder. She’s devoted to making sure that older adults who are supposed to use the products are involved in […]

At 85, ‘Old-School’ Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

At 85, ‘Old-School’ Politician Shows No Signs Of Quitting

Politics is one field that has long been associated with people working into their later years — sometimes even into their 80s or 90s. And at 85, state Sen. Fred Risser of Wisconsin, the longest-serving state lawmaker in the country, shows no signs of slowing down. Risser has been representing the city of Madison in […]

Age Friendly College Towns For Older Adults

Age Friendly College Towns For Older Adults

WILLIAM RIFFER, 70, hopscotched around the country during a career in the Navy and later as a manager in the nuclear power industry, moving 19 times. So it’s not surprising that it took him a little time to figure out where he wanted to retire about a decade ago. He and his wife, Cecelia, 69, […]

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there’s all that time standing on your feet. It’s one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities. But a […]

Communities Seek to Be Age Friendly

Communities Seek to Be Age Friendly

Like many couples, Catherine Berger and husband raised their children in a suburban single-family house—in a subdivision an hour from downtown Atlanta. But after the kids left home and her husband died, she says, “there was nothing in the community for me.” Fourteen years ago, Berger, 73, moved into a townhouse in Inman Park, an […]

Speed Dating Isn’t Just for Young People

Speed Dating  Isn’t Just for Young People

The idea of speed dating for people over 70 can evoke laughs from anyone who’s younger, along with reactions from “how cute” to “how silly” to “how gross.” And while the documentary The Age of Love does have plenty of ha-ha moments, most of the time its subjects are reflecting on a need for intimacy […]

Never Too Late To Learn An Instrument

Never Too Late To Learn An Instrument

Based on: The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty by Francine Toder, Ph.D. © 2013 As a graduate student studying the aging brain many decades ago, I learned enough neuroscience to fill scarcely more than a couple of handwritten notebook pages.  Common knowledge and scientific acumen in those years […]

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

Retirement isn’t what it used to be, or even when it used to be. Since the late 1970s, the percentage of Americans over 65 who are still working has doubled. Sometimes these people are working because they need the money. But increasingly, people are staying in the workforce into their later years because they’re living […]

Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness

Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness

Older people are working more, voting more and drinking and smoking less than they used to. That’s the good news. But nearly three-quarters of older men and about two-thirds of women over age 64 are overweight or obese, making them more likely to have to deal with diabetes, arthritis and impaired mobility. This snapshot of […]

Rethinking Retirement Age

Rethinking Retirement Age

The age at which we retire has traditionally been linked to cultural norms and external factors such as the availability of a company pension, health care and Social Security retirement benefits. Pensions were designed to incentivize long-service with a single employer while also establishing formulas that would provide reliable incentives for employees to eventually retire. […]

Our Assumptions About Older Workers Are Wrong

Our Assumptions About Older Workers Are Wrong

It is almost second nature to create stereotypes of people based on age. If someone is in their twenties then they must be technologically adept, obsessed with keeping fit, prepared to change jobs frequently whilst obviously searching for meaningful work. Those in their sixties and seventies must be less interested in work and are probably exhausted and […]

Find Support for Your Retirement Transition

Find Support for Your Retirement Transition

Take a moment to reflect back on a few of the major transitions in your life. These are events like graduating from college, getting married or having your first child. Now, think about the different ingredients that were in place to help you get through those times. Here’s the question: What was the single most […]

Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons

Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons

Are music lessons the way to get smarter? That’s what a lot of parents (and experts) believe: Studying an instrument gives children an advantage in the development of their intellectual, perceptual, and cognitive skills. This may, however, turn out to be wishful thinking. Two new randomized trials have found no evidence for the belief. The […]

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread ‘Elder Fraud’

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread ‘Elder Fraud’

This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors’ nest eggs. Retired […]

A Charitable Way to Reduce Your Taxes Today

A Charitable Way to Reduce Your Taxes Today

For many, the holidays are about giving.  More than one-third of all charitable donations take place during the last three months of the year. But goodwill doesn’t account for the timing of all of those donations… For many, last-minute charitable donations play an important role in tax management. That’s because many contributions come with big […]

A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors

Eating a bowl of cereal in the morning seems like such a simple thing, but it’s close to impossible for some of the 1 million Americans who struggle with the tremors of Parkinson’s disease. There are also as many as 10 million Americans who have a disorder called essential tremor — sometimes mistaken for Parkinson’s […]

Realize Your Dreams as an Entrepreneur

Realize Your Dreams as an Entrepreneur

If you’ve ever been driven to rage and despair trying to pry open one of those plastic blister packs, Paul Tasner says it doesn’t have to be that way. According to the 68-year-old Tasner, all it would take is for more products to use the packaging he’s developed for his company, Pulpworks. As you might […]

Dating Sites For Older Singles

With nearly 40 percent of Americans over 50 single and many looking for love online, dating sites are catering to this fast-growing market. Vicki Cherco, 58, of Libertyville, Ill., uses one called OurTime.com. Her most recent date went well. “He was good-looking and funny and nice and thoughtful and paid for everything and asked for […]

Flex Your Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies

Flex Your Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies

Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years — impressionist Claude Monet, for one. But at the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, older people are proving that you don’t have to be famous — or even a professional artist — to live a creatively fulfilling life […]

For Women, Income Inequality Continues Into Retirement

For Women, Income Inequality Continues Into Retirement

Poverty does not treat men and women equally, especially in old age. Women 65 years old and older who are living in poverty outnumber men in those circumstances by more than 2 to 1. And these women are likely to face the greatest deprivation as they become older and more frail. This pretty much describes […]

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