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ROBS: A Different Way to Start Your Retirement Business

ROBS: A Different Way to Start Your Retirement 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 […]

Celebrate Your Milestone Birthday With a Vacation

Celebrate Your Milestone Birthday With a Vacation

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 Travelling

Overcoming Language Barriers When Travelling

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 […]

Don’t Let Forced Retirement Hold You Back

Don’t Let Forced Retirement Hold You Back

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 […]

3 Types of Exercise to Ease Arthritis Pain

3 Types of Exercise 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 Help Manage Your Health

Tech Tool Aims to Help 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 […]

7 Places to Find Support for the Retirement Transition

7 Places to Find Support for the 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 […]

Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies

Seniors Flex 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 […]

The ‘Joy Of Movement’ To People With Parkinson’s

The ‘Joy Of Movement’ To People With Parkinson’s

If you pictured a dancer, you probably wouldn’t imagine someone with Parkinson’s disease. Worldwide, there are 10 million people with the progressive movement disorder, and they struggle with stiff limbs, tremors and poor balance. But over the past 15 years or so, a few thousand have taken dance classes that are part of a program […]

Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

Loneliness can be a problem for older people, especially when they’re in the hospital. Their children may have moved away. Spouses and friends may themselves be too frail to visit. So a California hospital is providing volunteer companions in the geriatric unit. One of the volunteers at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica is […]

Student for a Day: One Day University Lectures

Student for a Day: One Day University Lectures

How would you like to attend a one-day series of lectures by today’s elite college professors? Well, now you can. Thanks to One Day University, thousands of mature adults can now access inspiring learning experiences without the hustle of cluttered class schedules and homework. When founder Steven Schragis attended a complimentary lecture at his daughter’s […]

Grandmother Earns Degree for 100th Birthday

During her lifetime, 99-year-old College of the Canyons graduate Doreethea Daniels has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, the moon landing, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and now the digital information age. But with all the drama the past has offered, Daniels had yet to be presented with […]

Managing Financially Dependent Adult Children

Managing Financially Dependent Adult Children

The retirement savings you expect to have at the conclusion of your career can be greatly depleted by needy adult children. Yet 59% of parents today have provided financial support for adult children who are no longer in school. Take a look at the following ways these parents are helping: 50 percent are providing a place […]

Handling Technological Change in the Workplace

Handling Technological Change in the Workplace

Is the constant evolution of technology in the workplace forcing you to consider early retirement? This is a highly common stress factor for adults continuing their careers later in life, leading some to consider early resignation. An increasing number of workers are continuing their careers later in life, with 22% of the workforce now above […]

Preventing Suicide in Aging Loved Ones

Preventing Suicide in Aging Loved Ones

How would you handle an elder friend or relative voicing suicidal thoughts? Would you alert doctors? Would you try to talk them through it? Would you take any action at all? Unfortunately, the majority of suicidal warning signs are largely ignored or belittled, leaving elders prey to their own minds. In her New York Times […]

What to Consider Before Relocating

What to Consider Before Relocating

Planning a big move for retirement? Wonderful. Enthusiasm and adventurous spirit are essential to retirement living. But before you take that big leap into the unknown, experts implore you to think everything through. A recent survey shows that half of people ages 50-64 would like to change cities or states in retirement. But too many […]

Two Deadly Hidden Causes of Chronic Disease

Two Deadly Hidden Causes of Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes have consumed western culture, but remain at bay in less-industrialized communities around the world. So how can we alter our lifestyles to glean the health benefits of these longevity-prone countries? Nick Delgado, PhD, has a few ideas. In general, the main factors in unhealthy western lifestyles […]

Great Grandmother, 89, Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Great Grandmother, 89, Earns Bachelor’s Degree

There’s always time to go back and get a degree. One great-grandmother took that mantra to heart when she received her bachelor’s degree at the age of 89. Betty Reilly never finished high school, but at the age of 78 decided it finally time to get it done. Living with her husband in Sunrise, Florida, […]

How to Find Fulfilling Part Time Jobs

How to Find Fulfilling Part Time Jobs

Are you recently, or soon-to-be retired, and looking for a fulfilling way to spend your time while supplementing your income? You’re not alone. Many mature adults are looking for enjoyable part-time gigs for their third stage of life. In concluding a long-term career and transitioning into something less substantial, retirees do have to make some […]

How to Coordinate Retirement with Your Spouse

How to Coordinate Retirement with Your Spouse

What do you do if your spouse retires but you want to continue working? How do you manage these differences in lifestyle? Between 2004 and 2014, the number of Americans over age 54 who were active in the civilian labor force ballooned by 47.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that number […]

Travel on the Cheap

Travel on the Cheap

Many people are under the impression that world travel requires boatloads of savings. But in many cases, living or traveling abroad costs less than living expenses in big cities like New York. The key is understanding how to make the most of each dollar on the road. Here are our tips for budgeting your travel […]

Exercise Routines for Healthy Living

Exercise Routines for Healthy Living

If you would like to optimize your health in every stage of your life, look no further than exercise. “Exercise is an antidote to aging,” says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, director of the cardiac rehabilitation and exercise labs at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. A well-rounded routine, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help […]

College Towns Perfect for Retirees

It’s true, some college towns can make excellent retirement hubs. Their access to public resources and close-knit community feel are a great way for retirees to stay engaged in their third stage of life. The Village at Penn State is a great example of a college town that simultaneously functions as a retirement community. “Today’s retirees and the […]

Preventing Chronic Back Pain Throughout Life

Preventing Chronic Back Pain Throughout Life

Do you regularly suffer from back pain? So do about 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives. The causes may vary, but the methods for finding relief can be boiled down to the following list: Stop smoking – Smoking restricts the blood flow of healthy nutrients in the body, commonly resulting in […]

Find a Travel Companion For Your Next Adventure

Find a Travel Companion For Your Next Adventure

Want to travel, but held back by physical limitations? Professional travel companions may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Julia Weed digs into the growing popularity of this new mode of travel in her recent New York Times article.  Flying Companions, the features travel companion company, has been assisting travelers for about nine years. The owner started in this […]

Take Ivy League Courses Online

Take Ivy League Courses Online

Have you just retired, emptied your nest, changed careers, or simply want to expand your intellectual horizons? If so, you must check out the amazing online educational platform currently at everyone’s disposal. MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, enable tens of thousands of students to enroll in courses taught by some of the most talented professors and […]

How to Prevent, Recognize & Report Elder Abuse

How to Prevent, Recognize & Report Elder Abuse

Reaching old age deserves nothing but reverence and respect from our fellow community members. But too often, people see this as a vulnerability and an opportunity to exploit and abuse. Recent studies show that about 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ will experience some form of elderly abuse. So how do you prevent, recognize and report this […]

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