Recommended weekend reading on retirement

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Here’s a quick look at articles that have caught my eye the week of June 1 to 5 – happy weekend reading . . . Millionaires Who Are Frugal When They Don’t Have to Be. Paul Sullivan/The New York Times Sex in the nursing home. Paula Spencer Scott/AARP Bulletin Demand and Expectations Grow for Green Retirement Communities. Constance Gustke/The […]

Recommended weekend reading on retirement

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Here’s a quick look at articles that have caught my eye the week of May 25 – 30 – happy weekend reading . . . Annuities: Useful but Little Understood. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Medicare Advantage billing fraud must be investigated. Fred Schulte/The Center for Public Integrity The Best Diversifier Has Been […]

Age in place or make a move? AARP tool helps you score your neighborhood

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Should you stay or should you go? It’s going to be a key question in an aging America, as people try to decide if their homes and communities still work for them as they grow old. And now there’s an online tool that can help with answers. AARP just released a free Livability Index that […]

Aging in place is popular, but does it always make sense?

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It’s been a mantra in recent years: most Americans want to stay right where they are in retirement. Aging in place is the preference expressed by older Americans in most surveys – a view that springs, in part, from rebellion against the notion that retirement communities in the Sunbelt states or institutional settings like nursing […]

Kristof’s “A Path Appears” is a must-read for boomers who want to give back

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Many people approach retirement with thoughts of giving back and leaving a legacy, but they’re unsure about the specific path to take. Many struggle with tough questions – where to volunteer? How to give money effectively? Should I focus here or abroad? What’s the most important cause to work on? How do I get started? If […]

Biggest surprises in retirement? The experts weigh in

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The Great Recession served up some nasty financial surprises to retirees – the housing crash, job loss and shrunken 401(k)s top the list of causes for the retirement insecurity that so many face. But retirement can bring lifestyle surprises, too. It’s one of life’s biggest transitions, and a major leap into the unknown. Hoping to […]

Extreme retirement abroad: How one footloose couple sees the world

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For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. In 2011 the couple opted for what might be called extreme retirement abroad: They sold their Paso Robles, California, home, jettisoned all but […]

More Americans are aging in place; Can towns and cities adapt?

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The graying of the American homeowner is upon us. The question is: Will communities be ready for the challenges that come with that? The number of households headed by someone age 70 or older will surge by 42 percent from 2015 to 2025, according to a report on the state of housing released last month […]

How to know when a ‘gray gambler’ is a problem gambler

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Once upon a time, bingo was the biggest game in town at the local senior center. But you’re far more likely to find today’s seniors manning a slot machine at the local casino – and some have become gambling addicts. Problem gambling among older people is on the rise. Seniors have time and money on […]

Surviving mid-life jolts, some people bounce back stronger than ever

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Midlife is prime time for unexpected life jolts. It’s the season for sudden job loss, divorce, the deaths of loved ones, and all manner of unexpected health issues, disasters, and near-misses. Hollywood may love a good story about the stereotypical life-changing “midlife crisis” brought on by the emotional turmoil of getting older, but research shows […]