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 […]

It takes villages: Boomers’ alternative approach to retirement living

Beth Baker

Where do retired recreational vehicle enthusiasts go when they get too old to hit the road? Some are parking – permanently – at the Escapees Care Center, an adult day-care center in Livingston, Texas, where they can live in their RVs and pay monthly fees that cover whatever care they may need and commune with […]

How scary is an older America? Americans aren’t sweating it

Ted Fishman

America is aging, and it’s supposed to be a big downer. Pensions are crushing government budgets, Social Security is in trouble and Medicare costs are going through the roof. But someone must be putting Prozac in our water supply, because we don’t seem to be fretting. A recent Pew Research Center study of attitudes about […]

Register now for the Boomer Business Summit

Mary Furlong

If you’re an entrepreneur targeting the baby boomer market, join me at this year’s What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, to be held in San Diego on March 13th as part of the broader Aging in America conference. The summit is organized and led annually by Mary Furlong and Associates, the San Francisco-based strategy, business development, marketing […]

A holiday reading list for the retiree on your list

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Now that the baby boomer age wave is crashing ashore, Americans are retiring by the boatload. About 10,000 of us will turn 65 every day for the next 17 years, the Pew Research Center tells us. If someone on your gift list is hitting the beach this holiday season, a little guidance is in order […]

New technology lets aging drivers keep the keys longer

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When automakers add safety technology to their cars, they don’t go out of their way to advertise the new features to older drivers – that would be self-defeating. “The car remains a symbol of youthfulness, independence and freedom,” says Joseph F. Coughlin, director of the AgeLab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which studies and develops […]

Social media usage soars among the 50+ crowd

Christine Jensen

Christine Jensen has two adult daughters in their thirties, and they like to tease their mother about the amount of time she spends on Facebook. “The aren’t on it nearly as as much as I am,” says Jensen, 58. She joined Facebook about three years ago to stay in touch with her very large extended […]

Five questions for Bart Astor on retirement roadmaps

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Bart Astor is a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare. His new book, AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle, and Pursuing Your Dreams, was released in May. He recently agreed to answer a few questions about the key themes of the book for RetirementRevised.com’s readers. […]

These women will try retirement ‘Golden Girls’ style

Left to right: Louise Machinist (with Kali the cat), Jean McQuillin and Karen Bush.

The big four-story house in suburban Pittsburgh might remind you of the set of “The Golden Girls.” But unlike the hit TV sitcom of the late 1980s and early ’90s, the three women who live there are not in it for the laugh track. Karen Bush, Louise Machinist and Jean McQuillin bought the Mount Lebanon, […]

Divorced? It pays to know Social Security’s spousal benefit rules

Robin Brewton, who advises clients on Social Security benefit strategies, has boosted retirees’ financial security with a single question: Are you divorced? It is a little-known fact: If you’re divorced, it’s possible to claim Social Security spousal and survivor benefits from your ex. It is a strategy that can dramatically boost your benefits – and […]