Retirement Spending: What to do with the Money You’ve Saved

While there are some of us who have little to no hope of ever enjoying a normal retirement (although we do hope we’ll still be employable in our golden years) there are many who have planned wisely, saved money appropriately and toiled endlessly to enjoy a comfortable third act.

It is at this point that some people wind up with a money problem vastly different from the one they’d faced in previous years. For the first time in their lives, they ...

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Published by the Athens Banner-Herald: Seniors and Pets: The Transforming “Power of Paws”

“Over the course of our lives, it is likely there will be moments when we are “fed up to here” with family members, co-workers, even friends – basically, anything that resembles a human being.

It is less likely that we’re anything less than enamored with our pets (although the occasional in-home “accident” or wandering episode might cause an anxious moment or two).”

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Seniors and Spring Cleaning: Dust with Care

I think it’s safe to say there’s not a house, apartment, hut, tepee, igloo or lean-to on the planet that couldn’t use a little spring cleaning.

Tis the season to help the senior in your life clean house—and also spot potential problems (piles of unpaid bills, safety hazards, or out-of-date food in the pantry) in the senior’s home.

The hardest part is getting started. A first step is to create a list with the senior’s help, prioritizing based on interest (the flower ...

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Time Heals All Wounds?: Reconciling Differences with Seniors

Many of us hear about, read about and – unfortunately – experience the regrettable situation of having an older relative or friend who lives out their final years without making peace with someone who was once an important part of their lives.

Although John Lennon was commenting on the U.S. government when he uttered the phrase “time wounds all heals,” it could also be an apt characterization of how seniors feel about the broken relationships in their own lives. Many seniors ...

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Published by the Athens Banner-Herald: Chronic Illness: How Seniors Survive Medical Hardships

“Chronic illnesses, especially in senior citizens, can be frustrating and even traumatic events for both patients and their caregivers. As a disease progresses, there is often a seemingly endless scope to the physical hardships, the cost of treatments and the sometimes invasive attempts to cure the illness. Worse still are the considerable emotional costs for all involved.”

The full article is available to print here.

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“There’s No Place Like Home”: Practical Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

For a host of senior citizens, the idea of leaving their homes for an institutional lifestyle (i.e., a nursing home) is inconceivable. In fact, a 2010 AARP study showed that nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes.

And through their many years of work and sacrifice, most elderly Americans have earned that right. However, seniors who do remain at home need to make sure their residences are safe.

The leading cause of death for people ...

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When Seniors Are Stubborn: How to Help Family Members Who Won’t Help Themselves

Whether the scenario involves persuading someone to stick to their medication routine, get off the couch and plug back into the world, or just change a well-worn shirt, motivating a senior can sometimes require tact and finesse.

In many ways, trying to help an aging parent or loved one isn’t unlike trying to motivate a high-school senior. Both are at the end of one stage of life, and neither knows what the next stage will bring, so they often simply go ...

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Are We There Yet? How to Know When You’re Ready to Retire

For many seniors, the last several years of unstable economic conditions have made the idea of retiring a daunting venture. Even Wes Craven, the creative genius behind Freddy Krueger, recently wrote a column on the nightmare of his own retirement attempt (his story involved a motor scooter, a kickstand, and a hospital, but still).

Seriously, the question of when to retire has turned into a perplexing logic problem including the stock market, the solvency of Social Security/Medicare, inflation, family obligations and ...

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Published by the Athens Banner-Herald: Elder Law: Protecting Seniors from Financial Fraud

“Lately there has been a major effort among U.S. legislators to enact what has come to be known as ‘Elder Law.’ This specialized genre of directives has been put into place to guard against potentially catastrophic paperwork mistakes, fraud and even elder abuse.”

The full article is available to print here.

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