COVID-19: A Retirement Wake-up Call

We’re all eager to get back to some sense of normality once it is safe to do so without risking COVID 19 exposure. Yet it feels like we are living in a perpetual holding pattern. When talking with acquaintances who are working from home, some have expressed a sense of boredom as one day pours into the next. None of us could have prepared for what we are now experiencing! In an April 19, 2020, Forbes article, senior contributor Chris Carosa suggested that having to shelter in place could be a wake-up call or preview for those who are eager…

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Medicare Decisions Don’t Have to Be Overwhelming

A Fidelity study projected the average couple would spend $285,000 in medical expenses after retirement. That's a huge amount of money! Medicare does not begin to cover all our medical expenses in retirement, and contrary to what people might believe, it is not free. Finding the right supplemental or Advantage plan is an important approach to managing medical expenses.About six months before I needed to make a decision, I started reading everything I could find on Medicare and various supplemental or Advantage plans. I also began receiving phone calls and all kinds of mail from various companies that touted their…

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Poetry as a Powerful Art Form to Help Reframe Aging

Research has been clear, embracing a positive view of aging can improve our quality of life and even extend our lifespan. Yet we are constantly being bombarded with anti-aging and other negative messages about getting older. A Kaiser Health News article suggests that one way we can counter negative views related to getting older is by seeking encouraging images of living our best lives as we age. One powerful and inspirational way to fill our lives with positive images of aging is through the arts. Art can move us in ways that no other form of communication can accomplish. Healthy…

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My New and Better Life Outside the Box

We found our ‘forever’ puppy seven years ago. He was the last of a litter. When we first saw him, he was living in a 4 x 6 wooden box with a smaller box inside for sleeping. He was eager to play with us as long as he could stay inside his box. But when we took him outside for a taste of real freedom and an opportunity to explore the world around him, he froze. As confining as it was, his box was all he knew. Once we took him home, it took time for him to recognize that…

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Fairy Godmother of the Neighborhood Dogs

I suspect that every dog and cat in our neighborhood recognizes ‘Sharon’ and even the car she drives. For about fifteen years, Sharon has left little goodies for our four-legged children in our community. Sometimes she leaves a little toy. Other times she leaves small treats. When she sees someone walking their dog, she usually stops her car, talks to the dog, and asks the dog’s human parent if she can give it a little treat. An Opportunity to Connect Sharon is a widow. I think she is probably in her mid-eighties. Because we are all needing to “shelter in…

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Humor Can Help Us Cope During Challenging Times

Without question, COVID-19 is a severe crisis that has affected millions of lives. And we have no shortage of news that updates us on the most recent, grim statistics. But from time to time, we need a little break. Sometimes humor- even during the darkest of times—is precisely what we need. COVID-10: A Psyche in Overdrive While Sheltering in Place By Cindy Eastman Ever heard of the COVID-10?  I just heard that phrase this morning from my friend I was walking with - she said she’s suffering from the COVID-10 that many of her other friends are experiencing.  She was…

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Rediscover Your True Self, Then Visualize

As the director of a research laboratory, Nancy had a great deal of responsibility. She also had a rich network of colleagues with whom she regularly interacted. However, once she reached her mid-fifties, she began wondering what her life would be like once her career was no longer the centerpiece of her waking hours. She’d still have activities to keep her busy and friends to visit, but she could not envision a future that would give her the same sense of purpose and meaning her professional life had given her. Don worked in the insurance industry for most of his…

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Seize the Day: Live Without Regrets

I like to have goals and plans in place for each day and the years ahead. At the same time, I recognize how important it is to be flexible and adjust to ever-changing circumstances. To seize each day to the fullest, I have to stay both motivated and focused—especially during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. I have plenty of friends who are still working in organizations and businesses that have provided them with opportunities to complete work from home. After ending my formal teaching career, I no longer have others’ expectations governing how I use much of my day.…

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It’s Not Too Late: Create Your Own Small Business

Have you always dreamed of starting a new business but life got in the way? Are you wondering if you are now too old to start the business you’ve always dreamed about? If so, it might be time to stop dreaming and start considering how to make your dreams a reality. The good news is that “people over 55 are twice as likely to launch successful new companies like those in the 20-34 age group.” Jeff Haden reported on Inc.com that findings from a study involving 2.7 million new businesses indicate that a “sixty-year-old founder is three times as likely…

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The Force of Resilience During Uncertain Times

By the time most of us reach our fifties, sixties, and beyond, we’ve learned a lot about dealing with uncertainty—the uncertainty that comes with facing challenges, struggles, and losses. For example, up to 50% of us have experienced divorces. We’ve had to deal with the uncertainty of ending much that was familiar and then starting a new life. Those of us who have experienced a divorce understand that involves loss and a significant transition, regardless of the reason behind it. Nonetheless, we move forward, often stronger and wiser. In 2019 there were an estimated 1,762,450 cancer diagnoses and 606,880 related…

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