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So… you’d like to learn more about what the second half of life can be? What do you need to consider as you explore your future and think about possible transitions? This section offers tips, tools and stories that can answer questions and get you started.
Ideas for Retirement Checklist
As retirement gets closer, the checklist of what you need to think about might need review. This article lists a number of areas that you may not have considered, including doing home repairs while still working, looking into your tax situation, taking advantage of your present health benefits, and living on your projected retirement income while still employed. And after you've looked at this list, perhaps you want to add a "bucket" for how you might "give back" to your community in this next phase of life. For that, you can contact comingofage.org. To read more, click here.
Next Stop: "Next Avenue"
A new "digital destination" for boomers called Next Avenue just launched ... and includes a refreshing blend of journalism by veteran reporters, information gleaned from trusted government leaders, nonprofit agencies, and commercial media outlets; and insights from a renowned private university and PBS stations around the country. The website aims to help boomers deal with the full range of concerns and interests that come into play during this next stage of life —“adult part 2.” Next Avenue invites readers to share their journeys and comment on articles and blog posts.
Seven Stupid Retirement Myths
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's latest retirement confidence survey, half of American workers haven't tried to figure out how much they need to save for retirement. And the survey shows that nearly one-third aren't currently saving; half of those who have saved have less than $25,000. This MSN Money article goes on to explain what myths may be keeping this large number of people from thinking ahead.
Keeping Up with the Oldest Facebooker
Lillian Lowe, 103, has been inundated with Facebook friends since it was reported that she is the oldest user of the social network site. The announcement was followed by 999 friendship requests from around the world. Ms. Lowe is unfazed. Upon receiving these messages, this retired British hotelier and businesswoman (holding her iPad in this photo) commented, "They have been very kind and uplifting messages. (But), I can't reply to them all." For those who haven't joined the Facebook crowd, let Coming of Age be your first experience!
The Age for Change is Here ... Now!
Coming of Age is proud to present our latest publication...The Age for Change: an E-book. This free online book, written by a team of published authors, explores the promise, richness, and challenge of life after 50 -- and offers compelling ideas to stimulate conversation. Its nine chapters, including Navigating New Waters with Adult Children, How Work Gives Meaning to Life, and The Many Faces of Loss, are topics of interest to share with your book club or other discussion groups...or communicate with other readers online. Please let us know what you think of our new way to help you explore your future.
Age of Aquarius -- Circa 2010
This fun, but serious, guide to boomer health offers insights on generational concerns about aching body parts (knees, heels, hips, backs), overuse of drugs, colonoscopies, plastic surgery, emotional challenges, and lots more. While it feels like a daunting litany of ailing parts, the overall message is a positive one of finding ways to deal with aging through new activities (yoga, tai chi, fitness regimens) and medical breakthroughs to enhance the encore years.
Golden Girls...Without Mom!
If you can't imagine ever living in senior housing or abandoning your community, perhaps a conversation with like-minded friends might be a good first step. Co-housing or shared housing is an option that has some very attractive perks -- companionship with people you enjoy, lower expenses, and shared responsibilities. In the arrangement described in this article, the women sharing the house half-jest that a home health care aide could live in the extra basement room.
The financial heft of boomers...and the overwhelming numbers that access the Internet and watch TV... have convinced public broadcasting executives that the 45 to 65 year-old crowd is one to be wooed and won over. The core of the project, called Next Avenue
, will be a website with original and aggregated content from public and nonprofit partners organized around health and wellness; money and financial security; and a category called living and learning.
Wouldn't it be great to grow old with a cluster of friends in a comfortable home where you could all help each other deal with everyday issues and health concerns? A few determined people actually have created what’s called senior cohousing
--small developments and neighborhoods that combine private homes with community connections and obligations and spaces.