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News The positive aging movement is quickly gaining momentum, as well as recognition, in all areas of society. Keep up with the newest trends and stories; there will be plenty to consider as you read the latest news for boomers and beyond.
Purpose Prize Nominations Open
Nominations are still open for the 2013 Purpose Prize, which will award up to $100,000 to social innovators 60 and older. You may nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself – anyone whose creative endeavors in the second half of life are making a big difference to society. The Purpose Prize®, now in its eighth year, is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2013. Click here to nominate someone worthy.
5 Tax Tips for Future Retirees
Pre-retirers are being told to consider taxes as an integral part of retirement planning in this USA Today article. Not planning for taxes in retirement "could be a critical and costly mistake." Consider these five tips that clearly explain how to manage your taxes as you enter this new phase. Accumulating money for your older years is just a start; understanding how taxes affect your savings is the next step in making the most of your well-earned dollars. To learn more, click here.
Did You Have Any Voting Problems in the General Election?
If you had a voting problem on or before the Nov. 6th general election, Mayor Nutter wants to hear from you. Tell your personal story to a team appointed by the mayor to analyze voting issues and recommend improvements on:
* Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Second Floor
* Thursday, Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th Street
If you don't want to speak in public, click here to find out how to submit your voting story online, by text, mobile application, e-mail or voicemail.
Boomers Shaping Housing in the U.S.
As in so many things today, boomers are having a major impact on the housing market. The National Association of Home Builders expects the number of single-family housing starts in 55+ communities to increase by 22 percent this year and an additional 20 percent in 2014. This uptick in new buildings is happening because boomers are feeling more confident in their local market conditions and are able to sell their existing homes at reasonable prices, allowing them to downsize or relocate near their children. This article lists the community amenities that are most highly sought include garden plots, walking/jogging trails, outdoor pools, and public transportation. To learn more about what boomers are seeking, click here.
One of the great perks of growing older is the many discounts that are available to boomers and seniors. If you don’t mind admitting your age, here are some resources to explore. Not all businesses advertise them, but many give senior discounts, so don’t ever be shy to ask. The Internet is one of your best resources; a few Internet sites that can be very helpful are SeniorDiscounts.com that lists more than 250,000 discounts on products and services like airlines, car rentals, restaurants, state and national parks, museums, and more...
Boomer Women vs. the Cosmetics Industry
Boomer women are very disappointed with the cosmetics industry, according to this article. Women continue to feel beautiful as they age, but want some help with issues that accompany aging: yellowing teeth, hair color, skin texture, and uneven skin tone. Yet, the cosmetics people seem to think that this group of women only care about anti-aging skincare products, whose effectiveness is the hardest to prove. To read more about what women actually want from the "beauty" industry, click here.
You Are What You Think
When stereotypes are negative — older adults believing that aging means becoming useless, helpless, or devalued - they are less likely to seek preventive medical care, are more likely to suffer memory loss, and experience poor physical functioning according to a growing body of research. But, positive thoughts about aging, when being older is seen as a time of wisdom, self-realization, and satisfaction produces very different outcomes. The message is: attitude counts and those who have studied this phenomenon believe that part of the answer lies in tackling ageism, which is pervasive in our youth-oriented culture and begins early in childhood. To learn more about this fascinating finding, click here.
Top 5 Boomer Health Trends
Last month, CNN took an in-depth look at baby boomers and came up with the top five trends in health and wellness for those born between 1946 and 1964: boomeritis (high rates of tendinitis, arthritis, tears, and fractures); the positives of brain games in improving memory and attention; increase in sexually-transmitted diseases; hepatitus C (often undiagnosed); and free preventive care for hepatitus, mammograms, counseling services, flu shots, and other kinds of care that are covered by most insurance plans. To learn more about each of these areas and see an informative video, click here.
Aging Drivers Present Challenges
Boomers have basically "driven" transportation planning throughout the country since getting their licenses in the mid-sixties. It was the boomers who made "his" and "her" cars the norm when they started their families and helped spread a housing explosion to the suburbs. Traffic grew when boomer women commuted to jobs. But, what is going to happen as boomers move into a new phase of life? Will there be less travel or will boomers defy expectations and remain more mobile into their "encore years" than previous generations? To read more, click here.