Collect Social Cecurity, that is. It' a good idea to go against conventional wisdom and start collecting early under certain circumstances, advises the U. S. News and World Report. On the other hand, maybe you did start collecting early and now regret it. Kiplinger offer “4 Ways Early Claimers Can Boost Social Security Benefits,” including withdrawing then repaying. We find it amazing that a challenging (to say the least) economy, the growing number of traditional retirement age people, and people who are getting to that traditional age and not retiring are making for a whole new set of rules and “ways to play the game.”
Om, former hippies and others! A recent report estimates that 16MILLION older adult households will move in the next decade. Boomers, especially singles, are creating new options for retirement living more in line with smaller-than-anticipated retirement nest eggs. Some from the Woodstock generation are even trekking to and settling up house at high-end retirement communes. While the stalled housing market has increased the number of us “aging in place,” this trend may soon change as existing home sales are on the rise. On a smaller scale, house sharing à la "The golden Girls," i.e., moving in with one or two unrelated others, is catching on.
“Love is a Battlefield” crooned boomer Pat Benetar. Well, maybe. But as we age, many of us withdraw from direct conflict and employ another strategy: changing the subject. So says a recently released San Francisco State University study. Feeling amorous instead of combative and planning to tie the knot again? Here’s what you need to know before co-mingling your assets. BTW, without intervention, divorce rates look like this: First marriage: 50% end in divorce. 2nd marriage: 64% do. Third: 74%. A few words to the wise who are planning on "goin' to the chapel."
So wrote poet and opium aficionado Samuel Taylor Coleridge in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” To which we add, “Ain’t that the truth?!” (About sleep; we’ll pass on the opium.) Among the most pleasurable things in life is a good night’s rest, no? Yet many of us, because we’re too busy or have trouble letting go of the day, often are sleep deprived. Scientists agree that getting enough shut-eye is linked to our health. Both mental and physical problems from aging skin and weight gain to heart disease and cancer are associated with sleep deprivation. The good news is that there are a number of ways to shut down your brain without medication.
"What do women want?" Freud famously asked Marie Bonaparte. We’ll leave that one for another time. But we do have some new info on the gander side: men want to be responsive and provide caregiving because they need to. In 2009, according to a National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP study, men accounted for 34% of the nearly 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. But more recent surveys show the number of men in this traditionally female role has risen rapidly. Forbes magazine has the details. Men also want the skinny on “Low T,” bombarded as they are these days with ads for testosterone supplements, but many are shy about asking. The Washington Post has those answers.
A survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found 61 percent of its members cited an increase in divorce cases among 50-year-old couples during the past five years. "Baby boomers have regularly been catalysts for social change and getting divorced in their later years appears to be one of the most recent trends," Alton Abramowitz, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, commented. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? Discuss. More info here.
We often talk about the "fast pace of city living" (Check out Market and 15th at 5 PM) and that pace actually has a default speed: We’ve long assumed that people cross the street walking at about 4 feet per second. Crosswalks are timed with this number in mind, so you don't get clipped by a creeping car when the red hand starts flashing at you midway through an intersection. But the older we get, the more likely we are to slow down. What’s a city to do? Find out here.
Watch Coming of Age founding partner WHYY much? You should. Now, here’s another reason to.The PBS NewsHour has expanded its ongoing reporting on older workers with a new interactive web page called "New Adventures for Older Workers.” Check it out. Scrolling through the page is an experience itself. Want to stay healthy at work? Get off your duff and do some stuff. Those may soon be doctors’ orders—straight from the American Medical Association.