Its The Plan

What do you want your retirement to look like? Have you asked yourself that question? You’ll have much more success if you know what you want before you start. Financially, knowing what you want your retirement dreams are in the beginning increases the chances of them coming true. If your dream is nothing more than to stay home and garden and watch your grandchildren you’ll need less money than if your retirement dream is a trip around the world with a stop in Italy to take cooking lessons. Knowing what you want has to be the beginning of a plan.

Cut A Rug For The Brain

Scientists have found that the areas of the brain that control memory and skills such as planning and organizing improve with exercise. Dance has the added dimension of balance. Specifically dance stimulates the hippocampus and increases neuron connections. Regular dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76%. Studies are conclusive cutting a rug on a regular basis is good for the brain.

Get a Little Happy

I suffer from debilitating depression, and so do 7 million other adults over the age of 65 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) My depression is caused by genetics and brain chemistry I take medicine for it every day and the medicine helps, but not enough to make me feel normal, but enough to function as long as there are no stressors to add to my depression. Not only is depression an epidemic among older adults so is suicide, 16% of suicide deaths are older adults. These numbers are staggering.

Good Bones

I was walking across the yard one day and stepped in nothing more than a big divot in the grass and down I went breaking both my legs. The breaks weren’t severe but they were painful, and it made me worry about osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the thinning of your bones. It’s a disease of aging and can be exasperated by alcohol use and being under weight, lack of exercise, smoking and some medications can cause or make it worse.

The Graying of Homelessness

There were 306,000 people over 50 living on the streets in 2014, the most recent data available, a 20 percent jump since 2007, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population. The Graying of homelessness is a new problem for America that set up its programs to treat homelessness was designed to work with much younger individuals. Now we need to work with individuals who have been homeless for very long periods of time and are no longer able to work are addicted to drugs and alcohol and in cities with exorbitant rents.

4 Advanced Directives That You Can Use to Plan Your Future

My city has been quarantined by the county health department so I have plenty of time to do all those pesky tasks that I’ve been putting off. One of those tasks is thinking about my end of life wishes and getting it down on paper. I’ve been putting it off for years ever at least 10 years when my mother-in-law died and she didn’t get what she wanted because she didn’t write it down, and so, she got what her daughter wanted.

Arthritis It's Me, Is It You?

My spirit is still young when I close my eyes and think about myself I think about myself as young, but the truth and frustration is that my body is aging and is older than I’d like, and it shows me it’s older through the pain of arthritis in my feet, ankles, and knees. My Osteoarthritis affects how I walk and do yoga it affects every aspect of my life. First of all and most significant for me is the loss of many pairs of beautiful stiletto high heel shoes that went with my business suits. Most recently I’ve needed a disabled placard so I can park close to the recreation center and shopping. These things make me feel old emotionally, but more significantly is the pain. The physical pain of arthritis I take a pain killer and I have a cream that I rub on that helps me make it through the days and nights.

4 Side Hustles Perfect for Retirees

I always wanted a side hustle I’ve always had a side hustle, but now I feel like I need a side hustle. After some pretty deliberate research I’ve compiled a list of four side hustles that are perfect for a retiree. I have side hustles to keep away depression, help give my life meaning andContinue reading “4 Side Hustles Perfect for Retirees”

10 Ways to Beat COVID-19 Stress

We’re all under a little stress these days, or should I say a little panic. Long term stress is absolutely a killer move especially during a viral pandemic. But, how can you escape the stress of COVID-19? The shelter in place orders the raw number of cases of those who have contracted the virus the number who have died the medical shortages exactly, what is all this new stress doing to our bodies? And how can we get control of the stress.

6 Reasons to Consider In Home Health Care

In home care for seniors provides six advantages for those requiring longer term care. I had a caregiver after major back surgery a few years ago and I have to tell you it was wonderful to know that when I couldn’t stand to cook my own meals that someone was there to help me. TheseContinue reading “6 Reasons to Consider In Home Health Care”