Do you have a parent or other loved one in a skilled nursing facility or a senior housing community (independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities)? If so, it’s a challenging and even frustrating time, isn’t it? The facility where your loved one resides is probably on “lockdown” because of Covid-19, which means you are not allowed to visit them and your only ability to “see” them is through an internet-based video service like Zoom or Skype. It’s Personal Betsy is typical of an adult child with a parent in senior housing: Betsy lives in … [Read more...] about Ageism Strikes Hard Amid COVID-19
Unless you married right out of school you probably went through a period of time when you shared housing with people who weren’t related to you. How well that worked out mostly depended on how similar you were in values, habits, interests, and the willingness to work out your differences. Once settled in a career you most likely left the world of house-sharing to join the ranks of the married, partnered, or happily solo and lived with a loved one or Alone. Do you look back on your days with roommates as favorable? Did you form lasting bonds? Do you keep in touch with those roommates of old? … [Read more...] about Consider Home Sharing to Prevent Isolation and Loneliness
I wrote about the importance of pets to older adults back in 2018, but this is a topic that is timeless and grows in importance every day as more people decide to age in place. Almost two years later, I have gathered more information and am more convinced than ever that a companion pet is not only important for an older adult, it can be a critical component of an active, healthy, connected life. Home Instead Senior Care, one of the leading home care agencies in the United States, created a survey last year to measure the benefits of pet ownership to their clients and other older adults. Here … [Read more...] about Pets Are Critical For Older Adults
Quick…what comes to mind first when you think of long-term care insurance (LTCI)? I bet the first words that popped into your mind were “expensive” or “can’t afford it” or “only for rich people.” You’re right. It can be pricey. Many people lump it into the same category as earthquake insurance or an expensive insurance rider on a piece of jewelry or art. However, if you are over 65, the odds of your jewelry being stolen or a catastrophic earthquake occurring in your town (even in California) are far less than the likelihood of needing assistance at some point in your life. Too many people … [Read more...] about Long-term Care Insurance
Every year the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends you a personalized statement. In the past you may have tossed it out with the junk mail. In fact, it kind of looks like junk mail. Don’t toss it! It contains a lot of good information – information you need to understand to plan your future. You may be surprised by some of the information it includes. No matter what your prospects for a financially secure, post-65 future, it’s helpful to factor in that monthly check from Uncle Sam – if you are eligible. What your statement tells you Your statement spells out a rough estimate of … [Read more...] about What to Expect from Social Security
From the time we were first able to understand the word, we have all been in pursuit of as much happiness as we can find. Happiness is an elusive study target. It’s been hard to define, and even harder to measure. But in recent years, social scientists have produced some compelling findings. Carnegie Mellon psychologist, Sheldon Cohen, recently published a study demonstrating that happiness is actually good for our health. In his study, he found that individuals who reported a personal style and typical mood that exhibited more happiness traits had greater resistance to colds and flu … [Read more...] about What is Happiness?
Long-term Planning in Time Segments If you are planning for a lifestyle change or full retirement, these are the key issues you will confront as you move ahead in your life. Taking a look at these issues now and being proactive about them will help you move smoothly through the decades ahead. Ten-year Segments It may be helpful to begin to think of your life in 10-year segments. For instance, if you are currently 58, think about what you want to do from now until you are 68. Then project yourself into the next decade and think about what you might want to be doing between ages 68-78. … [Read more...] about Planning Your Future in Time Segments
Until very recently, the percentage of childless women hovered around ten percent. That accounted for all childless women, regardless of marital status or how and why they became childless, and this level is traceable as far back as statistics can be found. Very simply, it was the rate at which women were unable to reproduce. All but a tiny percentage of women did marry and did attempt to bear children – until 1970. That date coincides with the arrival into adulthood of the first wave of baby boomers and their unique ideas about how to pursue the adventure of adulthood. … [Read more...] about Fifty Plus; Minus Kids: The Adventure of Solo Aging in America