The Talk: Having purpose in retirement


A recent study by Fidelity found that ” sixty-five percent of adult children and parents agree that discussing retirement readiness is an important topic, but 72 percent disagree on the level of detail that has been covered to date; and only 11 percent of children believe the conversations were very detailed .” One thing I’ve learned in my work [Read More...]

5 critical health questions to ask parents


Having “the talk” with your parents about retirement and aging usually finds people primarily focusing on the financial aspects such as wills, estates, and financial considerations for care in one’s later years. If you’ve gotten through that part of “the talk” congratulations! However, “the talk” has a number of parts to it and what is [Read More...]

The Talk: Leaving a legacy in retirement


In the process of writing my book, “Having “The Talk”: The Four Keys to Your Parents’ Safe Retirement,” I’ve found that one of the ways that adult children can connect with their retiring or retired parents is to view the process of creating a legacy for them as a very fulfilling project that can be jointly undertaken. [Read More...]

The Talk: Social networking vital for retirees


The fourth key aspect of “the talk” and having a safe and long retirement is the need to stay involved. The building and nurturing of a strong social network for retirees is vital to their own longevity and their ability to weather the storms that will occur with later life. For the adult child of a retired [Read More...]

Time to stop procrastinating on long-term care

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Mike Padawer writes in his new book, “What’s the Deal with Long-Term Care“, the following: ” The reality is that the longer you live, the greater the likelihood is that you will require long-term care services. The costs associated with needing long-term care are significant, and while it can take decades to accumulate the assets you’ll [Read More...]

Visit your parents or risk being sued


It couldn’t happen here! That’s the comment we often hear when a new edict gets handed down from a country such as China. We often scoff at China and similar countries whose government control and draconian measures often reveal their inability to allow freedom and justice to prevail in creating a better society for its [Read More...]

How to choose a retirement community

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Planning ahead for the later stages of retirement can help retirees and their loved ones avoid difficult, and often costly, situations in the future. The process for researching retirement living and care alternatives is not a simple one and often creates more questions than answers. The decision of where to live in retirement can often [Read More...]

Prepare your home for retirement

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Retiring requires much preparation. You need to ensure that you have your finances in order. You should have a plan to maintain your health and nurture your social networks. But have you ever thought that preparing for retirement also requires that you “ready your home” for your golden years? Well that was the great advice [Read More...]

Locating near family not always the best move

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The value of having and maintaining a strong social structure is critical to the happiness and longevity of those in retirement. A strong social structure is built upon the foundation of friends and family members who help to support, nurture, entertain and bring joy into the lives of those enjoying their “golden years.” Many of [Read More...]

The Joys of an “Empty Nest”

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A recent study revealed that the “big happiness boost” for newlyweds lasts only about two years. Those brave souls who last with their partner over two decades can be rewarded with the ability to rediscover their earlier bliss when they reach the freedom of having an empty nest. The transition from passionate love into something [Read More...]