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Cohabitators 50+ Growing

Cohabitators 50+ have risen 75% over the last 10 years and now make up about 25% of all couples choosing to live together. Consider formalizing issues like sickness, inheritances, pensions, social security and property to help keep your relationship happy. Click Why More Couples Over 50 are Cohabiting, not Marrying by Kay Manning, Chicago Tribune, 10-19-2017 to get more information.

 

We See You

Include good health care into your routine starting with regular comprehensive dilated eye exams. Plus lifestyle choices help – eating plenty of leafy dark greens, maintaining a healthy a healthy weight, no smoking , wearing sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes from the sun and more in this National Eye Health Education Program report, Helping Older Adults See Well For a Lifetime.

 

 

Is Gray the New Color of Divorce?

Gray divorce accounts for 25% of  divorces, nearly twice the historical rate. Reasons include longevity (people living longer don’t want to be unhappy), interests (or lack of common interests), retirement schedules (a spouse may think a sandwich and everyday lunch partner is the norm), sex (interest in, frequency, changes in the physical aspects) and more. To move ahead experts say to develop a new life plan including your self-image, finances, spiritually, interests and more. Embrace, adapt and move forward. Here are a couple of in-depth articles that might help: Facing a Gray Divorce? Watch Out for These 7 Critical Issues by Joe Dillion, Divorce Mediator 10-18-2017 and This is Why Baby Boomers are Divorcing at a Stunning Rate by Angela Moore, 10-20-2018.

 

 

Disposable $$$

In the USA, people 50+ control 70% of disposable income. Hence attitudes, products, services and marketing campaigns are changing to embrace “old folks” who are more important to companies and non-profits than past generations. US News & World Report Baby Boomer Report 2015, usnews.com

 

Rightsize is Not Wrong

Rightsize your home for years of lower expenses – use the “found” monthly cash flow to make your money last longer, pay down debt and discover new experiences. About 20% of empty nesters plan to rightsize. Many want to lower expenses and stop cleaning rooms they don’t use anymore. The Investor’s Edge in usatoday.com explored downsizing in the article, Why Downsizing a Home Makes Sense by Adam Shell.

 

Sing, Sing a Song

Sing a Song for better brain health says research from Johns Hopkins. Singing, listening to music or taking a music lesson are total brain workouts that can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain levels. Plus they improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory. Details are in Keep Your Brian Young with Music from hopkinsmedicine.org

 

Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! We are on the move – those 65+ are making 3.2 trips per day (2017) versus 1.8 (1983). Be sure to budget for Transporation costs including vehicle, fuel, maintenance, insurance, roadside plan and/or ride services and public transporation. Additional information in this Forbes.com article, The Big Surprising Cost in Retirement No One Plans For, But Should by Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab CEO.

 

What is your NEW today?

What will be your “new” be today? Our brains luv new information as it may slow the aging process says a Univ of Montpellier study. Try a new recipe, book, exhibit, puzzle, restaurant, movie, store or exercise. And let us know – your “new” may inspire us. For more read A New Study Found a Surprising buy Simple Way to Slow Aging and Boost Creativity, Jessica Stillman, inc.com, 2018

 

Mindful SNACK

Stop, Notice, Accept, Curious, Kindness

Stop what you are doing, Notice what is happenning within & around you, Accept what you are struggling with, Curious questions about the experience and Kindness to yourself and others from mindful.org, by Carla Naumburg, PhD. You make aging look easy, but it can be darn tough – insecurities, stress with family, health, work, money and so much more. Use this Mindful SNACK and read the full article How to Take a Mindful S.N.A.C.K. Moment

 

Technology And Aging

Technology may help us age easier. New products monitor home & movements, give medical feedback to your handheld device, prevent fall injury with hip airbags, retrain your brain and muscles, let you hear about everything and more. Read about these and other products recently seen at the annual Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Laurie Orlov’s blog Ten More Technology Offerings from CES 2019–Beyond Gadgets, aginginplace.org, 1-17-2019.

 

Unstuck

Do you have trouble or pain swallowing especially steak, chicken or large bites? It might be dyshpagia (more common as we age) and if it happens often, call your doctor. Risk factors include eating too fast, taking too large of bites or not drinking enough water while eating. And it may be a problem with your esophagus or something else. If minior, steps that can help you include chewing food longer, take longer to eat, don’t eat lying down and drink more water during your meal. Click the  familydoctor.org link for in-depth information on Dysphagia.

 

Your Next Job

Older workers looking for that next job, the expanding labor market is helpful yet it takes time. For unemployed 55+ it took 33.2 weeks to find a new job, while those 65+ was 31 weeks (all workers 22.7 weeks) as recently reported in forbes.com. For the data behind this recap go to Older Workers Need Further Labor Market Imporvements by Christian Weller, 1-4-2019

 

Couples see an Increase in Humor

Over the long term as couples age together, humor and affection increased while defensiveness and criticism decreased says a UC Berkley 25-year study published in the Emotion journal. Click the link to the full article, Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering by Yasmin Anwar, 12-3-2018

 

Early Warnings of Heart Attack

Research suggests that heart attacks come with early warning signals including chest discomfort, extreme fatigue, weakness or shaking, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, upper body pain, sleep distrubances and stomach problems. For more information What are the Signs of Heart Attack in a Woman? by Jayne Leonard, medialnewstoday.com, 4-17-2018

 

Nose Breathing Benefits

Whether you are walking or sitting try breathing thru your nose. Studies show nose breathing increases circulation, benefits your brain, helps fight infections, improves lung volumes and more. For additional information: Breathing Through the Nose May Offer Unique Brain Benefits by Gretchen Reynolds, nytimes.com, 11-20-2018

 

Working Wonderment

People are working later in life and when surveyed they report working helps them socialize, pursue passions, stay engaged and remain mentally sharp (in addition to the cha-ching). Here are a few books, websites and resources: Never Retire: Why Pople Are Still Working in Their 70s and 80s, Rodney Brooks, forbes.com, 8-3-2018

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VIDEO:   AARP Foundation Target Your Job Search, 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers

Books:   Repurpose Your Career by Marc Miller and Susan Lahey, Unretirement by Chris Farrell, Second-Act Careers by Nancy Collamer, Encore Career Handbook by Marcie Alboher

Websites: SeniorJobbank.org, flexjobs.com, workforce50.com

 

Connections Matter as Americans Age Alone

More Americans are aging alone as discussed in this recent The Wall Street Journal article, More Than Ever, Americans Age Alone. We suggest work at staying connected, discover new interests and reach out to someone who may need you. Digital connections count, so invite your connections to join Fantastic55 or other groups that might be of assistance.

 

Dreamin’ of Aging in Place?

Your Dream House and aging in place live happily ever after when: Main floor living is used for 1-level living; doorways are widened to 36″ with offset hinges; showers get safer with grab bars, low-entrances and hand held shower heads, use lever handles on doors and cabinets and more at Barbie’s Dream House is Not a Forever Home, aginginplace.com, 12-2018

 

Aging in Place To-Do’s

Aging in place is favored by more than 80% of homeowners over the age of 55. It’s here before you know it, so work on it over time versus facing a crisis. Consider one-floor living, add lighting especially in hallways, bathroom and outside and declutter to minimize fall risk and more. There are even Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists that can provide expertise. How to Age-Proof Your Home, Pamela Oldham, HuffPost.com, 6-23-2017

 

Friends for Better Health

Keeping, making or re-connecting with friends is tougher as we mature, yet is is critical to our health. Reach out and go for coffee, lunch, a walk, tour, class or whatever. Discover shared interests and go forward from there. The Trick to Keeping Friends as We Get Older by Diane Cole, wsj.com gives an in-depth look at “re-potting” friends. The graph shows age on the bottom moving from 15 years to 80 years and hours with others are tracked in multiple colors from Henrik Lindberg; US Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Survey, 2003-20015

 

Add Life to Longevity

Add life to your Longevity with your daily choices and actions. Go outside, socialize with friends, eat healthy, floss and even more. For the complete report, Simple Steps to Increase Your Life Expectancy by Mark Stibich, PhD, verywellhealth.com, 8-28-2018

 

Positive Vibes

Older adults show more positive emotions and more quickly move out of a negative mood as discussed in research from the Association for Psychological Science. See the full article at Why Do Older Adults Display More Positive Emotion? psychologicalscience.org

 

Open Up &  Slow Aging

Being open to new information, places and experiences may be a simple way to slow the aging process based on new research by Yannick Stephan of the University of Montpellier. Openness to new to experiences, a sense of wonder and excitement actually makes us feel more youthful. Apparently, curosity and playfulness associated with being a kid help you feel like a kid. For more read A New Study Found a Surprising buy Simple Way to Slow Aging and Boost Creativity, Jessica Stillman, inc.com, 2018

 

Your Self-Driver

Voyage, Tesla, Waymo and more are testing self-driving cars with Seniors in The Villages & Las Vegas who are embracing the experience, convenience and freedom. Projected to be sold to the public in 2020 and have 95% penetration by 2040; there is a pretty good chance you’ll be checking them out when you buy a vehicle! More in Self-Driving Cars Could Change the Way You Get Around in Retirement  from cnbc.com, by Lorie Konish.

 

Kids v Canes

“Kids versus Canes” is old-time thinking. Current research touts the benefits of intergenerational relationships with grandpareents or “grandfriends” and since next year there will be more Americans over 60 than under 18, it’s time to work together. Read the in-depth Wall Street Journal article on this Building Bridges Across the Generational Divide and the upcoming book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations by Marc Freedman.

 

Home Sweet Home

The Wall Street Journal confirms that #babyboomers are staying in their homes longer resulting in an over supple of Senior housing at this itme. Affordibilty, staying healthy and being digitally connected are contributing to Seniors staying put. More 

 

 

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