The Best Way to Spend Money Safely in Retirement

The Stanford Center on Longevity and Society of Actuaries ran the numbers. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Steve Vernon, F.S.A. for Next Avenue

How do you know if you’ve saved enough money to afford to retire? And what’s the best way to draw down your hard-earned retirement savings to last the rest of your life?

These are tough questions that can stump trained actuaries and investment advisers, let alone ordinary workers who are approaching their retirement years. I’ve thought about these questions often as a consulting actuary, financial writer and researcher who has studied the topic of retirement for more than 40 years. Now that I’m in my mid-60s, I need to answer these questions for myself. read more

How to Bounce Back From a Health Crisis

It’s not the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Claire Zulkey for Next Avenue

After a major injury or illness, your own participation and perspective can make the difference between moving past a health crisis and letting it define the rest of your life.

Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo cites two reasons why. First, the right attitude corresponds with a stronger commitment to physical therapy or rehabilitation. Plus, happiness is healing. “When we experience chronic stress, when we’re upset or depressed, that actually impedes our immune system,” says Lombardo. “Our body does not heal as well.” read more

Barbecue dinner benefits seniors at Fulton Presbyterian Manor

A barbecue pork and brisket dinner March 24 will benefit Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program. The event includes a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by Gary and Suze Durk.

The Good Samaritan Pork Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 718 Court St. Tickets are $20 per person for a pulled pork and brisket dinner. Children 10 and younger eat free.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Silent auction will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Auction highlights include 4 one-day hopper passes to Disney World, two $40 gift certificates to Big Whiskey’s in Lee’s Summit, and a handmade quilt. read more

How and Why to Teach Your Grandchildren About Gratitude

The way that you live your life can offer the best lesson (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Lisa Fields for Next Avenue

One of the best gifts you can give your grandchild isn’t something physical to wrap up and offer as a birthday present. Rather, you can help to instill a strong sense of gratitude in your grandchild with your words and actions, which can help the child see how much good is in his or her life.

“Gratitude is our positive connection to the past,” said Nansook Park, professor of psychology at Michigan State University, who studies the effects of gratitude on children. “It gives us the sense that there are good things around us, and those good things in our life are the result of contributions by others.” read more

Neil Diamond and Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

Medication and surgery can help, but symptoms impact basic abilities (Photo credit: neildiamond.com)

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Fans of Neil Diamond grieved last month to learn that the longtime pop singer has canceled the remainder of his 50th anniversary tour following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

“Very sad news,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “My brother and I listened to Neil Diamond in the back of the family station wagon growing up. So many wonderful memories with his music. Need a cure for Parkinson’s.”

The creator of such classics as Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Cracklin’ Rosie said in a statement on his website that his doctor recommended the move. read more

How to Be Supportive to Friends Experiencing Loss

A “support” crash course to guide you through difficult times (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Ken Druck for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: This essay is the latest in a series from author and speaker Ken Druck, based on work in his book Courageous Aging, which is about how all people can make peace with, and find joy in, every stage of life.)

Loss is an inescapable part of life. Whether we’ve lost someone to death, or are going through a living loss such as divorce, retirement, a life-threatening illness, a debilitating injury or a life-altering condition like dementia or addiction, support can make all the difference in helping us summon the strength, faith and courage to fight our way back into life. read more

Facing Down the Biggest Fear of All

Senior woman gazes pensively into the distance while the sun sets behind her

5 ways to conquer your fear of death and age courageously (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Ken Druck for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of a series from author and speaker Ken Druck, based on work in his book Courageous Aging, which is about how all people can make peace with, and find joy in, every stage of life.)

Our fear of death begins when we’re kids. Perhaps we had to face the mystifying idea of impermanence when a beloved pet, parent or grandparent died. The stark reality that this loved one was really gone — and gone forever, was both devastating and terrifying. From early childhood, when we’re introduced to the concept of “futureless-ness” — that is, old age and eventually death, there are few things as difficult for us to deal with. Facing down the fear of dying requires great strength, humility and spiritual fortitude. But, as you will see, it’s worth the effort. read more

Take the Time to Better Care for Yourself

Senior woman smiles while holding pencil and adjusting her reading glasses

7 steps to the self-care you need (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

By Ken Druck for Next Avenue

Becoming a smarter, stronger, more self-caring version of yourself is both freeing and empowering.

I recently discussed the concept of self-care and the ways to set yourself up for — and avoid sabotaging — the way you take emotional and physical care of yourself. After you agree that you are worthy of self-care and will overcome the factors you let stand in your way before, you’re ready to move forward with these seven steps to self-care:

Step  No. 1. Make the Decision to Change the Way You Take Care of Yourself read more

Art is Ageless® exhibit and reception features senior artists

Since the beginning of time, creative expression has brought joy to both its creators and those who experience their art.

The Art is Ageless® program offers senior artists the opportunity to share and display their artwork and reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity.

This month, their works are on display at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.

“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Keri Edwards, marketing director at Fulton Presbyterian Manor. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire Fulton community.” read more

Keeping the Faith — Or Not

What to do if your adult child has a different spiritual path than you (Photo credit: Thinkstock)

By Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett for Next Avenue

Are we in the midst of a great religious recession?

A number of studies show that younger people are less religious than older people, and religiosity has declined with each successive generation. In the 2015 Pew Research Center report on religion and public life, 36 percent of 21- to 27-year-olds are classified as unaffiliated, a far higher proportion than among their parents’ (17 percent) or grandparents’ (11 percent) generations.

In extensive interviews with parents and their 18- to 29-year-olds for our book, Getting To 30: A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years, we found that religious questioning is part of the identity explorations woven into this life stage. read more