Monthly Archives: October 2016

Get ready for the next season of life

Fulton Presbyterian Manor hosts free sessions for seniors

Just Ask (w-o PMMA purple-gold)-nobackRGBSelling your home, downsizing and moving into a new home can be an intimidating prospect. Fulton Presbyterian Manor is sponsoring a series of three workshops to help you get ready for the next season of life.

Linda Huffstedler, local real estate professional, will look at housing trends in the area and share invaluable tips on pricing and staging your home for sale in “Real Estate 101” on Nov. 30.

Melanie Dixon, professional organizer with 2B Organized, sees downsizing as an opportunity to “rightsize” your life. Get tips for packing and moving with an emphasis on how to sort through your belongings without becoming overwhelmed. “Rightsizing Workshop” will be Dec. 7. read more

‘Elder orphans’ have a harder time aging in place

Why we need more services for those without family

By Carol Marak for Next Avenue

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Thriving in a place that’s safe and comfortable, surrounded by cozy memories, is a natural desire of older adults. We treasure independence and want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become. We understand that aging bids compromise, and once 65 hits, the changes bring reminders that we’re no longer the same. We don’t move as quickly, we don’t multitask as well, nor do we easily adapt. Those are the simple cues. As we age, the physical and mental challenges delivered through loss, immobility and dependence are the ones that put us at higher risks. read more

Finding her PATH home

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When Janet Nelson broke her hip a little more than two years ago, she could hardly call it a blessing, but something good did happen as a result.

“I was living in a different assisted living facility, and things weren’t going well. I broke my hip, then after my hospital stay, I came here to go through the PATH (post acute to home) program for rehab. I was so impressed with the care here that I chose to move here permanently,” said Janet.

Janet’s daughter, Dot, was grateful that an unfortunate situation led to a good outcome. read more

Back to where it all began

carringtons-pic-1 When Elsie Carrington met her future husband, Joe, she was teaching at Fulton High School, where Joe frequented the basketball games. He was just coming off six years in the Army, where he’d served during World War II. She’d moved to Fulton from Cape Girardeau after receiving her teaching degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1947. While she didn’t divulge what initially attracted her to Joe, she did reveal what “got her wheels turning.”

“He was the only man who had a car, and he would haul all the girls around. He was our taxi, and he was available,” said Elsie.“I lived at 811 Center Street before I met Joe and moved out in 1951 when we got married.” read more

How to save money when you travel in retirement

The ‘Vagabonding Through Retirement’ authors offer practical ideas

By Bill and Ina Garrison Mahoney for Next Avenue

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(Bill and Ina Garrison Mahoney are a globetrotting couple who recently wrote Vagabonding through Retirement: Unusual Travels Far From Our Paris Houseboat.)

To save on expenses when you travel in retirement, it helps to first ask yourself a few questions: What are your travel goals? Do you want to be a passive observer or an active participant? Are you on a quest for information about the country and its people or is your interest in visiting museums and seeing tourist attractions?

Once you’ve determined your reasons for traveling, you can then decide on a destination and begin employing some of our suggestions below for ways to save. read more

An invitation to dump your obligations

If you’re feeling overbooked, this simple anti-time management tool can set you free

By Achim Nowak for Next Avenue

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It seems like the impossible dream: To carve out unobligated time.

We often complain that we don’t have enough time to do all the things we wish to do. For many of us, it’s a true statement. We truly don’t have enough time. We ardently desire a “time out” from our obligations.

Some call this time out “me time.” A faintly derogatory term. It smacks of self-indulgence and narcissism. I feel queasy when I hear these descriptors because I don’t wish to be thought of having either of those traits. read more

Why smart people fall for investment scams

The authors of ‘Financial Serial Killers’ explain how not to get duped

By Tom Ajamie and Bruce Kelly for Next Avenue

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(This article is adapted from the book, Financial Serial Killers: Inside the World of Wall Street Money Hustlers, Swindlers, and Con Men by Tom Ajamie and Bruce Kelly.)

There are many reasons why we fall for investment scams. As we understand and realize these factors, we are less likely to fall prey to investment scamsters — who we call “financial serial killers.”

Robert Cialdini, formerly Regents’ Professor of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University, says the root cause of people falling victim to a financial fraud is their uncertainty about the details of the financial environment. When people feel uncertain about financial decisions, he notes, they look outside themselves, and this sets them up for the fraud. read more

Did you know arts can lower your blood pressure?

The arts offer real health benefits as people age

By Heidi Raschke for Next Avenue

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I don’t know whether New York Times columnist Jane Brody is a soprano, a mezzo or an alto. But I do know that I’m glad to add her voice to the chorus of those noticing the connection between arts and vitality.

In her March 7, 2016 column for the Times’ Well section, Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging, the respected health writer mentioned several studies and programs familiar to those who’ve been following Next Avenue’s Artful Aging special report to demonstrate how “the arts in their myriad forms are enhancing the lives and health of older people.” read more

Why working longer is good for your health

Here’s how recent studies upend conventional wisdom

By Chris Farrell for Next Avenue

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Retirement didn’t sit with Lee Humphrey when she tried it about a decade ago, at 62. About a year after leaving her St. Paul, Minn. job at the Department of Employment and Economic Development, she unretired and began creating indexes for books after taking an online course on this. She wanted to work longer. “As pleasant as that first year of retirement was — reading, gardening, walking, some volunteering but generally relaxing — I came to realize that, for me, it was very important to add something in my life that was more mentally taxing,” says Humphrey. “I found myself feeling a bit sluggish, mostly mentally sluggish, and that was way out of keeping with my entire life.” read more

The surprising secrets of successful retirees

What ‘The Retiree Next Door’ author learned by surveying them

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s or early 60s, odds are you’d like to know what it takes to have a happy and successful retirement. To find out, a few authors — such as Wes Moss (You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think) and Bob Lowry (Living a Satisfying Retirement) — have surveyed retirees.

And now Marc Diana, the Los-Angeles-based CEO of the new personal-finance site MoneyTips.com site, has surveyed 510 retirees to learn the magic elixir. He published the findings in the free e-book, The Retiree Next Door: Successful Seniors’ Surprising Secrets (you can download it at the MoneyTips site). read more