The Role of “Work” in Retirement

The concept of retirement is undergoing a metamorphosis.  Demographic, societal, and workplace trends have all converged to offer a stage of life that is much more fluid and flexible than what most of us previously imagined.  In fact, retirement has become a matter of personal definition.   What Is “Retirement”? is an extensive report based

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ADDING MORE LIFE TO YOUR YEARS

Advances in health care have added years to our life.  However, Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of A Long Bright Future, proclaims it is time to add more life to our years. In a recent Op Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, Carstensen issued this challenge: Given

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The Third Age Redefines Lifespan Realities

As we navigate life in the 21st century, the trend that will have the most profound effect on the future of our society (and other industrialized societies) is the “Age Wave.”  In other words, we are living longer and the percentage of older adults is growing at an unprecedented rate. An important factor contributing to

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CONQUER “FINANCIAL STACKING”

In a recent editorial for the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), Brent Neiser commented on “Financial Stacking: A Modern American Burden.” He wrote:   Myriad choices, opportunities, and expectations generated by the financial services industry, media, advertisements, experts, employers—and even family and friends—create an amassment of jumbled priorities that often leads to inaction, frustration,

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Buying Ourselves the Gift of Time

Most adults are increasingly experiencing a time crunch.  The result is mounting stress and compromised health and vitality.  And yet, despite their best efforts, many individuals express frustration about not being able to bring tasks to completion or having enough time to focus on what or who is most important to them. Scientists have even

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Do I Really Need Long Term Care Insurance?

If you’re contemplating retirement, I certainly hope you’ve thought about your ongoing healthcare needs. If you retire at the traditional age 65, as laws stand now, you’ll just transition onto Medicare, right? Problem solved? Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward. Medicare has its coverage limitations, and will not pick up the tab for an extended need

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