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The 12 Best Life Expectancy Calculators and Why You Should Use One When Planning Your Retirement

Your longevity is one of the most significant unknowable factors that determine how much you need for retirement, how much you can spend, how much time you have to do the things you want to do and more. Estimating your longevity using one of the best life expectancy calculators can be a good way to improve…

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Retirement in the Time of Coronavirus: 18 Tips for How to Plan Your Future Amid this Health Crisis

I don’t think you need me to tell you. Life is different today than it was a few weeks ago. Now is not the time to be complacent nor is it time to panic. Now IS a good time to be calm and plan, prepare and strategize — for what might happen in the next…

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The 3 Greatest Retirement Fears and How to Feel More Confident About Them

Spiders. Snakes. The dark. Boogey men. Clowns. It’s likely that you have at least one of these fears. However, if you are around retirement age, then what scares you most is perhaps more menacing and real than any of those things. Transamerica recently published a new survey that lists the greatest retirement fears. Wouldn’t it…

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12 Surprising Ways Save on Retirement Health Care Costs

Knowing you are eligible for Medicare at age 65 may give you some peace of mind about retirement health care costs, but you may be surprised to find out that you’ll still be paying a lot out of pocket. While Medicare premiums are fairly predictable, tests and procedures and that aren’t covered, unexpected health crises,…

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WHERE You Live May Suggest HOW LONG You Will Live in Retirement (Average Life Expectancy is Shorter in Locations)

Life expectancy has mostly been rising in the United States — overall. However, new research has found that in some counties life expectancy is falling — people are not living as long in certain areas.  In fact, in many counties, the average life expectancy is 20 years — TWENTY years — shorter than in other…

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3 Okinawan Secrets to a Long Life: 1) Ikigai 2) Moai 3) Hara Hachi Bu — Huh?

Some might believe that the hokey pokey really is what it is all about. Yoga and mindfulness mavens chant “om” as a long and happy life mantra. Others sing super cali fragilistic expealidocious and, “if said loud enough,” will at least sound precocious. However, the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa have other words…

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Retirement Stories: The Latest, Wild, Wacky, Profound and Heartwarming News About Retirement and Aging

We are starting a running list of retirement related stories from around the internet: the latest, wild, wacky, profound, exciting or heartwarming news about retirement and aging. Do you have a retirement story you think belongs here? Email us! Aging is… Optional? David Sinclair is a Harvard professor who made Time Magazine’s list of of…

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How to Plan for Healthcare Costs in Retirement: How Much Do You Need in 2016?

Retirement planning is hard. You have to account for 20-30 years of expenses that are difficult to predict and make sure you have enough money to pay for them. How to plan for healthcare costs in retirement is particularly challenging. These costs continue to rise and it is difficult to know what kind of care…

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How Aging and Retirement Will Change in 2017 and Beyond

As baby boomers, retirees today are the generation of change.  Experts predict that aging and retirement will evolve tremendously in the near future. Many of the predictions outlined below were culled from from Next Avenue’s list of Influencer’s in Aging.  They named 50 thought leaders on aging and asked, “If you could change one thing…

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Dementia Rates Are Declining (No I am Not Confused. This Good News is the Real Deal!)

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of adults in the United States with dementia (including Alzheimer’s) fell from 11.6 percent to 8.8 percent.  That’s a pretty good drop.  And, the Framingham study (a long-running research project in one small largely white and well off community) — found…

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Expert Interview: The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies start to break down – including decreasing body alignment, muscle atrophy, weight gain and more. But it isn’t just the outside of our bodies that we should be concerned with, says Ray Margiano, CEO and founder of Foot Solutions and Balance Walking. Inactivity as you age…

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As Dangerous as Smoking and Stress, Loneliness Puts You at Risk

New research shows that feeling lonely is a big risk factor for heart attack, clogged arteries and stroke.  In fact, the dangers of loneliness are on par with obesity, light smoking and anxiety.  The British study found that feeling lonely or being socially isolated increases your risk by 29 percent for heart disease and 32…

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Soak Up the Sun? Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Alzheimer’s and Other Recent Health News (Stroke, Chocolate, Exercise…)

The journal Neurology recently published compelling research showing a strong association between low Vitamin D Levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, led by Dr. David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely deficient in Vitamin D were more than twice as likely…

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Getting Old: Ideas for Delaying the Onset, Reasons to Look Forward to It and Ways to Prepare

Getting old.  Getting really old.  It’s not all fun and games.  However,  it is not nearly as dismal as you might think — assuming you follow a few guidelines.  Furthermore, it can actually be enormously beneficial for you to think about growing old. Contemplating your future as an old person can: Help you create a…

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Retirement Planning: Focus on Health Not Wealth for a Happy Retirement

More than 80% of today’s retirees say health is the most important ingredient for a happy retirement, meaning that the majority value good health even over financial security. In fact, only 58% of retirees say being financially secure is most important to them, according to a Merrill Lynch study of more than 5,400 Americans. This…

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Aging Well: Walk Away from Aging and 7 Other New Health Tips for Seniors

Aging well is key to your quality of life in retirement. Here are 8 new health tips for seniors. We think you will find this health news really useful or interesting. Walk Away from Dementia, Literally Many recent studies have found that exercise — even just simply walking — is the best way to avoid…

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12 Tips for a Healthy Retirement and Making the Most of Medicare

Medicare is a hugely popular program, providing health coverage to the vast majority of Americans over 65. Here are a few tricks for taking care of your health and making the most of Medicare… 1. Understand Your Medicare Options Once you turn 65, you need to make choices about your Medicare coverage. Will you choose:…

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Open Wide! Pursue Dental Care Before You Retire

Your pre-retirement checklist probably includes tasks such as signing up for Medicare, creating a budget and planning an exit from your career. But there’s one important task that you may be forgetting: pursuing dental care before you retire. Dental Care Not Usually Covered by Medicare You may be surprised to learn that, in most states,…

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Expert Interview: The Importance of Medical Alert Systems for Retirees

The idea of falling in your home and being unable to call for help is a nerve-wracking prospect. Every year, over 250,000 people over the age of 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures, with 95% of those being caused by falling. From weakened bones to dizziness caused by medication, there are countless reasons a retiree…

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There is a Retirement Healthcare Crisis: Be Prepared

Many people are all too familiar with the past few years’ economic crisis, but fewer realize that there’s another, potentially worse dilemma looming: the retirement healthcare crisis. As the nation’s 78 million Baby Boomers head toward retirement age, federal budgets for Medicare and Social Security are expected to be strained. At the same time, many…

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Expert Interview with Chad Tew about Advances in Longevity

If you’re on a quest to find the fountain of youth, the good news is that the journey starts and ends with you. “The tried-and-true techniques are still the best: don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, get up and move, live a life of moderation, and maintain meaningful connections to people you care about,” says…

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