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You’re Never Too Old to Have a Hobby – The Best Retirement Hobbies

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If you’ve retired from a full-time job, you suddenly have 40-60 hours of time previously filled with working, commuting and eating lunch with co-workers. Some retirees use their newfound time to check stuff off their to-do list. But after you’ve seen the sights, visited relatives, caught up on your reading list and got your house in order, what’s next?

Many seniors may pick up a hobby or dive more deeply into an existing one. But what if you don’t have a hobby or are tired of the ones you have? A hobby is defined as a pleasurable activity you regularly do during your leisure time. By that definition, anything you enjoy qualifies. Still at a loss?

To learn about the many benefits of hobbies for mental health as well as your emotional, social and physical well-being, CLICK HERE.

5 Financial Benefits Your Senior Parent May Qualify For

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There are certain milestones we hit during our lifetimes. At 13, we’re a officially a teenager. Turning 16 means we can drive. When we turn 18, we can vote and see any movie we want. At 21, we can buy alcohol. After 40, society says we’ve hit middle age. It’s not until our 60s that the hard work, wisdom and experience starts to pay off. Yes, it’s during this decade that most people retire, but it’s also a time when you can start taking advantage of senior discounts and other financial benefits for senior citizens.

If you have a parent or other loved one who has recently retired, it’s important to not only keep tabs on their health and wellness, but also on their finances. Make sure they can cover everything from food to housing to health care. Luckily, there are lots of discounts for fun activities to help your parent enjoy retirement. Plus, there are government benefits programs that offer financial assistance for seniors to bolster their bottom line.

To learn about various suggestions of financial help for seniors, as well as ideas to help your loved one get more out of their retirement, CLICK HERE.

15 Assisted Living Activities Anyone Can Enjoy

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If you think moving to an assisted living community means slowing down, think again. You can slow down if you want to, but communities are bursting with activities for seniors in assisted living. Community events are great opportunities to spend time with friends and share more than just a meal. Good activity directors ensure programs are interesting and varied. You can participate as much or as little as you please, but if you want to keep busy, you’ll never be bored.

To find out more about activities that anyone can enjoy, CLICK HERE.

5 Reasons Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities

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There are hundreds of senior living communities all over the country. So you’re sure to find one in your dream retirement location. But if you or a loved one is considering moving into a senior living community, there’s more to consider than just its location. Not all communities are the same. One of the most important things to consider is the benefits of living at a community and the impact the lifestyle has on the people who live there.

When a loved one moves into a Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC), it’s not unusual for their family members to note positive changes in their parents’ physical and mental health. That’s because senior living communities foster health benefits that your elderly parent may not be able to realize on their own. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Dealing with Aging Parents’ Finances: A 4-Step Plan

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When you were younger, your parents may have had to intervene when you bounced a check for the first time, or spent more than your paycheck could cover. But now that you’re grown, roles may have shifted quite a bit — and now, you’re the one who may need to intervene to manage or protect your parents’ finances.

Would you know how to take care of your elderly parents’ finances? Would you know how to take over your parents’ finances, especially in a crisis? Do you have access to all the information you’ll need in case something happens?

Though it may not be an easy conversation to have, it’s an important one. You’ll need to have a realistic picture of your parents’ financial situation — especially if you sense they’re having difficulty managing their affairs. To learn about the 4 steps that can help the process go more smoothly, CLICK HERE.

9 Things that are Better with Age

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“Aging is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
– Anonymous

A surprising number of things get better with each passing year: whiskey, blue jeans, leather boots, cheese, wine, antiques, trees and friendships. You know something else that gets better with age? You. Think about it. If you agree that your favorite blue jeans get better and better every time you put them on, that may be because you’re overlooking the negatives. The faded color. The thinning patches of material. The same is true for adding another candle to your birthday cake. You can either think about the negative stereotype of getting older — aches, pains and slowing of some cognitive functions — or you can embrace the positive stereotypes of aging. To find out nine things that get better with age, CLICK HERE.

Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy

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Are there certain charities that move you to grab your checkbook? If you value their causes, consider supporting these charitable organizations long term with a program of planned giving.

What is a planned giving program?

Planned charitable giving is a mechanism for donating that can help maximize your gifts, reduce your tax liability, and maintain your assets. Even better, your generosity doesn’t have to wait: You can start giving today.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

5 Signs of Parkinson’s Disease to Watch for in Seniors

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) isn’t always easy to spot at first, but it’s important to be aware of the symptoms early on as thousands of cases go undetected each year. Whether Mom’s hands are shaking more than normal or her movements are “delayed,” getting her symptoms checked out with a neurologist is the first step to getting the treatment she needs.

The symptoms of PD may vary from person to person, but to learn about the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease to watch for, CLICK HERE.