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Archive for May, 2012

Learning to date after losing a spouse

Question: My father is 80 years old and lost his wife of 60 years about six months ago. He moved to a retirement community with lots of available women. The problem is that his first try at dating has backfired. He is distraught over what he perceives as a failure. I think he moved too [...]

Some new aspects and trends about retirement

Dear Readers: Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Daily Breeze’s fourth annual Successful Aging Expo. It was a great success. Health and fitness were strong themes, as were financial, social, residential and educational opportunities. It was great to see nonprofit organizations represented.

Playing and laughing aren’t just for kids

Question: I recently had coffee with two good friends. The three of us are in our late 60s and recently retired from substantial positions. My friends described their activities with comments about their value – or lack of value. For example, one friend said, “I’m going to a popular television show with my daughter … [...]

Develop a plan for how to age successfully

Dear Readers: Successful aging is like world peace. Everyone is for it, but they’re not sure how to make it happen. However, while most of us can explain what world peace means, that’s not the case with successful aging. One reason is that “success” is an ambiguous term. Additionally, the shifting meaning of successful aging [...]

Want to be an entrepreneur? Here are some tips

Dear Readers: Last week we discussed entrepreneurship for those in the second half of life. Today’s column offers tips from experts. An important first step is to ask yourself a few questions, suggested by Mary Beth Izard, author of “BoomerPreneurs” (Acheve Consulting, 2010) as noted in a May 2012 Money Magazine article: