Achieving Holiday Happiness

family enjoying the Christmas Holiday

How to keep the merry in Christmas.

While the holiday season is a time of celebration, many seniors are not immune to sadness, especially as they face their first holiday without a spouse. It’s important to understand that happiness is a choice that needs to be cultivated; it is not something that just “happens.”

By engaging in the Christian aspect of Christmas, remaining active, volunteering and being around children, we can capture that elusive feeling of joy. And remember, thoughtfulness and love need not come with a hefty price tag.

Joy to the World

According to a Pew Research Center study, faith is an important harbinger to holiday health. More than 75 percent of 55-plus adults believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and are more likely to attend a Christmas Eve church service than those under 55. The Pew study of a representative sample of 2,001 adults explores Americans’ plans for the holiday season and finds that religious connection and gathering with family and friends is what most Americans look forward to about the holidays.

Despite holiday commercialism that seems overwhelming, the real meaning of Christmas offers timeless value, according to Denise DeMarco, a Pittsburgh-based GriefShare facilitator.  She stresses, “Jesus has brought joy to the world and because of this, the void, possibly downsizing, and broken traditions can be faced one by one. The Hope has been born, and heaven is real.” Continue reading

Don’t Spend More Than You Have to in the Run Up to Retirement

Managing retirement spending habits

Get on top of your spending habits now for stress free years ahead.

In 2015, a Life+ Money Survey found that a worrying 19.8 % of Americans felt that their biggest financial fear was being too poor to retire. This leads to approximately every 2 in 5 Americans mainly worrying about sticking to a budget or saving for retirement. For retirees worried about outliving their savings, downsizing their spending habits can mean the difference between success and failure. Some plan to downsize their homes while others simplify their lives in other ways.

To reduce your monthly expenses, first have a look at all your monthly outgoings and whether they are necessary. For help in managing your spending habits as you contemplate retirement, a good starting point is making a plan. Decide what ideal of retirement you have in mind, then take steps towards this. Here are some common areas where overspending can occur.

Household Bills

Growing in popularity is the option of downsizing. While you may be able to afford it, a larger home means you should expect household costs such as utilities to go up. Older homeowners, once their children are independent, no longer need a large family home. Considering a smaller home or a less expensive neighborhood can reduce living costs when retired. Continue reading

Support Group 101

Benefits of a support group

Finding the Group to Fit Your Needs.

It doesn’t matter our age, or our stage, in life. There may be times when a support group can prove to be a valuable asset.

Life-altering issues such as illness, death or depression can leave most people in need of an effective way to deal with the emotions that come along with those situations. While individual therapy with a professional counselor can be beneficial, some people may find additional comfort in joining a support group.

For some seniors and boomers, talking with a group of strangers about something that is deeply personal can be difficult. They belong to a generation that was not encouraged to openly share their feelings, so talking with others about their struggles may feel inappropriate and uncomfortable.

But a good support group can serve as a lifeline – providing a safe place to talk about your feelings with others who will most certainly understand because they have been there themselves. Continue reading

Rethinking What You’re Drinking

Drinking bottled water or tap water

Is Bottled or Tap Better?

When it comes to our health, we are willing to eat better and exercise, and try any new recommendation from our doctors. Along with diet and exercise, many people have made the switch to drinking bottled water instead of what flows from their taps, believing it to be a superior product. But is it really safer for drinking or better for us?

According to a Beverage Marketing Corp. report, bottled water consumption in the United States was 39.3 gallons per capita in 2017, or roughly 12.8 billion gallons, which reflected a 9 percent increase over the previous year.

While clever marketing campaigns may be partly credited with the increase in bottled water’s popularity, it certainly cannot take all of the credit. Concerns over what, exactly, was in our nation’s drinking water prompted many people to make the switch to bottled. Continue reading

Plastic Surgery – A Nip Here, a Tuck There

A woman prepares for plastic surgery

Cosmetic Surgery After 60.

Andy Rooney once said that it’s “…paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”

No matter your attitude when it comes to aging, going through the process can make it difficult to maintain a positive outlook. Everyone ages differently, and our lifestyles play a major role in the physical and emotional issues we will face as we get older. It’s perfectly normal to feel a sense of loss as our skin gains more wrinkles and our prescription eyeglasses get stronger each year.

Some seniors and boomers are refusing to accept the outer changes that can accompany aging, and are turning their attention to plastic surgery as an option to delay the process. Continue reading

Bridging the Gap Between Millennials and Boomers

Communication between generations

Top Communication Tips for the Generations.

The idiom “it’s like Greek to me” is commonly used to express when someone is having difficulty understanding someone or something. The ability to have communication with one another is the cornerstone of personal relationships. Human beings were meant to be in relationship with one another, and when communicating with one another becomes difficult, it threatens who we are at our very core.

Communication issues, in particular, are quite common among the generations. There are five living generations, each with their own set of values and communication styles.

Traditionalists are those who were born between 1922 and 1945. They tend to respect authority, will place work before having fun and are rule-followers. Baby boomers are those who were born between 1946 and 1964, and are known to be workaholics. They value quality over quantity and are definitely not afraid to question those in authority. Generation X are those born between 1965 and 1980. Gen Xers value direction and structure in their lives and believe in addressing issues immediately. Millennials were born between 1981 and 2000. They are go-getters, love multitasking and are huge fans of collaboration with others. And then there are the Generation Zs – also known as iGens and Centennials – were born after 2001. As their very name suggests, they prefer communicating through technology in a way that previous generations have not. Continue reading