Star Trek fans (especially those of the original TV series that began in 1966) can picture it clearly; the stony-faced, somber man with the oddly pointed ears greeting a fellow crew member with a distinct hand gesture and the phrase, “Live long and prosper.” It seems like a nice sentiment, but, for those of us […]
To claim or not to claim – that is the question. Is it better to postpone collecting your Social Security benefits until you are 66 or possibly 70, or is it better to take the money and run at age 62, the earliest possible moment it is offered? Certainly, popular opinion seems to favor the […]
If you spend any amount of time hanging out with pre-retirees (and why wouldn’t you – they’re such an interesting group), the conversation will inevitably come around to a discussion about the best places to retire. That topic will come up right after they’ve finished grousing about their knee replacement doctor and comparing notes on […]
Last week I received an email announcement containing a link to a video segment produced by ABC’s New York affiliate Channel 4. In it, reporter Pat Battle interviewed the residents and staff at a local residential care facility called Bright Side Manor. This piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. The first reason, strictly […]
You know that bumper sticker that reads, “Be nice to your kids – they’ll choose your nursing home”? Well, if seeing it makes you uncomfortable, join the club. First, consider the folks, like me, who have no children. Who will help us when we need care in our elder years? Then, consider the vast majority […]
You’ve gotta start somewhere with a new project, and this is how I’m starting the brand new ElderLife blog. I decided that it would be fitting to begin with a story about the person who got me headed down this path and that would be my Aunt Carolyn. Aunt Carolyn is quite the character. And […]
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