Retirement
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Trends in Retirement Planning

By Sue Mintz~ Do you ever wonder why George Washington and his delegates who signed the constitution wore white wigs? In 1787, white hair symbolized an older, wiser, and more powerful individual. The average life expectancy was 37, and the median age was 16. How times have changed! This was a piece of information that

Retirement During Challenging Times

By Sue Mintz~ Are you experiencing the retirement glitch? Transitioning into retirement is retiring to something, not from something. After careful planning and preparation, you find fulfillment doing things you looked forward to for years. You’re taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, and mentally. You’re finding yourself a new purpose. Let’s call this Retirement 1.0,

When Changing Plans for Retirement is Unexpected

Adjusting to a new normal By Sue Mintz ~ Since the recent pandemic landed in our world, how many of these feelings can you relate to? • Shock • Denial • Frustration • Depression • Loneliness • Anxiety COVID-19 made us face a serious, unexpected socio-economic transition into a “new normal.” Such feelings are natural

Mindful Volunteering: Why It’s Important

By Sue Mintz ~   We work, and look forward to retirement. We retire, and celebrate our retirement. Then we try to figure out how we will spend our time. The answer, for many of us? “I’ll volunteer.” But where? “I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll volunteer at….” The purpose of volunteering is not to “maybe”

Retire Just for the Health of It!

By Sue Mintz ~   Last month, I participated in a fundraising walk to end an aggressive form of cancer. A very close friend of mine is a survivor; her tumor was discovered just in time. It was a crisp, sunny fall day. Joanne, a mutual friend of ours, and I were walking together. It

Retirementhood: Next Exit

By Sue Mintz ~   Is your blinker on — or have you already taken the exit? Where and what the heck is Retirementhood? We travel through different “hoods” during our lifetime: Childhood, Tweenhood, Young Adulthood, Older Adulthood, Parenthood, Grandparenthood, and so on. Entering each “hood” takes us to a new phase in life, filled

Filing Early for Social Security Retirement Benefits Leads to Some Drawbacks

By Heidi Frankel  ~ This year, 2019, marks the first time more than half of baby boomers in the United States are age 62 or older. More than 38 million people are fast approaching a major life decision: “When should I take my Social Security benefits?” In its Annual Statistical Supplement for 2018, the Social

Beware, Thieves are Working the Phones

By David G. Freitag, Financial Planning Consultant with MassMutual ~ Robocalls have always been infuriating. But what should you do if you’re not sure it’s a robocall or the Social Security Administration (SSA)?   We asked David Freitag, a financial planning consultant with MassMutual, about this growing and concerning phenomenon. Heidi: Tell us about the robocalls

Be Cautious—Criminals are Looking for Your Social Security Data

By David G. Freitag, Financial Planning Consultant with MassMutual ~ Does this sound like a scene from a movie? Bob is relaxing at home after a crazy day at the office. He checks his voicemail messages on his phone and is startled to hear this message from a stranger: “This is a call from fraud

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