Retirement

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

Retirement: Is Your Marriage Ready?

By Sue Mintz ~ “I married you for better or worse, but not for lunch,” Jody read in an article about retirement planning, and she could relate! This is what partners often feel after the “new normal” of retirement sets in. Jody found that her retirement honeymoon was over. Now, she and her husband, John,

Preparing for a Fail-Safe Retirement

By Sue Mintz ~ My friend, Emily, was in her early 60s. She had worked her way up the corporate ladder and loved her position in the company, knowing she was making a difference. Guess what kept her up at night? The decision to continue working or retire. Her employees told her she was a

Thoughts from a 50+ Minimalist

By Glen Spielbaur I admit it, I’m frugal, but I live life the way I want and enjoy every minute. Here are a few of my suggestions for the 50+ generations who want to live a minimalist lifestyle. Housing Many people live in larger more expensive homes that they don’t really need – even after

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