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2021 Medicare Changes and Important Dates: What Beneficiaries Need to Know

September 10th, 2020

Special to the NABBW By Lindsay Engle, Medicare Expert, MedicareFAQ With the Medicare Open Enrollment period quickly approaching, current and newly eligible beneficiaries will see a variety of changes that could impact their coverage for the 2021 calendar year, including budget updates and a reduction in drug costs among others. It is critical that all beneficiaries keep a close eye on important dates and educate themselves on their options in order to make the best decision for their individual needs. However, navigating these choices can be overwhelming. The following article will provide information... Read More

Trina O’Quinn Expands on Her Tips for Moving Through Grief

September 8th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW While trying to write my next article for you, I experienced writer’s block due to low motivation, probably brought on by my own grief. So I took some of my own advice and decided to reflect on my state of being through meditations on what I was feeling. (There is that “f” word again.) Next, I reread my previous blogs. In doing this, I made the discovery that the tips I gave you for finding your way through grief were actually just the bullet points of larger concepts. I realized that to be more helpful, I really needed to offer you examples, or find you... Read More

Ralph Mroz’s Book, “The Senior Years Master Plan,” Is Your Field Guide to End of Life Planning

August 31st, 2020

As author Ralph Mroz states in the first sentence of this book, we’re all going to die. But, he says, the more important question is, how hard is dealing with your death going to be – both for you and for the people you leave behind?   Obviously, your family and the other people who are tasked with handling your estate, are going to grieve your loss, whether or not it’s timing comes as a surprise. But how much work will they have ahead of them, finalizing your estate? Most of us, he points out, would prefer to minimize their work, and have a say in our endgame. That’s... Read More

Grief in the Time of COVID: Why We Need to Reflect, Remember, Rest, Recharge, Refocus, Resolve and Have Curiosity.

June 15th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW I ended my last blog post,  in which I discussed how I was dealing with the losses generated by the COVID pandemic, with a plan to Reflect, Remember, Rest, Recharge, Refocus, Resolve and have Curiosity while doing the “six Rs of grief.” As time has moved forward, I have tried to separate the steps and work on them in a vertical progression. A month later, I am finding that as I try to go through the stages of grief, I am not achieving the usual result. So I have decided to grieve on a continuum, knowing that the stages will overlap or at least bleed... Read More

Got Medicare? Get a no-cost test for COVID-19

May 20th, 2020

If you’ve been wondering about the cost of being tested for COVID-19, here’s a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which spells out what is covered under the recent CARES Act: By Seema Verma, Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, a local pharmacy or hospital, a nursing home, or a drive-through site. Medicare... Read More

The Effect of the Pandemic on this Introverted Baby Boomer Woman

May 20th, 2020

By Trina O’Quinn, for the NABBW One would think that the stay-at-home and self-isolating orders issued by our various states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be food for an introvert’s soul. In some ways it is. It’s working well for my introverted personality, which tends to want to isolate to the point of invisibility. However, deep in my soul I know that it is working too well, and undoing all the therapy I have done around socialization. Socializing takes a lot of my energy, so I need isolation and rest to recharge. My extroverted friends, on the other hand,... Read More

What’s A Grandmother to Say About the COVID-19 Pandemic?

May 8th, 2020

By Meryl Ain for the NABBW It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood and a wonderful morning for a walk. It’s early so hardly anyone is out yet, enabling me to pull my mask low on my face breathing in the sweet fragrance of the season, noting that this is exactly what spring smelled like when I was a child. I stop to take photos of the gorgeous pink and yellow and orange tulips, which remind me of how my mother lovingly planted the bulbs in our backyard garden each year.  I spot a couple of robin redbreasts. I haven’t yet encountered a cardinal, but sure as it’s spring, I know I will. Ever... Read More

Tax Strategies for Women

September 20th, 2019

By Jennifer Hipkiss CFP®, EA, MSFP for the NABBW Women are poised to be the leaders in wealth management over the next decade, with an estimated 40% of women controlling assets over $600,000 in America1. Unfortunately, taxation can erode growth of wealth and useable financial resources for your goals – what you earn net of taxes is your true wealth of useable money. Implementing tax strategies to preserve your money will help you grow your wealth, as well as, provide added security to your financial plan without additional risk. Fortunately, there are strategies to help you minimize your tax... Read More

Never Underestimate the Power of a Menopausal Woman

June 18th, 2019

By Phyllis Coletta, JD, for the NABBW Menopause is an unexpected visit from a relative, showing up on your doorstep without invitation all fat and cranky. You must let her in — she’s stronger than you — and before you know it, there’s hair in the sink and she’s sticking her face in the freezer. Before this intrusion, before your body starts morphing into your mother, men stop looking at you, just like that. Gravity takes its toll; your waist disappears so you basically look like a vending machine, and you become invisible. Sounds awful, but there are great advantages to all... Read More

Who Doesn’t Want to Age with Gusto? Here’s How to Become Chronologically Gifted

February 28th, 2019

Title: Chronologically Gifted: Aging with Gusto: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living to Age 123 Available in Kindle and Paperback formats Author: Dr. Erica Miller Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes In the very first chapter, Dr. Erica Miller tells readers she is convinced that a huge part of why aging seems to come upon us so suddenly and so overwhelmingly is because we don’t take steps now to give ourselves the best possible chance to live long, healthy and meaningful lives. She also tells us two key things about herself: She is “a spry eighty-something dynamo, actively... Read More