Tuesday - July 23, 2019
 

Setting Life Goals for Retirement

July 2nd, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate “What!?” you exclaim? Goals?  I’m through with goals.  During my entire work career, I needed to be focused on establishing goals – so much so that I determined that my only goal in retirement would be to not have any goals!  Perhaps you need to rethink your strategy. McLain & Lovejoy, in their March 2015 article, “The Importance of Goal Setting for Retirees,” remark, “The first step to goal setting as a retiree is to think about what matters most in your life, so that you can live with purpose.”  In... Read More

Will Medicare Cover Me When I Travel Domestically?

July 2nd, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Many retirees can’t wait to hit the open road as soon as they have been freed from their 9 to 5 job. This means new retirees are often traveling while they’re still new to Medicare.  Therefore, knowing how Medicare covers you while you travel is something you should learn sooner rather than later. Medicare covers its beneficiaries differently depending on where you travel and how you elect to receive your coverage. Below, I share a conversation I had recently with Danielle K. Roberts, co-founder of Boomer Benefits in which we... Read More

How to Have Fun in Retirement

June 28th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate “Let’s have fun!” I’ve been told that this is the mission statement for Disneyworld. And having fun is one of the many fantasies and expectations we have about life after retirement. In my family, the embodiment of that “have fun” mandate was our retired Aunt Hannah. Whether playing bridge, or baking her coveted chocolate nut squares, or treating one of her nieces or nephews to the latest Broadway play, Aunt Hannah would smile and say, “When did I ever have time to work?” In fact, it became the family joke that,... Read More

The SECURE Act and Traditional IRA Changes: What is it? How might it affect retirement strategy?

June 26th, 2019

Provided by Pamela J. Sams, CRPC, NABBW’s Retirement Planning Associate  If you follow national news, you may have heard of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Although the SECURE Act has yet to clear the Senate, it saw broad, bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and could make IRAs a more attractive component of your retirement strategy. However, it also changes the withdrawal rules on inherited “stretch IRAs,” which may impact retirement and estate strategies, nationwide. Let’s dive in and take a closer look.1 Secure Act Consequences.... Read More

Skin Maintenance for Your Ageless Wellness Beauty

June 19th, 2019

By Shirley Meerson, CHWC, NABBW’s Associate for the Ageless Wellness Lifestyle Psst…here’s one of my ageless beauty maintenance tips – Face Serums. I’ve been using them as part of my regular skin care for years, simply because they work. I love serums because I can see and feel the results. Healthy beautiful skin is always in style. One thing that you’ll definitely notice is that face serums are expensive.  Yikes.  However, I assure you that serums are well worth the cost.  Many brands come in pump bottles or have medicine dropper applicators to give out just the tiny amount... Read More

Why Do People Want to Travel?

June 18th, 2019

By Dr. Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate “Someday I want to travel!” How often have you heard a friend or family member say that? How many times have you said it yourself? And why is travel such a common dream? There are two levels of answers to the question of why people travel. The first is the obvious one, and probably the reason we give ourselves and quote to others. We travel so that we can see sights, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world. These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons for traveling that have less... Read More

Thoughts On (and Warnings About) the Growing Proliferation of Senior Scams: It’s Time to Talk About Financial Scams

June 1st, 2019

By Anne L. Holmes, APR, NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief” Pamela J. Sams, CRPC, MBA, NABBW’s Retirement Planning Associate, sent an article recently, for me to share on our NABBW Facebook page. When I read it, a story written by and published at Marketplace.org, which I’ve published in its entirety below, I experienced one of those “gut punch” moments. I knew as soon as I read it, that I really had to do more than just pass along the link with a quick comment. Why? Because I recognized the unfortunately scammed people who were profiled in the article, even though... Read More

Retirement and Adult Children: Supporting family can put a crimp in your strategy

May 20th, 2019

Provided by Pamela J. Sams, CRPC, NABBW’s Retirement Planning Associate Families are one of the great joys in life, and part of the love you show to your family is making sure that their basic needs are met. While that’s only to be expected from birth through the high school years, many households are helping their offspring well into their twenties and beyond. However, you may have concerns that your adult children have come to depend on you too much. On the other hand, you may have given more than you planned, to the point where you are dipping into your retirement savings. If that’s... Read More

Kathy Marris Sheds Light on ‘Down Under’ Adventure Travel

May 17th, 2019

By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Kathy Marris is my counterpart ‘Down Under.’ She is the author of 50 Shades of Age, a lighthearted collection of stories on being 50 something.  A top blogger for the mature travelers she shares insider tips for travelers in OZ, and favorite holiday spots in striking distance – like Bali. Australia is on my radar for 2020, so she seemed a perfect source for tips to make my trip more meaningful and less hectic. So, many tour companies have you spending a lot of time in airports zipping around a large country with extremely... Read More

Five Sure-fire Tips for Traveling with Chronic Illness or Disability

May 14th, 2019

By Mary J. Yerkes for the NABBW NOTE: This article originally appeared at NABBW.com in 2009. We are happy to reprint it now as we move into the summer travel season. Thanks to Catherine Luther at UpgradedPoints.com, it has been updated to reflect new information. For the 1 in 2 Americans living with chronic conditions, traveling can be a challenge. Crowded airports, long flights, and public transportation can increase stress and exacerbate symptoms. But by learning to travel smart, you can experience the thrill of traveling, while minimizing your discomfort and stress. Traveling Tips Here are five... Read More