August 2015

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 07 August 2015.

$470 Billion in Unpaid Care
$470 Billion in Unpaid Care

$470 Billion in Unpaid Care


A recent study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) produced a rather staggering statistic: the economic value of unpaid family caregiving activities in 2013 was an estimated $470 billion. Though undeniably a large figure, The Gazette further clarifies its significance claiming the valuation is “more than the combined sales” in the same year “from the four largest U.S. technology companies—Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Microsoft.” This figure is striking, and points to a number of upcoming issues as a steady stream of baby boomers exit the work force and edge closer to developing physical limitations that require this time consuming care.

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015.

Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement
Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement

Charles Stephen on Saving for Retirement


Our friends at Charles Stephen have put together an infographic on the importance of saving for retirement and that any excuses for not doing so are often unfounded. Make sure you are taking advantage of every opportunity build your savings--they will be necessary down the road.
Read the infographic here:

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 13 August 2015.

Advance Your Caregiving Career
Advance Your Caregiving Career

Advance Your Caregiving Career


For those looking to put their proclivity for care into action, professional caregiving is a great place to start. It has few prerequisites and relatively little training allowing for work assignments to begin almost immediately. But for those currently in the profession, what is the next step? Caregiving certainly has its limits, and at times does not allow you to perform the range of services needed by the one under your care. Certain tasks require a higher level of training. Fortunately, that training is available for a relatively low investment of time and money.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 20 August 2015.

Making the Most of Senior Discounts
Making the Most of Senior Discounts

Making the Most of Senior Discounts


The process of aging, though challenging in many ways, does have its benefits. The senior discount is certainly one. Its mention usually brings to mind a lower bill at your favorite restaurant or no longer parting with your life savings when going to the movies. For those living on a fixed income or savings, these minor decreases in cost are invaluable.

Yet other forms of the senior discount are largely unknown, many of which apply to costly but important expenses. It’s these that provide the greatest savings and best opportunities for seniors.

Some commonly unknown yet highly valuable senior discounts include:

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors
Fighting Loneliness in Seniors

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors


Of all population demographics, seniors tend to struggle with loneliness the most. The long anticipated “golden years” can prove dimmer than expected as family members move to other states, loved ones pass away, and increasingly limited physical function restricts once active lifestyles. Life becomes marked by enduring changes that frequently result in feelings of loneliness.

It’s no question that life at an advanced age presents many challenges; loneliness may be the chief among them.

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