|Filed Under:||Age Groups / Baby Boomers|
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|Archived Since:||January 19, 2011|
I’ll bet there are tens of millions of baby boomers who take medication – e.g., statins – to control serum cholesterol levels. For several years I was one of them. Now I wonder if statins are the wrong solution for the wrong problem. Clearly, the drug companies and food industry jumped on the “control your [...]Show More Summary
One of the benefits of publicly writing about baby boomers and retirement is that I receive press releases and emails about new books, products and services that may of interest to those who read here. I read all of them and in a few cases, I request additional information about something that appeals to me. [...]Show More Summary
A short piece in the New York Times prompted me to follow-up with a brief “mental health” story about me. First, let me propose to you that almost everyone of us – boomers and elders included – could benefit from an occasional mental health check-up and tune-up. Many of us have long standing and deeply [...]Show More Summary
I am blessed to have high school friends who like to gather together on occasions that aren’t reunions. I am even more blessed that they are willing to include me in the gatherings. So how much trouble can we get into? This Memorial Day weekend I am meeting up with five other guys from my [...]Show More Summary
The first quarter of 2013 is in the books and it’s time to look back and see what progress we made, if any. First up: net worth. During the first quarter of this year, our total net worth increased 2.2%. Compared to the end of the first quarter a year ago, we are up 9.9%. [...] The post First Quarter Performance Review appeared first on Go To Retirement.
When I weighed myself this morning, I was within the range of typical fluctuation around my high school weight of 165 pounds. This was the goal I established on January 2. I have lost 26 pounds in three months. I have also met another goal: I can now fit comfortably in pants having a 32? [...] The post At the Boomer Weight Loss Finish Line appeared first on Go To Retirement.
Most of the news I read about long term care insurance is bad. Insurers as a group did not properly analyze their risk. Consequently, they are imposing huge premium increases on policy holders and/or exiting the business altogether. We bought long term care policies several years ago. So far, we have not experienced a rate [...]Show More Summary
The 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey has been released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The findings expose severe problems among retirement savers. First, the retirement confidence expressed by those workers surveyed lingers at the same dismal levels reported in 2011. Show More Summary
One key item on my personal transformation agenda over the past 14 months has been mindfulness meditation. I developed my personal meditation practice somewhat by accident. In February 2012 I met a psychotherapist who also happened to be a serious Zen practitioner. That encounter caused to me to begin reading about Zen Buddhism which, as you [...]Show More Summary
Over the past year I have made a deliberate effort to increase and expand my cultural activities. I have read (or listened to) 25 books, all non-fiction, most of which came from the library. I have taken an online course (free from Yale) in the Philosophy of Death. I have seen more movies in the [...]
A recent study by a global asset management firm analyzed the “retirement security” for citizens of 150 different countries. The results were not good for us – the U.S. ranked 19th, right above the UK. Ten western European countries were ranked ahead of us, with Norway in the top spot. On one hand we should [...]Show More Summary
The retirement planning experts are relentless in their gloom and doom predictions for baby boomer retirements. Sadly, the data appear to back up these pessimistic predictions. Can anything be done? I have been a long time fan of the reports and commentary published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The content is [...]Show More Summary
I continue to progress on my weight loss plan. I lost another 9 pounds in February. (I hope these reports are more motivating than they are boring!) This brings my total weight lost since January 2 to 18 pounds. During that period I have consumed an average of 1309 calories per day. (My target is [...] The post More Weight Loss Progress appeared first on Go To Retirement.
The “Can I retire?” assessment (sometimes characterized as the “Will I be able to retire?” quiz) typically distills down to three basic parts. The first part is a principle: We want the freedom to spend “x amount” every year while I am retired. (We also want our spending to keep pace with inflation, of course.) [...]Show More Summary
Surveys conducted by various financial services providers continue to show a disconnect between retirement reality and U.S. baby boomers. In a recent such survey, use of home equity as retirement income tool came front and center. Ameriprise financial polled 1,000 boomers (age 50 to 70) who had at least $100,000 in invested assets not counting any [...]Show More Summary
Not trying to boast here – just trying to stay motivated and perhaps help kick start a reader who wants to improve their personal health platform for a better retirement. I’ve made some progress. I lost 10 pounds in January. I am ahead of the weight loss path needed to reach my goal of 165 [...] The post Weight Loss Progress appeared first on Go To Retirement.
As we move through our gradual glide path to eventual retirement, my goal is to show a steady increase in our net worth. I’m not looking to hit home runs. I just want to be sure that when the day come, our nest egg is large enough to support our retirement spending plan. Because we [...] The post Our Strategies for Saving without Budgeting appeared first on Go To Retirement.
I like Dr. Mercola’s newsletter because he regularly brings some new information to light about our health, including how to measure it. Today he introduced a simple longevity test that you can take at home in about 30 seconds. Curious? I sure was and I took the test myself. So can you. The test is [...] The post Give Yourself a Longevity Test appeared first on Go To Retirement.
At age 62, and being married to someone with significant health problems, I am acutely aware of the lifestyle impairment and expense issues associated with poor health and old age. This is one reason why I am trying to do a better job now with my own health, to avoid or at least significantly delay [...]Show More Summary
Forbes likes to publish online slide shows in the personal finance domain. A recent slide show topic: “10 Terrible Pieces of Retirement Advice.” I read it and take issue with some of it. Let’s see if you agree or disagree with Forbes or with me. The first slide trashes the rule of thumb that to [...]Show More Summary