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U.S. News & World Report
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Early Retirement
While early retirement is a great alternative to working in a job you hate, there are many pitfalls. Here are some early retirement mistakes to avoid:

USA Today
Boomer divorce: A costly retirement roadblock
Baby Boomers are divorcing at a surprising rate, and that will have huge implications for their lives in retirement. ... And while the experts say it's a product of, among other things, longer life spans, Boomer divorce will affect retirement lifestyles.

Gainesville (FL) Sun
Discovering the secret to living longer
Companionship, intellectual stimulation, exercise, clean diet are the principles many locals live by.

New York Times (NY) - Real Estate
Sun City It’s Not
As the neighborhood’s population has grayed, some apartment houses have morphed into what social scientists call NORCs — naturally occurring retirement communities. The most recent census estimates indicate that 22 percent of Upper West Siders, or 46,000 people, are 60 or older, compared with the citywide average of 17 percent. Attracted by convenient shopping, abundant mass transit and a wealth of cultural activities, many older residents hope to remain in their apartments the rest of their lives.
2013-02-15 - Personal Finance
Financial Planning for Newly-Single Boomers
Baby boomers turned empty-nesters are increasingly filing for divorce as they find themselves no longer happy with the partner they have spent so many years with. ... For new baby-boomer empty nesters, the divorce rate has doubled over the past two decades with 1 in 4 now getting divorced.

Business Insider
Baby Boomers Aren't Sold On Retirement Communities
Time was when retirement meant a move to a community where all your neighbors belonged to the same generation: Old. No more. As baby boomers begin to retire, they're going their own way -- or ways -- when it comes to housing choices and relocation strategies.

Vancouver (BC) Sun
Retiring to upsized lifestyle
According to Fidelity Investment's 2012 Retirement Survey, while 31% of Canadian respondents spend the same in retirement, 10% actually spend more. Read more:

Miami (FL) Herald
Moving on out: Baby boomers’ housing choices vary in retirement
As baby boomers begin to retire, they’re going their own way — or ways — when it comes to housing choices and relocation strategies

Ann Arbor (MI) News
Sandwiched: Return of multi-generational household?
Multi-generational families were the norm in the past, at least in our romantic version of the past. In 1940, one in four American lived in a multi-generational household, defined as two or more adult generations, or a grandparent and another generation, living together under the same roof.

Effingham (IL) Daily News
Simple things you can do to live longer
Living a long life is what many people want, but they also want to live it healthfully, so in order to do that some people follow a long list of regimens and medical suggestions that oftentimes entail a major life change or some sort of difficult upheaval. But not everything you need to do in order to live longer requires a drastic change.

Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger
All in the family: Generations sharing one roof
Between 2000 and 2010, multigenerational households grew by 30 percent. As much as 6 percent of the homes in New Jersey house more than one generation of adults under the same roof.

San Antonio (TX) Express-News
A 'home within a home'
One housing trend that's on the rise is the number of households with at least two generations of adults living together.

Senior Living Facilities
Comprehensive Listing of leading senior living facilities for people 62 and older. Includes Independent Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) & Life Care Retirement Communities (LCRC) as well as assisted living, long-term care, skilled nuring and memory care.

55 and Older Active Adult Retirement Communities
Comprehensive Listing of active adult retirement communities.

New York Times (NY)
Heading South, but Stopping Short of Florida
Census data analyzed by the Brookings Institution show that mid-South locations were showing some of the most rapid increases in 65 and older populations.

New York Times (NY)
A Longer Life Is Lived With Company
YOU die alone, philosophers say. But you could die sooner if you live your life in loneliness. Close connections to friends and family may ward off poor health and premature death, recent research suggests.
2012-09-11 - Personal Finance
Who’s Afraid of Growing Old? Not Boomers
Baby boomers are rewriting the history books when it comes to retirement. Advances in technology and medical care along with our lifestyle changes means we are staying healthy and living longer than our parents and grandparents.

Tucson (AZ) KVOA
Staying active and working past retirement
Studies have shown that working past retirement leads to more social contact and activity, meaning less chance of getting diseases.

Senior Housing News
“Sandwich” Boomers Send Senior Living Community Developers Down New Path
Designing a 50-plus community no longer involves simply building a group of homes with wide hallways and large medicine cabinet. Today, builders say, the “sandwich” generation of baby boomers demands a stimulating and interactive environment inside—and outside—the homes. The most important thing in gaining the appeal of the “sandwich generation” of baby boomers in senior living communities is holistic wellness, building experts say.

CBS News - Health
Loneliness, living alone may lead to a shorter lifespan
Loneliness may lead to a shorter lifespan, two new studies suggest.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Interests and talents flourish in the retirement years
When looking for the right fit in an active adult or senior community, check the community's creativity factor. Retirement is the perfect time to let creativity flourish, and many communities are making it easy by incorporating it into everyday life.

Christian Science Monitor
Retirement: 3 ways to enrich it without adding money
Retirement planning is about more than saving money. It's about what you're going to do. Here are three ways to stay active in retirement.

U.S.News & World Report
Boomers Flock to Niche Retirement Communities
Retirement communities aren't just geared toward golfers and pool loungers anymore. ... Specialized retirement communities fit retirees' needs for a variety of hobbies and cultures.

New York Times (NY) - Health
Divorce Rates Among Boomers to Reshape Old Age
The Times reports this morning that a growing number of men and women in their 50s and 60s are opting out of marriage and venturing into old age on their own. The surge has been driven by several factors, including longevity, economics and evolving social mores, according to sociologists.

Easing the Burden of Retiring Single
Retirement is often depicted as an idyllic time when couples take long walks on the beach, watch their grandchildren graduate from college, and care for each other well into their golden years. Yet, it’s estimated that more than 43% of all US residents are single, with more than 30 million Americans over the age 55 holding that distinction. Single people face unique planning challenges because they are solely responsible for their financial security as well as their emotional well-being throughout their retirement.

Austin (TX) Statesman
Older buyers want amenities, ease of living, active social life
Central Texas is rich with

Smart Money Magazine
Hippie Retirement: High-End ‘Communes’
Co-housing projects for older Americans, communities of homes on shared land that residents build and operate themselves, are on the rise.

Gainsville (GA) Times
Seniors learn to connect with the latest gadgets with relative ease
Forty years ago, members of the 55 and older demographic were teenagers testing out the first pocket calculators and spending hours in the arcade playing the latest video game,

Orlando (FL) Sentinel
Villages was top home seller in U.S. last year, real estate firm says
The Villages, the giant active-adult community northwest of Orlando, was the top-selling master-planned community in the nation last year, according to a report released last week by a California-based real estate research firm.

Decline in Boomer golfers squeezes retirement meccas
Golf resort communities are bleeding money and members, as the recession exposed the vulnerability of the business model that created an unbreakable linkage between golf and real estate.

Time Magazine - Money
Unable to Work, Retirees Move in with Kids and Find it’s not So Bad
Bunching family under one roof isn’t the Holy Grail of retirement. But for those with few choices at least it’s an answer with some unexpected benefits.

Everett (WA) Herald
Wii Sports and other motion video games help elders socialize, stay active
Thanks to the rise of consoles equipped with motion-gaming technology such as Nintendo's Wii and X-Box with Kinect, video gaming has become less of a sedentary hobby and more an opportunity for sporting activities, especially among seniors.

Parsippany (NJ) Daily Record
Baby boomers at community colleges trying to make new start
The reasons older students return to college are varied, college officials say. Some want to finish degree programs started years earlier. Others ... look for retraining to start second careers.

U.S.News & World Report
5 Common Retirement Misconceptions
Retirement is the brass ring that you have dreamed about since you entered the workforce. ... But what we think retirement might be like may be quite different from the truth.

Wall Street Journal
When Divorce Unravels Your Retirement Plans
Whatever its other benefits, divorcing later in life is one of the worst financial moves you can make. ... it is critical for a couple to understand the financial consequences before they untie the knot.

Chicago (IL) Sun-Times
Over 50 — and back to school: Boomers drive increase in community college enrollment
Nationwide, people over the age of 50 typically make up between 5 and 6 percent of community college enrollment ...

Raleigh (NC) News & Observer
Desperately seeking style
Baby boomer women might not want to wear their daughters' jeans and men may refuse to don muscle shirts, but the generation that brought us tie-dye still wants to remain fashionable and hip well into middle age.

CBS News
12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Retirees
I've always had trouble buying Christmas gifts for people who've already had a full life of being naughty and nice. What can you give them that they haven't already bought for themselves?

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Retirement Planning In A Changing World
Indeed, the traditional retirement - leaving work at 65, moving somewhere warm and spending your golden years winding down - is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Columbus (IN) Republic
Retire to smarter spending: 9 tips for greater savings, more satisfying spending in retirement
Seniors have to stretch savings over as much as three decades, face steep health care costs and have few ways to make up for any shortfall. For most, savvy spending habits are simply a must.

CBS News
Should you 'practice' retirement?
While the concept of practice retirement is sound ... there are two catches to this idea. ... Let's take a look at how this concept works.

Connecticut Post
Senior centers seek to draw reluctant baby boomers
It's hard to believe that those long-haired hippies, those radicals of the 60s who said

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomers Make Old the New Young
When I was a teenager, I viewed anyone over 30 as old. These days 30-year-olds are just kids in my book. And I venture to say that before long that ripe old age of 80 will not seem quite as ancient as I once thought. Perceptions of what constitutes old age tend to change in our individual lives as we approach those ages.

U.S. News & World Report
Make a Housing Plan for Retirement
One of the major decisions facing us as we age is where to live in our later years. Anyone over 60 who has grown children should be developing a plan for where to live when they're 75, 85, and even older. Like solid retirement investment programs, your housing plan can be torpedoed by recessions and personal reversals. The current depression in many local housing markets doesn't help, either. But without a plan, you're leaving too much to chance.

U.S.News & World Report
Life After Age 90
The 90-plus population is expected to more than quadruple between 2010 and 2050. ... Here's a look at what life is like in the United States after age 90.

CBS News
Can knowing how long you might live change your life?
We can make conscious and informed choices about how to spend the next 30 years, without needing to satisfy someone else's expectations or not knowing ourselves very well.

St. Petersburg (FL) Times -
Eligible ages for senior discounts are all over the map
Why are eligible ages for senior discounts all over the map? ... For years, merchants and the travel, entertainment and restaurant industries have ladled out a cornucopia of across-the-board 10 to 20 percent discounts to win the loyalty of mature customers. But the rules are getting less and less uniform.

MSNBC - Health
Aging in place: Most seniors want to stay put
According to surveys, aging in place is the overwhelming preference of Americans over 50. But doing it successfully requires both good fortune and support services

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune
Rethinking the “retirement community” for boomers
The next elder generation’s concerns will go beyond health care and lifestyle, because less pension security and more economic demands from children and grandchildren will have baby boomers working longer. And their choices about where to live out their years will be enhanced by new technologies, more thoughtful design and perhaps a new interest in intergenerational living.

Baltimore (MD) Catholic Review
Do the things you want in retirement
The director spoke of six pillars of successful aging, four of which, he said, are exercise, nutrition, healthy social interaction and wellness.

Wall Street Journal
For Retirees, a Budget Is a Must
Tightening your belt and living within a strict budget is never easy or fun. But for many retirees, it's a fact of life. How best to find wiggle room in your finances? Making some tough decisions with housing can help significantly. But there also are pieces of low-hanging fruit that can go a long way toward stretching your dollars. The more you focus on big or recurring bills, the better.

Smart Planet
Designing for an aging population
By 2040, the baby boomers are projected to make up almost 20 percent of the population. The feisty generation that led major social movements is also making an impact on the way communities are designed and developed.

U.S. News & World Report
More Time in Retirement Means More Savings
When you retire from your day job, what do you have more now than ever? Unfortunately, it's not money because your paychecks will stop coming. Instead, you will have a lot of free time, which is almost as valuable as money.

Tucson (AZ) - KVOA
Senior Style: Should You Delay Retirement?
There are several factors that should be considered when planning when and where you retire. These include: expected lifespan, health, desired lifestyle, income and expenses, savings and investments, and emotional readiness. Here's an overview of each factor:

St. Petersburg (FL) Times -
The benefits of showing your age? Discounts for 'seniors' that are worth getting carded for
If you are 62 and beyond, discounts await. Even though many baby boomers don't exactly embrace being called

Pottstown (PA) Mercury
More grandparents seek to stay fit to be in grandchildrens' lives
The stereotype of Grandma and Grandpa sitting at home in rocking chairs doesn't fit today's generation of grandparents. Today's grandparents want to enjoy their golden years by staying active, keeping fit and engaging in their grandchildren's lives.

Smart Money Magazine
Can Empty Nesters Still Afford to Splurge?
When their kids strike out on their own, many boomer parents seize the chance to splurge on themselves. Are they putting their retirement at risk?

New York Times (NY) - Business
Teaching as a Second, or Even Third, Career
As the baby boomers reach retirement age, some of those anticipating a new career are enrolling at community colleges and in state-approved or private programs to convert their professional expertise to the classroom. Even the recent public criticism of teachers and cuts in school budgets have not deterred retirees from getting teaching credentials — and finding paying jobs, especially in math, science and special education.

New York Times (NY) - Business
The Company You Keep
ONE of the biggest challenges of relocating after retirement is making new acquaintances. ... While some people want to move closer to friends after retirement, others try to coordinate a plan ahead of time to move together to a new location — a different home in the same town, another town in the same area, a new community thousands of miles away. ...

CNN - Money
Live well on less: 6 ways to save in retirement
Whether you're already retired or just starting to plan for your post-work life, you should find these six strategies for living well on less instructive -- and the stories of the people behind them inspiring.

Portland (ME) Press Herald
Reflections: Accepting change makes aging easier
How old is old? With gains in nutrition, plastic surgery and emphasis on conditioning, we have redefined what old age really means.

Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review
Active baby boomers want no part of bingo, hot meals
[Senior] centers' missions are shifting from places to mingle and eat a hot lunch to places to exercise, hone computer skills and learn how to handle finances in a roller-coaster economy.

Ottawa (Canada) Citizen
Design musts for aging in place
Aging in place sounds ideal: Instead of a nursing home or even a seniors’ apartment, you stay in your own house and community. But decreasing mobility and other limitations of age mean the home that worked when you were 30 probably won’t function so well when you’re 80. Whether you plan to buy new or renovate, here’s what the experts suggest.

Vineland (NJ) Daily Journal
Forgetting the grandparent factor
As the American economy has squeezed those under 45 particularly hard, aging boomers -- many of them winding down well-paying careers and enjoying or looking forward to generous retirement benefits -- are kicking in for everything from college costs to housing.

Wall Street Journal
For Many Seniors, There May Be No Retirement .
Many older people are finding themselves in a position they never expected to be in at retirement age: still working or in need of a job. ... But in this tight labor market, working into your golden years isn't easy. And you'll have to make your age and years on the job come across as assets, not liabilities. In addition, with the current market upheaval, you'll need a financial plan that puts your savings on the fast track and takes into account how Social Security and Medicare benefits could be affected.

U.S. News & World Report
Learn to Live on Less and Retire Sooner
The less you spend now, the less you’ll need during retirement to cover your bills. And the more you save, the quicker you can leave the workforce behind.

Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times-Union
Active adult communities keep residents on the go
What is the same at all these active adult communities is just what the name implies: a vast amount of activities and amenities.

Orlando (FL) Sentinel
Housing boom continues in The Villages retiree haven
While home construction remains anemic in most of Central Florida, hundreds of houses are rising each month in this mammoth retirement community as seniors continue to flock to the area. ... The growth in the 55-and-older community — which also sprawls into Lake and Marion counties, northwest of Orlando — is fueled by the unique financial situations of the seniors who move from Northern climates with traditional pensions, equity from their former homes and savings, experts say.

Boston (MA) Globe
Selling house, seeing freedom
The flexibility of a rental apartment appeals to some tired of homeowners’ responsibilities ...

Arlington Heights (IL) Daily Herald
Active adults having a blast while staying healthy
Today’s over-50 crowd has learned an important lesson from their doctors, media reports and health gurus, as well as from watching their parents’ decline: Stay active if you want to stave off heart disease, diabetes and other killer conditions.

Tucson (AZ) - KVOA
Senior Style: Today's retirees have plenty of options
Not only are they returing from careers, but they are looking to escape from the demands of traditional homeownership, and are looking at a number of [Housing] options.

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Engaging the Ageing
In a move to bridge the growing divide between businesses and their 50+ clientele, The Wise Agency has opened shop as a matchmaker. The 50+ market is one of the most lucrative, yet many businesses are sticking by traditional marketing practices of targeting 18 to 45 year olds. But the voice of the older consumer isn't one that any industry can afford to ignore.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Communities offer amenities, activities, new homes, and ready-made friends.
The first Baby Boomers reach several milestones this year. They turn 65, and hit the point in their lives where housing can become a big issue. ... A popular option is the active adult community. These master-planned communities are designed just for those ages 55 and older. The communities offer single-level homes, lots of amenities and activities, some services, and a ready-made group of neighbors and friends with similar interests.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Find out what you should be thinking about when considering a move
Maybe it's time to leave your old life behind and begin an exciting new one. ... Locally, a number of active adult communities may offer the option you seek. But how do you decide if a move like this is right for you?

ABC News
One Couple, Two Retirements: Baby Boomers Spending Time Apart During Retirement
For many couples, marriage may have meant till death do us part, but for others, the parting is coming in retirement. Staying together but spending time apart is fast becoming a trend for retired baby boomers.

Indianapolis (IN) WTHR
The Generations Project
Welcome to the WTHR Generations Project. Join our dialogue on one of the most fascinating topics in American life today, a topic designed to enhance your life: understanding and discussing our unique and powerful generations.

CBS News
Poll: Baby boomers say they're not old yet
Baby boomers say wrinkles aren't so bad and they're not that worried about dying. Just don't call them

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomers Changing Retirement Expectations
Retirement once meant completely leaving behind the workforce. But older workers are in the process of recharacterizing what it means to be retired. Most older workers (54 percent) now view retirement as an opportunity for a whole new chapter in life, according to a new Harris Interactive survey of 1,001 people age 55 and older commissioned by SunAmerica Financial Group and Age Wave. When the same question was asked a decade ago in 2001, many people viewed retirement as a continuance of what life was (40 percent) or a winding down of life (22 percent).

USA Today - Your Life
Aging boomers strain cities built for the young
America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly.

Smart Money Magazine
A Retirement Made for You (and People Just Like You)
The new trend in retirement communities: Shared interests, cultures or lifestyles. ... Whether you're an RV aficionado, a Tai Chi enthusiast or even an avowed nudist (gulp), a growing number of retirement communities are clamoring for your business with so-called

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Elder care goes high tech
Gerontologists say aging in place vastly improves the quality of life for seniors and is a lot cheaper for society than group homes and institutions. ... Games, monitors and robots are among the tools being tested to help aging people live in their homes as long as possible, while lowering risks to their health and safety.

For couples in close quarters, squeeze-y does it
Despite tiny spaces, truckers, boaters and RVers stay together over the long haul

Fox Business
How Baby Boomers Will Change Retirement Living
Baby boomers are seeking out communities with culture, activities and events and turning to college towns, urban environments and smaller towns with vibrant downtowns.

Australia - The Sydney Morning Herald
An enriched retirement
Having a paid job in your latter years can keep you healthy and financially secure, writes Barbara Drury. ... Money is not the only reason people choose to stay engaged with the workforce.

U.S. News & World Report
6 Secrets to Filling Your Time in Retirement
Most people look forward to all the extra time they’ll have in retirement, picturing more frequent rounds of golf, more extensive travel, or just more time in a comfy chair to read some books. That’s probably why many folks are surprised to find how overwhelming it can feel to face filling all those extra hours vacated by their former jobs.

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomer Retirements Bring Challenges to Cities and Localities
There are issues other than funding Social Security and Medicare. ... The baby boomer population is edging into retirement. But is the United States ready?

Washington (DC) Post
Assisted living facilities may be wise to appeal more to men
It’s tough to fit any individual into an institution. And we navigate dangerous waters when we start generalizing about certain “types” of individuals — men, women — and their collective needs. But this much is clear: We need to think harder about men’s needs as they age and their numbers increase.

Wichita (KS) Eagle
Boomers reshaping retirement communities
The 350 residents of Davis Retirement Community, which has no legal or financial connection with the university itself, may not realize it but they're on the cutting edge of what the continuing-care communities of tomorrow will look like: intergenerational, intellectually challenging and smack-dab in the middle of things.
For older adults, fitness is freedom, experts say
As 70 million-plus baby boomers roll relentlessly into their retirement years, experts say for those 65 and over staying active and fit can spell the difference between independence and frailty.

Tampa (FL) Tribune
Golden years
Better medical care brought longer lives, and Social Security, pension plans and an increase in mobility after World War II led to the idea that one's final years could mean fun in the sun, far from home, with others the same age.

Wall Street Journal
Give a Retirement Community a 'Test Drive' .
Saddled with vacant units, retirement communities across the country are adding a new tactic to lure buyers: the

Smart Money Magazine
Inside 5 Luxury Retirement Communities
In Florida, New York, Arizona and other retiree hotspots, the good life – for those over 55 – is getting better. In communities from clusters of homes around a golf course to continuing care facilities, examples of new luxury offerings abound. ... And surprisingly, many of these extras don't cost a whole lot more – at least for now.

U.S. News & World Report
Many Retirement Communities Still Await Recovery
Many retirement communities continue to cut prices and offer assistance packages to lure new seniors. While the idyllic lifestyle promoted by many facilities is still a dominant marketing image, they also are pushing the more practical benefits of their communities and trying to find ways to cope with the continued weakness in housing prices.

Parade Magazine
The Myths Of Living Longer
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Arlington Heights (IL) Daily Herald
Adult communities make it easy for residents to keep busy lifestyles
When someone is shopping for a place to spend their active retirement years, often the amenities become more important than the house, townhouse or condominium itself.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Builders put welcome mat out for retiring baby boomers
Developers are again tailoring homes and communities for the age group that fell off their radar during the economic downturn. Boomers want a wider variety of home styles, less space, access to jobs and walking trails, and a sense of security.

Austin (TX) American Statesman
Questions to ask before moving into a senior community
Find a home that fits your lifestyle now while thinking about the future.

Hartford (CT) WFSB
Baby Boomers Hiring Retirement Coaches
As the country’s 77 million baby boomers set to retire, many boomers are turning to retirement coaches to help them discover new interests and hobbies.

Washington (DC) Times
Active adults: Carefree living, ‘lifelong learning’ options
If winter storms have left you longing to live someplace where someone else takes care of shoveling your front walk, Central Parke at Victoria Falls may be one location to consider. Residents of this active adult community in Laurel, Md., can enjoy a Carefree Maintenance Program that takes care of lawns and any snow shoveling right up to residents’ front doors and garages.

U.S. News & World Report
7 Ways to Keep Retirement Exciting
Affluent baby boomers think their retirement will differ from that of their parents, mainly because they intend to be more active (86 percent). When asked to name a single word to describe their retirement, most boomers between ages 46 and 64 choose freedom (35 percent) or opportunity (31 percent), according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey of 1,000 people with $250,000 or more invested for retirement. Just 21 percent of those surveyed say relaxation is their primary retirement goal. Here are seven ways baby boomers are planning to stay active in retirement.

Smart Money Magazine
3 New Ways to Live in Retirement
They helped change the political landscape and American culture, and it's clear Baby Boomers will change what life in retirement will look like. And with their sheer numbers - 78 million - they may also shift the landscape of where retirees live, too.

Builder Magazine
Baby Boomers May Revolutionize Housing--Once Again
It seems like only yesterday that, amid much hoopla, the leading edge of the baby boom turned 55 and was suddenly eligible to live in active adult communities. During the last 10 years, we saw shifts--some subtle, some big--in the types of communities developed for boomers who were looking for a more active and maybe more interesting lifestyle than the Eisenhower generation that preceded them. But there really wasn't much change in the home features designed for these buyers. Now that the leading edge of the baby boom is turning 65, and actually grappling with impaired mobility, eyesight, and hearing, we may finally see some big changes.

Senior Housing News
Top Ten Senior Housing Trends For 2011
As you peruse this year’s trends in senior housing, keep the word ‘austerity’ in mind but contemplate a new bifurcated mindset: one for the wealthy, well prepared and another for everyone else. ... If austerity was the word for 2010, let’s hope the word that defines 2011 is pragmatism. Now for our look at senior housing trends in 2011….

U.S. News & World Report
5 Reasons Older Workers are Delaying Retirement
Many workers age 60 and older say they are not ready to retire. A recent CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive survey of 536 full-time employees in the private-sector who are age 60 and older found that 65 percent plan to delay retirement, down from 72 percent last year. Here is why these older workers say they plan to stay in the workforce.

Sacramento (CA) Bee
Senior centers are evolving, adding programs to serve baby boomers
With the shift in budget resources, along with the change in culture as previous generations gradually give way to the baby boomers, are senior centers still relevant for tomorrow's older adults?

Christian Science Monitor
How retirement is being reinvented worldwide
Around the globe, from developed Europe to fast-rising China, a common trend is emerging: The workforce is taking on an older profile as retirement is delayed or redefined.

Fitchburgh (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise
Retirement takes planning
For many consumers the economic recovery isn't so much crawling as stalling, but now is a good time to begin planning a future that's secure. It may also mean creating a lifestyle that doesn't place money at its core, according to Consumer Reports.

Smart Money Magazine
Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Retirement Home?
Palm Beach, Hilton Head, Santa Barbara. They're some of the most coveted vacation and retirement home markets in the nation -- and like many other locales popular with retirees, they're seeing an uptick in home sales. It's a trend that's catching the attention of many soon-to-be retirees, too, who wonder if those buyers are onto something. And it begs the question: With housing prices depressed and interest rates low, should you buy a retirement home even if you're years away from living in it?

Austin (TX) American Statesman
With boomers turning 65, retirement turns from slow-mo to go-go
A batch of recent surveys reveals what baby boomers are thinking and are likely to do in retirement. Some are contradictory, but when have boomers ever been predictable? ...

USA Today
Baby Boomers can stay stylish at any age
Those on the front line of the Baby Boom generation, once carefree souls who frolicked through the Summer of Love, are now coming to terms with an inexorable fact: They're turning 65 in 2011. And maybe taking a good look at themselves.

Palm Beach (FL) Post
2011: A boom year for Baby Boomers
A batch of recent surveys reveals what Boomers are thinking and likely to do in retirement. Some are contradictory, but then, when have Boomers ever been predictable?

Phoenix (AZ) Arizona Republic
Bullying is a growing problem for the elderly
Robin Bonifas, a gerontology expert and assistant professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work who is researching bullying, estimates that 10 to 20 percent of older people in care homes experience some type of abuse from fellow residents.

Sacramento (CA) Bee
Grandparents' giving stretches beyond holiday season
But for most grandparents, the giving of gifts is a straightforward business - an expression not only of love but also of faith in the future that the grandchildren represent.

Chicago (IL) Daily Herald
Residents of retirement communities stay active by volunteering
Many retirement home residents are doing volunteer work in the community on a year-round basis. ... Whether motivated by religious faith, a desire to help others, to make new friends, to keep active, or a combination of all those, retirees who volunteer add to their own quality of life, retirement home staff members say.

CBS News
Best Low-Tech Cell Phones Suitable for Seniors
As smart-phones get increasingly complicated, there's another trend in the making: low-tech, easy-to-use, inexpensive cell phones for senior citizens.

CNN - Living
New study finds baby boomers are in a funk
Eighty percent of baby boomers are pessimistic about the current direction of the United States, according to the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends study released Monday.

Wall Street Journal
Did You Hear the One About the Retired Real-Estate Agent?
He became a stand-up comedian. And he has never been happier. ...
Old catching up to young on U.S. Internet: study
Older folks are closing ground on youngsters quick to leap on hot Internet trends such as social networking and online shopping, according to a Pew Research Center study released Wednesday.

Canada - Tillsonburg News
What are the demands of the next Tidal Wave of 50+ Home Buyers seeking?
The million-dollar question when it comes to active adult communities is

Dallas (TX) Morning News
How to help a grandchild pay for college
Grandparents play an important role in a child's life, not the least of which is sometimes helping to finance a college education.

New York (NY) Daily News
Nonprofit Search and Care helps care for home-bound seniors' pets with new program
The innovative program was made possible by a grant from Amie's Place Foundation, which funds programs that help people care for their pets in times of need because no one is there to help.

New York Times (NY)
Some Retirees Opting for Campus Life
Retirement communities, typically nestled near beaches or golf courses, are beginning to emerge somewhere else: on university campuses. University-based retirement communities offer the educational opportunities, cultural activities and other perks of college settings, and these attractions are luring many aging Americans back to school.

Canada - Edmonton Journal
Best affordable resort-style living in the United States
Today's active adult communities are far beyond the

Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review
Is 50 the new 30? What constitutes 'old' is always evolving
Aging by itself isn't so bad, says Neil Resnick, chief of geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and director of its Institute on Aging. But it can kill when combined with smoking, drinking, disease, pollutants, obesity or bad genes.

Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer
Economy forces baby boomers to stay put
Uneasiness is keeping some aging baby boomers in their current homes, even though that's not what they had in mind. ... Boomer-watchers say this wants-to-move-but-can't generation is engaging in

CBS News
Discounts Abound for Boomers Turning Seniors
Good news for baby boomers: You're getting older - but that brings with it lots of discounts!

San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune
Outfitting homes -- growing need for aging boomers
Development isn’t only about building new but fixing things that are the old and needed by older people – like homes and work places that aren’t accessible to aging Baby Boomers and others with mobility problems.

U.S. News & World Report
10 Costs That Could Increase in Retirement
Many people think they'll be able to get by on a smaller budget in retirement. You will certainly be able to strike work clothes, dry cleaning, and commuting costs from your budget. But if you're not careful, you can easily end up spending more in retirement than you did during your working years. Here are 10 costs that are likely to increase in retirement.

USA Today
As boomers age, 1 in 5 drivers will be oldsters
Remember The Little Old Lady from Pasadena? Baby boomers who first danced to that 1964 pop hit about a granny burning up the road in her hot rod will begin turning 65 in January. Experts say keeping those drivers safe and mobile is a challenge with profound implications.

Albany (NY) Times-Union
Baby boomers and their parents learn to move on
After a lifetime of accumulation, paring down can be tough.

U.S. News & World Report
10 Best Places for Single Seniors to Retire
You're never too old to fall in love. First dates and new relationships are increasingly becoming a part of the retirement years. And now that the child-rearing years are largely behind them, baby boomers and seniors are forming new relationships on their own terms. More than 30 million Americans age 55 and older are currently single. In some places, single seniors make up a significantly larger portion of the older population than others. U.S. News used Census Bureau data to come up with a list of metro areas with the most single seniors age 55 and over. Individuals who are separated, divorced, widowed, and never married are counted as single.

UK - Daily Telegraph
Where is the best place to retire abroad?
According to the Institute for Public Policy Research there were 252,000 British pensioners living abroad in 1981. Ten years later that number had more than doubled to 594,000 and by the beginning of 2006 it was over a million. And according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 38 per cent of over 55s are planning to relocate in the next few years. So where should you go?

Boston (MA) Globe
A time to redefine - An adult community can be an opportunity to try new activities in a secure setting
Active adult communities offer a range of housing, from single-family homes to attached townhouses to apartment-style condos, plus maintenance services such as landscaping, snow removal, and trash collection. Prices and fees can vary.

Asbury Park (NJ) Press
What time is it? It's time to relax!
Barbara and Bob Dee used to spend a lot of time on home maintenance rather than going to the Shore or spending a day with friends — but that's all changed now that they have purchased a new home at K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Weatherby.

Wall Street Journal
A Red-Hot Sport Leaves Some Folks With a Sour Taste
Pickleball Is a Craze in the Over-55 Set, But Foes Are Raising a Racket. ... ... A fast-growing sport, pickleball is taking so-called active-adult enclaves by storm. Part badminton, part ping-pong and part tennis, pickleball doesn't put a lot of strain on aging joints, fans say. And with courts about a quarter the size of those used in tennis, it doesn't require players to cover much ground.

U.S. News & World Report
20 Needless Expenses for Many Seniors
Nearly two years into our so-called economic recovery, it's clear that frugality is still the prevailing financial trend. Saving money is not only necessary, it's almost patriotic. Here are 20 ways you can do your bit for the savings cause. They work for me. I hope they work for you. Check off the ones that apply to you and then actually take action.

Builder Magazine
Active Adult Builder Sustains Buyer Demand With Resale Program
Pennsylvania-based Traditions of America says it's on track to increase business by 60% this year.

U.S. News & World Report
10 Historic Places to Retire
To find a few historic places to retire, U.S. News used a Best Places to Retire search tool powered by data from Onboard Informatics. We looked for places filled with museums, libraries, and national historic monuments that also offer a good quality of life and plenty of amenities for seniors.

U.S. News & World Report
Downsize for a More Affordable Retirement
Most people think retirement planning is about saving, investments, and the timing of retirement account withdrawals and Social Security benefits. Ensuring you have sufficient income is definitely one of the most important aspects of retirement planning. But so is controlling your expenses. One way you can do that is by downsizing your current lifestyle. Here is how controlling costs can help you prepare for retirement and still enjoy a nice standard of living.

New York Times (NY) - Health
Aging’s Misunderstood Virtues
Our values and interests don’t usually remain static from the time we’re 20 years old until the time we’re 45, so why do we expect that sort of consistency in later decades?

Wall Street Journal
Compensating a Family Caregiver
Given the still-fragile economy, a growing number of families are compensating relatives who serve as caregivers to elders, elder-law attorneys say. But to avoid stoking family tensions or running afoul of Medicaid eligibility requirements, it's important to draft a formal employment agreement--and disclose the arrangement to the entire family.

New York Times (NY)
Retirement Haven Hunts Youthful Violators
To remain a restricted retirement community, at least 80 percent of Sun City’s housing units must have at least one occupant who is 55 or older, allowing for younger spouses or adult children. But the rules are clear on one thing: no one, absolutely no one, who is a teenager, an adolescent, a toddler, a newborn, any form of child, may call Sun City home.

U.S. News & World Report
Youth Movement at Retirement Communities
The original Sun City has gone through a major life cycle transition during its 50 years.,,,. Today, more than 48,000 people live in Sun City, but the focus of the complex and of senior communities in general reflect how much the concept of retirement has changed in the past 50 years.

USA Today
Retired? Head back to school with college discounts
From continuing education and enrichment classes to graduate school, many of America's retirees are pursuing their interests at the college level. It's a trend that is likely to grow as seniors' ranks swell with baby boomers, who by 2015 will represent some 35% of the U.S. population, looking to either acquire new job skills or simply enjoy new learning experiences.

Washington (DC) Post
Most senior citizens learn to adapt to the loss of a partner
Psychological and emotional losses change older Americans' lives. How they navigate a cascade of challenges -- particularly social isolation, death of a spouse and depression -- can determine the course of their final decades.

New York Times (NY) - Business
But Will It Make You Happy?
New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses.

U.S. News & World Report
On Retirement: 7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement
Some folks transition seamlessly into a happy retirement and get right to the business of enjoying their new lives. But other people have a tougher time entering the retirement years. Some of these folks may wonder whether they are really cut out for retirement at all. Here are seven traits happy retirees share.

U.S. News & World Report
On Retirement: 10 Retirement Letdowns
After retirement you no longer jump out of bed to an alarm each morning. You linger over your morning coffee while you read the paper from cover to cover and bask in your newfound freedom. It doesn’t take very long, though, before you come to realize that a few things about retirement could be disappointing.

U.S. News & World Report
Consider a Part-Time Retirement Abroad
There are plenty of drawbacks to permanently exiting the United States in retirement. ... On the other hand, if you spend half the year some place where the cost of living is significantly reduced and rent out your U.S. home while you're away, your retirement funds could expand accordingly. Retirement could go from a source of concern to a cause for excitement.

Housing Watch
Will Senior Housing Sales Help Revive the Market?
In any given year, about 12 percent of 55-and-older households change homes, according to a study done by the MetLife Mature Market Institute with the National Association of Home Builders.

Wall Street Journal
Trading Down: Can It Still Bankroll Your Retirement?
Trading down to a smaller home is a retirement-planning staple. According to an April study by the Society of Actuaries, 20% of not-yet retirees say they plan to downsize after the last child leaves the nest. But it is getting a lot harder to do, even for wealthier people.

Wall Street Journal
Second Acts
Portraits of people who are changing their lives and taking new paths

Greeley (CO) KUNC
The New Longevity
Baby boomer retirement is a very big business. The days of rocking chairs and knitting have been replaced by planned communities that cater to a persons every need, with golf carts on every corner. It's a lifestyle that recently opened the eyes of KUNC commentator Laura Bridgwater.

U.S. News & World Report
The 10 Biggest Sources of Retirement Income
Working Americans tend to have one major source of income: their job. But once you retire, your income is likely to come from several different sources, including retirement account withdrawals, monthly Social Security payments, and increasingly, a part-time job. Here are the 10 biggest sources of retirement income.

Kansas City (MO) InfoZine
Successful Retirement Planning Begins with Your Health
Everyone knows it’s a good idea to put away a little money each month to save for retirement, even in tough economic times like this. ... But all the money in the world won’t make your retirement years golden if you haven’t got good health. Acting now to save your health may be an even better investment for a happy retirement than saving large sums of money.

Friends 'more important than family' in retirement
Being a grandparent in the UK may not be all it is cracked up to be, if a study is to be believed. Researchers at the University of Greenwich suggest friends not family are the key to a happy retirement.

Toronto (Canada) Globe and Mail
Want to age well? Laugh it up
Author and sociologist Lyndsay Green interviewed 40 seniors seen as role models and discovered good humour is more valuable than money

National Public Radio
The Villages: Florida's Disney World For The Retired
In central Florida, a 21st century American boomtown defies economic gravity. It's called The Villages. The 2000 census counted around 8,000 residents in the retirement community — now there are 80,000.

Washington (DC) Post
A guide for making the most of old age
Adopting healthful habits can significantly alter the course of aging, even if you don't start until you are middle-aged or older, growing research suggests. As more people live into their 80s, 90s and beyond, researchers are increasingly asking what it takes not just to survive but also to thrive in later years. Here is Consumer Reports' guide to successful aging.

Tampa (FL) Tribune
Big cities see gains as boomers delay retirement
Battered by recession, more older Americans are staying put in traditional big cities to hold onto jobs, creating slowdowns in population growth at once-popular retirement destinations widely found in the South and Wes

Chicago (IL) Daily Herald
Buyers value friendships as much as their new active adult homes
Early on, many retirement communities were designed as a second home for snowbirds heading south for the winter. But when builders realized that many buyers wanted to stay where they had lived most of their lives among family and friends, communities cropped up around major cities in cold climates, too.

Boomers Start Downsizing For Retirement
The kids are grown and you're ready to make a move. Here's what to look for--from location, to taxes, to universal design.

The top 10 places to retire - Plus two bonus towns for you to consider
Where do you want to live in retirement? Most folks age in place. But there are those who spend their golden years in dreamy locales. Where are those places?

Homebuilders to Boomers: We Want You
The National Association of Home Builders look at the Baby Boomer crowd — 77 million strong — and see a possible way out of the housing crisis. Increasingly, homebuilders are building smaller, more energy-efficient new homes in active communities that Boomers want — and making them more affordable in the process. With money tight and down payments low, it looks like Boomers are taking the bait.

U.S. News & World Report
A Long Life: 7 People, Sailing Past 90 With Lots Left to Do
Age is often seen as an enemy to be battled or outwitted—never mind that it's impossible to avoid and that the alternative to growing older is, well, dying younger. But when you talk with people who are nearing or have reached the century mark, still vital, you realize that they have arrived not by running for hours a week on a treadmill, downing vitamins by the handful, or spending their free time in the plastic surgeon's office. They've been too busy living—working, traveling, engaging in creative pursuits, spending time with friends and family, doing with gusto whatever it is that gives them joy.

Ridgewood (NJ) News
Active adult communities attract working residents
It seems a growing number of Americans aged 55 and older have made the move to active adult communities, but not away from their jobs. Experts say that represents a split from years past, when the communities were primarily occupied by retirees. Many credit the current buyer's market, featuring attractive prices and mortgage rates hovering near historic lows, with luring these adults into a retirement lifestyle, without actually walking away from work.

Fifteen Ways to Slash Spending in Retirement
Retirees must adjust to new economic realities. Here, based on suggestions from financial advisers, are strategies to cut costs.

U.S. News & World Report
Design Awards Enable Aging in Place
Making homes suitable for elderly occupants is easy to describe, but it can be very expensive to do. The cheapest solution is to make homes senior-friendly when they are built, rather than trying to retrofit them. Some of the most elegant and cost-effective solutions are recognized each year by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders.

Salisbury (NC) Post
Ten steps to a good retirement
Keep yourself healthy, happy and financially sound. ... The 10 items in the list are the things that have helped us be part of our community.

New York Times
Like a College Visit, Minus Kegs
TRYOUT For many older people, staying at a retirement community for a few days is the only way to know whether to move in. ... In a bid to attract residents in a tight economy, more retirement communities are offering overnight stays similar to what colleges offer prospective students.

Boston (MA) Globe
Off the road
For seniors who give up driving, the emotional - and physical - costs of surrendering independence can be high. ... Driving, or more precisely, deciding when to surrender the keys and license, has become the third rail of aging. A spate of car accidents involving elderly drivers in Massachusetts earlier this year prompted proposals for mandatory testing after age 75. Yet the emotionally charged debate, here and around the country, has largely ignored the rest of the equation: Then what?

U.S. News & World Report
10 Reasons You Shouldn't Retire
Your 401(k), social life, and even your health could benefit from a few more years in the workforce

Retire Independently In A Retirement Community
Baby boomers have already changed the way the world views retirment. Everyone knows that 60 is the new 40, as senior citizens are remaining active long after their parents and grandparents slowed down. Now, in a bold social experiment, they are changing the dyamics of retirement living through transforming neighborhoods where many seniors live into Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs).

Dallas (TX) Morning News
New communities offer home ownership plus senior care
Watermere occupies a unique niche in the retirement-living market that experts expect will appeal to boomers and seniors ready to give up the headaches of homeownership but not the benefits of having an equity stake in where they live.

Salt Lake City (UT) Deseret News
Grandfamilies: Growing trend in grandparents raising children
An increasing number of grandparents, ... , are taking over parental duties, trading in the golden years for another round of spit-up and diapers. In 1970, about 3 percent of American children lived in grandparent-headed households. According to the 2008 U.S. Census, that percentage has now more than doubled. At last count, about 18,000 Utah grandparents had stepped in where their own children had failed.

U.S. News & World Report
9 Ways Spending Changes in Retirement
Here's a look at how your spending is likely to change, for better and worse, after you leave the workforce.

Omaha (NE) KETV
Retirement Communities Shed 'Old Folks' Home' Image
A building boom in the metro is sprouting numerous retirement communities that will cater to members with amenities like gaming systems, fireplaces, whirlpools and gyms. The trend is in anticipation of the baby boomer generation. A couple existing communities give a snapshot of what to expect.

U.S. News & World Report
Attractive and Functional Design Solutions for Aging Homeowners
Making a home suitable for older occupants is becoming a mainstream part of the home remodeling business. Growing numbers of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age, and attractive design solutions for aging in place projects have evolved. Making such modifications not only helps current occupants but may broaden the market for future buyers when the home is placed on the market.

WebMD Health News
Boomers Doomed to Disability?
Bad Sign for Baby Boomers: Disability on the Rise for Americans in Their 60s

Launching Startups in Retirement
Seniors are finding ways to earn profits, often doing what they love, after closing out their careers. The trick is getting the seed money

Washington (DC) Times
Active-adult living: Many amenities at Leesburg's Leisure World
Active-adult communities are often recognized for their social and recreational amenities that allow residents to stay physically and mentally fit. At Leisure World of Virginia, located on a 91-acre parcel of land within the planned community of Lansdowne in Leesburg, the amenities and activities go far beyond the typical walking trail and club.

Rescuing Real Estate: How baby boomers are reigniting the housing market.
The battered housing market is getting some help from an unlikely source: retirees. Baby boomers on the cusp of collecting Social Security are bringing some much-needed vitality to the real-estate sector as they capitalize on reduced prices and low mortgage rates by lining up their next homes a few years early.

Hamilton (MT) Ravalli Republic
Don’t worry, be happy
“Enjoy life,” says the nearly six-decade Darby resident who turns 100 years old today. “You are just as happy as you make up your mind to be. Nobody can make you happy.”

Why Retirement Is Bad For You
Studies show that men who retired from corporate jobs, donned their gold watches and lazed about at a resort lived measurably shorter lives than those who sought productive work (e.g., volunteering for organizations like SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives). In fact, plenty of retirees who traded productive work for sunshine and early-bird dinners dropped dead surprisingly soon after making the transition.

Washington (DC) Times
Active-adult community residents trade maintenance for fun
Active-adult communities, restricted to residents age 55 or older, are designed to meet the high standards of today's retirees and pre-retirees. Empty nesters ready to be relieved of household maintenance chores are often attracted to these communities, which usually have a staff to shovel snow, rake leaves and maintain lawns and common areas.

U.S. News & World Report
What Gives Your Life Meaning and Purpose?
Making a difference, doing something of value, and having a purpose in life. They all stem from a common human need that doesn't disappear with age. However, the perception that you're making a difference may well decline sharply after the end of a career, and the close of a professional life with decades of rich experiences and relationships. And as we get older, our self-perceived worth can take another hit if people have trouble looking beyond our age when they interact with us. All too often, older people aren't valued for what they can offer, and often aren't even expected to participate in activities.

The 10 Best Retirement Havens
Forbes cannot promise retirees "paradise on $30 a day." Quite the opposite. We promise seniors wishing to move out of the U.S. that they will not find paradise anywhere. Each country is unique--with assets and liabilities--and the key to successful retirement as an ex-pat is carefully matching your own personal priorities and finances to the country that has caught your eye.

U.S. News & World Report
Boomers Redefine Retirement With 'Encore' Careers
Many are using their retirement years to pursue a purpose, a passion, or a dream. ... According to a poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates, half of Americans ages 50 to 70 want to find work that has social impact after their primary career ends. Between 5.3 million and 8.4 million Americans ages 44 to 70 have already launched

Fort Scott (KS) Tribune
Research offers tips for healthy aging
The process of aging remains a mystery. But, research over the past 50 years has found that lifestyle choices may prevent disease and promote healthy aging.

U.S. News & World Report
These Retirees Live Well, and Frugally
Living on a boat or on an RV are among their creative solutions ...

Fox News - Health
New Jersey Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday at Work
Astrid Thoenig got dressed, went to work and sat at her desk smiling Thursday as she slid her finger gently under the envelope flap of yet another identical birthday card. They don't make that many that say "Happy 100th."

Baltimore (MD) Sun
Staying Independent in Our Later Years
Addressing a handful of health risks at midlife can profoundly affect your ability to continue living independently. Meanwhile, new concepts and technologies are helping to make staying in our own homes and communities an attainable goal for increasing numbers of us. Below are some steps you can take -- and recommend to friends and aging parents.

Muncie (IN) Star Press
We must combat ageism every day
Ageism. You might not recognize the word by itself, but you might know or have experienced these attitudes based on age: perceived fragility; not worth training; not fit to perform a job; not taken seriously; ignored; dependent; helpless; unproductive; demanding; undeserving; unworthy of attention or debilitated. When those attitudes are based on age -- either young or older -- they are all a form of ageism, a real and serious issue.

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette
With medical, lifestyle gains, centenarians' numbers grow
Even in a culture that celebrates youth, the wow factor takes hold when a person reaches 100 years old. With improvements in medicine and healthier lifestyles, more people are reaching triple digits. And as the number of centenarians grows, so do expectations that perhaps all of us can aspire to reach the century mark.

Wall Street Journal
Making Suburbia More Livable
The nation's sprawling suburbs may have been a good place to grow up, but they're a tough place to grow old. Here's how towns are beginning to 'retrofit' their neighborhoods—and what your community might look like in the future.

Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal
Aging is a blessing
I guess, like everyone, I never thought about aging. Yeah, it'll happen, but it's so far in the future, why worry about it? Well, as people with a few years on them will tell you, life zips by very quickly, especially when you're viewing it in the rearview mirror.

U.S. News & World Report
Why Boomers Will Retire More Comfortably Than Their Parents
On the surface, the future looks bleak for baby boomers. The Center for Economic and Policy Research projects that the median baby boomer household lost 45 percent of its net worth between 2004 and 2009. So why does retirement expert Ken Dychtwald think that boomers' retirement will still have a high quality of life? ... He argues that retirement for this generation will be so different from traditional retirement that maybe we'll need a new word to describe it.

American Profile
Centenarians: Working at 100 and beyond-and loving it
Many factors determine lifespan: ... a positive attitude, a strong religious or spiritual belief, personal courage and the ability to enjoy the roller coaster of life.

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomers Are Staying in the Workforce Longer
In the early 1960s, the average age of retirement was 66 and it has fallen continuously over the decades since to a current average of 62. But what some boomers are finding as they start to retire is that early retirement can cause depression, loneliness and a feeling of not being part of the real world anymore.

U.S. News & World Report
Giving Up on Retirement in the Sun Belt
It’s fun to dream about retiring in a location where you will never have to shovel snow or defrost your car ever again. But don’t donate your winter coat to charity just yet. Most retirees are never able to pick up and move to the sun belt. In fact, most retirees don’t move at all. And seniors who do relocate tend to stay close to home.

Hartford (CT) Courant
Tips for Longevity
As droves of baby boomers retire or prepare to do so, the generation that never settles is now focused on maximizing health. ... nine ways you can extend your years of wellness.

Consumer Reports
Save your stuff—and save money
If you're scrounging up cash for retirement or have already retired and are trying to economize, not replacing stuff more often than you need to is one can't-miss strategy. So to help squeeze extra years out of the things you own, here are some tips from our experts and industry sources.

U.S. News & World Report
When Your Nanny Is Granny
6 tips for balancing your retirement plans with caring for grandchildren

CNN - Money
Retired at 38: Fantasy vs. reality
You may think you have enough money saved for retirement, but the younger you call it quits, the bigger stash you'll need. Here are a few things to consider first.

U.S. News & World Report
7 Tips for Finding Right Volunteer Work
Volunteering is one of the best ways for seniors to get involved in their local communities, share a lifetime of experiences, develop new relationships, and help make the world a little bit better. Today, there are more tools than ever to help you find the right organization and make sure that the match is a good one for you and for the group you want to help. Here are some things to consider:

U.S. News & World Report
What Do Retirees Do All Day?
Most retirees spend their newfound freedom lingering slightly longer than the total population over food, sleep, and household chores. Americans age 65 to 74 only spend about 2 extra hours per day on leisure activities than the population as a whole, according to the Department of Labor’s American Time Use Survey.

San Antonio (TX) Express-News
Viewpoint: Boomerang kids? Get ready for boomerang parents
Multiple generations living together is nothing new, especially in certain cultures. But for family members used to their own independence, living together again can put emotional – and financial – strains on their relationships.

U.S. News & World Report
Retire Early? Maybe With These Frugal Steps
I've been spending a lot of time talking with retirees -- and younger folks already planning their retirements

Baltimore (MD) Sun
Boomers go venturing
For years after the dot-com boom, the 20-something upstart has been held up as a model of entrepreneurial spirit - take Google and Facebook, for instance. But contrary to such popular belief, it is the baby boomer generation - those 55- to 64-year-olds - that has the highest rate of entrepreneurship activity, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo., nonprofit group that encourages entrepreneurship.

MSNBC - Business
When the golden years include a commute
A combination of good health, economic necessity and the other rewards of work are pushing some Americans to stay in the work force long past traditional retirement age. About 7 percent of people age 75 or older were in the labor force as of June, up from about 5 percent a decade ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates to more than 1.1 million people working past age 74, up from 750,000 a decade ago.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
7 keys to a happy retirement
Rather than sitting around doing nothing in retirement, Goldsmith said, would-be retirees should scope out what they want to do long before rolling over their 401(k) into an IRA. Yes, you will need some bare-minimum requirements in place before seeking out the next new thing in life. You'll need good health and healthy relationships with family and friends. Also, it would be nice to be wealthy enough to pursue your new career free from worry about money. But that's not essential. What is essential is this:

Lakeland (FL) Ledger
Pickleball Proves a Popular Sport Among Seniors


U.S. News & World Report
A Dozen Retirement Community Bargains
Continuing care retirement communities provide lifetime housing and medical-care packages to retirees. But brutal housing and economic realities may be making the industry wish someone was providing it with lifetime care. The housing market meltdown of 2007 and 2008 dried up demand for CCRC living units because potential residents either couldn't sell their homes or sell them for enough money to fund the up-front entrance fees required by many CCRCs.

Gulf Breeze (FL) News
Seniors and positive thinking
Do happy people live longer, more productive lives? Research suggests that they may. Studies have shown that specific personality traits, whether you're an optimist or pessimist, can determine many areas of your health and overall well-being. They have found that people who have a sunny disposition on growing older, actually live longer than those who are constantly worrying and feel bad about aging.

The Leaner Baby Boomer Economy
The downturn is putting a crimp on baby boomers' free-spending ways, and the likes of Mercedes and Starwood Hotels are scrambling to keep up.

Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution
Seniors save with these discounts
According to Consumer Reports, senior discounts have spread to all sorts of industries. From car repair shops to clothing stores; fast food restaurants to fitness clubs, seniors have more opportunities to save than ever. ... Here’s a small look at what’s out there.

Denver (CO) KMGH
Rightsizing Into Retirement Gaining Popularity
Within the past year and a half, the couple sold their Lone Tree home, cleared out the cLutter, and moved into a one-level apartment. Rightsizing into their retirement years was an easy decision and one with no regrets. ... Their new apartment is at Classic Residence By Hyatt, a senior living community that specializes in continuing care.

Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun
Many seniors just can't afford the necessities
The UCLA Center for Health Policy recently released a report stating an estimated 500,000 seniors in California do not earn enough income to cover their basic necessities to live. ... The most at-risk group is women over 75 living alone in a rental home or apartment.

Melville (NY) Newsday
Older Internet users will find many applications
If you're reading this online, congratulations. If you're not, and you don't know how, you're missing a lot of learning and some of the best features of modern life.

New York Times (NY)
With Friends Aplenty, Many Widows Choose Singlehood
Men and women also appear to have different mechanisms for coping with bereavement, so that what is normal grief for one may be a sign of emotional instability in the other. In one study, women who said they were comfortable being alone were significantly more likely to be coping with their grief than men who made similar remarks.

Fairfield County (CT) Business Journal
Assisted living remains hot commodity
The modern assisted living facility – a locus of monitored independence where a year’s worth of customizable care can cost more than a college education – is seeing surprisingly high occupancy rates, according to a national survey, as well as a reverse migration of residents because of the economy, some local centers say.

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette
Walking benefits seniors as they take a walk on the mild side
..."It's my routine," he said, explaining that the exercise has helped him rebound from several surgeries. "I'm not out to break any distance or speed records, but it's done my body a lot of good."

PC World
Facebook's Identity Crisis: Too Many Old People
New data from Facebook's own information for advertisers, compiled by iStrategyLabs, shows that the 55 and older crowd is poised to overtake high schoolers and younger on Facebook.

Garner-Clayton (NC) Record
A Silver Lining
Even in a recession, the older population has money to spend, some real-estate agents say. Often, they have equity from their current homes they can use to buy new ones. And those in retirement don’t have to worry about layoffs.

U.S. News & World Report
5 Keys to Retiring Within 5 Years
Baby boomers can still retire if they plan for these financial challenges.

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomer Businesses are Booming
Although there are a few famous business titans who launched companies shortly after college or even dropped out, that is far from the norm. Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those age 20 to 34 in every year between 1996 and 2007, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation.

Pew Research Center
Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality
Getting old isn't nearly as bad as people think it will be. Nor is it quite as good.

Seattle (WA) Times
Best-laid plans for retirement undone, legions are remaking their golden years
Whether it's imploded nest eggs, early layoffs, increased health-care expenses or some other reversal of fortunes, a lot of people are being forced to reinvent those now-elusive golden years.

Baltimore (MD) Sun
Retirement can be sore point for couples
It's not unusual for couples to not discuss retirement - even after last year's market meltdown - and then be surprised by each other's vision of life after work. A recent survey by Fidelity Investments, for instance, found that 82 percent of couples disagree on at least one of the retirement basics: when to retire, future lifestyle or whether to work in retirement.

CNN - Money
You can still retire rich...really
Yes, you may have to work longer, and you definitely have to save more. But today's lower stock prices will lead to bigger gains in the long run.

Kentucky Business Online
Right-Size Niche Shines
The “baby boom” generation is beginning to make a profound effect on the new home market as it transitions from single-family homes to condominium-style living. Builders nationwide and across Kentucky are offering homebuyers adult communities filled with smaller, elegant homes that offer convenience, versatility and comfort for the over-50 market.

Wichita Falls (TX) Times Record News
Older relatives joining ranks of Facebook users
Turns out, my grandfather isn’t the only one with an AARP card using social networking sites. Facebook estimates that it has a few million users over the age of 65. MySpace claims to have 6.7 million users age 65 and over on its site. In fact, according to MySpace spokeswoman Jessica Bass, older users are among the site’s fastest growing demographic. Not everyone is thrilled with the baby boomers’ discovery of such sites. Some young people have responded by searching out new ways to stay a step ahead of grandma, moving from Facebook to Twitter, for example.
Photo Special: 20 things you didn't know about aging
From non-existent intergenerational warfare to the similarities between mice and men, a common theme of the 10th annual Age Boom Academy was surprising insights and debunking myths.

MSN - Money
Your 5-minute guide to saving your retirement
Spend less and save more. That's what the experts advise if you're getting a late start on retirement savings. Chances are you'll also have to work longer than you expected. Don't despair and don't panic. Many Americans are in the same boat, and there are still ways to catch up.
Men Risk Being Lonely And Isolated In Retirement
Men are planning for their financial security in retirement but not for their happiness, according to a survey revealing that more women than men plan for their health and leisure interests before they stop working.

New York Times (NY)
Online, ‘a Reason to Keep on Going’
Among older people who went online last year, the number visiting social networks grew almost twice as fast as the overall rate of Internet use among that group, according to the media measurement company comScore. But now researchers who focus on aging are studying the phenomenon to see whether the networks can provide some of the benefits of a group of friends, while being much easier to assemble and maintain.

Tucson (AZ) Business
A retirement village that brings innovation home
Retirement housing in the 21st century is getting a new look, often enriched with so many amenities that some communities might have been mistaken for luxury resorts a few years ago. And with the initial wave of baby boomer retirees set to move in, lifestyles are bound to have a different feel.

PC World
Are Baby Boomers Killing Facebook and Twitter?
It may seem like Facebook and Twitter widen the gaps between Boomers, Gen X-ers, and members of Generation Y, but online social networks may bring us all closer.

San Antonio (TX) Express-News
Boomer Trends
Baby boomers have long driven trends. And even though their nest eggs are showing a few cracks in this economy, they continue to make up a powerful segment of the housing market. ... Now it's single-story homes, low-maintenance living and avoidance of a traditional retirement.

Wichita (KS) Eagle
More call for independent senior living than assisted or nursing homes
A report released in April by the National Association of Home Builders and the MetLife Mature Market Institute showed an increasing number of people are opting for age-restricted

Sacramento (CA) Business Journal
Seniors want to age at home, but will builders adapt?
Senior advocates say 85 percent of the elderly want to remain at home as they age as opposed to moving into care facilities. Emerging technologies that are still not widely known could help them do just that.

U.S. News & World Report
Six Pillars of Solid Retirement Communities
Today, Erickson Retirement Communities has grown into one of largest Continuing Care and Retirement Community (CCRC) operators, and is widely considered at the top of the industry in quality and consumer appeal. Erickson's facilities are big but broken down into multiple clubhouses, low-rise apartment buildings and interconnected facilities that permit residents to walk the entire complex without going outside. As with other CCRCs, residents have a continuum of living and care options depending on their physical conditions and medical needs.

Zanesville (OH) Times Recorder
Living a quality life, regardless of age
Not every aspect of your overall wellness can be examined by a doctor or supported through a prescription drug. Simple changes to your daily routine are some of the most effective ways to promote healthy living. We truly are our own best doctor and have the freedom to choose what we eat and drink, what medications we take and how much rest and exercise we get. Each of these personal choices come together to help determine our overall health and well-being.

Bakersfield (CA)
Adult communities don't stick to shuffleboard
Active adult communities are residential developments designed for seniors, typically age 55 or older. ... New and existing home sales in local retirement communities have slowed since the housing bubble burst, but the homes generally retain their value better than their counterparts in mainstream neighborhoods, ...

Phoenix (AZ)
Active-adult communities built to Boomer specs
As the first of the Baby Boomers retire, amenities at active-adult communities are changing to keep up with this new breed. ... These new residents in active-adult communities have more money than prior generations, but they want their money's worth. They're healthier and more active, interested in hiking, golfing and tennis more than ceramics and lapidary.

Dallas (TX) Morning News
Local fitness buffs adapt their workouts to suit their age
A good diet, friends, seven hours of sleep each night and at least 30 cumulative minutes of exercise daily are among Dr. Kenneth Cooper's prescriptions for longevity. Fitness is what Cooper, founder and chief executive officer of the Cooper Aerobics Center, preaches and lives.

USA Today
Seniors at home in co-housing
Projects such as Silver Sage are called co-housing. European-inspired housing built around a common area and a social compact that all residents agree to, co-housing has existed on a small scale in the USA for years. Now, the concept is coming to senior housing, a trend supported by advocates who favor independent living for the old.

Radio World
'Greying' Gadgets: How Older Americans Use Tech
Baby boomers have swelled the ranks of so-called

U.S. News & World Report
The 20 Most Popular Restaurants for Baby Boomers and Seniors
It is common to cut back on eating out when you retire. Frugal retirees trying to stretch their fixed income are also famous for utilizing early bird specials and senior discounts. But most baby boomers and seniors haven't yet given up eating out altogether.

West Chester (PA) Daily Local News
What to look for in a continuing care retirement community
When exploring senior housing arrangements, one attractive alternative for many today is a CCRC, or continuing care retirement community.

U.S. News & World Report
10 Sources of Retirement Income
Most working Americans have only one source of steady income: their job. In retirement you are likely to have a patchwork quilt of several income streams. Retirement accounts, Social Security, home equity, pensions, and part-time work are the most frequently citied sources of expected retirement income, according to a Gallup poll released today. Here’s a look at ten potential sources of retirement income and how many Americans expect to rely on each one.

Miami (FL) - CBS4
Facebook Over 55 A Growing Phenomenon
The phenomenon that is Facebook, once only for college students, is now reaching out to everybody and anybody. The online networking site has become so popular that it is even reaching women over the age of 55, typically a group hard to reach online. In fact, one South Florida woman says Facebook changed her life.

New York Times (NY)
Where Are All the Old People?
While everyone knows that Florida is densely populated with older residents, everyone may not realize how much we miss out on by not having more older people living among us in Northern New Jersey.

San Jose (CA) Mercury News
Fisher: Fitness for a longer life, but don't call it exercise
We all know the benefits of the E-word. Even moderate activity staves off heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and dementia. It reduces falls, the leading cause of injuries for older adults. And active people are able to stay in their own homes longer, which is what we all want, right?

Smart Money Magazine
Going Back to Work in Your Golden Years
Many 60-somethings are getting hit with a cold, hard reality: Their evaporated investment portfolios mean the golden years of retirement are getting further out of reach. In fact, the market's downturn has taken such a toll that many retirees are now dusting off their resumes and trying to find work.

New York Times (NY)
For Baby Boomers, the Joys of Facebook
According to the site, the median age of a Facebook user is 26, but the fastest-growing user group is women 55 and over, up more than 175 percent since last fall. Men 55 and over are right behind, having increased almost 138 percent during the same time period.

USA Today
Americans are moving on up to smaller, smarter homes
New homes, after doubling in size since 1960, are shrinking. Last year, for the first time in at least 10 years, the average square footage of single-family homes under construction fell dramatically, from 2,629 in the second quarter to 2,343 in the fourth quarter, Census data show.

MSNBC - Health
It's not too late! Even after 50 you can get fit
People who put off regular exercise until they hit the age of 50 can still benefit from physical activity but it appears to take 10 years for the effects to kick in, Swedish researchers said Friday.

U.S. News & World Report
6 Ways to Make Your Retirement Accounts Last Longer
Once you retire, you have to make sure your nest egg lasts the rest of your life. It takes shrewd calculations and a even bit of luck to fund your own 30-year retirement in the best of times. But the stock market dive has thrown the delicate balance of managing your own retirement accounts off kilter. If market losses or an unexpected expense has bruised your nest egg, here are some ways to make it last longer.

Boise (ID) KIVI-TV
5 things to consider before late-in-life marriage
When two people marry or remarry later in life, there are more items to sort through than just wedding gifts. Marriage between two people with significant histories involves important decisions concerning finances, children, assets, housing, retirement and more. Here are five topics that you will want to discuss with your potential spouse right away to ensure that your best financial interests, both as individuals and as a couple, are protected in your new union.

Boston (MA) Herald
Elderly ride active aging to longer lives
Today’s active elderly - people 70 and older who are aging with grace and vigor - present a radical redefinition of what it means to grow older in America. Into their 80s, 90s and beyond, they’re an inspiration. ... Getting old doesn’t have to involve growing frail and sick. As one measure of that, according to the National Institutes of Health, research and treatment advances have reduced deaths from heart disease and stroke by 60 percent in the past 45 years.

Christian Science Monitor
Why don’t people act their age?
It’s a difficult time of life because, essentially, I’m not sure what time of life it is. Like so many other people of my generation, I am torn between yearning to yell out B-I-N-G-O and panting at the prospect of going on Facebook.I am definitely conflicted. Do I look for condominiums in Florida or get a sleeping bag for the rock festival in Coachella?

U.S. News & World Report
10 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100
The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A new study published in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

New York Times (NY)
A Colorado Home Is Ready for Its Owners’ Old Age
Universal design, a movement promoting the idea that all structures, public and private, should be equally accessible to everyone, has been around for many years. It is rooted in the work of Ronald Lawrence Mace, an architect and industrial designer with polio who helped develop the country’s first accessible building code, paving the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Aging in place, a related but more recent movement, which holds that homes should be built so owners can continue to live in them despite age-related problems, has been driven by the aging boomer population.

USA Today
Today's topic: Older and better
AARP's president distills the best and latest news to feel great and live longer. ... It is possible that our parents and we, their children, can live independently into our late 80s or even our 90s. But to remain healthy and independent for as long as we can, we must take control of our own health.

Tampa (FL) Tribune
Seniors RSVP With Help
They are all senior citizens, 55 and older, and belong to a group that is better known by its acronym, RSVP, or the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The average age of RSVP volunteers is 73. ... RSVP volunteers help out in 48 different areas countywide.

Tonawanda (NY) News
SENIORS: Moving up and out - Seniors scaling back on household responsibilities
Like many seniors, Elsie Waclawski was ready to move out of her Town of Tonawanda home for something smaller and easier to manage. After 25 years in the town, she and her husband didn’t want to leave. ... On Monday, Waclawski moved into Crestmount Square, a new 164-unit building with one- and two-bedroom apartments for people 55 and older.

Concord (NH) Monitor
In retirement, I'm finally caught up
Many of the smallest pleasures of my retirement are daily delights: Reading the morning paper in the morning. Doing the crossword. Enjoying a novel while it's still on the bestseller list. Watering the plants on the deck each summer with a watering can - slowly, so I can really look at each one. This slowing down is the part of retirement I most looked forward to, and it's even better than I expected. But tight scheduling and multi-tasking, which had become as necessary to me as breathing, were hard habits to break.

Why You'll Work Through Your Retirement
There is a major social and cultural message in the current economic collapse for the future retirees of America: Forget retirement. That's right. The recession is making clear what we've suspected for a long time. The concept of not working and embracing leisure for the last third of one's life isn't practical for most people.
30 Years of Retirement: What Will You Do?
Don't base your decision to retire on whether or not you are eligible and can afford to. Look closely at your interests and goals for a happier and more satisfying retirement.

U.S. News & World Report
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Baby Boomers
The oldest baby boomers will turn 63 this year. Their AARP invitations have arrived and they’re starting to ponder retiring. Many boomers have already claimed their Social Security due. But that doesn’t mean this large generation will quietly fade into retirement, even if they can still afford to. Here’s a look at some interesting stats from the past year.

New York (NY) Daily News
Families with live-in grandparents have advice for Obamas
In about 1.3 million American homes where the parents are head of the household, at least one grandparent lives with the family. ... The key issues that need to be discussed between grandparents and parents are privacy and the discipline of the children, says the psychologist, who practices in Hartford, Connecticut.

New York Times (NY)
Your Mother Is Moving In? That’s Great
A recent study by AARP shows that multigenerational households are on the rise, up from 5 million in 2000 to 6.2 million last year, an increase from 4.8 percent of all households to 5.3 percent. It’s not always a smooth ride — families being what they are — but it’s still an appealing solution to the work-life conundrum.

USA Today
Older adults among newer members on social networking sites
Move over kiddos, social networking is attracting new — and older — devotees, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released Wednesday. It finds that 35% of adult Internet users now have a profile on at least one social networking site. ,,, Although the share of online adults with a profile quadrupled from 8% in 2005, Pew found that the young are still more likely to use these sites.

Lake Havasu City (AZ) Today's News-Herald
Economy Bringing Kids or Grandparents Home? Cope by Finishing the Basement
From 1990 to 2001, multi-generational households increased about 60 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of the pressures that drove that increase - lack of affordable housing and a high cost of living - are even more relevant today.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Grandparents get their widgets on
Remember when Grandma and Grandpa were confounded by the VCR? Today's senior citizens are surfing the Web, gabbing on cellphones, Skyping with grandkids and firing up the Wii game console. ... The Consumer Electronics Show is hosting its inaugural Silvers Summit today,

San Jose (CA) Mercury News
With more generations under one roof, U.S. families no longer shrinking, census data shows
Immigration, housing prices and the economy are all factors in the expansion of families. But some demographers and sociologists say other social changes are pulling generations closer, and broadening the template for the American family. ... "There is a rediscovery of intergenerational ties," said Stephanie Coontz, director of research for the Council on Contemporary Families. "I think it's a very significant shift in family life."

Wall Street Journal
Funding Senior Living In An Economic Downturn
In these rough economic times, funding long-term care poses a challenge for seniors and their families. There are a range of strategies you can pursue, though. Older Americans who had banked on selling their homes to finance care in assisted living facilities and retirement communities have seen their dreams go up in smoke amidst a housing market meltdown. At the same time, their investment portfolios have nose-dived.

Boston (MA) WCVB
Preventing Injuries During The Golden Years Of Golf
Golf is a unique sport in that it is actually more appealing to us as players as we get older. You don't see too many rugby leagues for folks in their Golden Years, but older golfers do represent one of the fastest growing segments of the golfing population. There are about six million U.S. golfers over age 50. Furthermore, while older golfers account for about one-quarter of all golfers, they play about half of the total annual rounds in the United States.

First comes love - then comes retirement
The conventional wisdom about the way retirement affects married couples goes something like this: Once the husband and wife find themselves stuck in each other’s company every minute of every day, they drive each other bonkers and fretfully yearn to return to work. If this is what you’ve imagined — or perhaps even feared — think again. A new survey of more than 1,000 55- to 75-year-olds reveals that retirement leaves most couples feeling happier, less stressed and closer to their spouses than ever before.

Fort Pierce (FL) TCPalm
Dr. James L. Fisher: Stay busy, seniors - it’s important
... Other than his gray hair, he really hasn’t changed much since we graduated in 1949. Yes, if you stay with it, the senior years can really become “golden.”

Hartford (CT) Courant
Calling Intellectually Active Adults
An increasing number of baby boomers are heading back to college — this time to live in 55-and-older

Lawrence (KA) Journal-World
Retirement time has arrived. Now what?
Recent retirees and people about to wrap up their careers often find themselves asking: Now what? Fortunately, there are many options for retirees looking for their next challenge, according to the editors of Consumer Reports Money Adviser. They can continue to work, move into a new career, volunteer — or even go back to school.

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette
At-home program gives new LIFE to senior outlook
LIFE Beaver County began in March 2004 and has more than 120 participants. Butler County's counterpart has a half-dozen or so participants so far. They are among about 60 programs in 40 states in the United States connected to the national Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly -- an alternative to nursing home care for low-income seniors.

MSNBC - Mental Health
Retirement dreams give way to despair, anger
One of the biggest worries for those on the brink of retirement used to be how to fill all that spare time. But as the economic meltdown devastates the savings of millions of Americans, a rising number of older workers are now realizing that retirement instead will have to come much later than they'd planned — if at all. And some of those who had only just to begun to enjoy their leisure years are now having to tuck aside their dreams and, in some cases, their pride, to return to the workforce. For many, feelings of hopelessness, despair, anger and shame have darkened what until very recently they'd banked on being a new beginning.

Seneca (SC) Upstate Today
The building blocks of boomer health
Many Boomers are investing more time to learn about healthier food options as well as what they can do to improve overall health and wellness. So what can you do to improve your health and possibly even slow the aging process?

USA Today
Working beyond retirement could be good for you. Or not
As Americans watch years of retirement savings disappear in the stock market collapse, many are having the same thought: Maybe we'll just have to work forever. While most of us really won't end up working until we die, the trend toward delayed retirement — in full swing even before this financial disaster — raises an interesting question: Will working longer be good or bad for our physical and mental health?

Age-Appropriate Looks For Boomers
Boomers have a tough task in finding age-appropriate clothing that doesn't make them look like their parents--or their kids. According to a survey conducted by Mintel, a market intelligence firm, more than half of the baby boomer respondents said there is a serious dearth of retailers carrying appealing merchandise, and one-third said stores catering to their demographic have unstylish clothing.

New York (NY) Daily News
Local active adult communities offer diverse choices and home prices
These places aren't filled with people in walkers and nurse's aids pushing wheelchairs, either. With themes, activities and comfortable homes in gated communities, here are five choices in the New York area where you can live life like it's summer camp and enjoy the benefits of having most of your working life behind you.

CNN - Living
Hello mom - goodbye retirement
Even into adulthood, there is this notion that parents will be there to take care of us, emotionally or financially, possibly with a nice inheritance. That's still the case for many families. But increasingly, adult children like Martin are finding themselves cutting into their own savings and retirement funds or even going into debt to support their aging parents.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
5 Questions on retirement for author John Nelson
Nelson, 49, a retirement researcher and lecturer in consumer science at the University of Wisconsin, created a retirement model that has been selected for the retirement readiness program for federal employees. His Retirement Well-Being Model is a research- and philosophically based tool designed to factor in health and happiness, as well as finances, as people plan and set goals for retirement.

New York (NY) Daily News
Former Staten Island couple find community for older residents is the right fit
A cross between a retirement community and adult summer camp, the complex features cul-de-sac streets, golf courses and small manmade lakes.

Melville (NY) Newsday
Working partners
The many couples who work together on Long Island are partners in nearly every sense of the word, sharing domestic life and careers. And in today's fast-paced lifestyle with grueling work hours, being in business together can help couples feel connected. There are advantages - trust, camaraderie, flexibility; and disadvantages - reliance on one business and being together 24/7. And as couples get older, there are significant phase-of- life issues, too - such as retirement time frame, the reliance on one business as an income source and the responsibility of health coverage.

Monroe (LA) News-Star
Baby boomer generation feeling aches from remaining active
With new treatments and new attitudes about remaining active in the face of physical setbacks, staying fit in your 40s and beyond needn't be a pain. Instead of throwing in the towel, you may be able to set things right by easing off a little, modifying routines and practicing preventive measures.

USA Today
Seniors embrace green ways
Economizing is important to retirees living on fixed incomes — even those in more affluent areas — but so is preserving the planet for their grandkids.

USA Today
New federal exercise guidelines include strength training for all
The government has raised the bar for physical activity levels — and nobody's exempt, not even children or older adults. And exercise researchers couldn't be happier. ... Older Americans should follow the guidelines for other adults if they are able. If not, they should be as active as their physical condition allows. If they are at risk of falling, they should do exercises that improve balance.

Associated Press
Money not the motive for many to work until 67
A new survey conducted by the U.S. division of Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. shows nearly half of the workers in the United States expect to be working at the traditional retirement age of 67, but ... most say it's not just because of money.
Boomers rewrite grandparent rules
Boomers are taking on the challenge in a time far different from the days when their own grandmother appeared to be a fixture in the kitchen. Today's grandparents are often still juggling the demands of their own careers as they do their best to see the grandkids.

U.S. News & World Report
100 Years Old and Still Going to Work Every Day
Retirement experts tell us we should try to work until age 70. Some seniors choose to work even longer. Experience Works, a nonprofit organization that helps older workers find jobs, recently honored an outstanding older worker in each state. I asked the three oldest for the secret to working past age 90.

Retailers Leave Baby Boomers Dry
Boomers are ... finding themselves trapped between two worlds--desperate not to become their parents and reluctant to dress like their children. Their challenge is to find clothing that is age-appropriate and fashionable.

USA Today
Clothing stores rediscover Boomers
In recent years, as more middle-age women have tried to dress more youthfully, retailers have been flummoxed about how to respond. Most have floundered in their bid to attract those who don't want to dress like either their daughters or their mothers. ... Now, with middle-age customers deserting them for youthfully focused clothiers — or giving up shopping altogether — stores have been fighting back. They're trying, belatedly, to offer hipper and more youthful apparel without alienating those women who prefer more classic clothing.

USA Today
Animals add love, excitement at senior-living centers
The pitter-patter of little feet is an increasingly common sound at nursing homes and senior-living residences. Dogs, cats and rabbits are roaming the halls, lounging about on common-area sofas and warming the beds at a growing number of residences and extended-care facilities. Most of the creatures are

Wilmington (DE) News Journal
Adult communities load up on amenities
As 78 million baby boomers approach retirement, developers of active adult living communities are trying to keep up with trends among activity-seeking residents. More seniors are choosing to retire in places outside Florida, Arizona and the rest of the Sun Belt, and adult living communities have incorporated new features such as home offices to satisfy those who are still working or have become technologically savvy.

Eau Claire (WI) Leader Telegram
Eau Claire residents share secrets to longevity
The active lifestyles of several Eau Claire senior citizens demonstrate that age needn't limit your dreams, your zest for life or your participation in it.

Denver (CO) Post
Boomer retirees seek life of luxury
As baby boomers age, they're demanding better options for where and how they live. In response, senior-living companies are raising the bar on the level of accommodations and activities available for seniors who can afford it. Their goal is to capture the market from the time seniors are active and ready to chuck home maintenance through their need for assistance and consistent medical care. The goal for residents and their families is to have a high-end, low-maintenance lifestyle, with assistance available when they need it, without having to relocate from all that is familiar.

Extreme Experience: Septuagenarian CEOs
Seniors who run the show aren't the norm in business. But quite a number do. Here are 25 who can teach boomer and Gen Y managers a thing or two ... It often seems as though young people rule the world, especially since the dot-com boom (Hello, Google (GOOG) and Facebook guys). But you might be surprised at how many senior citizens—media moguls, casino kings, Chinese tycoons—are cutting deals, starting new businesses, and generally kicking boomer and Gen Y butt.

USA Today
Some early retirees have second thoughts
The oldest Baby Boomers are turning 62 this year, making them eligible for Social Security. About half of this year 's group — some 1.6 million — are expected to file for Social Security as soon as they qualify, even though that means receiving reduced benefits for the rest of their lives. ... But many other older Boomers are reconsidering the decision to stop working — or deciding not to retire at all. Among the reasons:

New York Times (NY)
Living Longer, in Good Health to the End
You don’t have to be an actuary or funeral director to have noticed the striking increase in the length of many Americans’ lives. The obituaries in this or any other newspaper show a growing number of people who depart this world in their late 80s or 90s, or even at 100 or older. The fastest-growing segment of the population consists of people over 85, and by 2050 some 800,000 Americans will have celebrated their 100th birthday.

U.S. News & World Report
6 Tips on Planning a Second Career
A New York investment banker becomes a small-town chef. A techie turns acupuncturist. An entrenched corporate exec accepts an early retirement package and converts to the ministry. Longer life spans, concerns about outliving retirement savings, and a desire to stay productive are inducing more and more workers nearing or in retirement to launch second careers.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Bridging Web's age gap - Americans over 65 have been slow to adopt the Internet, but those numbers are picking up
Just 35 percent of Americans over the age of 65 use the Internet, according to data compiled in April and May by the Pew Internet & American Life Center. But that's up from 30 percent in November 2006. By comparison, 70 percent of people ages 50-64 use the Internet.

Fort Myers (FL) News-Press
More senior citizens discover benefits of regular gym workouts
In a study published in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that regular use of Medicare-sponsored health club benefits was associated with lower long-term health care costs. Researchers determined that Silver Sneakers members who went to the gym two or more times a week over two years averaged at least $1,252 less in health care costs than those who visited a gym less than once a week over the same period.

Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution
Peach State churns out Peace Corps volunteers
Overall, applications in the Southeast, which includes Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, are up 34 percent. That represents the highest percentage increase for the region in at least five years, officials said. responsibility and making a difference in the world, especially among young people. The tight job market and efforts to recruit volunteers 50 and over, the organization said, also play a role.

Denver (CO) KMGH
Downsizing Into Retirement Can Be Easy
Local Couple Shares Ups, Downs Of Moving Into Senior Living Community - Bill and Maggie Giesenhagen are taking control of their future. They are voluntarily downsizing into their retirement years. This is a trend communities like Classic Residence by Hyatt are seeing more often.

Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch
Role models for fitness
Fifty-three-year-old Greg Norman's unexpected resurrection in last week's British Open golf championship and the comeback of 41-year-old Olympic swimmer's Dara Torres might be more than simply fascinating sports stories. ... A sensible approach to exercise is the way to proceed for boomers -- seeking guidance from personal trainers, coaches or health-care professionals -- along with the knowledge you're likely not to be able to replicate the success of a Torres or a Norman.

Sturgis (SD) Meade County Times
Baby boomer strategies for slowing down
Most people in their 20s and 30s are scrambling to get ahead – working long hours to advance their careers, buy a home or start a family. Fast forward a few decades, and while not necessarily ready to retire, many 40- and 50-somethings have begun to slow down their career merry-go-round. Some contemplate part-time work; others want to switch to less-demanding jobs or launch new careers more closely matching their interests. ... If you’re wondering whether you can afford such a major work-life change, consider these factors:

New York Times (NY)
Geezers Doing Good
Some 78 million American baby boomers are now beginning to retire, and one survey this year by a research institute found that half of boomers are interested in starting such new careers with a positive social impact. If we boomers decide to use our retirement to change the world, rather than our golf game, our dodderdom will have consequences for society every bit as profound as our youth did.

Sacramento (CA) Senior-Spectrum
Retirement Locations Depend On Lifestyle
While comprehensive lists and databases can help seniors in their search for the best places to retire, simply relying on a list can lead to dissatisfaction and unnecessary expenses. Simply put, the only thing that matters is your lifestyle.

Hazelwood (MO) North County Journal
Baby boomers: Who said anything about slowing down?
We are aging, but it's been said that this generation may be the first to die of something other than old age. It seems that 70 is the new 50 when it comes to fitness and activity. (Side note: Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac just turned 60.) As for me, I know I don't have the same zip in my doo-dah that I once had. I nap with such authority that my wife's nickname for me is

Burlington (PA) County Times
Baby boomers and seniors volunteering for Peace Corps in bigger numbers
The common perception of Peace Corps volunteers are 20-somethings who want to see the world and do some good after finishing college. There are plenty of those, yes, but the ranks of the foreign service organization created by President John F. Kennedy are being filled with a growing number of baby boomers and seniors who prefer volunteering overseas to a retirement spent playing bridge or golf.

Rutland (VT) Herald
After retirement, many begin search for work that matters
Encore career possibilities are endless. They can be lucrative and personally fulfilling.

Nashville (TN) Tennessean
Aging boomers inspire senior-living makeovers
Baby boomers are ex pected to demand greater options than their parents and fundamentally change the look and feel of retirement housing in Middle Tennessee, and developers are trying to get ready for them. Among the demands of baby boomers: lots of nearby activities, privacy in their homes, plenty of daily choices and good food.

Houston (TX) Chronicle
Retirement developers cater to active baby boomers
They embark on kayaking trips or go hang gliding with their friends, learn conversational Spanish in a state-of-the-art facility or boogie the evening away to disco-era hits. If you think this is summer camp for teenagers, or events at a local college, think again. These options and countless others are emerging in active adult living communities across the U.S., which are filled with residents 55 and older who want to stay active and healthy.

ABC News
Retirees Move on Campus and Into Blogsphere
Many retirees are redefining retirement, opting out of condos in Florida and finding new places to call home. Karl and Karen Gotting, for instance, have chosen to retire to the University of Michigan, where they both attended school almost 50 years ago.

The World's Longevity Secrets
It may have seemed like good news when federal officials announced last month that U.S. life expectancy had jumped four months and, for the first time, surpassed 78 years. But forget about 78. What if someone said that you--not some future generation--should be able to live into your 90s in relatively good health?

USA Today
For many, golden years mean less travel, more work
Like the Perdews, many older Americans had long envisioned retirement as a period of adventure — a time to indulge in leisurely lifestyles, with frequent trips out of town to see relatives and explore places they'd never seen. That was then. Now, with food and health care costs surging and fuel prices soaring, many retirees have been forced to downsize their dreams of travel.

West Chester (PA) Daily Local News
Movement key to strong muscle health
As we age, muscle health becomes increasingly important, but in a different way than as an object of beauty or envy we may have prized in your youth. Some area medical professionals recently shared the age-old view that bodies in motion, will stay in motion and with more ease when we maintain those ever-supportive muscles.

Sun City (AZ) Daily News-Sun
Survey cites active nature of Sun City West
A survey of Sun City West residents reveals they are an overwhelmingly active and social group and generally pleased with their choice of retirement community.

Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch
Lending a hand, gaining a friend
ElderFriends matches seniors with volunteers who share interests and visit regularly. A highlight of Miguel Lozano's week is when Forrest Black comes for a visit. The two men have known each other for just a couple of months, but they have become fast friends.

Vail (CO) Trail
The age of change: Retirees find the Vail Valley is the perfect place to switch gears
For many middle-aged arrivals, moving here signals a significant change in lifestyle — a second act, so to speak, in the production of their lives. Some leave behind hectic careers, long hours and big city living to find new purpose volunteering in their adopted community; others continue to work, either by telecommuting or, like Mintz, by finding a different career path here. Either way, Boomers who choose to uproot themselves and make the valley their new home are bucking the trend of their peers. So who are these 50-plus residents who have ventured into a drastically different phase of their lives? And why have they chosen the valley as a place to do so?

Carlisle (PA) Sentinel
New age-restrictive community opens
Low-maintenance lifestyle biggest draw, buyers say. ... The homes are designed to serve older adults who aren’t ready for an assisted living community, but who want freedom from many of the maintenance issues that come with traditional home ownership.

Allentown (PA) Morning Call
Russert's early death is warning to boomers
Like most Americans, Tim Russert's sudden and untimely death deeply saddened me. We were all stunned that he was stricken down at the prime of his life, at the top of his field, on the eve of an important national election -- one that he had immersed himself to cover day and night. Yet, it was perhaps this very extreme pursuit of excellence, his almost workaholic dedication, that put his health at risk.

Inc. Magazine
Boomers Taking on Second Careers
A growing number of baby boomers are shunning retirement by pursuing late-life second careers that combine social goals and extra income, a new study finds.

USA Today
Boomers' new jobs give back
A new telephone and Internet survey, touted as the first of its kind, indicates millions of boomers are either quitting their old jobs or coming out of retirement to pursue new careers that not only give them personal meaning but also contribute to society.

U.S. News & World Report
Healthful Lifestyle Teaches Prostate Genes to Behave
Living right—with a good diet, exercise, and low stress—brings out the best in your genes.

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Comfortable retirement a fading dream for many
The trend marks one of the great social transformations of the postwar era. For four decades following World War II, an increasingly affluent society afforded a growing number of older people the chance to leave their jobs and enjoy a secure retirement. Social Security, private pensions and, beginning in the 1960s, Medicare allowed tens of millions of seniors to live decent lives without punching the clock. About a generation ago, the tide began to turn. Guaranteed monthly pensions gave way to 401(k)s that handed workers rather than employers the lion's share of responsibility for funding retirement. And health care costs began eating up ever-larger portions of seniors' income.

ABC News
What's Next After Retirement?
Retirement. The idea can seem freeing — not having to participate in the daily work grind. Yet it's a surprisingly difficult transition for many. For the nearly 8 million Americans already retired and the increasing numbers of baby boomers reaching the turning point every year, figuring out what to do next after work can be difficult.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Paying in gold for the golden years
Although there is some variation, this is how a continuing care retirement community works: New residents pay an entrance fee -- all cash, not a penny financed -- and then pay monthly fees for a certain number of meals and activities in independent-living units. ... When they are no longer able to perform the basic tasks of daily life, like bathing, dressing and taking medication, they receive extra help in their own apartments or get a priority spot in an assisted-living wing in the same complex.

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune
She feels at home with life abroad
Dorothy Conlon calls Sarasota home, but she truly has been a citizen of the world for all of her 81 years and still travels to remote regions of the globe, often on her own, exploring exotic locales and contributing her skills and talents to volunteer projects. ... In the past 16 years, she has completed volunteer trips, often called service learning projects, about once a year, spending from two to eight weeks in each location. She has taught English and worked on construction projects with organizations such as Global Volunteers.

Danbury (CT) News-Times
55-plus and fabulous!
During the last five years, the greater Danbury and Naugatuck Valley area has been a magnet for age 55-plus housing. ... The growing number of active adult communities in greater Danbury has motivated some of the local 55-plus population to make the move to a new life. Furthermore, it has also established the area as an appealing relocation destination for active adults in lower Fairfield County, Westchester and New York City.

Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution
Seniors tackle the next phase
The visible signs that it's an active adult community are there. There aren't any tricycles or skateboards in driveways. The clubhouse buzzes with card games and potlucks. But beyond what you see, there are other factors that folks 55 and up should consider in the search for a home to embrace the next phase of life.

Littleton (CO) Lone Tree Voice
Slow change key to better retirement
Boomers want to retire early so they can escape. If there was a way to just slow down, our outlook might appear a bit brighter. ... When you are dreaming of retirement, perhaps you are really dreaming of a life change ... a sabbatical, studying for fun, exploring, inventing, or volunteering.

Carlisle (PA) Sentinel
Elderly should remain active -- Despite perception, seniors should work to stay fit, expert says.
Van Norman argued a strong education campaign could overturn stereotypes about the elderly the same way the misconceptions about other the groups were taken apart. ..... “We have to create new expectations,” she said.

Grass Valley (CA) Union
Pull up the retirement anchor
Retirement used to be simple. You reached your 60's, got an award pin from the company - forget the gold watch - and died before you could do anything else. At least that's how it was for my favorite grandpa, Henry, and for many of your immediate ancestors. But now, we potential geezers have to be on our toes. Retirement is no longer simple. The good news is that it's no longer simple because gains in longevity mean we have a lot of living ahead of us. We don't keel over at 62 like poor Henry.

Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer
Retirees are joining Peace Corps, bringing valued skills with them
The new rules of retirement are well-known now: Bridge games are on the wane; volunteerism is in. But anyone still seeking evidence that the senior years have been reinvented need only look to the Peace Corps, that legion of shaggy-haired, footloose college grads intent on changing the world. Today, the foreign service organization created by President Kennedy is retooling itself to answer interest from a growing number of baby boomers and their elders, particularly in and around Seattle.

Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer
Empty nests can be feathered - Retirement living increasingly luxurious
Across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, retirement living is changing as more than 400,000 people enter their 60s over the next decade. Think retirement communities exclusively for the 55-plus crowd. City condos with downtown views and quick access to entertainment. Patio homes with maintenance-free yards and walking trails out back.

Baltimore (MD) Sun
New retirees more likely to relocate
Baby boomers are much more likely to move when they retire than their parents were. At this week's annual meeting of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Dallas, Warren said that typically just 10 percent of retirees relocate. He expects 20 percent of boomers to relocate, or approximately 18.2 million individuals.

Wichita (KS) Eagle
Will baby boomers spread the wealth?
Charities hope to benefit as money flows to the next generation, A study released this week, commissioned by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations, offers a glimpse of the future:

Jacksonville (FL) Times-Union
Retiring boomers seek new meaning
Baby boomers - officially described as people born between 1946 and 1964 - are on the precipice of retirement. That's why a United Way task force is searching for ways to use the boomer talent pool to avoid a shortage of workers and channel boomers into volunteer or paid public service roles.

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Adair Lara's rules for Boomer grandparents
As a 56-year-old Baby Boomer, Adair Lara is trying to wrap her mind around the idea that she's a grandmother. Grandmothers, the award-winning former Chronicle columnist notes, are often thought of as old women in print dresses sitting in rockers, alone, waiting for a loved one to call. That doesn't match Lara or many of today's grandparents, who are increasingly just as busy at work, traveling or carving out second careers for themselves as their sons and daughters who are raising young families.

Dallas (TX) Morning News
Aging really does mellow us, scientists show
Most scientists now think that experience and the mere passage of time gradually motivate people to approach life differently. The blazing-to-freezing range of emotions experienced by the young blends into something more lukewarm by later life, numerous studies show. Older people are more likely to focus on the positive, ignoring the negative.

Dallas (TX) Morning News
30 ways to live to be 100
Although many people think longevity is all about the genes, it's really one-quarter about the genes and three-quarters about lifestyle, says Steven Austad, one of the country's foremost experts on aging and author of the book Why We Age,

HR Magazine
Keep Pace With Older Workers
Older employees -- more than one-quarter of the workforce -- bring experience to their jobs. Research proves they are as productive as youth. And by understanding aging, employers can make them even more productive.

Wall Street Journal
ENCORE: Profiles in Retirement
Profiles in Retirement, a regular Encore feature, looks at the varied paths people are taking in later life.

Des Moines (IA) Register
At age 89, downhill skier fuses fun with keeping fit
His friends call him a miracle of modern medicine. Neighbors and acquaintances think he is crazy. Geriatricians think he is exceptional. John Davis shrugs it off. As far as he is concerned, he just likes to ski.

Honolulu (HI) Advertiser
Boomers embrace 'forever homes' -- Retrofits intended to ease problems that arise as we grow older
Housing designers and experts on aging say requests for home modifications that incorporate aging-in-place concepts are becoming more common in Hawai'i and nationwide. Nearly nine in 10 Americans wish to live out their lives at home, according to an AARP study.

Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph
The pitfalls of working past retirement age
It is no secret that more Americans are working past retirement age. And as economic pressures mount, the decision to remain in the work force — or return after retiring — might be less about choice and more about necessity. Regardless, many professionals don’t want to stop working — they just want to work less. But what workers with defined-benefit pensions and those who already have tapped Social Security benefits might not realize is that there are significant financial disincentives that make working into retirement age a tricky proposition

Wicked Local Framingham (MA)
Aging gracefully
At Suburban Athletic Club, nearly one fifth of its members are seniors, and their increasing presence in yoga, water aerobics and fitness classes attest to the interest among them to stay young and healthy. And according to a recent research published in the March issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, age doesn't affect physical fitness as much as once thought. The study by Dr. Vonda Wright, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, found not only that seniors who stay fit have a good physical performance, but that people can start serious exercise later in life.

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune
Workers delaying retirement
Retirement used to happen at 65, but for many reasons, more people are working longer. And baby boomers are expected to swell the ranks. ... The real effect, however, will come when many workers shed their longtime careers for new jobs that offer more flexibility, fewer hours or other age-specific benefits.

New York Times (NY)
Whatever You Do, Call It Work
RETIREMENT used to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, life’s reward, time as enviable as wealth. But in an age-defying, competitive culture, it has become something of a dirty word.

Chicago (IL) Sun-Times
Older but... happier


Associated Press
Despite myth, old age is the happiest time, research says
Newsflash for rock stars and teenagers: It turns out everything doesn't go downhill as we age — the golden years really are golden. That's according to eye-opening research that found the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are more socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests. The two go hand-in-hand — being social can help keep away the blues. "The good news is that with age comes happiness," said study author Yang Yang, a University of Chicago sociologist. "Life gets better in one's perception as one ages."

USA Today
How-to books make aging a thing of beauty
The self-help category has a new niche: beauty books that instruct baby-boomer women on how to transform themselves from crone to cougar, from old to hot, from withered to wow.

Science Daily
Older People Are Nation's Happiest: Baby Boomers Less Happy Than Other Generational Groups
Americans grow happier as they grow older, according to a University of Chicago study that is one of the most thorough examinations of happiness ever done in America. The study also found that baby boomers are not as content as other generations, African Americans are less happy than whites, men are less happy than women, happiness can rise and fall between eras, and that, with age the differences narrow.

Minneapolis-St Paul (MN) Star Tribune
Brain benefits when body works, study finds - Mayo-led research finds exercise may reduce memory loss later in life.
The connection between using your brain or losing it to dementia and Alzheimer's is well-known. Now, there's evidence that using your body may protect your brain as well.

Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
Seniors seek flex time into retirement
Nine to noon, Tuesday to Thursday - sound like a good work week? It does to older workers, who said in an Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) survey it'll take shorter work weeks and flexible hours, among other things, to keep them in the workplace after they retire.

Reuters - UK
Perks needed to keep older workers: poll
Shorter work weeks, flexible hours and extended healthcare benefits are important for recruiting and keeping older workers, a new survey showed. A poll of Canadians age 55 and older conducted by Ipsos Reid identified several factors that companies need to keep in mind to attract and stop older workers from leaving.

Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald
Plan now to fill retirement years
When you quit working, every day becomes a vacation day. How will you find fulfillment then? In their book

Canada - Calgary Herald
Active lifestyle key to healthy aging
Growing older doesn't have to mean you'll end up hobbling around with a walker. There are many things people can do to increase their chances of enjoying good health throughout life

Hartford (CT) Courant
Boomers' Fashion A New Model For Retirement
Remember when retirement meant a move to Florida and golden years filled with shuffleboard and early bird specials? In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Dylan,

Southfield (MI) WWJ Newsradio 950
For a Lot of Reasons, More People are Working Past Retirement Age
While the phrase “working retirement” appears to be an oxymoron, the reality is that men and women reaching the 65-year old retirement age are not ready to pack up their pencils and go home. For many the decision to work past retirement is a financial one. But that isn’t the only motivator. ...

Denver (CO) KCNC
Study: Exercise Can Reverse Aging Effects
A new study finds aerobic exercise, including walking, can turn back time by as much as 12 to 15 years as people age, Dr. Dave Hnida reports. Any workout helps, but the more intense, the better the benefits. The study from Britain found people can give a 60-year-old the body of the 40-something-year-old by getting out and getting some exercise.

Seneca (SC) Upstate Today
Dr. David Cannon: People age in very different ways
While aging may be inevitable, there is much we can do to control how we age. The assumption that advancing age must necessarily bring on decrepitude and ill health has been increasingly discredited. Recently Harvard Medical School issued a list of things we can do to dramatically influence the quality of our later years.

Harrisburg (PA)
Boomer business owners expected to hold on tight
Boomers — the oldest turn 62 this year — own an estimated 12 million businesses nationwide that are worth a combined $10 trillion. Over the next 15 years, eight million businesses are expected to sell — twice as many as have sold in each of the past 15 years, studies show.

Naperville (IL) Sun
Retirees putting focus on families
Years ago, Midwesterners headed for the various sun-belts in search of golf, water and freedom from shoveling snow. But a renewed trend in today's housing market seems to suggest that more of those downsizing are moving to be near their families.

Women will drive boomer retirement
By now you are probably tired of hearing that baby boomers are going to change retirement. The fact is, they are. Yet despite all the talk, the financial services industry still remains mostly unprepared — largely because they don't see how major societal shifts are changing the very practical financial needs of boomers. Let's examine one area where this is particularly the case: the big changes that are taking place among women.

ABC News - Health
Living Longer: The Pros and Cons of Aging
Imagine the possibilities: a second career in your 60s or third career in your 80s. Dubner says life will become just like a series of short stories. And as we're able to live longer, the doors to all kinds of opportunities will be open to us.

Penn State Live
Smart Spaces Center to research dynamic, independent living
With the first Baby Boomer recently filing for Social Security, it is clear that more Americans will be living into their 80s and beyond. Responding to this trend, a new Penn State center will pursue interdisciplinary research that enhances independent living opportunities for older Americans in their homes and their communities and also fosters their physical, emotional and social well-being.

The Indianapolis (IN) Star
Fit and 40+ - More boomers are realizing they need a fitness regimen
Fitness experts here and nationally say more boomers are realizing they need a regimen of cardio, strength, flexibility and balance training to enjoy a long, healthy retirement. Some prefer exercising on their own or joining teams. Others prefer help available at gyms or clubs.

Orange Countly (CA) Register
Who're you calling
Experts at a conference on aging seek a new definition of elderhood. ... As for a portrait of that future, don't expect to see gray hair retirees. Some 78 percent said they will refuse to call themselves

Casa Grande (AZ) Dispatch
Start planning your dream body now for retirement
You plan your retirement savings. You probably have some plans for retirement travel. Maybe you've got a plan for the dream retirement home. But are you planning your retirement body? If not, it's time to get busy.

Phoenix (AZ)
Boomers weigh financial merits of retiring early
As the oldest baby boomers blow out 62 candles on their birthday cakes this year, they become eligible for early retirement benefits. But will they take the money and run, or wait until 66 for full Social Security benefits? ... Many turning 62 face important decisions. Have they saved enough to retire early? If so, do they want to retire or, perhaps, change careers? And can they get by on a permanently reduced monthly amount if they start collecting benefits before their full retirement age?

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune
Boomers starting to downsize
Coldwell Banker surveyed its real estate sales people across the nation and found that baby boomers entering the empty-nester phase of their lives are buying homes. Fifty-two percent of brokers said that boomers were buying because of a process of downsizing homes after their children had left home.

CNN - Living
Cool tools for graying gardeners
Baby boomers don't get old. They just develop arthritic knees. When I did, the only device that allowed me to work in the garden without struggling to get up and down was a drab little stool that looked embarrassingly old-ladyish. But the gardening industry has grown savvier. It's fast producing lawn and garden tools that boomers can use in their graying years -- but that don't look so, well, elderly.

MSNBC - Business
Midlife crisis: Moving back in with parents
Taking shelter with parents isn’t uncommon for young people in their 20s, especially when the job market is poor. But now the slumping economy and the credit crunch are forcing some children to do so later in life — even in middle age. Financial planners report receiving many calls from parents seeking advice about taking in their grown children following divorces and layoffs.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Divorce can put dent in retirement savings
Splitting from a spouse? It may be painful, but don't forget the long-term view. Getting your retirement nest egg through a divorce takes more time, patience and short-term cash than many people can muster during such a traumatic period. Often, this leaves them vulnerable to problems down the road, said financial planners who cater to divorcing couples. And when the split happens near retirement, it can be particularly painful.

USA Today
RVs beckon baby boomers despite fuel costs
At the nation's largest gathering of recreational vehicle enthusiasts, talk inevitably turns to the versatility of Velcro and the challenges of toilet maintenance. One topic that isn't getting much focus — on the official program, anyway — is the meteoric rise in gas prices. Hard-core RVers, which include many of the 8,000 attendees at the four-day Rally 2008 that ended Monday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds here, will tell you an RV isn't just a vehicle. It's a lifestyle. And a little thing like $4-a-gallon gas isn't going to put the brakes on a way of life.

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
Evidence grows for exercise as aging deterrent
As the Baby Boom generation continues to suffer the indignities of aging, the elusive quest for the fountain of youth has all but become a national pastime. While cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic companies would have you believe that resurfacing is all you need, as in most things, applying a Band-Aid doesn't necessarily improve the underlying condition. Rather than the fountain of youth, perhaps we'd be better off seeking the foundation of youth. Perhaps you already know that taking a daily brisk walk can help keep you in shape, not to mention stave off heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. But new scientific evidence suggests that exercise is helpful because it keeps you younger on a cellular level.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Eating better, feeling younger
Baby Boomers inspire a new, and more healthful, nutrition landscape for everyone

Time Magazine
Aging Gracefully
There's no question that taking care of the elderly and frail will incur huge costs, stretching already overburdened pension and health-care systems. But with people living longer and continuing to contribute productively to society, we need to recalibrate just what we mean by old.

Gallup - Business and Economy
Most Small-Business Owners Don't Plan to Fully Retire
Only 11% of small-business owners say they plan to retire and stop working in their businesses in the long run, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Older caregivers fill the gap
As the pool of aides shrinks, healthy retirees are filling paid and volunteer positions.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
The challenge of aging in place
One piece of the puzzle is missing from the aging in place trend -- healthcare.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Homeward bound
A movement is gaining momentum to help seniors retain their independence by remaining in their homes as they get older.

Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette
It's out with the old stereotypes at SNC
Aging class has college, elderly students sharing life stories.

Aging Americans unsure they can afford to retire: survey
A third of Americans 50 and over are not confident they will have enough money to retire, and more than two-thirds expect to keep working well into old age, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Washington (DC) Post
Rx for Boomers: Eat Wisely, Drink Plenty, Stay Active
Good nutrition is important throughout life, but it takes on special significance in middle age and beyond.

Dallas (TX) Morning News
Consider state and local taxes when deciding where to retire
Most people don't think about state and local taxes when they decide where to retire, but they probably should.

Denver (CO) Rocky Mountain News
Use it or lose it
A growing variety of electronic products are targeting consumer anxiety over the aging mind.

American Medical News - AMA
Older physicians trim hours in lieu of retiring
Experts say this trend among doctors 50 and older could ease the impact of physician shortages.

San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune
Couple adopt aggressive plan to cut debt
Retirement goals can be achieved. With retirement just around the corner, Jerry and Sheila Dearie are preparing themselves for the last stretch of hard work and heavy savings.

San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune
Marathon man teaches fellow seniors how to stay fit
Ever wonder why you feel tired standing in line at the grocery store? ... “You're not moving around enough.”

Greensboro (NC) News-Record
For many, the golden years aren't so golden
Elder abuse is widespread, yet few resources are directed toward combatting it. One Senate committee, for example, found that less than 2 percent of federal money targeted for abuse prevention is spent to help elders.

Multidimensional retirement planning
Researchers say there are specific and measurable non-financial assets that folks should bring with them into retirement: Items like an exercise habit, connection to a religious community, and a good sense of self.

Aging doesn't mean growing more conservative: study
Contrary to common belief, aging seems to make a person more liberal and tolerant, not more conservative or rigid, according to a new study.

Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution
Boomers building homes to accommodate aging parents
Home remodelers have noticed an upswing in requests for in-law suites, with homeowners carving the suites out of basements or additions. Some may be planning for the future; others already may have a parent living with them. ... No matter the size, projects involve issues of accessibility, zoning and recognizing parents' needs. Some groups offer training to home builders, remodelers and others about creating

Inc. Magazine
The Retirement Myth
Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives. For many entrepreneurs, the real fun now begins after 65.

Inc. Magazine
I'll Be Back
For entrepreneurs, retirement doesn't mean forever. ... Business owners may dream of kicking back, all the way back, after years of full-throttle company building. Yet many return to the fray, suffering adrenaline withdrawal and lured by new opportunities.

U.S. News & World Report
7 Tips for Retiring With Your Spouse
Some advance planning can help couples ease into retirement. Here are some topics for discussion.

The Dallas Morning News (TX)
Longer lifespans, less-taxing jobs lead more older workers to shun retirement
Millions spend golden years making green

USA Today
No time to relax: States want new retirees' experience
The wave of baby boomers hitting retirement age threatens to create such a void in the workforce that states are crafting policies and programs to keep older Americans working and volunteering.

Start an Encore Career
There's more to retirement planning than padding your 401(k) and signing up for Medicare. Tired of endless hours of leisure and no set routine, some retirees return to their old jobs, find new employers or start their own businesses.

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