Tackling a lifelong to-do can be really enjoyable
Humorous and helpful ideas to get savvy about electronics and apps
By Barbara Crowley for Next Avenue
(Editor’s Note: This article is a reader-submitted essay.)
I believe my generation, the boomers, will change the way the world views aging.
I think we’ll do this by railing against getting old, whereas the generations before us just sat back and accepted it.
Suppliers of cosmetics, plastic surgery, pharmaceuticals and vitamin supplements have voluntarily joined our cause. Actually, these businesses don’t see it so much as a cause, but as a potentially lucrative demographic — now tagged the “grey market.”
Those milestone birthdays can add up to major savings
By Irene S. Levine for Next Avenue
The next time you travel, ask about a “senior discount.” You may discover there are fabulous perks to reaching those milestone birthdays. Many hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, entertainment venues and big-box stores offer age-related discounts, although they’re often not publicized.
It’s no wonder travel companies seek opportunities to woo older travelers. U.S. News & World Report recently reported that boomers control 70 percent of all disposable income in the United States. Moreover, older travelers are likely to have more time to travel. A report by AARP found that boomer travelers anticipate taking four or five trips a year.
Use these ‘light’ tips to brighten your days.By Patricia Corrigan for
It’s a cinch to locate opportunities to help out
By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue
In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service Monday, consider for a moment these two quotes from the esteemed civil rights leader:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” and “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
With those words in mind, I hope you’ll look for a way to do something for others on MLK Day and volunteer. Be great. (Some nonprofits have Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering projects on Tuesday, too.)
Halfway through, I’ve got a pile of junk and gained some wisdom, too
I used to be able to put all of my belongings in a 1985 Honda Accord and still see out the back.
Now, I can barely see out of some of the windows of our four-bedroom house. What happened?!
Here’s what happened: Marriage, kids, dogs, hobbies, a reluctance to let things go and years of living in progressively larger apartments where I could stash the stuff without having to look at it.
Now that I’m turning 50, it’s time to take stock and get rid of some stock. On Aug. 1, I decided to take the Next Avenue 30-Day Declutter Challenge, getting rid of one item on Day 1, two on Day 2, and so forth for 30 days.
Here’s what it is and how to put it into practice
By Jack Fehr for Next Avenue
New Year’s resolutions: so easy to make, so hard to keep. But what if you could make just one financial resolution that would improve your life in four ways?
Here’s how: Make a habit of reading between the lines of your financial statements from your bank, mutual funds, credit card issuers, insurers and mortgage company. Many of these companies, sadly, shroud their products in confusing terminology that requires a linguistic scholar — or at least a person with some time — to decipher.
Learning how to sort through and interpret the financial and legal goop that confuses and abuses can help you…
Are you sabotaging yourself? Here’s how you can fulfill your commitments.
By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue
It’s that time of year again. A new beginning, a clean slate. But how often do you actually make good on your New Year’s resolutions? If the answer is “not very,” you’ll want to read the seven ideas below that can help you follow through in 2017.
The start of a new year naturally creates incentive for making changes. Days that seem like transition points motivate people to take advantage of the “fresh-start effect,” research shows. Birthdays, the beginning of a semester, and the start of a new week all fall under this new transition time. Researchers at the Wharton School came to this conclusion after they discovered that visits to the university fitness center spiked during these turning points.