Monthly Archives: September 2017

How to Mentally Handle Financially Tough Times

Senior man holds fingers to his temples, indicating stress

Why reducing stress and getting better sleep and nutrition can help. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Stephen L. Antczak for Next Avenue

Stress caused by financial difficulties can become chronic, especially if the financial difficulties are ongoing. So how do you deal with it?

Many people don’t. Money is one of the most difficult subjects for people to talk about. It is also one of the top reasons marriages end in divorce. But there are a few things you can do to handle chronic stress caused by ongoing financial difficulties.

First, consider the source of your stress. Do you have trouble meeting your monthly expenses? Are your bills frequently paid late? Are you getting phone calls from bill collectors? Try to become more financially literate about what’s stressing you out. This means having the complete picture of your financial situation so you can figure out the steps you need to take to improve things. That by itself represents forward progress towards making things better and reducing stress. read more

3 Aging Decisions to Make Before Someone Does for You

Senior woman at the steering wheel of a car

Even if we need to give things up, we can still decide when and how. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Debbie Reslock for Next Avenue

Sometimes, growing older feels like one loss after another. No longer being able to drive or stay in our own home is difficult to accept. If we feel we are forced into those decisions, it can be harder still.

Yet when we put off making the decisions ourselves, others are pressed to step in. On the other hand, when we understand what we’re afraid of, we’re able to discover options that can alleviate the fear and take responsibility for the decisions that are truly ours to make. Here are three aging decisions to make before someone makes them for you: read more

6 Ways to Help Your Parents and Still Save for Retirement

Adult daughter writes notes while talking with senior mother

This expert’s advice is aimed to let both generations retire comfortably. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Rick Pendykoski for Next Avenue

No matter how much you’ve saved for retirement, it always seems like you need more. But what if, in addition to your own expenses, you also have to support your parents?

Statistics published by TD Ameritrade say that over a quarter of boomers are already supporting another adult and close to 8 percent of those adults are their retired parents.

If your parents’ savings and assets aren’t enough for their retirement, you may end up providing care and financial help, derailing your own future plans as a result. read more

7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care as You Age

Senior couple hikes along trail out in nature

Try these things for a healthier mind and body — and to just feel good. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

How do you cope with aging?

I’ve been thinking about that question since first exploring it two years ago on Next Avenue. This time, I was prompted to add to my list after a rather unusual conversation with my doctor.

Below are seven of my self-care “do’s.” What are yours?

  1. Get off the medical merry-go-round. “I am not accepting any additional medical conditions at this time.” That’s what I told my doctor earlier this month when she proposed a couple of tests to “rule out possibilities” of other medical conditions related to my growing older.

Saying “No” to the doctor is a powerful way to step off the medical merry-go-round when you’re sick of the ride, sick of the appointments, sick of the tests and all the follow-up conversations — and sick of thinking of yourself as a patient instead of as a whole person. read more

2018 Class of the Center for Leadership Announced

Maegen Pegues, Parsons Presbyterian Manor Executive Director

Brad Radatz, Salina Presbyterian Manor Executive Director

LeadingAge Kansas has selected 13 professionals in the field of aging services for the 9th class of the Center for Leadership. The program equips talented aging services professionals to positively influence the future of aging services in Kansas. The 2018 class includes Maegen Pegues with Parsons Presbyterian Manor and Brad Radatz with Salina Presbyterian Manor.

“Our goal is to grow our own leaders in Kansas”, states Dana Weaver, chief operating officer for LeadingAge Kansas, “The program will provide the opportunity for these individuals to hone their leadership skills within their own organizations as well as influence the field on a macro level.” read more

How to Turn Your Passions Into Retirement Income

Man in the woods with three labradors on leashes

You may be able to generate income from your passions and hobbies. Walt Galvin is a dog walker for Rover.com.

4 ways to profit from the activities and interests you love

By Nancy Collamer for Next Avenue

Last year, Mike Liff, now 71, relocated with his wife from San Francisco to Portland, Maine to be closer to family. The retirees explored their new hometown and thanks to a chance conversation at a barbershop, Liff learned that MaineFoodieTours.com was looking for part-time guides. After hearing that the job would give him a chance to walk around the city, share his enthusiasm for history and food and meet interesting people, Liff decided to apply.

“I’m having such fun,” he said. “I like to say I didn’t retire, I ‘rewired.’ To have a place to go and a purpose is really important to me — and my wife appreciates it too.” read more

When Music Becomes Your Medicine

Man sits at piano with mobile device, learning to play

Music therapy has been around for a long time, but only recently became a recognized medical discipline with board certification. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Playing an instrument offers physical and emotional benefits if you have health issues

By Bart Astor for Next Avenue

If music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, then playing music hath charms to heal the savage breast, or, more appropriately, the damaged lungs.

This is what Tom Zoe of Austin, Texas believes. So he helped create a program at Seton Medical Center in Austin, where he volunteers, to teach sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases to play the harmonica as part of their physical therapy.

The blowing and drawing required to play the harmonica are excellent exercises that help patients with COPD. The exercise also improves muscle tone in lips, cheeks and tongue. read more

It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New

Woman with backpack looks at mobile device in library

Where to look for learning opportunities [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Don’t just watch the kids go back to school this fall

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

Lunchbox? Check. Backpack? Check. New outfit for the first day? Check.

So you’ve helped get a grandchild or other youngster ready to go back to school. But what about you? Staying mentally active after 50 stimulates neural networks, increases knowledge, enriches life and provides opportunities for social interaction and fun at the same time.

Maybe you’ve secretly always wanted to speak Italian or learn to quilt or try your hand at landscaping. Maybe you’re ready to take up Scuba diving or acting. Perhaps if’s time you developed a new skill that will boost your productivity at work. Or maybe you’re eager to go deep with Shakespeare’s history plays, take up memoir writing, better appreciate opera or learn to make beer. read more

Caregiving With Siblings: Your Questions Answered

Two adults talking seriously

Experts weigh in on your top questions concerning caregiving with siblings. [Photo: Adobe Stock]

How to handle conflict while caring for aging parents

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Next Avenue recently asked readers to tell us the questions they’d like answered about getting along with family members while caregiving. We’re now back with two experts’ views on the top two questions; both concerned caregiving with siblings. They were:

  • How do you deal with siblings who don’t participate with the real work involved in caring for an elderly parent?
  • How do you handle conflict among siblings of aging parents when some live out of town and others nearby?

Caregiving With Siblings: It’s Not Easy

Even in the best of circumstances, caring for your aging parents is a tough job. And whether you are the primary caregiver or an adult child who is trying to contribute from afar, there will likely be disagreements, tension and even anger between you and your siblings. read more