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10,000 Boomers a day are retiring and this wave will continue until about 2030. Here we examine how to get ready for retirement, what to expect and how to enjoy this new phase of life. Boomers will change what retirement means and what it means to be a senior with a young heart. Join us if you plan to retire, or have retired or know someone who is thinking of or is retired.
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  1. Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    22/06/2017
    Francisco Lopez
    Dear Senate: Don’t Cut Medicaid! - AARP
    www.aarp.org AARP and health groups sent a letter to Senate urging them to protect Medicaid. The AHCA includes changes that would cut Medicaid coverage for...
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  2. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    22/06/2017
    The Top 10 things that most people seem to forget...
    The Top 10 things that most people seem to forget... 10. You chose to be where you are now, and you knew what you were doing to get here. 9. There are no "tests" and you're not being judged. 8. Everyone's doing their best, with what they know. 7. You already have whatever you're looking...
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  3. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    20/06/2017
    Brenda and Betty
    Brenda and BettyThanks again to Patti for this Two 90-year-old women, Brenda and Betty,  had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Brenda was dying, Betty visited her every day. One day Betty said, 'Brenda, we both loved playing softball all our...
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  4. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    18/06/2017
    Comments from 1955
    Comments from 1955Comments made in the year 1955, not sure where I got this but it is fun to look back. 'I'll tell you one thing if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00. Have you seen the new cars coming...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #5 Couldn't agree more about many who are self-serving today running for Office.
    I remember when my mom used to send me to the store and bread was 10 cents a loaf... I remember when cigarettes were 50 cents out of the machine. Naw, I never smoked... not me LOL.
    Gas 50 cents a gallon and that was in the 70's.
    Yes, with wages and inflation prices will always rise. It's still amazing to look back.

    @Ken Boddie, great research, I had no idea McDonalds opened their first establishment then!
    Royce Shook
    19/06/2017 #8 Royce Shook
    #2 Joyce, I remember we rented our first house after we were married for about $40 a month, and we moved out when they raised the rent to $50.
    Royce Shook
    19/06/2017 #7 Royce Shook
    #4 Living in Canada the first MacDonalds was not open until 1967 and in the 50's there were not a lot of fast food places where we lived. I too embrace change and believe like you Ken that I should be in charge of what I embrace. Nutrition is still a big issue for many of us, and we sometimes forget that this has not always been the way. I did not know any of the information you added to the post, thank you
    Royce Shook
    19/06/2017 #6 Royce Shook
    #3 I also remember when cigarettes were that cheap, but when all my friends started smoking at university, I had to choose between smoking and having money for food. You are right, Susan we still have the same complaints about high prices, and some still complain when they raise the minimum wage. Prices were high when you consider the average wage, but I think we were luckier because many of us had a bigger support network back then.
    Royce Shook
    19/06/2017 #5 Royce Shook
    #1 Lisa I agree it is tough running your own business, and I believe that maybe in 1955 the best did run for office, but today many who run for office, are more self-serving. We think costs have gone up, but in those days the average yearly wage was only $3,301.44, so while we look back and think wow prices were low, for those working those costs were still high.
    Ken Boddie
    18/06/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    This appeals to my Scots heritage, Royce, and so, your list inspired me to do a bit of research. As a consequence of this, wasn't 1955 such a great year for nutrition? - NOT!

    - Bird's Eye fish fingers were first marketed;
    - Coca Cola was sold in cans, instead of just bottles; and
    - McDonalds opened its first eating establishment.

    I'm willing to embrace change (after about 62 years or so), but, for goodness sake, let me choose what I embrace! 😝
    Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    18/06/2017 #3 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    The more things change, the more things stay the same -- prices have gone up, but we still about most of the same things!

    And I do remember cigarettes costing about a dollar a few years later, when I first started smoking -- that was A LOT of money in the early '60s!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    18/06/2017 #2 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I remember the rent for our large apartment was $11.00 a week. Holy crap!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/06/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Holy crap! 2.00/night for a hotel? Wow, these are amazing. It's like the movie, "Back to the future." This one stood out, "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government." Being self employed, we do pay over 30% in taxes along with 100 % for our health care premium each month, WC & Liability.... and more. SO, being in business for yourself is not always what it appears. Must love doing what you do. As for the rest of the comments you posted above, I wonder what people will be saying 20 years from now? Amazing. Thanks for sharing this.
  5. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    17/06/2017
    Negative People
    Negative PeopleMy thanks to Patti for this one!This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.A...
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    Ken Boddie
    17/06/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    Just loved the corkscrew twist at the end, Royce. 😊
    Pascal Derrien
    17/06/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    Thats a great one :-) Made me smile :-)
  6. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    15/06/2017
    Stop and smell the roses
    Stop and smell the rosesWhat are you doing that is important is a question I asked myself the other day. Today, as I walked along the river, I heard a cry in the air, I watched as two eagles came together and hovered about 100 feet above me. I watched them as they scanned...
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  7. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    13/06/2017
    Some interesting retirement stories
    Some interesting retirement stories Some of the retirement stories that have caught my interest over the last few days. Some may be of interest to you: Pensions gender gap twice as wide as pay divide in the Financial Times Adviser, written By Stephanie Hawthorne, this is a...
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  8. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    12/06/2017
    Music
    Music"Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough timesof my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference."—Kurt Vonnegut "All deep things are song.  It seems somehow the very central...
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  9. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    10/06/2017
    Casting Back
    Casting BackBy three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest-- Confucius My son, who is a musician and I had a conversation about discrimination...
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  10. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    09/06/2017
    For all you seniors out there
    For all you seniors out thereThanks to Douglas for this (Boomers been there, done that) I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up...
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    Joanne Gardocki
    09/06/2017 #1 Joanne Gardocki
    It is a lovely gift to allow others a shared laugh about our shortcomings. If not for technology I would never have heard you. Thank you, @Royce Shook
  11. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    07/06/2017
    Touche
    ToucheDo you think that life is fair?  Do you believe that all things are possible? Do you recognise that your thoughts become things, that give rise not only to dreams but to worlds?  Do you know that your very existence in time and space proves that you...
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  12. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    05/06/2017
    Support circles
    Support circlesOver the years, I have found one of the most effective ways to incorporate what I was learning in my path to self-awareness, was to surround myself with people who gave me strength - people in my life who were committed to living positive and...
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  13. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    04/06/2017
    Never end a sentence with a preposition
    Never end a sentence with a prepositionOn my 71st birthday, I got a gift certificate from my wife. The certificate paid for a visit to a wise man living nearby who was rumoured to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.After being persuaded, I drove to see him, handed my ticket...
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    Jim Saelzler
    04/06/2017 #8 Jim Saelzler
    This is funny!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/06/2017 #7 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @Royce Shook - hilarious! Bet @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess might add this story to one of her upcoming fundays....
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    04/06/2017 #6 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Oh, what a good laugh I'm having! Thank you.
    Ken Boddie
    04/06/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    Sounds like the whole experience was a bit of a 'let down', Royce. 🤣😂🤣
    Martin Wright
    04/06/2017 #4 Martin Wright
    A perfect tonic for a sunday morning
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    04/06/2017 #3 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    👥ed 🐝🐝🐤🔥🚲
    Vincent Andrew
    04/06/2017 #2 Vincent Andrew
    "A dangling participle". Will not forget that 😂.
    Lance  🐝 Scoular
    04/06/2017 #1 Lance 🐝 Scoular
    😁😂😃😅🤣
  14. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    02/06/2017
    Gotta love the Prairie humour
    Gotta love the Prairie humourI was born on the prairies of Canada, but my parents had the good sense to move to BC when I was young, so I grew up in BC. However, many of my family still live in the prairies and my cousin Elaine sent me these jokes. I gotta love our prairie...
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    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    02/06/2017 #2 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Thanks for the humor. Got quite a chuckle out of this.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    02/06/2017 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL...prairie humour sure got range;)
  15. ProducerKristen Edens

    Kristen Edens

    30/05/2017
    Retirement: A New Vision for 50+ Entrepreneurs
    Retirement: A New Vision for 50+ EntrepreneursGrowing old isn’t for sissies. –Bette DavisIt was a short-lived dream: graduate high school & college, find a corporate job, work for 30 or more years and then retire. From there, kick back on a sunny beach or a mountain vista and visit the...
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    Kristen Edens
    10/07/2017 #4 Kristen Edens
    Great comments! @Donna Wood there are more and more people like us. That 4th & 5th decade is a critical time for many of us! We are ready to pursue what we want and more open to risk and opportunity. The communities you speak of are in need of those strategies and opportunities so keep up with your pursuits. A recent LinkedIn connection mentioned that there is a huge and growing need for us and our expertise. My advice is to keep on going and growing!

    @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador; very good tips here. Why slow down when we're just revving up?! Finances and health are two main components so the best action is to start with both. Learning, staying relevant, and providing a needed service will enhance all aspects of life. It's fun stuff!

    @CyndiDocy: it's a hard knock to rethink what we had been so intensely groomed to believe and emulate. My family thought I was having a midlife crisis when I mentioned my entrepreneurial interests (and even suggested counseling!) But as you said, with determination and common sense, it can be done.

    Thanks to you all for your comments! Here's another question: what discussions do you want to hear more about the 50+ entrepreneurs? Let me know and I may write about it!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    31/05/2017 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    @Kristen Edens, I retired a little over 2 years ago. My advice is to be careful with your finances, don't live beyond your means, see and learn as much you as you can, stay healthy and stay relevant.
    Cyndi Docy
    30/05/2017 #2 Cyndi Docy
    I love your article. How true it is that things the way our parents had them are certainly different now. We are living at a time that we may need to rethink allot even going into business for ourselves at a later age. But, with determination and common sense I believe we are up to it.
    Donna Wood
    30/05/2017 #1 Donna Wood
    You're singing the song of my people, @Kristen Edens! As a strategist by nature, I'm using that skill to help rural communities, businesses and even nonprofits find better and more streamlined ways to achieve or even exceed their goals.
  16. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    30/05/2017
    Coping With Stress
    Coping With StressBookstores are filled with books that tell us how to cope with stress. Each of these books offers its own perspective on stress along with various coping techniques. To make the most of the information on coping skills, you need to understand what...
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  17. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    29/05/2017
    Interesting ideas
    Interesting ideasThe following express ideas that are worth thinking about: 1. The nicest thing about the future is . . . that it always starts tomorrow. 2.  Your money will buy a fine dog, but only your kindness will make him wag his tail. 3. If you...
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  18. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    27/05/2017
    New wine for Seniors
    New wine for Seniors My daughter send me this as we are starting to appreciate all things Australian, and she thought we would like this NEW WINE For SeniorsI kid you not... a New Wine for Seniors!!South Australian vintners in the Barossa Valley area, which primarily...
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  19. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    26/05/2017
    Do your self-beliefs serve you?
    Do your self-beliefs serve you?I read once that goldfish can only remember for three seconds.  I thought this was an interesting fact. When I was at University we talked about conditioning, and I learned about Pavlov and his experiments with animals. I marvelled at stories of...
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  20. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    23/05/2017
    Can you give your retirement a grade?
    Can you give your retirement a grade?I read an interesting post that asked this question: If you were to give the retirement life you have been living to this point a grade – like back in school – would you be looking at an “A” for excellent or a “C” for average or (hopefully not) an...
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    John Rylance
    27/05/2017 #6 John Rylance
    Rather than giving my life grades, I prefer to as T S Elliot had Prufrock say " measure my life in coffee spoons" it's much less stressful.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    27/05/2017 #5 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I never thought I'd live past the age of 18. My whole childhood was geared towards that goal--just making it that far. I'm here to tell you to listen to this guy. Life doesn't always turn out how you expect. Plan for the future. It becomes the present sooner than you think.
    Royce Shook
    24/05/2017 #4 Royce Shook
    #3 Bill, that is very important. Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life, as my father said to me.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    24/05/2017 #3 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    I'm still working and love what I do 👍👍👍🐝🐝🐝
    Royce Shook
    24/05/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    #1 At 95 your mom sounds like a go to person. I hope she continues to have such a positive outlook for many more years. You are right, a pension check does take some of the angst out of making ends meet.
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    24/05/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Mum who turns 95 at the end of this month despite being a bit frail is still a lesson in doing and looking forward. She knits and exhorts her fellow retirees to do something - the gang knit clothes for babies at the neonatal unit at their local hospital - maybe the motivation is the sherry they get when delivering the baby clothes! I do not envisage retiring when I get my first pension cheque next year when I turn 65 but will continue working part time and working on selling my pearls. A pension cheque just takes a bit of the angst out of making ends meet. Good article and good points to consider! Thank you!
  21. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    18/05/2017
    Wondering if you are old, senior, or elderly?
    Wondering if you are old, senior, or elderly?As more and more of us ass 65, it may be helpful to use gerontology terminology to describe our age group. Gerontologists divide "older adults" into four categories, by age: · 65 to 74 is "young old" · 75 to 84 is "middle old" · 85 to 99...
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    Royce Shook
    18/05/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    Paul, it is interesting how different cultures deal with ageing. As we age in the west, we have to fight ageism and other stereotypes of being older. I like to think that has we age, we become wiser. Thank you for your thoughts
    Paul Walters
    18/05/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    @Royce Shook When I first decided to come and live i n Indonesia ( Bali) I was a little taken aback when people in stores or on the street greeted me with what I thought to be a derogatory term, " papa" Not yet 60 but I had grey hair. It took me a while to discovered that age here is revered . If you are old you are wise. Kids fight amongst themselves to attain the right to look after their parents when they are old and frail. They are horrified that in the 'west' parents are shuffled off to 'retirement villages' with cutsie names like Tranquil Gardens , or Peaceful meadows to live out their days with maybe a monthly visit from a child. Its kind of a great country to get old in with no monikers to define which age bracket one falls into . Its kind of why I like living here!!
  22. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    15/05/2017
    Retirement Confidence is low in Women
    Retirement Confidence is low in WomenA new report shows some interesting facts about women and retirement in the US.  I am highlighting six facts here, but the report contains Seventeen Facts About Women’s Retirement Outlook Select Findings from the 17th Annual Transamerica Retirement...
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    Royce Shook

    14/05/2017
    Women and Retirement planning
    Women and Retirement planningThe life expectancy of women exceeds that of men so imagine going from making $2000-plus per month to receiving a check on the second Wednesday of the month that resembles the cost of your mortgage? If they're lucky, they have a husband who is still...
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    Royce Shook

    13/05/2017
    Women: Let’s Talk About Retirement
    Women: Let’s Talk About RetirementThe 12th Annual Transamerican Retirement Surveygives some advice and some ideas that may help both women and men who are thinking of retirement, but the advice is more timely for women.Here are some of the ideas generated by this year's survey for...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/05/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks @Royce Shook, a lot of great info here!
  25. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    12/05/2017
    Retirement Plans From Around The World
    Retirement Plans From Around The WorldRetirement planning is an issue around the world and many countries are trying to solve the problems created by withdrawing wealth from the middle class and giving money to the super rich. In 2012, I saw this post and as I relax this Spring I pulled...
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