Second Careers & Volunteering
—there are two groups that do an exceptional job of providing information for seniors who are interested in either second careers or volunteering.
Instead of listing hundreds of other organizations, you can search the Internet by entering “senior organizations” or “retiree organizations” or any particular area of interest you might have like “senior part-time employment”.
Retirement Jobs—if you want to connect with sources that offer “senior friendly” employers, check out http://www.retirementjobs.com/index.html
Mental Conditioning—if you are really interested in preserving your mind and body and staying young, you should read a book entitled “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. The authors believe that as much as 70% of aging is optional. They postulate that many older people simply give in to the aging condition and stop trying to improve their mind and body. They developed seven rules to use in changing a person’s approach to aging:
- Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
- Spend less than you make.
- Quit eating crap!
- Connect and commit.
The steps above were quoted from their book. I urge you to read the book because it has the potential to help you enjoy your retirement years with a stronger and better functioning mind and body. But, you must first want to do it. Go to http://youngernextyear.com/
Best Places to Retire—one very helpful tool was created by U.S. News & World Report in their article, “Best Places to Retire” written by Tim Smart. The article provides a “search tool” you can use to evaluate your preferences by category: geographic region, weather, cost of living, recreational and cultural activities, social environment, health care, and crime. The tool allows you to determine the relative value you place on each category and then summarizes your values and suggests several places that you might consider for your retirement. Go to http://www.usnews.com/directories/retirement
Cost of Living—the first point dealt with the overall cost comparisons between your current and potential new location. This point deals specifically with the cost of living in the new location. There are several websites that provide cost of living calculators that will allow you to compare costs by category for your current city versus your new city. Enter “cost of living calculators” in your browser. (One good calculator is www.bankrate.com/brm/movecalc.asp)
Legal Issues—although some people have a difficult time dealing with the hereafter issues, it is a necessity and the wise thing to do to protect your hard-earned assets and to ensure peace within your family. The failure to prepare an estate plan could result in the payment of excess taxes and fees. If you have not yet done so, don’t wait another day before you call an attorney and arrange for a meeting to discuss the legal implications of your eventual passing, or check out various websites on the Internet for will-making software and requirements. One source is LegalZoom.
Retirement Financial Advice & Planning Calculators—one source of independent financial planning advice and planning calculators is Money Magazine.
An additional source for financial advice and resources is Smart Money.
Additional Resources for Living Wills and Directives
There are other key appointments that you should consider incorporating into your will or advance directives. I would like to reiterate that I am not an attorney. These descriptions were provided from information located on the Internet at www.legal-definitions.com Your best source for legal advice and counsel is your personal attorney.
Green Burial Movement—there is a new trend in funerals and burials that is referred to as the “green burial movement.” A “green” burial is a natural burial without embalming in which the body or cremated remains are buried very simply in a plain wooden casket or ceramic urn, or even a simple shroud without a casket. The concept relates to the quotation from the book of Genesis, “Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.” The intent is to allow burial to be more eco-friendly and provide an option to reduce the cost of a contemporary funeral. One example is Honey Creek Woodlands in Conyers, GA that offers spaces for simple, traditional, natural burial as well as spaces for cremated remains. For more information on Honey Creek Woodlands and the Green Burial Movement, go to www.honeycreekwoodlands.com or directly to the Green Burial Council at http://naturalburial.coop/USA/green-burial-council/.
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