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Having an Emotional Retirement? Join the Club.

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If retirement is throwing you for a loop, you’re definitely not alone. Coleman Barks, a poet and translator, writes this about his last day of teaching at the University of Georgia: “I missed giving my final final exam. I slept through it. The alarm didn’t sound, or I turned it off in my sleep. I’m buying a new clock. But maybe it’s perfect this way. They wrote me such letters. I’ll...

Retirement Tips for Couples (Or, How Not to Kill Each Other)

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“Happiness is only real when shared.”  —Chris McCandless, from Into the Wild According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 80 million people are retiring at a rate of about 10,000 per day. Meanwhile, since 1990, divorces among the 65+ population have tripled. Coincidence? Probably not. Sociologist Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary...

Don’t Make Assumptions, Especially About Medicare

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In The Four Agreements, the popular book by Don Miguel Ruiz, the third agreement is: Don’t make assumptions. “Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want,” he writes. “Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.” Let’s...

Dental Care Transforms Substance Abusers: The Proof Is in The Smile

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What’s it like to go from living on the streets looking for your next fix to working the front desk at the Mayor’s Office? Ask Destiny Garcia, one of several recovery patients to benefit from dental treatment in a recent three-year study at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Researchers found that those receiving dental care stayed in treatment about twice as long as those who...

A Teacher’s Heart Never Retires: Many Find Meaning Through New Opportunities

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Once a teacher… After years of serving in a public school, retirement can be bittersweet. There are things you probably won’t miss: lack of supplies, weekends spent grading, the 1952 coffee maker in the teacher’s lounge…the list goes on. Maybe you were able to find some comic relief by doing your best Rodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get no respect!” But then...

Top Volunteer Organizations for Retirees

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If retirement is a challenging transition for you, you’re not alone. Volunteering is a great way to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, and perhaps uncover talents and interests you never knew you had. Who knows, it could be the most rewarding work of your life. Plus, you get to set your own schedule, participating as much or as little...

Rock Star & Dentist Bring Big Smiles to Island in Need

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Each year, musical artist Lenny Kravitz and his dentist, Dr. Jonathan Levine, join forces to light up hundreds of faces on Eleuthera, Kravitz’s home island in the Bahamas. Levine has been Kravitz’s dentist and friend for the past two decades. This year, Levine’s GLO Good Foundation teamed up with Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation to provide free dental care to more than 400 Eleuthera...

Retirement Block Party Makes A Life-Long Dream Come True

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Recently, after 34 years of delivering mail in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin decided to retire. At the end of his last day, the neighborhood surprised him with a block party of more than 300 people. This included kids he gave lollipops, dogs he gave biscuits, and everyone for whom he always had a smile and a wave. “When we met Floyd,” recalls one neighbor, “it was like he was an old...

NEED AN AMBULANCE?

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YOU MIGHT NEED ANOTHER ONE WHEN YOU SEE THE BILL. Medicare doesn’t cover medical emergency transportation. Yet if you need to be transported by air, that could cost you $50,000 or more. Fortunately, there’s a solution. Through your association and AMBA, you can enroll in a plan from Medical Air Services Association (MASA), the premier provider of pre-paid medical transportation...

Stroke Update: Aspirin Is Out, Dancing Is In

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Remember back in the 80s when everyone and their uncle started taking aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks? According to a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, a daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on prolonging life in healthy seniors. To the contrary, prolonged consumption increases the risk for severe bleeding and hemorrhaging.  Both the American Heart...

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