What is Forced Retirement and How to Combat Ageism

Forced retirement is the term used to describe employer driven job loss forcing older workers to leave earlier (either retire or find another job) than they would otherwise choose. Three conditions must exist, the company wants you gone, leaving is not your preferred choice, and your age is over 40…

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What Does Forced Retirement Mean? Top 7 Questions Answered

What does forced retirement mean? It invokes anxiety and uncertainty because of the confusion and so many unanswered questions. It also goes by the names of involuntary job termination, involuntary job separation or downsizing to name a few. Unfortunately, it is a growing trend that is not showing any signs of slowing down…

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How Much Will You Get on Unemployment with a Breakdown by State

How much will you get on unemployment and will it be enough? This question stares every person in the face who has ever been laid off. On top of everything else, deciphering all the rules and regulations can be overwhelming. Not only is it scary, it becomes downright confusing…

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Bulletproof Your Future and Avoid Forced Retirement

As you approach retirement, think of your career as an airplane on the final approach. This is one of the most dangerous parts (besides take-off) of the entire flight. Unlike the airline industry with a pretty good safety record, over half of people at this stage in life will crash and burn!

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How to Deal with Forced Retirement in 2020

You probably never dreamed it would happen to you. Yet, countless thousands across the country every day deal with forced retirement. The loss of employment at this critical stage can be financially devastating and emotionally crippling. Recovering from job loss after the age of 50 will be the determining factor in how the rest of your life will unfold…

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The Ultimate Guide on Things to do When Retired and Bored

Retirement is supposed to be the best time of your life, right? No one retires and expects to be bored to death. That isn’t what you signed up for. The 77 things to do when retired and bored to revitalize your life takes a unique approach to boredom busting.
First, understand that boredom is a state of mind where you experience disinterest and lack of motivation. Some of the factors that contribute to feeling bored might include…

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Crown Paradise Golden Review | What No Else Will Tell You

we decided to share our unbiased review of the Crown Paradise Golden resort. To be completely candid, we had a fantastic two-week vacation and would go back in a heart beat. In fact, numerous people we met return year after year with no desire to ever go anywhere else. This is an adult only facility, yet you have full access to the family focused sister resort next door.

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7 Amazing Facts About Panama Canal You Need to Know for Your Next Cruise

If the Panama Canal is on your bucket list, a cruise might be just the ticket for you. Far more than just an engineering marvel, the canal has become a critical pathway interconnecting two oceans. There are so many amazing facts about Panama Canal that lots of people miss out on. You might wonder what is so special about the Panama Canal…

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The Hidden Disability | Hearing Loss with Aging

Maybe you are concerned that your ears aren’t as sharp as they used to be or your partner, parent, or other loved one has difficulty. Often referred to as the “Hidden Disability”, hearing loss associated with aging is far more widespread than most of us are aware. In fact, it is one of the most common conditions affecting about…

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The Million Dollar Question: What Age to Retire?

What age to retire might be best explained as “how much longer do I have to work at a job that no longer fulfills me?” Whether you hate your job, are burnt out from the daily grind, have health concerns or want some more time to yourself, you may be thinking and asking yourself when can I leave all this stress behind.

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Retirement Planning | How Much to Save for Retirement? REALLY

A typical retirement calculator spits out the number of $1.2 Million for what you need to have saved. For your average American, that is not only unrealistic, but also impossible for most of us. It is estimated as many as 80% of people have absolutely no idea how much to save for retirement. Understand, the financial institutions are motivated to sell you their products and services. It becomes a scare tactic to consistently overstate…

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Why You Should Never Retire

Is retirement a slow death, the beginning of the inevitable decline? Why you should never retire began from a conversation with a friend. He argued quite passionately that he would never retire. After some research, I have to agree that a strong case can be made to remain working. Retirement is not for everyone….

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How to Gain Inner Peace and Reduce Anxiety with a Living Will

A Living Will helps you gain inner peace by coming to terms with your own mortality. For most of us, it’s unpleasant to think about how life events might unfold. So, at a subconscious level, this creates anxiety and fear of the unknown and the future. By discussing and documenting your medical wishes, you gain peace of mind knowing that you have prepared, as best as you can…

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Where to Live in Retirement | Places to Retire

We are all imperfect and it is easy to “get stuck” on an issue. Where to live in retirement is an “easier said than done” decision. The biggest pitfall is choosing the wrong place to live. You might make the decision for all the right reasons, yet still find yourself unhappy.
Fresh tears of frustration threatened anew. Every time it ended up in an argument! Oblivious to her misery…

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Retirement for Couples: A Helpful Guide for Your Marriage

Retirement for couples involves navigating the waters together and it could, possibly, be the most challenging period of your relationship. Communication is key. You and your spouse need to discuss alignment and find ways to come up with compromises. Let’s be completely honest, the choices made (or not made) will impact your marriage and future happiness…

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History of Retirement: The Story No One Else Shares

Although we observe military pensions dating back as far as Roman times, retirement is a relatively new concept. “Germany became the first nation in the world to adopt an old-age insurance program in 1889.” The Marxists were growing in power and popularity demanded radical socialist alternatives. The “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck introduced…

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Pros and Cons of a Gluten Free Diet

Are there any real benefits of a gluten free diet or is this just another fad? I never really gave it much thought until several of my friends, over the past few months, announced they were avoiding gluten. Their comments included that they felt better or they were trying to lose weight. It got me thinking…

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Bad Boss | My Journey to Hell and Back

Ever had such a bad boss that you felt physically ill? This is a personal story of an event that forever changed my life. It began that horrific Friday. My husband sensed something terrible had happened to me after I arrived home that day. Sitting across the table, my eyes welled with tears …

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Baby Boomer Facts: The Truth about the Retirement Crisis

You’ve probably already heard that we’re heading into a retirement crisis. The reality is our world has significantly changed and our retirements will be vastly different than most expect. Some of the following baby boomer facts will surprise you and…

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What to do in Retirement | 7 Fun Ways You Can Revitalize

What to do in retirement has become an almost universal question. Are you having “fun” after retiring? After all those years of hard work, these should be the best and happiest years of your life. My wife and I decided to splurge on a cruise to celebrate …

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The Most Important Ingredient for Retirement Happiness

You might believe your retirement happiness is dependent upon how much money you saved. Maybe you are concerned you will outlive your savings. While sufficient wealth is important for a comfortable lifestyle, the truth is money doesn’t buy lasting happiness! In fact, supportive healthy relationships are…

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Happiness in Retirement is a Choice, not a Given

Maybe you are a “realist” and not quite as happy as you could be. You are not alone, lots of people are just like you and one day realize something is missing. More often than not, happiness in retirement becomes elusive. This is Jim’s story….

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How to Avoid Gray Divorce: Find Happiness Before it is too Late

You probably never thought that you might be a candidate for “gray divorce”! After all those years together, you thought you would continue to grow and enjoy the next years of your life. We are being sold a bill of goods…

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The 7 Most Common Marriage Problems after Retirement

How is your marriage after the past 20 plus years? Marriage problems after retirement have led to divorce rates doubling since the 1990’s for those over 50. Remaining happily married after retirement is no longer a given. After half a life-time of working and raising children, some couples are shocked to discover…

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