Just a quick, little “heads up!” here. Next Monday, June 15th, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and it’s not too late to get involved. The Administration for Community Living has been building up to the day for about 9 weeks now, and their page links to a list of known events. But even if you don’t have time to participate in any of the events, you can still help out. They have Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to the day, and you can lend a hand just by participating and sharing on social media. Get active, get involved, and get the word out!
It seems that every time you turn around, diet recommendation is changing. Eat only vegetables. Eat only meat. Eat only colored things — nothing brown. Heck, even the lauded food pyramid no longer exists. But one thing that hasn’t changed in the last 30 years is this: certainty that seniors start to lose muscle mass after a certain age. Health Day magazine has distilled a bunch of research on this topic, and has the latest recommendations on how to get the protein you need to maintain strength and muscle mass, and lead a longer, healthier life.
It’s certainly common that financial planners will recommend that you pay-off your mortgage before you retire. However, not all experts agree. Some people would argue that at current interest rates, it’s better to take that money, leave it in your 401k, or invest it elsewhere. But as with all things financial, it’s never simple. There are tax considerations, there’s an unknown amount of risk with many investments, and the list goes on and on. Mainstreet.com hits the highlights on both sides of the issue, and is worth reading, if for no other reason than to put together a list of questions to ask your financial planner.