Next Avenue - Most Recent An RSS feed of the most recent articles from Next Avenue. en How I Learned to Stop Freaking Out and Love Being Middle-Aged There are plenty of things I do not like about growing older. Take my eyesight, for instance. These days, after fruitlessly trying to read the credits on a CD, I immediately get on WebMD and look up the early warning signs of glaucoma. Which, ironically, I also can’t read. When I sit down in a … Continued Peter Gerstenzang Thinkstock October 8, 2015, 11:00 am 9 Keys to Staying Mentally Sharp (Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom, by Henry Emmons, M.D., and David Alter, Ph.D. The book, released last month by Touchstone, follows on Emmons’ two previous books, The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm.) Learning how to … Continued David Alter, Ph.D., Henry Emmons, M.D. Thinkstock October 8, 2015, 10:30 am Smart Ways to Find a Job After 50 Now Finding work after 50 continues to be challenging, but it can be done. If you’re stuck in the attach-your-resumé-and-hit-the-send-button mode, heed advice from Blake Nations, CEO of Nations, 59, of Atlanta, who knows whereof he speaks. Three years ago, the former medical recruiting executive was out of work. Despite a 25-year career working in … Continued Harriet Edleson Thinkstock October 8, 2015, 8:00 am Boomer Grandparents: Taking It to the Next Level We boomers seem to have made our mark, for better or for worse, with just about everything we’ve touched. So should we be surprised that boomer grandparents —nearly 60 percent of all U.S. grandparents — are a breed apart, too? (Let’s leave aside John Stamos’s grandfather-by-surprise character on the new Fox show, Grandfathered.) “Boomer grandparents … Continued Richard Eisenberg Thinkstock October 8, 2015, 7:00 am 7 Scams That Can Destroy Your Finances (This article previously appeared on Identity theft, imposter scams, charity scams, Medicare scams — the ways crooks have devised to bilk you out of your money seem endless. And the amount of money they take is staggering. In 2012 (the most recent statistics available), there were 16.6 million victims of identity theft alone, who … Continued Ellen Breslau Monkey Business October 8, 2015, 7:00 am The Unexpected Joy of Adult Coloring Books (This article appeared previously in The Pocono Record.) I belong to a mindfulness group, a circle of companionable souls who get together once a week for meditation and other practices designed to foster attention and the ability to “be here now,” as Ram Dass used to say in the ‘60s. One week, our group leader … Continued Jacqueline Damian Thinkstock October 7, 2015, 12:30 pm Fiftysomething Diet: 7 Trendy (and Healthy?) Foods In the never-ending parade of new food products that make headlines every year, there are always a few that catch on and become trendy, almost fashionable. They are options that beg to be included in any healthy diet. The question is: Are they worth bringing to the table? Put another way, will they help you … Continued Maureen Callahan Thinkstock October 7, 2015, 11:00 am Good-Enough Retirement Planning Is Good Enough If you have a solid financial plan for retirement, you are in the minority. While the financial burden of retirement is heavy on us as individuals, most Americans are not saving, or not saving enough. That’s because it can be a complicated and daunting task. Good-Enough Retirement Planning My suggestion: Don’t procrastinate planning for retirement … Continued Barbara Nusbaum Thinkstock October 7, 2015, 7:30 am 7 Stretches That Help Ease Neck and Back Pain (This article previously appeared on Americans used to be an active bunch — baling hay, lifting boxes, scrubbing floors, and walking everywhere. No more. The Information Age has given way to the Age of Ache, and Mary Ann Wilmarth, a spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, sees it daily at Back to Back … Continued Andrea Atkins iStock October 7, 2015, 7:00 am How to Deal With Financial Stress and Sleep at Night When you lay your head on the pillow at night, are you flooded with money worries instead of drifting off into sweet dreams? Join the club. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), money continues to be the top cause of stress among Americans. In its 2015 survey, Stress in America: Paying With Our Health, … Continued Jeanne Dorin Thinkstock October 7, 2015, 7:00 am 4 Secrets to Overcoming Unexpected Life Transitions “Horrible. Awful. Ego-bursting,” said Therese of the earliest days of her transition. She was a mid-50s financial guru whose transition was triggered by an unexpected termination from a job she’d held for close to a decade. “My career and accomplishments are a large part of how I see myself and the success I’ve had in … Continued Linda Rossetti Thinkstock October 6, 2015, 1:00 pm What Would You Tell Your 35-Year-Old Self? (This article previously appeared on In a recent post on my New Age Aging blog, I reflected on the “aha” moments I had attending my 50th-year high school reunion in August. Now I am beginning to hear from women in their early to late 30s who are wanting their moments of clarity when it comes … Continued Pamela Zitron Thinkstock October 6, 2015, 12:00 pm All About the New ABLE Accounts for the Disabled Parents of children who became disabled before age 26 will soon be able to open and fund new, tax-sheltered savings accounts for them. I’ve spoken to several experts about these accounts and want to pass on their advice. ABLE accounts, which are similar to 529 accounts for college, are the result of a little-known law … Continued Richard Eisenberg Thinkstock October 6, 2015, 9:00 am Reasons to Worry – and Agitate – About Your Financial Security On my desk, for weeks, there have been unopened envelopes from the Social Security Administration, from my provider of Medicare Part D drug coverage, from my long-term care insurance carrier and from the Guild Benefits Fund at The New York Times, my former employer, which pays for my supplemental Medicare and also provides my monthly … Continued Jane Gross Thinkstock October 6, 2015, 7:30 am 3 Ways ‘The Intern’ Gets Older Workers Wrong We were excited when we saw the tagline “Experience never gets old” for the film The Intern. We’re a Millennial and Gen X’er working with boomers at — a nonprofit dedicated to tapping life skills and experience and applying them to second (or third) acts that are personally meaningful and good for society. And … Continued Aanchal Dhar and Sarah McKinney Courtesy of Warner Brothers Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern October 6, 2015, 7:00 am Choosing Death: Aid in Dying Gains Support The deaths of John Rehm and Nelson Mandela bring attention to the Aid in Dying movement. Richard Harris Thinkstock October 6, 2015, 7:00 am Pet Rent Puts the Bite on Empty Nesters One of the primary reasons empty nesters decide to downsize is to reduce fixed costs. But many boomers poised to enter the tight rental market may encounter an unanticipated recurring cost that’s increasingly common: having to pay a monthly rental surcharge for their pets. A growing number of landlords across the nation are adding “pet rent” … Continued Irene S. Levine Thinkstock October 5, 2015, 11:36 am Why Older People Should Take Up the Search for Meaning Looking at aging as a spiritual journey opens a window to positives — to thinking in a new way about wisdom, joy and wonder throughout the lifespan. This week, the Sixth International Conference on Aging and Spirituality  takes place in Los Angeles. Its host, Nancy Gordon, holds a Master’s of Divinity degree and is the … Continued Sue Campbell Thinkstock October 5, 2015, 9:00 am 4 Ways to Help You Make a Tough Career Decision Imagine that you just received a call from a colleague asking if you’d consider leaving your longtime job to go work for her startup. The offer includes equity ownership, a VP title and the promise of a big payday down the road. You love your job, but this sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. What do … Continued Nancy Collamer Thinkstock October 5, 2015, 7:30 am Best Ways to Deal With a Grumpy Spouse (This article previously appeared on When your spouse is upset, the bad mood can be infectious. Here are eight dos and don’ts that will help you deal, and strengthen your relationship: DO Identify the Reason We often forget, when dealing with a spouse who’s in a bad mood, to simply ask them why he … Continued Jessica Dysart BananaStock October 5, 2015, 7:00 am Why Most of Us May Never Retire Comfortably (This article appeared previously on MarketWatch.) America: At the rate you’re going, you may never get to ditch your 9-to-5 job. In the past year alone, 15 percent of Americans dipped into their retirement funds to pay for an emergency, according to a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 adults in the U.S. by personal finance … Continued Catey Hill Thinkstock October 5, 2015, 7:00 am 4 Rules for Giving Your Heirs Money While You’re Alive Leaving money to heirs upon your death, by contrast, is a lot less taxing than you might expect. For inheritances, the 2015 federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million per person. That means 99. 8 percent of people never have to pay an estate tax, because so few people have assets that exceed $5.43 million. … Continued Nick Clements Thinkstock October 2, 2015, 1:00 pm 7 Questions To Ask Your Employer About Wellness Privacy (This article appeared previously on If your company hasn’t launched a wellness program, this might be the year. As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise. … Continued Jay Hancock, Julie Appleby October 2, 2015, 11:48 am 4 Tips to Dance Like Chaka Khan at Any Age We saw music legend Chaka Khan, 62, ready to rumba at the start of this season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. “Look out for me,” she boldly told her Twitter fans before doing a cha-cha to one of her own songs, I Feel For You, on premiere night. And then we saw her become … Continued Ann Oldenburg Courtesy of ABC/Disney Gary Busey, 71; Chaka Khan, 62; and Paula Deen, 68 October 2, 2015, 11:34 am Getting Back to Nature With My Fitbit The little black fitness tracker on my wrist monitors my every move. It counts my steps and measures the intensity of my workout. It even tells me if I did a good job sleeping. But that’s not why I wear my Fitbit. To borrow from Texas’ unofficial poet laureate Butch Hancock, it’s just a wave, … Continued Regina Nippert Fitbit October 2, 2015, 7:00 am How to Keep Savers From Cashing Out of 401(k)s I did it. Maybe you did, too. I was 29, leaving my employer for a new one, and cashed out my 401(k) plan’s balance, roughly $5,000, to pay off some credit card bills. Foolish me. If I hadn’t touched the money, that tiny mound might have pumped up to $50,000 by the time I retire. … Continued Kerry Hannon Thinkstock October 1, 2015, 3:12 pm How to Retire Abroad and Make Money, Too In 2013, at 70, Dr. David Vesely retired from work as a research scientist at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine and chief of endocrinology at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Then, last July, Vesely (who’s also my brother-in-law) spent a month in Paris teaching medicine to 15 high school … Continued Chris Farrell Thinkstock October 1, 2015, 1:08 pm Road Scholar, Once Elderhostel, Targets Boomers In 1975, a nonprofit educational travel organization called Elderhostel launched with five programs for several hundred retired participants at colleges and universities in New Hampshire. Combining classroom time with travel tours and experiential learning, the organization — which shucked the “elder” connotation in 2010 to better appeal to boomers with its new name, Road Scholar … Continued Robert DiGiacomo Thinkstock Machu Picchu, Peru October 1, 2015, 1:00 pm A Different Script for Grief After my husband died in 2009, I expected to be consumed by sorrow. The American cultural script, after all, is very clear on this point. You know the kind of scenes I mean. Widow mournfully fingers the shirts in her husband’s closet. Widow burrows her nose in her husband’s pillow and tries desperately to inhale … Continued Jill Smolowe Thinkstock October 1, 2015, 12:41 pm The 4 Keys to Good Sex in Midlife By Dr. Barb DePree’s estimate, about half of women ages 40 to 65 are unhappy with their sex lives. The gynecologist and menopause expert says her patients struggle with a loss of interest in sex, a loss of arousal and a loss of sexual response. They — and their partners — are perplexed, disappointed and … Continued Heidi Raschke Thinkstock October 1, 2015, 7:30 am