What Thanksgiving is All About

Thanksgiving is a holiday to be enjoyed with good food amongst family and friends. It is a time to prepare the turkey and enjoy the company of your family and loved ones. The question is though, what do we really know about the history of Thanksgiving?

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November every year. Thanksgiving has been an annual holiday since approximately 1863, although this date is not completely certain. It is a holiday which is surrounded by tales and legends. The story of Thanksgiving was said to have begun with the Pilgrims giving thanks to a good harvest and good blessings for the preceding year. In history, it is said that the first Thanksgiving lasted three days. However, this factor remains to be seen as there are many other clues to other “First Thanksgivings”. For example, a marker in Texas says “Feast of the First Thanksgiving – 1541”. Another Thanksgiving day was also declared in 1631 when a ship carrying supplies that were believed to have been lost at sea pulled into Boston Harbor. The governor proclaimed this day a day of Thanksgiving. In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation. Although it was not agreed by other presidents to agree to such a resolution, many states continued celebrating Thanksgiving on different days, but it was always celebrated in November.

Weight Training For a Healthy Brain

Next time you go to the gym, you might want to skip your treadmill workout in favor of a few bicep curls. Researchers are linking weight training to better brain function, and a lower risk of diseases such as dementia, and Alzheimer’s. It’s a known fact that physical fitness and longevity go hand in hand, but resistance training is proving to be particularly beneficial for older adults. Baby boomers are getting younger by the second, surpassing millennials in many aspects including signing up for gym memberships. Fitness centers across the country are seeing an increase in 55+ members, many becoming personal trainers.

Tips for Seniors Dipping their Toes into the World of Technology

It’s not easy keeping up with all the new trends, changes, and gadgets that are appearing and disappearing from the world of technology. However, the world of technology is helping boomers stay connected with loved ones irrespective of where they are. Although the world of technology is enabling a better social life for seniors, there are things you need to know before dipping your toes into it. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Consider Green Living in Retirement

Every little thing we do makes a significant impact on our environment. Many of us do not stop to think about the impact we make on our planet. However, it is never too late to consider the things you can do to make a contribution. If you are wondering how you can do so, here are a few ways you can contribute to green living.

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Many of us have either experienced it personally or have known someone battling cancer. When it happens to a parent, it can feel like the world has crumbled around you, and you’re left with this melting pot of emotions that you can’t seem to sort through.  Shock, grief, helplessness, and how can this happen?  As a caregiver. there’s a delicate balance of trying to pull yourself together, and being the pillar of support your parent needs during this difficult time. Coping with my mother’s illness, there were moments I felt like giving up, but I didn’t want her to see me falter. I’ve always been known for my trademark stoicism, but those years took us both on an incredibly emotional journey of laughter, tears, and facing challenges we never thought were possible. Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.  Do I have any regrets? Not one.

Are 55+ Communities the Future For Baby Boomers?

The concept behind the 55+ community design is to provide boomers an all-inclusive lifestyle with all the bells, and whistles active adults desire for a life of leisure. The notion that retirement living equates to sitting around watching The Price is Right couldn’t be further from reality. Options from manufactured, to single-family construction, active lifestyle communities offer buyers a quality built home with a varied price range depending on housing type, HOA fees, and the surrounding geographic area.

Benefits of Having Health Insurance

Do Retirees Need Health Insurance?

Health insurance is usually offered in your workplace. However, it has become a huge challenge for many employers. Over the last two decades, many large companies have stopped offering health insurance after retirement. If you are 65, you can rely on Medicare to take care of your health costs. But, what happens if you are not 65 and retired without health insurance?

If you are not 65 and retired, you will have to find a way to pay for health insurance. Health insurance can be costly especially if you are in poor health. However, it is vital to not let your health insurance lapse. This can mean taking your retirement savings if you meet with an accident or become ill.

4 Things That Can Destroy Retirement Plans

You may be planning for a comfortable retirement where you have absolutely no money worries. However, there are things that can destroy your comfortable retirement plans. Here are four of them. Try and avoid them in order to enjoy every minute of your retirement.

Early Withdrawal of Retirement Funds

It can be very easy to withdraw money from your retirement account or your 401(k) before retirement age. However, try and avoid this. When you withdraw money before retirement age, you not only lose out on savings but also many years of compounded growth. Think twice before you withdraw money before retirement. You will need this money far more than you do now once you are retired.