Category Archives: Learning and Education

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Considering Going Back to School?

Retirement is not only about moving to warmer climes and playing golf all day. It can also be a time for considering continuing your education. If you didn’t have time to get a degree, retirement promises to be the best time to pursue it. Many colleges and universities have made it easier for retirees to go back to school and obtain their degrees. Although it can be a bit intimidating, it is well worth it. Here are a few points to consider if you are considering going back to school.

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55+ and Hating Computers? Here are Some Encouragements to Brush up Your Techy Skills

Technology is becoming a part of our everyday life whether we like it or not. As seniors, we may not wish to embrace this new concept, but what choice do we have. As the saying goes “we have to move with the times, or be left behind”. So, what should seniors do? Do we embrace technology and learn all we can on how to operate a computer and its many search engines? Yes! Let’s become more tech-savvy and “chat” with our friends on Skype, be “friendly” on Facebook and stay connected with family, friends, and caregivers through the internet while learning all we can about what this great invention can do.

Which Type of Mortgage Loan Would you Choose to Buy Your Home?

If you have decided to buy a home to retire in, it is time to act fast and get your mortgage. But wait! Things have changed significantly since the time you may have walked into a bank and gotten a mortgage for your first home. Did you know there are different types of mortgages? Which one will you choose when buying your home? Having a basic understanding of these mortgages will help you choose the most suitable. Below are three popular mortgages that can be considered when purchasing a 55Plus senior home for retired living.

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Online Telecommuting for Seniors

Retirement is all about relaxing and enjoying life. However, there might be a time when you are either a bit bored from sitting around home enjoying the good life or when you need a few extra dollars to supplement your income. Either way, you can still choose to work and earn an income, even past 55+ age. There are many activities or jobs you can consider engaging in without sacrificing your new-found freedom. One of the best options might be to find a telecommuting job that allows you to work online, from the comfort of your home.

Are You a Senior Seeking a Job After Retirement?

When Time is at Hand After Retirement, How do You Find another Job?

Retirement may be all exciting in its early stages. However, it can get boring when you have nothing but time on your hands. This may prompt the thought of returning to work, at least on a part-time basis. Are you seeking re-entrance to the workforce, now that you have thoroughly enjoyed some time in retirement? If so, there are a few factors that you should consider before applying for a job.

Mentoring Helps Seniors Find Purpose

A mentor helps you see the beauty in your dreams~ As a kid, my greatest source of wisdom was my grandmother. She was a fountain of knowledge, inspiration, and in some instances a healthy dose of tough love. To this day her legacy, and words live on in my heart, and I continue to use her life lessons each and every day. If I had advice to give to our younger generation, it would be to find a mentor. Every child needs someone to confide in, to gain advice from, and feel inspired by, and seniors can benefit equally by imparting their years of knowledge, and provide a listening ear. How many times do we hear older adults wishing they wish they could teach today’s youth a thing or two? Well why not get involved?

Volunteer work gives seniors the opportunity to use their time serving others, provides a sense of purpose, and improves self esteem. Working with youth is particularly impactive for older adults who may not have grandchildren nearby, and for those blessed with a heart of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Foster Grandparent Program through Senior Corps, gets 55+ adults involved in their community by becoming mentors, and friends to young people struggling academically, who may be going down the wrong path in life, and assisting those with disabilities.

Innovative Technologies for Seniors

According to the Pew Research Center, 71% of web savvy seniors use the internet on a near daily basis. Whether for entertainment, social media, or business, technologies like smartphones, and tablets have become commonplace amongst today’s active adults. Keeping in touch with friends, and loved ones via the internet, or reading digital versions of books, and magazines is easy, and practical. For seniors opting to age in place, the latest, and greatest tech gadgets can be life saving, and a convenient way to perform daily tasks such as managing appointments, and keeping up on medication schedules.

Heard the phrase “there’s an app for that?” Well it’s true. There is a phone app for virtually anything from calorie trackers to watching your favorite shows. Android, or Apple users can download apps to create shopping lists, manage bank accounts, and of course connect with family through programs like Skype. Reading the fine print on a phone screen can be tedious but thanks to apps such as Make It Big fonts can be enlarged to fit the screen for ease of readability.

Why Everyone Should Microchip Their Pet

When I adopted my ten year old little guy from the Oregon Golden Retriever rescue last year, he came with contracts, medical records, and most importantly a microchip. Should he ever go missing, his chip is registered with the rescue organization’s information, and of course to me. Millions of dogs, and cats are found without any form of identification when their tags become lost, or they were never properly tagged in the first place. When you hear success stories of happy reunions with beloved pets more often than not it’s because they were microchipped. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, a study showed shelter pets outfitted with a microchip had a 74.1% higher success rate of being reunited with their owners versus those without one.

A microchip is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted with a hypodermic needle under the skin. It is as quick, and straightforward as a standard vaccine, and once in place should be registered with the owner’s contact information. Veterinary offices, and ASPCA’s are equipped with handheld scanners that find the chip so they can access the unique ID number assigned to it. In an article by Petco Corporation, they advise that owners have their vet scan the chip once a year to ensure it is still in place, and still working correctly.