Turning 50 can be scary… besides becoming increasingly worried about your impending empty nest, the uphill battle to defy the effects of gravity, and getting called “ma’am” by just about everybody, you also start dreading mail deliveries and the arrival of your AARP senior discount card which, in your mind, means you’re officially “old.” Ick. But don’t toss that card and your newly-minted “senior” status out just yet. Yep, turns out, if you can just get over the unsexiness of the “senior discount,” there are actually plenty of reasons to get stoked about the milestone. Here are a few of the best:
Clinching the decision was profit earned on stock investments during a five-year bull market that has restored $14 trillion to U.S. equity values. Dix is among millions of baby boomers whose retirement has helped push the participation rate of working Americans to lows not seen since the 1970s.
U.S. home-price gains have restored $3.8 trillion of value to owners since the beginning of the real estate recovery in 2012, according to Federal Reserve data.
There are actually several manufacturers who are now making simplified smartphones with features designed primarily for older users who have limited experience with modern gadgetry.
The “sandwich generation” is more hard-pressed than ever to support both adult children and aging parents.
You may have heard the term “sun protective clothing” and thought, isn’t all clothing sun protective? Simply, the answer to this question is no. All clothing is not created equal when it comes to sun protection. There are a number of factors that affect the level of ultraviolet protection provided by a fabric. In order of importance these are: weave (tighter is better), color (darker is better), weight (also called mass or cover factor – heavier is better), stretch (less is better) and wetness (dry is better).
Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. When you are buying a home in a competitive market, your offer to purchase should contain as few conditions as possible. A pre-approval letter from your lender tells the seller you are ready and able to commit.
Baby Boomers, I know how hard it can be to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. Most people work a long day and by the end of the day are too pooped to move. The people that are in shape are the ones that make a date with himself or herself. Another way to insure that they will keep their commitment is to hire a personal trainer that will help them to stay on track and be consistent. It’s important to exercise at a set time marked in your calendar.