Book Club Questions

Have a book club? Here are some questions to chat over:

1.  With which sister do you most identify?

2.  Would you like to live with your adult siblings?  How do you think it would work out?

3.  Would you consider moving to a new location when you retire or would you like to stay close to home or near your children?

4.  Have you ever been to Key West?  Does this story capture the ambiance?

5. If you lived in Rainbow’s End, would you have bought the Caliente Honey?

6.  Have you ever been the victim of a con?

7.  If you moved into Rainbow’s End, who would be your best friend?  Which club would you join?

8.  What do you think about cross dressing?  Google “cross dressing” and learn more about why people do it.

9.  What do you think the characters in Rainbow’s End would think about the recent Zimmerman trial?

10.  Watch the movie “Marigold Hotel.”  How does this story compare to that version of retirement?

11.  If this were a movie, who would be the star?

12.  Did this book change the way you look at older people?

13.  If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?

14.  What were the surprises in the story?

15.  How are “family” and “community” defined in this story?

16.  If this were a movie, who would play the sisters?

17.  If you could pick one of the characters from the story to be your grandmother/grandfather, who would you pick?

18.  How does Rainbow’s End differ from a community where the residents are not retired?  Would the story be different?


Some Spry Centenarians

Willard Scott seems to be very busy announcing all the 100 year old birthdays. Being 64, I am very interested in just how these people are living to be 100+. There seems to be more and more all the time and they are spry as ever.

I found an article in the Real Simple Magazine titled “Live Long and Prosper” by Sally Wadyka that gave seven surprising and doable ways to maintain your health and happiness as you get older. She also interviewed 7 centenarians and asked them what their advice was to live-longer.


I have my own list of what I think the key to living a longer and healthier life is for all the Baby Boomers that are Senior Citizens.

1. Maintain a positive outlook in life.  Like my great aunt who is 89 says “I don’t have time to be around depressing people”. She is the most positive person I know. She has the best attitude. She is always happy and nothing bothers her.

2. Have lots of good friends and see them often. I think it is so important to be with people that you enjoy every day. My girlfriends, including my sister and daughters always make me smile.

3. Eat a well balanced diet. If you go on a diet, you will eventually go off of the diet. Just eat everything in moderation. Lots of vegetables and fruits. Eat what God gave us. Although I eat good, I still take Fish Oil, B-complex, Vitamin C every day and drink a lot of water..

4. Exercise in moderation. I don’t go out and join a club and pay lots of money to use their equipment. I just park further away from the store to get in more walking, do yoga at home, do some gentle stretching, do anything that gets me moving and breathing.

5. Keep your mind busy. I play bridge and mahjongg as often as I can. I read a lot of books and self-published my first book at age 63. I bought a piano and hope to find someone to give me lessons. I am also trying to learn Spanish but not doing too good at that.

I think I will add to my list Sally’s number 1 way to maintain your health and happiness as you get older: Bake a pie. Plant some flowers. (I won’t add the optional Triathlon training.) I also like one of the centenarians advice of having a drink of Scotch every day except I would make it wine. Sounds good to me.

What is your advice to living a longer and healthier life? Please share them with us by leaving a comment to this post.





16 Foods for a Long Healthy Life

What an easy list to follow and the benefits are stupendous!  It’s refreshing to find a list of any kind, since I am 66 now, that is easy and enjoyable to follow.  Not to mention the positive benefits garnered from ingesting these foods.  Being technologically savvy is a big help because I can go to the computer and find recipes using all of these super foods that are simple and easy to make.  I do worry about those seniors who are on fixed budgets, however.  Some of these foods are pricey.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an aisle devoted strictly to the senior diet in grocery stores, and the prices for these products were in line with our budgets?!  This is too much to ask for, but certainly something that would be very beneficial for the majority of seniors in retirement, not to mention the health benefits they would receive.

I’ve decided to print up this list of 16 super foods and post them in my kitchen.  If I can fix at least one meal a day with a couple of these foods in the menu, I will feel like I’m doing something positive for myself and my body.   Who knows maybe I will be able to stop taking my blood pressure medicine and my cholesterol lowering drug.  That alone would certainly pay for a cart load of these foods.

I would love to share some recipes with other seniors using some of these products, things that are tasty and creative.  Anyone reading this have any suggestions?

16 Foods for a Long, Healthy Life

Coffee, Thyme, Wild Salmon, Kale, Avocados, Basil/Mint, Olives/Olive Oil, Walnuts, Green Tea, Sweet Potatoes, Dark Chocolate, Asparagus, Pomegranates, Garlic, Yogurt and Blueberries.

A nutritionist pinpoints superfoods that can improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and more.

Click on the AARP link to read more.

by Rebecca Katz, additional reporting by Monica Bhide, AARP The Magazine, April/May 2013 issue



Stroke has a new indicator!

Someone posted this on Facebook and I thought it was well worth sharing. It could help save someones life. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this shares it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue: Continue reading

Get Ready for the Wave of Baby Boomers To Become Seniors

In 2010, Census counted 42.3 million Americans 65 or older. From 2010 to 2060, the number will more than double to 92 million. Seniors are tending to stay in their own towns instead of moving to places like Arizona or Florida. Seniors are aging in place. What are the communities doing to prepare for this wave of Seniors? I am a Baby Boomer and a senior. I plan to stay right where I am until they carry me away. I found this article in the USA today about the 5 must-do’s as the age wave bears down on the USA. If you are getting ready to retire, what are your plans? Are you moving to Arizona or Florida? Or are you staying in your home town? What is your community doing to prepare for the Seniors? Read this article and see if you think your community is ready.



What age should you claim Social Security?

When I turned 62 I started getting all kinds of mail from the Social Security Administration letting me know I could begin my benefits.  First of all, getting that mail make me feel as old as dirt, but it did serve the purpose of my starting to do some research on the best path to take for my situation.  That’s the term here that has to be remembered, “my situation”.  Not everyone is in the same boat when it comes to turning 62, or 66, or 72 and beginning to take the Social Security benefits to which they are entitled.  I believe if you are financially stable enough to wait until you are at least 66 to begin receiving those benefits, that’s the best road to take.  Since my husband was working at a full time job when we both turned 62, we felt my receiving my benefits then was the thing to do.  He will begin getting his benefits this year when he turns 66.  Waiting to 72 would give us more each month, but in our situation, we want to get everything paid off before we retire, and getting that monthly Social Security check for him will help us do that.  He will retire at 68. 



So, read the article, and then decide what’s best for you and your family.  There are so many extenuating circumstances now that will come to play in your situation.  If there is something that you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to call The Social Security Administration and ask the questions.  I have found them helpful (once I finally got through to them, that can be a problem).  If you have a computer, go to their web site and read everything.  It’s better to be prepared for retirement and what that means. 


“Most people take Social Security at age 62, when they are eligible. Most financial advisers suggest you wait until 66 or 70. Decisions should be part of your financial plan. Every case is different.”

“It’s a big decision, one we’ll all have to make: Should I take Social Security as soon as I’m eligible, at age 62, or wait till I’m 66 … or even 70, when I would receive the maximum benefit?”

Check out this article at Maybe it will help with some of your questions.





Possible Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Prostate Cancer

RH2EX97PGCVG I saw a news segment on the Today Show about a possible link between men taking Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and prostate cancer. This concerned me because I know lots of men who are taking the Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. I decided to look up the article and read about it and decide for myself what I thought. After reading the article, I came to the conclusion that the best thing for everyone is to eat a well balanced diet and not take supplements. I will share the article and would love to hear what you think on this matter.



Baby Boomers Can’t be Sissies and Survive

We’ve all heard the saying, “growing old is not for sissies”, right?  Well, now that I’m 65 I’m starting to live that saying and experiencing it up close and personal.  At first, it started out as only minor inconveniences:  I couldn’t see the newspaper or computer without my glasses or readers, when I finished a meal,  I had enough food in my teeth for a snack later, the name of that actor I’ve loved for decades is on the tip of my tongue, but it just won’t come to mind,  and my face began slowly sliding toward my navel and got the strangest brown spots that cropped up on a daily basis.  The list goes on, until eventually more serious problems began. Continue reading

Super Foods That Power You Up

16 Foods for a Long, Healthy Life

Coffee, Thyme, Wild Salmon, Kale, Avocados, Basil/Mint….

Click on the AARP Link below to read more.

A nutritionist pinpoints superfoods that can improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and more

by Rebecca Katz, additional reporting by Monica Bhide, AARP The Magazine, April/May 2013 issue


Baby Boomers are Changing the Way Others Retire

I read the following article and came to the realization; this is not my Mom and Dad’s world anymore.  In one generation, retirement has completely changed.  Almost everyone I know who is “retiring” really isn’t “retiring”.  The Federal Government is telling them, “You’re 65 now, it’s time to hang up your spurs”, but that’s not what they’re doing.  Sure enough, we baby boomers are starting to collect our Social Security, but we also can see that Social Security alone is not going to be our saving grace.  Not only are we living longer than most of our parents, but our expenses are much greater. 

So many seniors are faced with having their children move back into their homes, helping them pay off their student debt, or paying it off for them, and not having enough money in a pension fund that will last as long as they are expected to live.  Therefore, many seniors are being creative in their retirement.  They are supplementing their income by continuing to work in some capacity, and they can do this because they are in better health and physical condition than their parents were in retirement.

The Boomers are having to forge the way and learn new ways to survive once they have taken that step to actually retire, but from what I am seeing and reading, we Boomers are resilient and inventive, and we’ll get it done.  If nothing else, hopefully, our children and grandchildren will learn that saving for retirement their whole work life, and taking care of themselves physically and mentally is utmost in living a long, healthy life.

How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire

How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire“The rapid evolution of retirement in America shows no signs of slowing. The World War II generation (or The Greatest Generation) often lived in the same house until they either died or were moved to a nursing home, but this is now far less common. Baby boomers have continued to forge new ground and explore new lifestyles in this period of their lives, as technological and medical advancements have provided them with many more alternatives in how and where they can spend their time.”