“Pelican Key”, Sequel to “Rainbow’s End”

June 30, 2015

We are busy working on “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”. Joanie & Roz are busy as ever with Blossom, Joe, Burton, McGhee and Ida and helping a dear friend who is in big trouble. Stay tuned for updates!

January 7, 2015

We have started the New Year Right! “Pelican Key”, the sequel to “Rainbow’s End”, is in the works. Your favorite residents from Rainbow’s End will be there and we will introduce you to a few new ones. Joanie and Roz are still front and center keeping up with all the goings on in Rainbow, dinners in Key West, and planning a cruise with their friends Silvia and Judy.  Burton, their favorite neighbor, may have a new love in his life and quite the uproar going on.  Stay posted for more news about “Pelican Key”.

 

Happy New Year from,

JB Bonds

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What Are You Doing to Delay Dementia?

I have seen my parents go thru Dementia and Alzheimer and I want to do everything I can to prevent or delay having either one myself. I am a Senior Citizen and I am really concerned about getting Dementia. I have read lots of articles on what you can do to at least delay Dementia. They seem to all agree that people who delay retirement, can also stave off signs of Dementia. Once you retire, it is important to be physically active, eat healthy and keep your brain active.

I was a stay at home Mom but stayed very busy raising our children, working part-time, and helping my husband with his business. After the children were grown and gone, I became very involved with Newcomers Groups and stayed very busy with all of their activities.

When my husband retired and we moved back to our hometown, I continued to keep busy with all of the Newcomer’s activities like bridge and Mahjongg. Then my sister and I came up with an idea for a book. We started writing “Rainbow’s End”, went to the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and self-published our book. This has kept both of our minds very active. We are learning new things daily on the computer and researching articles.

I really think that continuing to write books, playing bridge and Mahjongg, going to jazzercise and eating a healthy diet will help stave off Dementia.

We would love to hear from our readers that have recently retired. What types of new activities are you doing to keep your mind busy. Are you learning a new language? Learning to play an instrument? Perhaps you have started to write a book in your retirement years. Whatever you are doing, keep it up!


 

 

 

Baby Boomers Are Not Slowing Down

There are a lot of Baby Boomers out there, including me, and we aren’t going quietly into the night. The Baby Boomers are more active than ever and living long, healthy lives. They are keeping up with all the new technology and social media, staying active and eating healthy. We are the largest generation on the planet.

I found this wonderful article that shares the retirement secrets of the Baby Boomers.

http://babyboomerslearntoblog.com/baby-boomer-retirement-secrets-what-we-dont-want-you-to-know/comment-page-1#comment-1150


 

Best Places for Baby Boomers

As a lot more of the Baby Boomers are getting ready to retire, they are looking for the best place to live that offers everything they need close to their homes. I found this great article full of great information to help you make that decision on where to retire. Read more at nerbwallet.com

Best Places for Baby Boomers

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by Divya on June 2, 2013

“Many baby boomers are trying to maximize their dollars as they start thinking about retirement, as well as trying to continue learning, working and socializing.  NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the best places for baby boomers, many of whom strive to have active and social lives while keeping costs low.”


 

Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens

I came across a great article about Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens on DenverPost.com

Being a Senior Citizen myself, it is very important to know how to start an exercise program the right way. I have started many different types of exercise programs and injured myself before I even got started good. I hope if you are a senior citizen and thinking about starting an Exercise or Fitness Program, you will read this article first.

“Along with the cardiovascular benefits, a mix of aerobic and resistance training can lower blood pressure, improve circulation and increase bone density, an especially important issue in the aging.”

Tips for starting an exercise regimen

1. Check with your doctor and get an assessment of whether you’re ready for exertion.

2. Start out slowly, especially during the first month.

3. Learn some basic stretching exercises and perform them before and after you work out.

4. If you have never exercised, consider scheduling a session or two with a trainer.

5. Working out with a partner makes exercise for fun.

6. Try and get a good night’s sleep. That’s a key part of recovering between workouts.


 

Tops Reads for Senior Citizens

National Council on Aging

 AARP is definitely a wonderful organization that offers so much for seniors, but The National Council on Aging web site is also a great resource for us baby boomers.  One of the best sites I’ve seen with the NCOA lists the 12 best articles they printed for the year 2012.  What a gold mine of information.  If you read the scam alert article alone, you will have so much valuable information for your safety.  The link to this article is above.

Some of the article subjects are Scams Targeting Seniors, Myths about Reverse Mortgages,  Policy Issues Affecting Seniors, Tips to Stop Arthritis Pain, Tax-Time Tips, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

I suggest you earmark this link to the NCOA web site, maybe even register for emails.We, as senior citizens, need all the information we can get to keep us happy, healthy, and safe.


 

 

 

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.


 


 

 

 

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.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/30/america-aging-health/2508981/


 

 

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 usatoday.com. Maybe it will help with some of your questions.


 

 

 

 

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