Friday, March 5, 2021

Dental Implants - Which Kind do You Need?

A significant number of Americans, especially older Americans, are missing some or all of their teeth.  In fact, according to epidemiological studies cited by, "it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth."  Some of these people learn to live with the gap in their mouth, although that can lead to other problems.  Many people get dentures. However, the preferred option, when possible, is to replace the missing teeth with implants which come as close as possible to your natural teeth.

Recently, I was approached by Mike Khorev with Markham Smile Center about writing a post for our readers explaining the difference between "All on Four" and "All on Six Dental Implants."  Until his submission, I was not even aware that there were different types of implants, so I felt my readers who are considering getting implants would be especially interested in learning more about this topic.  At the very least, I would encourage my readers to learn everything they can about the topic before getting implants.  As always, I believe in encouraging my readers to be informed consumers, particularly of something as personal and expensive as implants.

With that thought in mind, you may also want to read "A Patient's Guide to Dental Implants: All-on-4" (Ad).  It expands on the information in Mike Khorev's article, which is published below:

All-on-Four vs All-on-Six Dental Implants

by Mike Khorev  

Naturally, we are all growing old. Part of this experience may mean losing the things which have helped us spread happiness and positive vibes – our teeth. The loss of teeth is most often experienced by people as they age. There are various options patients may choose, such as dentures or other dental procedures, which dentists can recommend, upon consultation. Dentures are usually the option of patients; however, the hassle attached to them makes a lot of patients venture into a more convenient option. The ‘All On’ method bringing comfort and a complete set of teeth to the elderly and others who have suffered tooth loss.

‘All-On’ refers to the installation of all teeth – complete sets. ‘All-On’ varies depending on how many implants are fitted, through surgery, into your jawbones. ‘All on 4’ and ‘All on 6’ are the two types of ‘All On’ methods. Basically, ‘All-On-4’ refers to a complete set of teeth with four attached titanium screws which are surgically inserted into the patient’s jawbones, while ‘All-On-6’ is somewhat like the other but means having six titanium screws which serve as an anchor, and are implanted into the jawbones.

These methods are recommended for people who have lost a number of teeth. Through this process, wearers will feel a level of comfort and confidence they were not able to achieve with the use of normal dentures. These methods create a more concrete feeling of connection between their jawbones and artificial teeth each time they eat.

Here are some important pointers you need to know about the two ‘All On’ methods:


Also known as Full-arch fixed implant bridges

All-on-4 or Full-arch fixed implant bridges are bridges that are usually supported by four dental implants. The bridges (complete set of teeth) are attached through the four dental implants which function as roots. These provide a secured, fixed, and stable set of new teeth to the patients.

Prevent future bone loss in the jaw

Without the presence of teeth, the jaw might suffer from bone loss. This will cause a breakdown affecting the structure of the face. Having ‘All-On’ implants helps to maintain the structure of the jaw bone. The use of removable dentures will make faces appear sunken, and the person will look older. These procedures are the option chosen by many, as the complete set is installed easily and quickly.

Maintains a more youthful facial structure

The ‘All-On’ method keeps the jaw bone’s original structure. These titanium implants help maintain the jawbone by stimulating it and keeping it strong. The titanium screws which are surgically inserted into the jaw will merge with the jaw bone over time. This reduces complete bone degradation, as these implants block impacts, adding biting strength and force.

Better oral health

With the utilization of the ‘All-on-4’, you will no longer experience the hassle of putting expensive adhesives onto your old dentures. The messy cleaning procedures and money you are going to spend over time with dentures will not be a problem, anymore. You just need to maintain normal oral cleaning habits as well as dental check-ups.

Last at least 20 to 25 years

With proper care, these implants will last up to twenty-five years or longer. Although, you might need some adjustments and other dental work over time.


Also known as Full Dental Implants

This is sometimes referred to as full dental implant restoration or full arch replacement. This utilizes six implants placed in the upper or lower jaw bone to place a set of teeth permanently.

Restore the entire upper or lower arch of teeth in one complete bridge

‘All-on-6’ solves the entire lower and upper sets of teeth right in full bridges. This minimizes the invasive procedures to be done orally, compared to individual oral implants.

The number of Implants required may vary

In ‘All-On-4’, two implants are placed on the upper jaw (maxillary jaw) and two on the lower jaw (mandibular jaw), this is to connect four rows of bridges together while in ‘All-On-6’, two extra implants are added which serve as an anchor to make the bridges tight and fixed.

The success rate is high

Implantation methods of improving people’s oral health have been proven over many years. ‘All-On’ methods have a high success rate of over 90%, dependent on after-surgery care and maintenance.

Recovery time is between four to six months

Estimated full healing takes effect after four to six months, depending on the patient's care measures. During the healing period, you need to carefully follow the recommended dos and don’ts, including the food and drinks you need to consume, and follow precautionary measures.

It is very important for patients to know what method of oral improvement they should undergo. Moreover, they must understand the importance of maintaining oral health and serious consequences of failing to do so, such as bone loss. Early action may help you avoid future problems.

Missing a number of teeth and want to expand your knowledge of the perfect oral treatment for you? Contact dentists at Markham Smile Center today!

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Many people are unaware of how important our oral health is to over overall health.  To learn more about this link, you may want to read "It's All in Your Mouth: Biological Dentistry and the Surprising Impact of Oral Health on Whole Body Wellness." (Ad)  If nothing else, this book will inspire you to take better care of your teeth!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fixed Annuities 101: What Should You Know?

A serious worry of many people facing retirement is the best way to assure themselves of a secure income once they stop working. Should they put their money in a low interest account in the bank or invest it in mutual funds?  For many people, part of their retirement financial planning could include putting part of their retirement savings in a fixed annuity where they could securely earn higher interest rates, but most people know very little about them. As a result, the guest post this week by Gainbridge will be an article on the basics of purchasing a fixed annuity, written by one of their experts. 

 As always, this blog encourages our readers to inform themselves thoroughly and consult with their financial advisors before making a final decision on any aspect of your retirement planning. The article below from Gainbridge will be a good way to start your self-education on annuities.

Fixed Annuities 101: A Tool to help Baby Boomers Save Safely

Many baby boomers are now just entering - or fast approaching - a well-deserved retirement. You’ve faithfully set aside funds for many years, enduring recessions, stock market sell-offs, and even a global pandemic along the way. But now that you’ve finally made it to this point, how can you help keep your savings so you can worry less about the swings of your portfolio and instead focus on enjoying your retirement? In this article, we’ll take a look at fixed annuities - a potential tool for your portfolio that can provide that peace of mind.

What is a fixed annuity?

When most of us hear “annuity,” we probably think of lifetime income, but a deferred fixed annuity (also known as a “fixed annuity,” a “multi-year guaranteed annuity,” or a “MYGA”)[1] can be a different product altogether - and a fairly simple one. An individual purchases a fixed annuity contract from an insurance company with an upfront lump sum, and those savings grow tax-deferred at a guaranteed fixed interest rate over a specified period (typically between 3-10 years).

It is similar in some respects to a common bank certificate of deposit (or CD), which also provides a guaranteed fixed interest rate over a specified period of time. But there are some key differences:

Interest rates. Fixed annuities typically offer interest rates that are often higher than CD interest rates. For example, as of this writing, the current Bankrate 5-year average CD rate is 0.34% APY, but 5-year fixed annuities offer fixed rates north of 2.50%   APY.[2] That difference can add up over time.

Contract Length. Fixed annuities have an accumulation period (or contract term) during which your money earns a guaranteed interest rate. These terms are often longer than those of CDs (which generally range from 1 month to 5 years).

Access. Fixed annuities commonly provide some access to your funds without penalty (whereas CDs usually do not provide penalty-free access).

Guarantees. Fixed annuities are backed by the issuing insurance company, while bank-issued CDs are backed by the FDIC and credit union-issued CDs are backed by the NCUA.[3]

Notably, a deferred fixed annuity also creates a tax-deferral benefit that helps more of your money grow for longer. Interest on a CD is subject to annual income tax, which CD owners must pay each year even if they leave those funds in the CD account to continue earning interest. Further, while some CD products allow interest to accrue throughout the product term, some issuers require accrued interest to be paid out to the owner at set intervals during the term, which reduces the benefit of compound interest. By contrast, a deferred fixed annuity always allows for continual compound interest through the contract term and defers any income tax obligation until the owner withdraws funds. Better still, the annuity owner can renew the contract at the end of each term (up to age 100) to maintain these benefits.

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Is a Deferred Fixed Annuity Right for Me?

As you might expect, whether a deferred fixed annuity is appropriate for you depends on your personal and financial circumstances. The product is a low-risk fixed income product which offers guaranteed growth with less volatility and risk than stocks or variable annuities. That may be an attractive rationale for anyone – regardless of age – looking to eliminate some risk and to lock in gains earned on more volatile investments. For baby boomers aiming to protect their wealth as they approach or settle into retirement, this strategy may be even more appealing.

It’s important to remember that the IRS imposes a 10% tax penalty for annuity owners who withdraw funds prior to age 59 ½. The penalty is only applied to the interest earned – not to any principal invested – and can be completely avoided if the annuity owner renews a maturing deferred fixed annuity for a new annuity contract term, thus preserving the tax-deferral.

Other Key Considerations

The fixed interest rate for a fixed annuity contract is important, but it’s not everything to consider when choosing a deferred fixed annuity. Some other key factors include:

Liquidity. Are you able to withdraw funds from the annuity? Typically, early withdrawals from a deferred fixed annuity are subject to penalties called surrender charges during the contract term, but most deferred fixed annuities permit the owner to withdraw a portion of the contract value annually, in each year after the first year of the contract, without any surrender charges. This amount is known as the “free withdrawal amount.” Any funds withdrawn in excess of the free withdrawal amount may be subject to surrender charges and a market value adjustment, or MVA. Make sure you understand the surrender charge schedule, any MVA calculation, and the free withdrawal percentage before choosing a specific deferred fixed annuity, especially if there is a reasonable likelihood you may need access to some or all of the funds during the contract term.

Insurer Rating. Insurance companies are highly regulated to promote stability and ensure that they can meet their contractual obligations. Credit agencies such as A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) provide ratings for insurance companies as a general indicator of financial strength and stability.

Commissions. You may be wondering about whether there are any commissions paid to individuals selling a deferred fixed annuity and how that might affect the interest you can earn. While the insurance company issuing the annuity may pay a commission to a licensed selling agent or agency involved in the purchase process, the fixed interest rate quoted at purchase and the premium you invest is not reduced by any potential agent compensation. Additionally, if you purchase the product online, the insurer may have more flexibility to offer a higher guaranteed interest rate, all else being equal.

Death Benefit. If the owner passes away during the contract term, the annuity value is paid directly to the named beneficiaries without going through probate. If the sole primary beneficiary is the surviving spouse, the insurance company will generally permit the surviving spouse to continue the annuity contract as the owner.

A New Way to Purchase Annuities

A relatively recent trend is the ability to purchase annuities entirely online. If you are more of a do-it-yourself investor and don’t need the higher touch service provided by an agent or financial advisor, platforms such as Gainbridge have launched in recent years to allow for a fully digital application and seamless account opening process. These platforms have licensed representatives available to help with the online application and answer any questions, and the account can be open and funded within a few days.

Whether purchased online or via an agent or advisor, fixed annuities can help baby boomers protect some of their savings and earn a competitive, tax-deferred interest rate at the same time.

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1. There are variations of a deferred fixed annuity that allow the owner to make multiple investments over time rather than a single upfront investment. There are also variations where the fixed interest rate is only guaranteed for part of the contract term (e.g., the first year of the contract) and may be adjusted in subsequent years. However, for the purposes of this article, we will focus specifically on the multi-year guaranteed annuity, or MYGA, which has a guaranteed fixed rate for the entirety of the term and requires an upfront lump sum investment.

2.  APY = Annual Percentage Yield, which is the effective annual rate of return, after factoring in the effect of daily compounding interest.

3.  Bank deposits in the United States are typically protected from bank failure by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for any account ownership category (checking accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and CDs). Credit union deposits in the United States are typically protected from credit union failure by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to $250,000 per depositor, per credit union, for any account ownership category (checking accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and CDs).

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Pets and Seniors - How they Help Each Other

Instinctively, many of us have always realized how much it helps us to own a pet during retirement, although we may not have given it much thought. In fact, during the Covid pandemic, pet adoptions increased dramatically, as people of all ages sought the companionship of a pet, especially if they expected to spend a lot of time alone. Having a pet broke up the solitude for many lonely seniors who were unable to see friends and family because of  Covid.  Many of them were very creative in their choice of pets, too. Recently, I met a neighbor who was out walking her very large pet turtle!

Pet adoptions nearly emptied the kennels in a number of animal shelters, providing homes to animals who might never have been adopted, if it had not been for the pandemic.  Many of the adopted animals were  older, more "mature" animals, which are often overlooked in the shelters, so adopting them was a great service. 

Although millions of seniors own a pet, it is a topic which has never been covered on the Baby-Boomer-Retirement blog before, so I welcomed the offer from Johny Kershaws to write a guest post on the topic. In the article below, Johny explains how much owning a pet can help the seniors who own them.  Animals have so much to teach us. An interesting book on the topic is "What I Learned from My Dog: My Life's Lessons Journal." (Ad)  

Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

by Johny Kershaws

Call it whatever you prefer it to be – pet therapy, pet-assisted counseling, or pet care – the advantages of pet ownership for senior citizens have been widely recognized and acknowledged for generations.

Animals have been shown to relieve pain, reduce loneliness, and provide elders around the world with loyalty and emotional support. Loneliness is a factor in many seniors' poor health. Consequently, you can improve the quality of your life through pet ownership as a way to avoid loneliness, dissatisfaction, inadequacy and feelings of low self-worth.

The most prevalent types of pets owned by older people are cats and dogs, ranging from Chihuahuas to Golden Retrievers, but the list also includes rabbits, farm animals, birds, fish, and turtles as likely options. Some senior living communities allow pets, which is an important issue to consider if you or your parent is considering moving into one with an animal.

Among the benefits of pet ownership are: 

1. Pets Combat Loneliness

Just petting an animal can decrease your stress and make you feel more comfortable, because the touch releases "feel good" dopamine chemicals in your nervous system. In addition, owning a pet makes you more likely to talk with strangers, especially while out walking your dog or enjoying a day at the dog park.

Moreover, you may quickly realize that owning a pet will frequently give you opportunities to chat with nearly anyone, whenever you are out with your pet.

2. Animals Can Ease Anxiety and Pain

For many senior citizens, pain is an all too common experience, and anxiety can often make the pain feel worse.

Older people sometimes have health problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis which cause periodic pain. A pet can reduce their discomfort and contribute to the relief of their pain. In several studies, pet therapy has proven very effective in reducing symptoms among seniors who have suffered trauma.

Many elderly people have even asserted that their pets took away their pain. The production of oxytocin in the brain, a positive hormone, is often increased when interacting with pets. This hormone also reduces the sense of anxiety and pain in people.

3. Pets Encourage Seniors to Stick to a Routine

For a healthy lifestyle, it is very important to adhere to a routine, especially for senior citizens who no longer work or have another reason to follow a schedule.  When you own a pet, you become accountable to another living creature. This is true even if you own something as simple as a fish or turtle. You must guarantee that food, water, training, maintenance, and other needs are addressed in a timely manner for your pet. Taking care of another living creature makes seniors more likely to take care of their own needs, too, such as following a regular schedule themselves for eating, sleeping, and getting exercise.

4. Animals Keep Seniors Mentally Active

Over half (62%) of the seniors surveyed said they maintained a regular routine by taking care of their beloved pets, and 73% claimed they had a sense of purpose which was reawakened by having a pet.

After you retire, if an individual has little sense of purpose, the risk of depression increases. This higher rate of depression can sometimes lead to lower cognitive ability, since you may feel there is nothing worthwhile for you to do each day. Being able to feed, walk, care for, and play with an animal can begin to fill those empty hours and help keep your mind sharp.  In addition, if you walk a dog or play with your cat, you will also get exercise, benefiting both you and the animal.

5. Pets Help You Remain Social

As mentioned, depression may be devastating in senior citizens, and isolation has been shown to increase heart disease rates by 29 percent to 32 percent. In an analysis of 70 studies with 3.4 million individuals, the chance of death is 30 percent higher in the following seven years if you become more isolated in retirement.

In a recent survey, however, 65 percent of  older pet owners stated their animals helped them stay connected to other people, because they often socialize with other pet owners. Of course, most pet owners also interact with and talk to their animals, which reduces their feelings of loneliness, too!

6. Handling Animals Can Lower Blood Pressure

A pet can help you stay healthy in a variety of ways, including reducing your blood pressure. In some studies, pet ownership has been shown to reduce the risk of heart complications after heart attacks.  Many small lapdogs, like Chihuahuas and others, are especially suitable for seniors because of their small size and personality.  Holding one can also reduce your stress, which helps to lower your blood pressure.

7· Many Pets Help Their Owners Stay Active

Larger pets, such as dogs and cats, must engage in some physical activity regularly. This workout can come in the form of regular walks, playing with a ball, chasing after toys, and similar activities. The pet's daily training requirements may differ from one breed to another, but most of them need their owner to engage them in a certain amount of physical activity, which is also a way for the owner to get  exercise, as well.

Failure to provide exercise can cause your pet to become overweight and bored. Owners can avoid this by keeping their pets physically fit. Even very elderly seniors can sometimes find a way to satisfy the physical needs of their pets by tossing a ball to their dog, dangling a toy in front of their cat, or playing with them in other ways. In addition, pets help keep seniors moving as they perform basic tasks, such as feeding their pet, bathing it, taking it to the vet, and doing similar things for it.  

If you intend to get a dog, choose one which will fit your way of life.  Take into consideration the needs and requirements of the animal. If you live in a senior apartment or living community which allow pets, it is especially important to choose the correct breed and size dog. 

You may want to read a book like "Every Dog: A Book of Over 450 Breeds."  (Ad) It contains pictures of the different types of dogs, as well as information on their size, exercise requirements, ease of training, affection, and whether they are likely to be good with your grandchildren. It can be a useful tool before you choose the dog you want to own during retirement. 

8. Pets Relieve Stress

Many types of pets seem incredibly wise. They frequently are aware of the mental state of their owners and may try to provide them with comfort and companionship when they need it the most.

Animals can be regarded as essential stress-breakers. All too often, they know exactly how to save the day for their owners.

Our brain rests when we are with our pets. Having an animal around tends to boost brain oxytocin development, which reduces stress and tension in our bodies.  That is one reason so many people have pets as comfort animals.

9. Animals Can Ease Depression

Unfortunately, many older adults are lonely later in life. They may spend a lot of time by themselves because of health problems which keep them home, the death of their partner, adult children who are unable to visit, or even an unexpected worldwide pandemic which forces shutdowns and closures.

It is not easy on anyone to be alone, because most of us crave companionship. Without it, it is common to become depressed, which is terrible for your health.

One way to help us feel free from loneliness is by caring for a pet. Your dog, cat or other pet can become your buddy, bring you joy, and just be there for you.

Their wagging tail is a sign that you are the center of their lives. Knowing this brings joy to their owners.

10. Pets, Especially Dogs, Provide A Sense Of Security

Finally, having an animal in your home can offer a sense of comfort, peace, and security. Pets, in particular dogs, will often alarm their owners if someone unfamiliar is at the door or tries to enter the house. However, they are not the only animals which can aid in your personal security. Cats and birds have also been known to create loud sounds, and even attack, when their owner appears to be at risk. Owning an animal can make you much more secure when you live alone.

However, not all animals meet the needs of every senior citizen. Before you bring an animal home, take a little time to think about the right one to meet your personal needs and fit your situation. Consult a veterinarian to learn about the pros and cons of various types of pets you are considering. Make sure you also take into consideration the cost of owning each kind of animal, including food, grooming, and potential veterinarian bills.  You should also consider who will care for the pet if you travel or need to go into the hospital.

You may be interested in reading about the various types of pets (Ad) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.   This could help you avoid unexpected issues before you spend a lot of money on a pet which may not be right for you. 

Bottom line:

Dogs have always been one of the most popular choices in pets for seniors, followed by cats, although there are other options you may want to consider. You have to decide which type of pet is the right choice for you.

Dogs, in particular, are renowned for their devotion to their humans, and for their unconditional affection. Keeping a dog, cat or other pet at home will not only relieve your sense of isolation, but will also encourage you to lead a more productive, happier and safe existence.

About the author:  The writer of this post is a pet lover who owns a dog and loves to write about everything related to pets. She is a frequent writer and contributor to top online pet publications and blogs, including  Dog Breeds 911 and Pet Friendly Senior Living.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

'Retirement Heaven or Hell - Which Will You Choose?' - An Excellent Resource Book

A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of the book "Retirement Heaven or Hell - Which Will You Choose?" to review, and I want to start by saying that it is an excellent resource for anyone who intends to plan a secure, satisfying, happy retirement.  The information this book contains will do much more than simply help you prepare financially for the years after you stop working.  It will also help you enjoy those years and find meaning in the final decades of your life.

A Delightful Way to Prepare for Retirement

All of us have probably known at least one person who had, or is having, a miserable retirement and none of us want to be in that position in the future.  How do we make sure we can avoid that tragic situation? 

 Reading "Retirement Heaven or Hell - Which Will You Choose" (Ad) will help you avoid most common retirement pitfalls.  I particularly enjoyed all the delightful little original cartoons they used in the book to teach their retirement concepts.  Another important feature was the emphasis on the fact that retirement should NOT be your primary goal.  Instead we need to have new goals for our life AFTER retirement.  As someone who has been retired for eight years myself, I realize how true this is.

What to Expect to Learn from "Retirement Heaven or Hell"

The core of "Retirement Heaven or Hell" (Ad) focuses on what they call their Nine Retirement Principles.  These are:

Nurture Strong Relationships

Foster Good Health

Achieve Financial Independence

Reignite Your Sense of Adventure

Tap into Your Spirituality

Find Your Tribes

Make the Most of Your Time

Adopt the Right Attitude

Discover Your Purpose

In reading this list of retirement principles, you will see that they are also the keys to having a full, satisfying experience at any time of your life. Of course, when we were young working adults, we knew the importance of having good relationships, health, money, a sense of adventure, spiritual values, groups to belong to, time management, a positive attitude, and a life purpose.  These were skills necessary to be effective during our working years, and while we were raising our families.

However, many of us forget how necessary these values continue to be after we stop working. In truth, they are just as important, and perhaps even more important, during retirement. 

"What?" you ask. "I need to practice time management in retirement?"   Absolutely.  Based on my own personal experience and that of my friends, we often comment to each other that we don't know how we ever found the time to work, since we are so busy during retirement!  The skills you learned during your working years will continue to be just as important during retirement.

After covering all these topics in a pleasant, easy-to-read manner, the book goes on to talk about how you can use these principles to discover your purpose in life and create a heavenly retirement for yourself.  Isn't that what we all want?  Don't we all wish to avoid being condemned to a boring, lonely, unhappy retirement hell?

Why You Should Read "Retirement Heaven or Hell"

As this blog has often discussed in the past, it is not unusual for people to live another 20 or 30 years after they leave the work force, and sometimes longer.  During your working years, you may have hoped for nothing more than the day when you no longer had a schedule to follow, and that could be what you enjoy the most during the first few months after you leave your last job. What then?  What are you going to do once you get bored sitting at home, watching television, playing golf, going fishing, and snacking all day?  Is that all you want to do for the next 20 or 30 years?  What dreams have you deferred during your working years?  What would you like to achieve during a time in your life when you no longer have to work simply in order to survive, but you still have your health and energy?

Retirement planning requires much more than just putting money aside from your paycheck every month for 40 years.  It requires planning how to make sure your future is full of interesting activities, adventures, and satisfying relationships.  

I highly recommend that readers of the Baby-Boomer-Retirement blog consider getting, "Retirement Heaven or Hell - Which Will You Choose" (Ad).  If possible, read it four or five years before you retire. However, even if you have already retired, it is full of wonderful ways to get your retirement back on track so you are fully enjoying and making the most of every moment.  

About the Authors

This book was written by three authors who, together, bring decades of experience and knowledge to the creation of this entertaining and helpful book:

Michael Drak - 45 years of experience in the financial services industry

Susan Williams - Founder of Booming Encore, a digital media hub with retirement information

Robert Morrison - a Certified Financial Planner with decades of experience

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