Generally, the most popular topics on this blog deal with finding a place to retire, making the most of our retirement income, maintaining our health and reaching out to our extended family.
With these thoughts in mind, here are the most popular stories from 2011. I thought this would be a good time of year to bring these articles to the attention of any readers who may have missed them.
Popular Retirement Stories
Cheap Places to Retire
Looking for an affordable location for your retirement years? Here is a list of ten of the cheapest places to live in the United States. While the prices may have risen slightly since this article was originally written, these communities are still less expensive than many places in our country.
Finding the Best Places to Retire
What are your criteria for good places to retire? Are you looking for a low crime rate and a reasonable cost of living? CNN produced a list of ten spots they thought were great retirement locations based on criteria they thought were important. See if their list matches yours.
Prevent a Broken Bone or Hip Fractures
Every year about 300,000 people over the age of 65 fall and break their hips. More than 20% of them will die as a result of these preventable accidents. Learn what you can do to stay safe in your home. This article could save your life or the life of someone you love.
Living on Social Security in the US
Don't have any retirement savings to supplement your Social Security benefits? Don't despair. Here is a list of ten communities where the average household income is about the equivalent of the amount the typical couple receives in Social Security benefits. With a little planning, it is possible to survive on you Social Security.
Crafts to do with Your Grandkids
Looking for some fun activities to do with your grandkids? One website I have found is http://www.domestic-divaonline.com which is full of easy to do projects such as homemade ornaments, jewelry and t-shirts. Time you spend with your grandkids is time well spent, and this article is a good place to start.
Work From Home and Make Money
A number of Baby Boomers are facing retirement with less retirement income than they had anticipated. Many of the retirees I know are supplementing their retirement income with little businesses they can manage from home. For many people, earning anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a thousand dollars a month can make a huge difference in the quality of their retirement. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Have a Long Life and Live to 100
How long are you likely to live? Did you know that there are specific factors that seem to make a real difference in your life expectancy? Check this article out and see if simple life changes could extend your life. You will find other articles on people who live to be over 90 in the Medical section of this blog.
Copy a Photo Album for a Unique Gift
Trying to think of a special gift that will be treasured by your adult children or grandchildren? This article contains instructions on how to put together copies of your favorite albums and share them with other members of your family. Our daughters have cherished the photo albums we have shared with them.
The archives of this blog are full of other articles that you may find interesting and useful. I hope you will take the time to browse through them and explore other topics of benefit to you.
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