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How to Thrive in the New Age of Aging

How to Thrive in the New Age of Aging This summer, we've seen some very high-profile examples of just how much the norms on aging are changing. Once again, 61-year-old Tom Cruise scaled box office heights all over the world. 81-year-old Martha Stewart graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Music legends Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Dolly Parton, Peter Frampton, and Mick Fleetwood collaborated on a cover of "Let It Be" that hit the Billboard charts. The Rolling Stones released their first new song in 18 years. And at the end of August, arguably the most famous and influential investor in the world, Warren Buffet, turned 93. These are just a few of the "age influencers" who embody major trends in an important new study by Age Wave, "the nation’s foremost thought leader on issues relating to an aging population." Let's look at four key insights from The New Age of Aging that are changing how folks should think about and plan for their golden years.

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Strengthening Bonds: 7 Activities for Couples in Retirement

As retirement closes the chapter of your life as a full-time worker, it opens a new chapter in your relationship with your spouse. Retirement can be a time for couples to reconnect with each other, strengthen bonds, explore new opportunities, and grow together. And now that you’re both free from the time constraints of working and raising a family, you can spend your time sharing activities you've always loved, as well as discovering new passions that could take retirement in surprising directions. I often recommend that new retirees start with a blank sheet of paper or a blank calendar and try to build out what a day, week, month, and year of their ideal retirement would look like. Here are some ideas you can use to fill in all those blocks with fun, fulfilling, and lasting memories.

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Using Personal Storytelling to Craft Your Ideal Retirement Narrative

Retirement will close an important chapter in the story of your life. But it also opens a brand-new chapter where you might be able to write stories that you've been dreaming about for decades and others that you've never imagined. Let's talk about how the power of personal storytelling, combined with the support of a comprehensive financial plan, can shape retirement into your vision of happy ever after.

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Coping With the Loss of Identity After Retirement

Seniors who aren't looking forward to retirement usually have more on their minds than just a job. In my experience, reluctant retirees are often struggling with a loss of identity. They're asking themselves complicated personal questions like, What am I going to do all day? What is my purpose at this next stage of life? Who am I if I'm not an engineer, or a doctor, or an executive? Reflecting on these issues and discussing them with friends, family, and your financial advisor ahead of retirement can help you approach this transition from a more positive place. Let's talk about some of the challenges around identity that retirees should be preparing for as well as some of the exciting opportunities you have to look forward to.

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What Does It Take to Be in the Top 1% Of Household Income in Your State?

According to a recent study of data from the IRS and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, households that earn $652,657 or more per year are in the top 1% of earners in the nation. But the income you need to earn to be a "one-percenter" varies quite a bit on a state-by-state basis. And just like living well in California probably won't cost the same as living well here in the Midwest, your idea of what it means to be "wealthy" in life could be very different than your neighbor's, or even your spouse's. I believe that staying focused on those personal values and money goals is much more important than hitting some arbitrary number before retirement. Still, talking through these statistics can be a useful way to put your financial journey in perspective and have more purposeful conversations about money, happiness, and what's really important in life.

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You’re Retired, Now Let’s Get Fit!

I try to encourage seniors to think about retirement as a beginning, not an end. That means it's never too late to dive into activities that you set aside for "someday" or never quite found time for when you were busy working and raising your family. And that definitely includes your health. I learned from my own personal fitness journey that if you set goals and commit to them, you'll be amazed what you can accomplish at any age. Try this quick three-step process to clear some mental, emotional, and financial hurdles that could be standing between you and a healthier retirement.

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