Retirement Strategies

“With my family’s history, I expect to be dead in 5 years.” We were talking about retirement strategies. That statement summed up his. Dying isn’t a retirement strategy. What if we don’t die? What then? A retirement strategy needs to be long term and it needs to be sustainable. Back in the 1960’s, working with a really sharp financial planner the s

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Keep Driving – Safely

As the days grow colder and drivers across Vermont dig the snow tires from the back of garages, debates will rage over whether Mom or Dad should still be driving. The prospect of slippery roads, icy windshields and creeping past snow plows can be daunting for Mom and Dad, as well. When you have 50 or more years driving experience, a good driving re

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The One Number to Know

This year’s higher fuel prices are sending many retirees looking for assistance for the first time in their lives. Navigating the many federal, state, local and non-profit agencies can be like traveling through foreign countries: you need a map. Better yet, you need a guide. That is where the Senior Help Line comes in. Dial 1-800-642-5119 to connec

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Older Vets, Newer Benefits

The men and women who served during the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam War did not come home to a hero’s welcome. For most, putting the experience behind them was their highest priority. Because of this, many have not kept up with the changes in VA Benefits. Those benefits, like the way we view veterans, have changed significantly in recent years. To

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Hard Times

At a recent meeting with a client and her daughter, we were making small talk about how high grocery prices are when the younger woman mentioned she had been going on line to learn how to make preserves. “What’s wrong with mine?” the mother asked. “Oh my word,” the daughter exclaimed, “I never thought of it. You could teach me to make preserves!” W

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Long Distance Caring

When my sister out in San Diego was struggling to raise her boys, work her job, and help care for our dad, I was always ready to offer her advice. It would not be overstating it to say that I proved the old saying, “The passion of the advice is in direct proportion to the advisor’s distance from the problem; the greater the distance the more the en

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The Sandwich Generation

They are called the Sandwich Generation. Adults who, no matter what their expectations, have their lives disrupted by the need to care for both their parents and children at the same time. It can be brought on by something sudden like a stroke or begin with a little assistance that grows into a greater commitment as a parent becomes increasingly fr

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Building Bridges

Before my father’s death, I journeyed back home to try and put things right with him. While we were each certain of the other’s love, there had been a long standing gap between us. In the last decade, we had only seen each other a few times and rarely spoke. Arriving at the nursing home, I found him weak and heavily sedated. So, I set aside what I

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Getting and Giving Hugs

For many of us, retirement marks the beginning of the end of the affirmation and encouragement which had sustained us throughout our professional lives. These “hugs” came in the form of pats on the back, laughs at our jokes, bonuses and congratulations from the boss, and the simple courtesies of the workplace. They are part of what made our working

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