The Best Life

March 2010


Your Best Work May Be Yet to Come

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While you may not be up on the lives of the great poets, it turns out that many of them did not hit their stride until their 50s or 60s. True, many made their mark much earlier. But as University of Chicago economist David Galenson argues in a recent research paper, it has become common wisdom that ...

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innovation
aging
retirement

Roth IRA Conversion Will Never Look Better

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Despite being bombarded with ads and related information urging investors to consider Roth IRA conversions, baby boomers appear comfortable staying right where they are—on the fence. New rules that took effect this year remove income ceilings for IRA conversions and allow two years for people to ...

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retirement

Surge in Multigenerational Households

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Fifty million Americans, including rising numbers of seniors, live in households with at least two adult generations, and often three. That's approaching one in six Americans -- a significant percentage. In a "forward to the past" finding, the Pew Research Center said the number of such households ...

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retirement
aging
family

Please Make End-of-Life Plans Now

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Early last month, Jane Brody, The New York Times personal health columnist, learned that her husband, Richard, was dying from late-stage lung cancer. Now, he is gone. After 43 years of marriage, having six weeks to say good-bye is the barest sliver of time, a relative finger-snap. Yet as Brody ...

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retirement
death

Americans Once Again Rolling With Their RVs

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Elkhart, Ind., is the groundhog of the recovery. As home to much of what's left of the recreational vehicle industry, Elkhart has been the poster child of the Great Recession. It is regularly cited as an example of what's not working with the economy. So, when we say that signs of a recovery are ...

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retirement

The New Reality of Senior Communities

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Late next year, a new $190 million retirement community will begin opening living units west of St. Louis in Kirkwood, Mo. Called Aberdeen Heights, it will include 243 independent living and 30 assisted living apartments, 15 memory support (Alzheimer's) units, and 38 nursing beds. Aberdeen Heights ...

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retirement
housing

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