Welcome to our weekly digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
U.S. Congress Hammers Out A Short-Term Fix For Medicare Increases and Social Security Payment Cuts:
During the last week of October, 2015, both U.S. houses of Congress finally agreed upon an updated budget that reduced the planned increases of Medicare’s premiums and yearly deductibles.
A lotta media ‘watchdogs’ have applauded the action.
Me, I’m not so sure…
Haven’t discovered all the small print, but the deal had conditions that could eventually prove harmful for lots of poor folks.
Rather than repeat someone better trained in this arena than I, click on the following blue link to understand why I’m not too excited about the recent budget bill: Social Security, Medicare Budget Deals
Don’t get me wrong.
I’m not saying this deal is purposely confusing. It just written in the same old congressional jargon we’ve learned to love.
I did have a better ‘feel’ for the budget action, after I read Laurence Kotlikoff’s article at Forbes website.
To read Kotlikoff’s article, click on the following blue link:How Will The New Budget Law Affect People’s Social Security Benefits
The Budget Deal Did Not Cut Social Security Benefits
But, don’t take my word for it. Click the following blue link for the story: Budget Deal Did Not Cut Social Security Benefits
Real Reason Retirees Keep Working:
I retired once.
Lasted all of, well, almost a month.
My health willing, I figure to work until the day I pass.
It’s been some years since I’ve worked outside my home, or for a traditional boss. But I’ve managed to stay busy with some type of sales of services and products.
For whatever reasons, I don’t feel fulfilled, unless I’ve some kinda work to look forward to.
Looks like I’m not the only oldester feeling like this:
According to a report by Northwest Mutual, published this year,
…two-thirds of individuals who are not retired and plan to work past age 65 by choice say they will do so because they enjoy their career, while another 60 percent want additional disposable income…
Also found a youtube video about this:
Watch Video: Working Past 65:
And, while on the subject of working after ‘retirement’, I found the following:
More About Working & Retirement:
Read an interesting study, prepared by those wild and crazy cats at Merrill Lynch, entitled: Work In Retirement: Myths and Motivations
- Retirement Means the End of Work
- Retirement is a Time of Decline
- People Primarily Work in Retirement Because They Need the Money
- New Career Ambitions Are for Young People
- How To Chart a Retirement Career
Excerpt From Report:
Because this is largely uncharted territory, pre-retirees who anticipate working in retirement are confronted with many questions and uncertainties:
Will I be able to find work in my later years? If so, for how long?
How can I balance work with other things I want to do?
What kind of work might I be able to do? Will I enjoy it? Will it help me be more financially secure?
What can I do now to best prepare for working during my retirement years?
To read, or download the report, click on the following blue link: Why Retirees Keep Working
Personal Stories From Working Retirees:
Also read an article that Beth Braverman wrote for MSN News, called Here’s Why So Many Retirees Are Still Working that includes quotes from actual working retirees.
You’d probably enjoy hearing from them, too. Just click on the following blue link: Real Reason Retirees Are Still Working
New Brain Health Survey’s Shocking Findings:
Americans Say Brain Health Is Crucial, but Protection Is Challenging
…survey of more than 1,500 adults over age 40, found that although 98 percent said maintaining and improving brain health was very or somewhat important, only about half are participating in activities — such as exercising, eating a healthy diet and reducing stress — that have been shown to protect cognitive health.
Nearly 4 in 10 surveyed also said they have noticed a decline in their ability to remember things over the past five years…
If good intentions were Caddy’s, we’d all be riding like pimps, wouldn’t we?
Anyway, to read an interesting article about this survey, click on the following blue link: New Brain Health Survey’s Shocking Findings
5 Tasty Foods That Can Cause Colon Cancer:
Last week, everyone’s favorite ‘Big-Mama’, the World Health Organization (WHO), floated out a new report condemning the consumption of red and processed meats.
The following is a quote from that report ::
…evidence for an association with eating red meat is for colorectal cancer. There is also evidence of links with pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.
…eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer. An association with stomach cancer was also seen, but the evidence is not conclusive…
Naturally, the report has spawned lots of discussion.
Obesity expert, Yasmine Ali, MD., even came up with an article titled: 5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer which was inspired by the WHO report.
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: 5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer
I won’t lie about this…I eat every stinking food listed on Dr. Ali’s list. (I bet you do too)
That’s it for this week.
Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.