Baby Boomers love to read. Why? Because we were raised with newspapers.
Most of us remember the days when every city not only had a morning newspaper, but also an afternoon or evening newspaper, which we referred to as PMs. (I was raised in Northern New Jersey with the Newark Star-Ledger and the Newark Evening News.)
Those afternoon newspapers are gone. (Many of the morning ones are gone as well, but that’s another story). Still baby boomers adapt better than we are given credit for.
As newspapers have disappeared, we too flocked to the web. There are some great sites that cater to baby boomers and cover issues including retiree financial planning, retirement living, retirement homes and boomer health.
I don’t mean to overlook sites like AARP.org and Social Security.gov, which are wonderful sites loaded with useful data and information. But here I wanted to focus on a few that may be new to you. These are three of my favorites.
NextAvenue.org (Where grown-ups keep growing)
Conceived and developed by Twin Cities Public PBS in St. Paul, Minn., Next Avenue is the first effort by PBS to be launched on the web, rather on television. It offers high-quality journalism and features on a wide range of topics – from careers, to personal finance and retirement planning to health.
“Nextavenue.org, a site for people 50+, features a Money & Security channel and a Work & Purpose channel, with articles aimed at helping readers manage their finances and make smart decisions about working full-time and part-time, before retirement and during retirement,” Managing Editor Rich Eisenberg says. “We’re finding a strong appetite for these pieces both on our site (which often has roughly 2 million visitors a month) and from our media partners at Forbes, MarketWatch and Huffington Post 50, which often republish these pieces.
Among the top stories recently: Is an Alzheimer’s vaccine on the horizon; How boomer parents can stop babying their millennials financially; and 7 interview tips for older workers to get temp jobs.
U.S. News & World Report retirement-focused section offers retirement planning ideas and advice from top personal finance and lifestyle bloggers, including Money Ning, Live and Invest Overseas, Good Financial Cents, Cash Money Life and more.
Recent featured articles include: 10 costs to include in your retirement budget; The pros and cons of hiring a financial adviser, 5 mistakes that are reducing your retirement savings and 4 ways to botch your retirement plan.
The Retirement Cafe by Ernie J. Zelinski (Where you get the best retirement advice for the twenty-first century and retirement information that you won’t get from your financial adviser.) Zelinski is the author of the book “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free.”
Not as pretty and polished as some of the others, but packed with information and links to stories on other web sites, ranging from the AARP, U.S. News & World Report and others.
From the website: “This website addresses the ‘new retirement’ including topics such as why you should retire early, where to retire, how to preserve retirement savings, how to generate retirement income, how to find fun retirement jobs and how to get involved in fun retirement activities.
“The purpose of The Retirement Café is to help the retired and the soon-to-be retired to better understand their lifetime aspirations, to help them minimize the complexity and uncertainty associated with retirement, and to allow them to concentrate on what matters most in retirement planning.”
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Question of the week
Do you have a favorite website or blog that’s focused on retirement? Tell us what it is and why you like it. Send comments to email@example.com. Please include your name, city and state. In the subject line put “Retirement Fears.”
Last week’s question
What is your biggest fear about retirement?
Steve Brodeur of Woburn, Mass., wrote:
My biggest fear for retirement is health care — I think it’s the biggest unknown. We’ll own our home (or pretty close) by retirement, and we have saved much more than the average late-boomer couple. But what if one or both of us needs a nursing home, possibly stretching on for years and years? And even if that doesn’t become necessary, costs are rising out of control and I have little faith in the Medicare safety net by the time we arrive there. Our combined medications alone (now) are already frightening!
Dan Anderson of Des Moines:
Age 70, retired from full-time work for nearly four years. Widower for nearly six years. Volunteering and doing a few on-call gigs. My fear is that my brain wears out before my body or that my healthy brain becomes trapped in a decrepit body. Cancer and heart attack are much less scary than stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease. Death before disability!
Norman St. Amour:
I probably speak for a lot of people when I say my biggest retirement fears are money and health. I hold two part-time jobs to supplement Social Security and a pension. The jobs keep me active as in use it or lose it and can be entertaining. And you can make yourself some new friends. So my biggest fear would have to be getting too sick or physically unable to keep working. Other fears would include long-term care and becoming a burden to loved ones.
My fear is making a decision for health care or SSA that in not the most correct because of unknown options available, and then being tied to that decision costing more money or lesser value.
My most recent retirement columns:
Thinking of buying your dream home in retirement? Do this first.
The make or break factor in retirement: keeping a budget
A quarter of Americans worry about running out of money in retirement
Michelle Singletary’s Color of Money Columns
Beware the vacation moochers
Don’t let the bling of the ring blind you to the important stuff
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