My mother was so proud of her adult children that even an offhanded "How's the family?" launched her into a detailed accounting. My little sister repeatedly listened to this litany and threatened to print a brochure on the family. "Mom could just hand them out and save time," she joked.
Optimism among the aged may be more common than you think. By "you," I mean the proverbial you, of course -- you in particular might have no doubt that life doesn't stop being a bowl of cherries at 65. Based on what frequently runs in the media, however, anyone could be forgiven for thinking older Americans are all just downright miserable. So what a surprising change of pace this "United States of Aging"� survey turned out to be.
Q: My husband, who is from a country in Africa, travels there often for business. He has permanent United States resident status. But when he was suppose to come home for Christmas last year he sent an e-mail stating that while he appreciated the time we have spent together, four and a half years of marriage, he was "discontinuing this relationship." He never answered my phone calls or replied to my e-mails. And he did this while his mother was visiting us for months.
When it comes to saving enough for retirement, it's important to keep the big picture in mind, right? Wrong, say researchers from Boston College's Center for Retirement Research; the best strategy is to think in small, concrete steps.
Go Ahead. Read The Last Page First. Spoiler alert! Oh wait, there's really no need for spoiler alerts. That's because psychologists have found that it doesn't ruin a good story to know how it ends.
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