Isolation is more than being alone.

Posted by Cedars on December 13, 2016

 AARP Connect2affect

What is isolation?

Isolation is more than being alone. It’s the result of feeling detached physically or psychologically, or being disconnected from support groups of family, friends and community.

Loneliness and isolation are not the same thing.

  • Loneliness (also known as subjective isolation) denotes how people perceive their experience and whether or not they feel isolated.
  • Objective isolation involves quantifiable measurements, such as the size of one’s social network (and the frequency of engagement with it), availability of transportation, and ability to access resources and information.
  • Isolation is a growing health epidemic.
  • More than 8 million adults age 50 and older are affected by isolation.
  • The health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

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Retirement Mistakes

Posted by Cedars on January 27, 2016

Retirement mistakes you don’t want to make

Retiring too early:

  • Before you retire, figure out a solid retirement budget first

Ignoring your life expectancy:

  • people 60 or 65 today are living into their mid-to-late 80′s and beyond
  • To be safe, plan to live till at least 90 or 95

Tapping benefits too soon:

  • It’s tempting to grab your Social Security benefit as soon as it’s there, at age 62.
  • If you do however, the amount of the benefit is cut by 25%

Retiring with debt:

  • Get rid of your Credit card debt while your still employed
  • Pay off those car loans before you retire

These are all good things to take a look at before you retire, sell your home or move into senior housing.

 

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