It’s Not Ben Franklin’s Library Anymore

I encourage any retired person to spend some time in their local library and see everything that is offered there. It’s a great place to get out and meet new people. Read a different newspaper than the one you usually do. Get a new political perspective. Check out a cookbook and try a new recipe. Read a book of poems to your spouse and see what happens. If your library doesn’t have a book club start one choose a subject, mysteries or romance and start reading, and then ask questions about the writers plot, or the characters believability.

What’s New

If you all remember I told you a while back that my husband and I were approved to adopt a dog. Remember how excited I was about the whole thing. I’ve been away for the last month because I have a beautiful Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. And she is beautiful. We brought her home and immediately started house breaking her and training her to learn her new name (Katie.)

Five Best Dogs For Older Adults

I am so excited today in the middle of the COVID -19 quarantine I am going to go and get my dog form National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR.) I haven’t met Cinders but I have heard about her and I have read her biography, and I have fallen head over hills in love with her she is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Before I chose her I did lots of research I talked to a vet about the breed and I looked the breed up on American Kennel Club Web Site I also talked to people who had the breed.

It’s All About The Relationship

Research from Stanford supports the idea that aging adults could play a critical role in younger individuals and that younger generations could benefit from a relationship with older adults. I would like to suggest that society could benefit from intentionally forming generational relationships outside the family. Too often we help those who are just like us, but we need to help those who are different. This will increase understanding and help bolster valuable relationships for the future.

Getting To Know Each Other

Sooo, I’ve written a couple of articles now and you are getting to know me a little. But, today I thought I’d tell you more about me. My name is Billie Daddario. I was named after my father, who I adore. I’ve been married for forever since the dark ages or 10 years. I forget, because my husband, and I dated for a long time before we moved in together. And we lived together for a long time before we got married. We got married because I promised his dying mother that we would, and it has worked out well for us.

Its The Plan

What do you want your retirement to look like? Have you asked yourself that question? You’ll have much more success if you know what you want before you start. Financially, knowing what you want your retirement dreams are in the beginning increases the chances of them coming true. If your dream is nothing more than to stay home and garden and watch your grandchildren you’ll need less money than if your retirement dream is a trip around the world with a stop in Italy to take cooking lessons. Knowing what you want has to be the beginning of a plan.

Get a Little Happy

I suffer from debilitating depression, and so do 7 million other adults over the age of 65 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) My depression is caused by genetics and brain chemistry I take medicine for it every day and the medicine helps, but not enough to make me feel normal, but enough to function as long as there are no stressors to add to my depression. Not only is depression an epidemic among older adults so is suicide, 16% of suicide deaths are older adults. These numbers are staggering.

Good Bones

I was walking across the yard one day and stepped in nothing more than a big divot in the grass and down I went breaking both my legs. The breaks weren’t severe but they were painful, and it made me worry about osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the thinning of your bones. It’s a disease of aging and can be exasperated by alcohol use and being under weight, lack of exercise, smoking and some medications can cause or make it worse.

The Graying of Homelessness

There were 306,000 people over 50 living on the streets in 2014, the most recent data available, a 20 percent jump since 2007, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. They now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population. The Graying of homelessness is a new problem for America that set up its programs to treat homelessness was designed to work with much younger individuals. Now we need to work with individuals who have been homeless for very long periods of time and are no longer able to work are addicted to drugs and alcohol and in cities with exorbitant rents.