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Social Security Closes Offices As Baby Boomers Age

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This Jan. 11, 2013, file photo shows the Social Security Administration's main campus in Woodlawn, Md. A new congressional report says the Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices, even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits _ in person and on the phone. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

The agency blames budget constraints.

As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits, in person and on the phone, the report said.

Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010, the largest number of closures in a five-year period in the agency's history, according to a report by the bipartisan staff of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In addition, the agency has closed 533 temporary mobile offices that often serve remote areas.

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Why "I'll Just Work Longer", Is Not A Good Retirement Plan


By Mandi Woodruff

Yahoo Finance



Despite his age, Charles Morris, 66, says he has no plans to retire anytime soon. The Beaverton, Ore., software trainer is one of many older Americans today who are changing the retirement landscape as we know it.

Three out of four workers in the U.S. plan on working at least part time after they hit retirement age, according to a recent study by Merrill Lynch.

For pre-retirees (those over 55), the top reason cited for putting off retirement should come as no surprise: money. Not only are Americans living longer today, but fixed costs like health care and housing continue to outpace inflation. For cash-strapped workers, clocking in for a few more years may seem like the only reasonable solution to solving their financial anxieties.

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Single for the First Time


Eight Must-Dos Now That You're Single For The First Time

Knowing what to do and how is difficult for the newly widowed / divorced woman, especially when she's over forty. Whether she became a widow by door or by death, the questions are very often the same:

  • What do I do with my life now?
  • How do I go it alone?
  • Where do I find the strength?

The first eight MUSTS, now that you're single for the first time, if doable for you, will infuse you with new life.


1.   Find your very own space and let NO ONE invade it. Why? Because you need uninterrupted space to think, re-discover or reinvent yourself. Sometimes, however, women are so exhausted and grief stricken, this #1 is not possible right away. In that case, she’d need to be in a safe, protected environment with a cropped select few people, perhaps her children. Rest may be the order for many months before energy comes to re-discover or to re-invent anything at all. Grief is exhausting and debilitating. Pick your space carefully.
2.   You must not date for at least a year
3.   Travel as far into the world as your courage will allow, as often as you can afford
4.   After all the grief or bitterness has gone, dig deep into your experience and help a young married couple. It's been said that if your marriage fell apart you couldn't possibly tell another married couple anything. LIES. Because yours crumbled you have much that will help another (minus the attitude, please)
5.   Develop your own; discover foods you didn’t know you preferred; activities that make you feel strong and fulfilled, places you like to visit that make you smile and bring you peace
6.   Take up Public Speaking. It is an extreme strengthener and confidence builder
7.   Understand what it is to make money on your own and how to make it work for you
8.   Get to a place where you have total independence; no leaning on ANYONE for ANYTHING at all. PERIOD. Instead, you become a GIVER extraordinaire. 

Nhat Crawford, 
author of Single For The First Time, Over Forty Under Divorce, 2014
Published by WestBow Press 

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Legendary Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Ruby Dee, Dies at 91




Huffington Post


For Ruby Dee, acting and activism weren't contradictory things. They were inseparable, and they were intertwined.

The African-American actress, who earned lead roles in movies and on Broadway, also spent her life fighting against injustice, even emceeing the 1963 March on Washington and protesting apartheid in South Africa.

"We are image makers. Why can't we image makers become peacemakers, too?" she asked after she and her husband, Ossie Davis, accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.

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In Honor of Baby Boomer Recognition Day, June 21st


Baby Boomers - Now and Tomorrow

Rick Bava

Today’s Senior Magazine


As a chronicle of the Baby Boomer Generation, it is interesting to observe Baby Boomers now, and comment on the future of the Baby Boomer Generation. Three things are paramount. Baby Boomers are more concerned about Health and Wellness, then ever before. Second, Baby Boomers still have a great deal to contribute to society, and third they spend their time navigating the waters of generational issues.

Baby Boomers expect to live longer, and still believe they are relevant. As a generation many are involved in second careers and some even are starting a business. Many Baby Boomers try to find the delicate balance of travel, which remains high on the Baby Boomer,"bucket list," with the issues of family. Many Baby Boomers are coping with caring for elderly parents, while still maintaining a watchful eye on their children.

Further, Baby Boomers are still looking for new experiences. The dream like mental edge, always so part of the psyche of members of the Baby Boomer Generation, are part of the hearts and minds of this unique group of people, born between, 1946-1964.This is a generation with history, where Baby Boomers like to look back into their past while shaping the future.It is a generation that has a spot light on the future. Baby Boomers more than ever are thinking about their financial future, their nest egg, and places to call home.

As I continue to write about, and do commentary about my generation it is clear to me, Baby Boomers have a great amount of history to still write.

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Rick Bava


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