ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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headstone and dirty the interior of the casket. Average cost of a vault is $1,300. The average cost for a hearse or funeral coach and any other cars is $300.


There are ways to cut funeral and burial costs:


According to the National Funeral Directors and numerous other sources, the average cost of a traditional burial is presently $7,000 to $10,000.


Traditional funeral services typically include embalming and dressing the body, renting the funeral home, holding a viewing, transporting the body via a hearse to the funeral site and purchasing the casket, a cemetery plot or crypt and a headstone or tombstone. Direct burials involve a simple burial container, no viewing or visitation and no embalming, but a memorial service can still be held graveside.


Funeral homes charge basic service fees. These include consultations, preparation and filing of permits, coordinating arrangements and third-party overhead costs. Fees vary among funeral service providers but average to $2,000, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.


Body delivery costs $125 to $500, depending on the distance it must travel to the funeral home. Funeral homes charge a daily fee, ranging from $35 to $100, for storing a body, even if it is embalmed.


Embalming came into popular- ity during the Civil War when bodies needed to be transported long distances. Embalming is not legally

BURIAL COSTS COVER A WIDE SPECTRUM

required and many environmentally conscious individuals are opting against it. Costs range from $225 to $1,200, according to the National Care Planning Council. Average cost to prepare the body for viewing and visitation is $200. The viewing can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,200. Funeral ceremony staff coordinate and supervise the funeral arrangements and assist with the ceremony for $500 to $800.


Casket options range from cardboard ($50) to metal and fine wood. Funeral industry studies have found the average person buys one of the first three models shown, and their choice is generally mid range. Pine caskets are less expensive, but funeral homes rarely display them. The average cost of a casket is about $2,200.


Many cemeteries require caskets to be placed inside an outer container called a grave liner or burial vault. These rectangular boxes are made of concrete, metal or composite plastic. They are made to last forever and will preserve the cemetery’s lawn and grounds. A casket buried without a vault or liner will eventually deteriorate and collapse, resulting in uneven ground. This can tilt a

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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