EMBRACING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST - LEGACY RESERVE

Patrons of Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm can hardly wait to move into their new homes this month. Some of them signed up over a year ago.  “I chose Legacy Reserve as my future home for many reasons,” said Don Bayer, a retired Chicago Public Schools principal. “I was fascinated by the fact that it is going to have a heated saltwater swimming pool. I love to swim.”   “We decided we wanted to live here the rest of our lives,” said Loretta Jones, another resident looking forward to moving in. “So we are downsizing and we’re ready to go.”

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LIVING FRUGALLY

Many people in the United States with significant savings fear going broke in retirement, according to a recent survey. However, there are ways to live frugally to try to prevent that from happening.

1. Analyze your living situation. According to research, the cost of a home and home-related expenses accounts for nearly 43 percent of spending for people who are 65 to 74 years of age. ....

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TECHNOLOGY PRIMER FOR GRANDPARENTS

No one needs to be told the younger generations are attached to their technology. It used to just be computers, but now it’s smart phones. These days, if you want to stay in contact with your grandchildren – and sometimes even your children – you’d be wise to learn a few basic methods of keeping in touch in the digital age. A study released in 2012 by Microsoft and AARP called “Connecting Generations” found teens and their parents and grandparents are communicating more because of social media and other online tools.

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Be an Inspiration. Blogging has benefits for you, but it can change the life of a reader. Your words could be just the right information, encouragement or hearty laugh or cry they need.


Blogging is one of those rare hobbies that is free. Of course, you could pay a few dollars a month to use your own domain name, but most people don’t because so many sites such as WordPress offer blog spots for free.


Before beginning a blog, consider what type of blog you want and for which type of audience. Your blog writing style can be conversational and personal, fact-based or a combination of the two depending on what your blog will focus on. It could be a journal where you just share life experiences and little drops of wisdom. It could be more narrowly focused: humor, a specific subject such as divorce, a disability, living somewhere unique. It could be political or offer arts and crafts and things to do with grandchildren. It could be a tech guide or give advice for either other grandparents, parents or young people. Who are you interested in reaching? You’ll not only enjoy blogging more but also have more success with it if you determine the answers to these questions before you start your blog.


Here are a handful of grandparent blogs you can check out either for inspiration and examples or for your own enjoyment as a follower:


Social Network and Support

•  www.gagasisterhood.com

•  www.grandparentscafe.com

•  www.gransnet.com/blogs

•  www.stageoflife.com/StageGranparents.aspx


Personal Blog Journal

•  www.confessionsofagrandma.blogspot.com

•  www.grandmasbriefs.com


Having Fun with the Grandkids

•  www.grandmaideas.com

•  www.grandmaslittlepearls.com

•  www.whathappensatgrandmas.com.


For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

•  www.grandparentingblog.com

•  www.raisingyourgrandchildren.com


For/To You

•  Babyboomer Perspective: Grandmother-blog.com/blog

•  Political: www.omasally.blogspot.com

•  Stylin’ After 50: www.honeygood.com


Specialized

•  Autism: www.grannynannynews.com


Other

•  www.essentialgrandparent.com

•  www.barbaragrahamonline.com/blog

•  www.nanahood.com


Resources and Information

•  American Grandparents Asssociation: https://aga.grandparents.com/

•  www.grandparenting.org

Have you considered starting your own grandparent blog? Maintaining a blog can improve your life and skillsets in many unexpected ways. It will help you:


Add Focus To Your Life. In the practical aspect, a blog becomes another (fun) responsibility in your life that needs caretaking and nurturing, but there is also a deeper aspect to a blog. Once you start writing about your life and the perspective that shapes it, you will become more intentional about who you are and who you are becoming.


Develop Better Life Habits. Blogging requires time, devotion and commitment. It’s a healthy habit that can add a sense of purpose to your life.


Exercise Your Brain. Writing in and of itself requires a degree of mental organization. Additionally, choosing what you want to say will require you to dig deeper and reflect on why you feel or believe a certain way – what life events or even historical events have helped shape your worldview. Too many people mistakenly believe they have nothing to say, but everyone has a story. A blog entails more than just writing. Considerations of layout organization, font styles and graphics are also needed. You’ll find yourself learning new programs and picking up more tech skills as your blog develops.   

GRANDPARENT BLOGS

Become a Better Writer. Want to know the secret to writing well? Practice, practice, practice! A blog will increase the amount of time you regularly write in a certain way.


Gain an Eye for Meaning. It’s not possible to blog about every event of life or thought you have; this will develop your filter for what is essential. Which topics and events have meaning and are useful – whether practically or emotionally – to readers? Don’t lose sight, though, that some of the most meaningful examples can appear in mundane events.


Meet New People. After a few entries, you’ll begin to see comments on your blog or receive emails and feedback on social media. Some of these interactions may lead to new friendships. In general, the blogging community is friendly and encouraging and genuinely roots for each other’s success.


Make Money. Blogging sometimes provides bonus money. It could be as little as $20 a year but could actually be as high as $20,000 year. If you’re still working, have your own side business or want to start one, blogs are easily tied into your into your business or career as an additional promotion/marketing tool.

ANGELA S. HOOVER

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

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