Category Archives: TOPIC – Open Forum

IS THE HOUSING MARKET DELAYING YOUR RETIREMENT?

OPEN FORUM – MARK DENNETT – If you’re a baby-boomer, I bet you’re facing a variety of retirement challenges because of the depressed housing market. Many of us bought homes during a time when the market was soaring. Now, we … Continue reading

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GETTING BY ON LESS

OPEN FORUM – BRIAN O’NEIL– Cost of living increases in Social Security are far less frequent (or generous) than Congressional pay raises. Seniors on fixed incomes must contend with rising food, water, fuel, power, medicine and health-care expenses, leaving them … Continue reading

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LIVING WITH PURPOSE

OPEN FORUM – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM, BOARD CERTIFIED COACH – Most people looking forward to retirement dream of all the free time they will have.  For the first six to twelve months, it feels heavenly to wake up without the … Continue reading

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100 YEARS OF GRATITUDE

OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING – A week ago today, I hosted a birthday party for my aunt.  It wasn’t just any ordinary party, as the birthday person was 100 years old!  The guest of honor is quite an amazing … Continue reading

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SENIORS AND SOLAR

OPEN FORUM – BRIAN O’NEIL – Passive solar involves three elements: sunshine, air and thermal mass. Everyone who has entered the greenhouse of their local nursery has experienced passive solar energy. On a sunny day, temps can soar. At night, … Continue reading

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GARDENING ON THE CHEAP, PART 2

OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING – In my last post, I shared how I had moved to a new area of the Pacific Northwest, and had to learn new things about my favorite pastime as a retiree.  I also had to … Continue reading

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YOUR FIRST RETIREMENT DECISION MAY BE THE TOUGHEST

If you are one of the 10,000 baby-boomers that are reaching retirement age today, odds are that the first decision you need to make, when to retire, will be the toughest. That’s the premise of a well-researched story by Kathleen … Continue reading

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GARDENING ON THE CHEAP

OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING –  As I mentioned in a previous blog, I moved to a new city this last year.  My new house has a great yard, but had not been touched by a true gardener for several … Continue reading

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SHARE YOURSELF

OPEN FORUM – BRIAN O’NEIL – I’m a resident of a gated, 55-and-older community on the Central Oregon Coast. Like many of my neighbors, I live alone. Every time I climb a ladder, I ask myself, “If I fall, I … Continue reading

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A NEW GARDENER ON THE BLOCK

OPEN FORUM – KAREN DARLING – One of the things I was most looking forward to in my retirement years, was endless hours of gardening.  I have loved growing things forever, and have learned a lot over the years. However, … Continue reading

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