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The year is 2003, and the New York Jankees-sorry, Yankees-have somehow snatched victory away from the valiant Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. The horrid event sparks righteous anger up and down the Eastern Seaboard, but only Ima Schmucker, resident of Paradise-Can-Wait Retirement Home, has the distinct honor of being murdered over it. No one at the home liked Ima, even before finding out he was a Yankees fan. Obscenely wealthy and sometimes just obscene, Ima went through a host of wives, many of whom had the good fortune to die unexpectedly before they had to go out in public with him. Ima also had one of the worst diseases known in America: Bronxphilia. Major symptoms include love of the Yankees and irrationality. The two may be linked. When confronted with someone like Ima, what is pure, loyal Red Sox fan Aldo Cella supposed to do? Kill him? That's what the police think, but Aldo protests his innocence. Could someone else have thought it a civic duty to rid the retirement home of Bronxphilia before it could spread?
Why is retirement planning different for women? Women are completely comfortable talking about many "M-word" topics: their marriages, motherhood and their mothers, merlots and martinis, mammograms and menopause. But, bring up money and the conversations often screech to a halt. Ask how prepared a woman is for retirement and she can tell you the exact date when she wants to retire, but not how much money she'll need for a 30-year retirement. In this thought-provoking, but non-traditional, fun approach to planning for a woman's retirement, Marcia Mantell guides women through the key questions they'll need to answer before they will be prepared to retire. In What's the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women?, you'll get realistic perspectives on retirement in the new era, a treasure trove of resources to get started, and practical examples of how other women are dealing with redesigning and reinventing retirement. Ten key questions are discussed and you may be surprised by the answers! While no two women will have the same retirement or financial resources, there are common topics that each woman needs to address. While this book offers financial information, it also focuses on how to start defining your future years, how to use the skills of running your household to manage your retirement, and why doing what you love will continue to be a key activity in retirement. It also provides a critical overview into Social Security, which is often the foundation of income for most women in retirement. This book should help you feel more confident and empowered to own your own retirement and future. It will give you a terrific roadmap for how to plan for the future you deserve and help you to make your retirement the best time of your life!"
As the baby boomers approach retirement, many are searching for ideas that will assist them in preparing for the rest of their lives. Should they wait until retirement is upon them, or should they begin preparing today? Remembering that you may live well into your 80's and 90's, you want to be prepared to follow a course that you yourself chart. It seems the only sensible thing to do. If you are a working adult, there are aspects of your retirement that you should be planning for now. How will you be able to pay for your needs and wants during the final 1/3 of your life? It would also be prudent to nurture a healthy body and mind. Being knowledgeable about healthy eating habits and practicing them is certainly a good place to start. Are you making exercise and fitness a lifelong priority? The earlier that you begin to eat well and exercise, the greater will be the expectation of a longer and more fulfilling retirement. Your pre-retirement years are usually goal-oriented. Your career requires you to meet goals that are set for you or by you. You also take on a variety of challenges. It is by meeting or excelling in your goals and challenges that you are motivated to move forward. You flourish when you feel a sense of achievement. In retirement, you will also have the need for personal goals and challenges. Having the freedom to choose them, along with the element of flexibility to achieve them, will be especially rewarding. Your transition into retirement will impact you socially and emotionally as well. You will have many choices to make. Some of those choices will be for a time when you are active and healthy. Others will ensure that your final days are dealt with in a manner of your choosing.
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