Coping With The Death Of a Spouse Or Partner
                By Larry Hayes

The death of a spouse or partner is a devastating, life-changing blow whether the death is sudden or following a long illness.

For this story, I interviewed older adults who have lost a loved one after many years of marriage.

They agreed to share their story in order to help others going through or having faced a similar situation.

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Why Work With a
Senior Real Estate
Certified Realtor?”

--Mercedes Roses

A Senior Certified Realtor works with Seniors and their families in determining their housing needs and guiding them as they navigate through the home sale process. 

If you are thinking about selling your home and asking yourself, "where do I start?" Or, if you are looking forward to downsizing and no longer wanting to maintain a home due to cost or the constant upkeep, a Senior Real Estate Certified Realtor can help.

Feel free to call me today if you have any questions or would like a no obligation consultation and Property Valuation. I can help! Call 650.766.3910. Email: [email protected]

Retirement? Government Can Help. A Little
--Evelyn (Evie) Preston, The Money Lady

While there are many reasons people move around the country, statistics show that retirees often leave California, New York, Illinois and other high tax states to areas more economically friendly.

Whether we get out of "Dodge" or stay put, it’s never too late to plan ahead and save that little bit extra. Being overly dependent on Government is not a viable retirement strategy.

Q: At least Medicare and other free Government programs kick in automatically at 65, right?

Not quite! Medicare is only automatic at age 65, IF you start taking your Social Security benefits at the same time.

Medicare payments come from your Social Security benefits; the more income earned, the more you pay.

Q: Where does Medigap Insurance fit in?

Realizing that Medicare is limited, experts recommend Supplemental Insurance to fill the many “gaps” in coverage.  

--Larry Hayes, CEO/Founder A050

"Please Help Me Find
a Companion"

Q: “My husband died last year after 50 years of a happy marriage. I’m 75, alone and have no plans to remarry but would like to find a companion."--Sally

So sorry for your devastating loss. Only those who have lost a spouse can feel the loneliness and grief you are undergoing. I have not suffered such a terrible blow but know that someday it will happen to all couples.

Here's what surviving spouses have told me:

• Overtime, the pain from your loss will lessen and you will move on.

• “Companionship” is what
most older adults seek, especially women.

• When you’re ready, go out.
There is no timeline or rule
on how long to mourn.

• Try online dating. There are online dating sites for widows and widowers. 


Ageism Sucks!
Bad For People.
Bad For Business

--Ken Dychtwald, CEO Age Wave

Due to America’s obsession with youth – ironically formulated and solidified when Boomers were young – most product and service developers and marketers direct most of their attention to Millennials and Gen Zers.

But those cohorts are predominantly broke, time-constrained and only marginally loyal to products and services.

Focusing on the historically “sought-after youth market” is a costly mistake when today’s older men and women now have considerable wealth, time and interests to satisfy.

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Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., is CEO of Age Wave and the author of two new books: "What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age" and "Radical Curiosity: One Man’s Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life." To learn about Age Wave, go to:


Favorite Beach
Venice Beach Is Back
And Worth a Visit
--Don Mankin, The Adventure Geezer

Frank Lloyd Wright once wrote, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

To this, I would add: "Tip Los Angeles on its side and everything loose will land in Venice Beach."

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I decided to take a walk along the boardwalk to check on the progress of a cleanup. We were pleasantly surprised. As usual, the sun was shining, the breeze was light and balmy, and the temperature was a beach-perfect 75.

The restaurants and bars were jammed. Street musicians and tarot card readers were back, taking over spots recently occupied by tents and clapboard shacks.

So, come back for a visit! No need to wait until next summer. Even in the depths of winter, it’s more likely to be sunny, warm and dry than cold, wet and dreary.


Lifestyle Changes Can
Help Prevent Diabetes

In the U.S., 88 million adults or 1
in 3 has prediabetes but most don’t know it. Diabetes puts people at risk for nerve
damage, cardiovascular disease, foot and limb injuries, vision problems and other complications that arise from
having uncontrolled blood sugar.

Lifestyle changes can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.
• Lose extra weight
• Be more physically active
• Eat healthy plant foods
• Eat healthy fats
• Consult your doctor for routine screenings and diagnostic testing

For more information, visit the doctors of Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, CA. Call 888.988.8682
or visit

Ideal Christmas Gift!
"Social Insecurity"
by John Donaghue

“Social Insecurity” is a new, funny book for anyone who plans on getting old someday.

Charming, witty, crazy, offbeat, happy comics by John Donaghue, award-winning art director and creator of Under Cardiac Arrest comics that appear regularly in The Scoop.

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Reverse Mortgage
Need Extra Cash?
--Marilyn Brown Ross, Open Mortgage

“With over 15 year’s experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can answer your questions about reverse mortgages."

Q: Will the bank own my house?

A: The bank does not take ownership of your Home. They simply extend a loan.

To learn if a reverse mortgage is right for you, call 408.722.0010. Ross

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--Clint Eastwood & Toby Keith

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