As a landlord, can you ever truly retire?

By: Brian Evans

There is a major dilemma facing many older investors today. Their successes in real estate have produced a failure in quality of life. What is the problem, and is there a solution?Let’s start with the problem: a “good problem” to have. Twenty to 40 years ago, you bought rental real estate, maybe a small apartment complex or several rental houses.This can be a great... READ MORE

Why older patients resist help at home

By: Judith Graham

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.So the social worker canceled an order for home healthcare services. And the patient went back to his apartment without plans for follow-up care in place.When... READ MORE

Ways to use your house for extra income

By: Anya Kamenetz

People over 65 average $150,000 in home equity, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.That amount dwarfs the rest of their assets combined.This generation of retirees is facing the decline of traditional pensions, while the 401(k)s that replace them are less generous and more uncertain.So the case for employing one’s home as a source of retirement income... READ MORE

Local authors master diverse genres

By: Dinah Rokach

The National Capital region is in the news as the focus of politics, diplomacy and world events. It is also the home of talented writers. Be it a guidebook to the streets of Georgetown, a thriller about murder and mayhem in and around the Potomac, or a love story set in a suburban retirement home, you’re sure to enjoy reading about the familiar locales that serve as the backdrop of... READ MORE

Bucolic Walden Pond and Concord, Mass.

By: William J. Kole

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods because, as he famously put it, “I wished to live deliberately.”Two centuries after the Walden author’s birth, people are still deliberately following in Thoreau’s footsteps to discover Walden Pond, the little lake he immortalized.Whether you’re visiting Boston or the Berkshires, the pond and the bucolic Massachusetts town ... READ MORE

Whether to work part-time in retirement

By: Brian Vnak

Some people’s retirement dreams consist of having the time to do what they want, unencumbered by the demands of working. For others, staying in the workforce on a part-time basis, either out of necessity or by choice, is a core component of their retirement picture.Keeping a hand in the workforce is a growing trend, and for good reason: Part-time employment in retirement is a way to... READ MORE