Let’s retire these five myths of retirement

By: Ali Swofford

After decades of paychecks, you might be counting the days before you can leave your job for good.However, your idea of what lies ahead in retirement years may be far different from reality. You need to be prepared for the fact that life as a retiree may not follow the script you wrote in your head.Here are five myths about retirement that catch many retirees by surprise:Retire-Myth No.... READ MORE

Praising volunteers of all ages

By: Robert Friedman

Janice and George Vanisko were “sort of embarrassed” to be heralded a few months ago by the County Council and the Volunteer Center of Howard County with the Dynamic Duo Award, one of several awards honoring county volunteers. After all, they say, shouldn’t we all spend hours each week helping those in need? Janice, a 76-year-old retired nurse, and her husband George, 82, a retired ... READ MORE

Certified used cars offer peace of mind

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

A certified pre-owned vehicle costs more than a regular used car, but it can give buyers some peace of mind in an often murky market.Certified pre-owned vehicles are used cars that are backed by an automaker’s guarantee. They’re usually newer cars, coming off two- or three-year leases.Certified pre-owned programs limit the miles the cars can have on them — under 60,000, in ... READ MORE

Biggest estate-planning mistakes to avoid

By: Andrew McNair

There are several common mistakes people can make when planning — or not planning — for what will happen with their estates when they die.The legacy you leave can either simplify the process of dealing with your personal and financial property, or it can be a worrisome burden for those you leave behind.So let’s take a look at what you should discuss well ahead of time with ... READ MORE

Startups focus on better aging

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Can you imagine a pair of glasses that can brighten and enlarge whatever you happen to be reading or looking at, responding to your voice commands? Or can you imagine a phone app that summons a trained driver in a wheelchair-accessible van to take you to a doctor’s appointment? Or can you visualize the difference it would make to an Alzheimer’s patient if his caregivers had instant... READ MORE

Why target-date funds are so popular

By: Alex Veiga

When it comes to building their retirement nest egg, investors are increasingly betting on the set-it-and-forget-it approach of target-date funds.Such funds, which are designed to minimize risk over time by gradually shifting from stocks to bonds as an investor’s retirement date nears, hit a record $880 billion in assets last year, according to Morningstar Research... READ MORE