World population not only grows, but grows old

On this crowded, hot, trampled planet, one of the most vexing trends is something countless numbers of us see when we look in the mirror: We’re going gray. The United Nations has declared that the human population will hit 7 billion Monday, and an expanding percentage of those people are in the market …

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Thousands of retired religious seeking your support

The Catholics of the St. Louis Archdiocese have more reason than most to be generous to the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious on the weekend of Nov. 5-6. Our archdiocese includes 79 religious communties — 26 orders of men and 53 orders of women. By contrast, in …

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Many Boomers Expect to Retire Where They Are

Many baby boomers say they’re likely to stay put in retirement amid a shaky economy. Those who hope to buy a new place are looking for a smaller home somewhere with a better climate that’s more affordable and close to family, a new poll finds. The 77 million-strong generation born …

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Poll: Many boomers staying put amid bad economy

As baby boomers look ahead to retirement, they’d prefer a home that is affordable, accessible to medical care and close to family. But an Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll finds that amid a shaky economy, few think it’s likely they’ll move in retirement. Shelley Wernholm, a 47-year-old single mother of two who works for …

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Best Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed

If you’re self-employed or have a sideline business, your best retirement-savings options are a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) or a solo 401(k) plan. In both cases, your contributions are tax-deductible and grow tax-deferred until you withdraw the money in retirement With a SEP, you can contribute up to 20% of …

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Retire to the Alps

Forget the beach or the countryside. Britons in search of spectacular scenery and a more active retirement are heading to the Alps. The British have always been fascinated by the Alps. After all, it was our tradition of the Grand Tour that popularised the mountains as a holiday destination. Now …

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Seniors find spelling bee keeps minds active

“The dilemma in fundamental existence across the environment is easily apparent.” The preceding sentence contains seven of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Clarence Bonnet, 81, formerly a senior administrator with The Co-operators, spelled them all correctly on Tuesday. Bonnet has the reputation as the top speller …

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Exercise mind and body

When Sonia Chivers retired five years ago, she knew it was important to keep her mind and body active. That’s why the Mississauga resident joined the Body and Mind Exercise Group at Erin Mills Town Centre. Today, Chivers and some 150 other members celebrated the group’s 12th anniversary. The non-profit …

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4 Signs You’re Becoming a Grumpy Old Retiree

We made it through youth, journeyed across the field of middle age, and are entering the next phase vaguely referred to as older age. Having taken our lumps and survived numerous tribulations along the way, we feel we are entitled to our opinions, whatever they may be. It is even …

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