Last Week’s Links

These 100-Year-Old Retirees Are Running, Teaching Yoga, and Living Their Best Lives. Here Are Their Secrets to Happiness

Elizabeth O’Brien reports for Money magazine that:

The world’s centenarian population is expected to grow eightfold by 2050, according to a Pew Research Center report of United Nations estimates, with America leading the pack in the sheer number of citizens age 100 and up. For a couple who are both 65 today, there’s a 50% chance one member will live to be 92, according to the Society of Actuaries.

Because of this projected longevity, “[t]oday’s retirement is a marathon, not a sprint,” O’Brien writes. And, since this is Money magazine, she emphasizes that establishing a retirement savings plan is just as important as pursuing an exercise routine. Financial advisors now suggest that people begin saving early for a retirement that could last for 40 years.

O’Brien discusses, in general terms, saving approaches that include stock investments, deferred income annuities, and long-term-care insurance. And here’s her concluding advice:

Generally speaking, you can shorten the time you spend receiving intensive support and services by taking good care of yourself.

Found: The Largest Cluster of Deep-Sea Octopuses Ever Recorded

This is here just because I love octopuses.

Marine scientists recently discovered “the single largest cluster of deep-sea octopuses ever recorded” off the coast of Monterey, CA, USA. Check out the cool photos.

THE CHICAGO COFFEEHOUSE THAT OFFERS A SHOT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Here’s a very welcome story about Sip of Hope, a coffee shop in Chicago founded with the express purpose of providing support for mental health issues, particularly for suicide prevention. Every barista on the staff is trained to talk openly with people struggling with mental health issues. The shop serves more than 300 visitors a day.

The coffee shop was created by Jonny Boucher as an extension of Hope for the Day, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization he founded in 2011. After losing 16 friends to suicide, Boucher wanted to build an environment that would work proactively toward suicide prevention rather than focusing on awareness and advocacy.

We Just ‘Fell Back’ An Hour. Here Are Tips To Stay Healthy During Dark Days Ahead

I still read complaints on Facebook from people lamenting the difficult adjustment from turning the clocks back an hour. This article from NPR suggests ways “to prepare for the darker days ahead.”

 

© 2018 by Mary Daniels Brown

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