Category: Dave’s commentary

10 Truths About Retirement

I’ve been retired for 5 ½ years now, and I have been writing content for Retire Fabulously! for six years. The newness and shininess of retirement has worn off, and I’m now well-settled into this chapter of my life. Work has receded into a distant memory. Has retirement turned out the way I thought it…
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I Started Taking Social Security at 62. Maybe You Should Too.

When I turned 62, I celebrated by filing the paperwork to start receiving my Social Security benefits. This goes against the advice offered by the vast majority of professional advisers. Almost universally, financial advisers recommend delaying your benefits for as long as you can. Yet I have analyzed the numbers and pondered the non-financial aspects…
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6 (More) Questions for Dave Hughes

I’m always thrilled to have a conversation with Mark McNease, murder-mystery author, Emmy-winning TV writer, and editor of my two books. My most recent print interview on MarkMcNease.com utilizes Mark’s “Six Question” format. Mark and I had just returned from cruises. His was a 14-day cruise from New York to Quebec with stops along New…
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Let’s Skip the Silly Euphemisms and Embrace Our Age

“I will never refer to myself as ‘XX years young’ and expect others not to, either. There is no shame in being old so let’s not manufacture it with patronizing crap like that.” That bold declaration was posted by my friend, author Mark McNease (publisher of lgbtSr.org and the editor of my two books) recently…
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Senior Housing Needs to Increase its Diversity Competency

[ Last year, I was honored to be named one of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging. Subsequently, I was invited to write an article for that website about the one thing I would like to change about aging in America. This is the article I wrote in response to that question. Reprinted with permission…
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Dave joins author/podcaster Mark McNease on “Live Mic with Mark McNease

Earlier this week, I was delighted to join author Mark McNease on his podcast, “Live Mic with Mark McNease.” Mark and I discuss my new book, Smooth Sailing into Retirement (which Mark edited), what’s ahead for Retire Fabulously! in 2018, as well as how our own retirement journeys are unfolding. You can enjoy the podcast here.…
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How to Slow Down Time and Maximize Your Retirement

As you get older, doesn’t it seem as though time passes faster and faster? That’s the perception most of us have, although intellectually we know that time passes at exactly the same speed. But perception counts for a lot. And based on that perception, twenty years of retirement will seem to pass much more quickly…
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6 Trends That Are Changing Retirement in America

During the course of your working career, many factors such as technology and globalization have changed the work environment in countless ways. Many societal changes have impacted your personal life as well. It should come as no surprise that many of these same factors have also changed the retirement landscape. Some changes are positive, some…
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4 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Moving to a 55+ Active Adult Community

When you think about what type of community you plan to live after you retire, what comes to mind? Are you giving serious consideration to living in an age-restricted 55+ active adult community? Chances are, the younger you are today, the less likely you are to choose such a community after you retire. As I write…
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How to Conquer the Challenge of Downsizing

If you’re like most of us, at some point you will face the prospect of downsizing. Perhaps you want to move to a smaller house. Perhaps you want to move overseas or wander the country in an RV. Perhaps you just don’t want to leave a lifetime of stuff behind for your survivors to deal…
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