Retirees in Northwest Michigan Mean Business

Northwest lower Michigan has been a mecca for retirees for decades. That is no less true today than it has ever been and the region is all the better for it.The word "retiree" conjures an image of a person already checked out. One might envision...

Online…and 79

TRAVERSE CITY - John Robson loves Skype. He uses the video chat software to talk with friends and family across the country. Typical teenage screen addict? Hardly. Robson turned 99 this year.The great-grandfather of five is the face of a new generation of Internet users....

The Retirement Checklist

You've finally made the decision: This is the year that you retire. Congratulations! Whether your landing spot is a beach chair in Cabo San Lucas or a rocking chair on your porch in Traverse City, some pre-retirement planning can save a lot of post-retirement...

The Richest People in Northern Michigan

REGION - For those who do it, and do it often, there are riches that can never be banked.Welcome to world of volunteering.Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours are contributed to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across northern Michigan. These organizations provide an array...

The Gutsy Migration Generation

It's the flipside of what we've come to know as our "summer people" - the autumn exodus of area retirees heading south or west for warmer climes. But this current generation of seasonal travelers seems invigorated with independence and freedom. They dodge tornadoes, they condo-hop,...

Mourning in Cyberspace

Technology has taken on a life of its own in the ancient practice of mourningSince ancient times, humans have memorialized their deceased loved ones. But in the past 20 years, new rites and rituals inspired by technology have greatly influenced the way loved ones are...

Determining Your Retirement Needs

Determining your retirement "number" - how much you'll need in savings and investments for retirement - is a lot like trying on summer clothes after a long winter in storage. Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise, other times it's a reminder that you need to get...

Where 80 is the New 60

TRAVERSE CITY - Anyone over 50 and active has never had more choices when it comes to recreating and socializing Up North.In its main Traverse City location two blocks east of downtown, the Traverse City Senior Center offers more than 100 programs covering health, fitness...

Bottle Wars

Each year Michigan's legislature revisits the 1978 Michigan Beverage Container Act, or "Bottle Bill," to potentially include containers such as water and juice bottles, wine bottles and even milk jugs. And each year the beverage drink industry and food retailers fight bitterly against it. Why?...

Five Questions About Long Term Care

1. What is long-term care?Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care:- Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that's given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists,...