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,...

Book Review: One Minute To Do List

New Academy Publishers - Softcover $12.95, Kindle version $7.95 - Copyright 2011It seems that being busy is a status symbol for our overscheduled society. All of us have increasingly intense workloads with no time to actually get things done. This overscheduling,...

Community Engagement and the Leadership that Encourages It

Job Creation as a marketing strategyOn November 6, we have an opportunity to take part in the most basic expression of citizenship. We will do so in predictable rates of 50 to 60 percent of the eligible electorate, carrying into the polling station varying degrees...

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...