Dramatically Improve Your Memory — in 6-8 Minutes!

Harry-LorayneOne of the most memorable lines of Ageless Memory, by Harry Lorayne, is you can’t “forget” what you never “got” in the first place. What he means is that we easily remember what we find most interesting, challenging, shocking, etc. What we can’t seem to “remember” at all are things we never cared about in the first place.

This can have bad consequences as we get older. How many clueless physicians have asked a senior citizen to name the local mayor, or senator, or (before the polarizing Obama and Trump) the president. If they can’t, it is taken as proof the senior citizen can’t live alone any more. Continue reading “Dramatically Improve Your Memory — in 6-8 Minutes!”

Free college for seniors — Part 5 (States R-W)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana. No cheapskates in Parts 3 or 4. In this final part, we find four states that are offering seniors substantially less than other states: Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia.

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Free college for seniors — Part 4 (States N – P)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana. No cheapskates in Parts 3 or 4!

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Volunteer with SCORE — Use your business skills to help America grow jobs

Seven out of 10 new jobs in the United States are created by small business, according to the SBA (Small Business Administration). However, 50% of those businesses will die within the first five years. Anything that can improve either number helps America and helps our economy.

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Some of the 32 volunteers at the Central PA SCORE chapter based in State College.

This is the mission of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), a mission you could join in your retirement. SCORE has more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters nationwide. In 2016, SCORE mentors helped start 54,072 new businesses and create 78,691 new jobs. And their help is absolutely free.  Continue reading “Volunteer with SCORE — Use your business skills to help America grow jobs”

Free college for seniors — Part 3 (States L – M)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it was Indiana.

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Free college for Seniors — Part 2 (States G-K)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others. In Part 1, Arizona was the anti-senior cheapskate. In Part 2, it’s Indiana.

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Free College for Seniors – Part 1 (States A-F)

Looking for a fun pastime that exercises your brain? Want to finally get a degree to one-up a relative or friend? Or set an example for your children?

Most states offer free college for seniors! Some even pick up the “fees.” Some states just offer reduced rates — you might complain to your state legislators about how bad your state looks compared to others (hint, hint, Arizona!).

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Create a model train layout — for fun and for the challenge!

Before you retire, try to find at least one — preferably two — hobbies that you find both fun and challenging. After all, you can’t play golf more than 5 hours a day (which came as a big surprise to a couple of men I’ve known who thought that was all they’d need).

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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite hobbies — model railroading. And, no — it’s not only for men(!) though I’d guess 95% of those in the hobby are men. It’s true I don’t share many of their interests — such as operating a train to pick up a load of coal and transport it. But I love creating the scenes. And the scenes are so much Continue reading “Create a model train layout — for fun and for the challenge!”