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The Most Popular Golf Course Architects

by Elliot Crumpley on No Comments

Check out some of these golf courses that were designed by the best of the best course architects.

Creating a challenging golf course is no easy feat. Not only do you have to consider the topography, drainage issues and other elements of good landscape architecture, you need to create a course that’s going to be appealing to a broad range of golfers in a variety of skill levels. It makes sense that many, but not all, of the best golf course architects are former players. After all, who knows better what will interest a seasoned golfer? If you’re looking to play some of the country’s top courses, look for those designed by these professionals.

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Retirement Communities Located Abroad

by Mayra Rocha on No Comments

See some of the best retirement destinations that are found abroad.

Dreaming of exotic cuisine, learning a new foreign language, or living along the Caribbean coast? Then you’re probably planning to retire abroad. Although the U.S. has many great active adult communities, there are a few age-targeted communities that attract retirees from the U.S. Some of these international communities offer the same amenities and conveniences that you would expect to find in a U.S. 55+ community. Besides a warm climate and scenic views, retirees sometimes choose to retire abroad because they can really get the most out of their fixed income. Some countries offer affordable healthcare, a low cost of living, cheap real estate or rentals, lavish amenities, and an active and social environment. Check out some of these communities abroad that cater to retirees and an active adult lifestyle. They might just temp you to pack your bags and grab your passport and retire in one of these beautiful foreign destinations.

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The Charm of New York’s Carmel Area

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See why Carmel, NY may be the best place for you to retire.

Retirees looking for a tranquil, small town setting with plenty of outdoor recreation yet still close to big-city entertainment and attractions should look no further than active adult communities around the Carmel area in Eastern New York. Carmel, Clarkstown, Cortlandt, Yorktown Heights, Middletown, and Central Valley are just some of the cities that make up the Carmel area, which is scattered across the counties of Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester.

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Retirement Through the Decades: 1960s vs. Now

by Mayra Rocha on No Comments

Compared to the 1960's, today is a very different time. Here are some of the key comparisons between then and now.

When you think of the 60s some of the first things that come to mind include the civil rights movement, women’s rights, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Woodstock. These are just some of the major events that occurred during the 1960s that have made a lasting impact in our lives and in American history. But when you compare the 1960s to now, you may realize there have been many changes that affected the Baby Boomer generation and their retirement plans. From high inflation and longer life expectancies to rising health care costs and the decline of personal savings rates, America has surely changed for Baby Boomers.

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How to Calculate Your Retirement Funds Realistically

by Elliot Crumpley on No Comments

Most retirement calculators fail to factor in possible market fluctuations and changes in cost of living and inflation. These uncontrollable factors can dramatically alter your available retirement assets. In addition, variables such as additional medical costs, lifestyle changes and family emergencies can decimate retirement funds if they aren’t taken into consideration when calculating retirement age. Following are some tips on how to calculate retirement age realistically so you aren’t part of the one-third of Americans with inadequate retirement savings.

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The Pros and Cons of a Home Theater and Game Room

by Brandon Olafsson on No Comments

If you have a spare bedroom or living space in your home, you might be debating whether the space would be put to better use as a home theater or a game room. There are benefits and drawbacks to each of them, and the final decision has to be made according to which features you find most enticing. Here are the pros and cons of building a home theater versus a game room.

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10 Surprising Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

by Mayra Rocha on No Comments

Yoga and meditation typically go hand-in-hand and have been around for many years. They have been used as an alternative form of exercise to keep the mind and body healthy and happy. Practicing yoga improves balance, endurance, flexibility, and strength while meditation helps keep the mind sharp, relieves stress and anxiety, and can strengthen your immune system. Following a few simple poses, breathing techniques, and developing positive coping skills can help retirees manage stress, improve mental clarity, manage chronic conditions, and promote a healthier lifestyle. With so many health benefits linked to these traditional practices, many Baby Boomers are taking notice and incorporating these techniques into their lifestyle. Check out these 10 surprising benefits of yoga and meditation.

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The 55 Best 55+ Communities For 2016!

by Mayra Rocha on 17 Comments

55places.com is proud to release its list of the 55 Best 55+ Communities in America for 2016. These age-restricted communities featured on this prestigious list were carefully chosen based on feedback, research, and information gathered from on-site tours of each active adult community visited this year by the 55 Places staff.

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Check Out Arizona’s Unparalleled 55+ Community: Victory at Verrado

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Baby Boomers looking for a fun, welcoming, and relaxed environment will find that and more in Victory at Verrado in Buckeye, AZ. This 55+ neighborhood within the all-ages master-planned community of Verrado is tucked into the White Tank Mountains that look over The Valley of the Sun and Verrado, offering stunning views and a beautiful natural setting. Active adults will also have endless options of activities, events, and outdoor recreation thanks to the resort-style amenities and vibrant social atmosphere in Victory.

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Iconic Movies From the Baby Boomer Era

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The Baby Boomer generation spawned many changes across the country from music, politics, social movements, and even films that left an everlasting impact in American culture and history. When Hollywood noticed this growing generation, they started making movies about and for them, which propelled a cinematic revolution that produced some of the best movies of all time. Films had a great impact on the Boomer era also because they were the first group to watch movies in theaters and then later on in their homes. Some of the most iconic movies from the this era captured cultural influences, historical events, social changes, post-war effects, and political experiences that depict what it was like growing up during this crucial time. Check out some of the best movies that came out of the Baby Boomer generation.

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