As we age, it’s okay to ‘play it safe’ a bit more

March 28, 2014, edition By Jean Gonzalez Catholic News Service Replacing a microwave oven for his elderly grandparents did not seem like a big deal to David Teare. The microwave malfunctioned while Teare, a Texas native, was visiting his  grandparents in St. Petersburg, Fla. When he went to the local store to purchase a new microwave,…

Could the Internet change how you communicate?

March 28, 2014, edition By Zack Dunham Catholic News Service Staying in touch with family members scattered throughout the country always has posed a problem to retired seniors. Long-distance phone charges and time constraints conspire to keep families apart. However, by providing many lowcost and free communication services, the Internet allows an ever-growing number of…

Retirement years are not the time to stop learning

March 28, 2014, edition By Cori Fugere Urban Catholic News Service Learning of the opportunity to hear a well-known syndicated cartoonist speak about his work, 69-year-old retiree Arthur Hannon wasn’t sure he’d be interested. The Senior Symposia workshop turned out to be “absolutely fascinating,” he said, with the cartoonist giving his audience of senior citizens…

When husband and wife BOTH retire

Working out a new life situation isn’t always a smooth ride March 28, 2014, edition By Louise McNulty Catholic News Service As the retirement years approach for a husband and wife who both have jobs, an important consideration is whether to retire at the same time. David Mordarski, director of Older Adult Services for Catholic Charities…

Volunteers needed near to home or around the world

March 28, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Once people retire they soon realize that there is no shortage of volunteer possibilities. The chances to use one’s time or talent range from family baby-sitting requests to parish needs, neighborhood school opportunities and charity work — both large scale and local. Before seniors say yes…