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October 7, 2019

Most U.S. cities have a high population of residents living alone. For some individuals, it’s status, and for others, their life just turned out that way. Although a few prefer singlehood compared to being married, I’m part of the latter group. Living alone carries a heavier burden for the single segment. An individual is solely responsible for rent or mortgage, income and property taxes, utility bills, car expenses, and insurance bills. Sharing doesn’t exist, not even for tough decisions.


But for people over 60 years of age and over, keeping up with the bills and decision-making are parts of the strain. The stress of living alone can affect one’s health because of the risks of isolation. Recently, I started a Facebook group for people like me living alone without a spouse or grown children. It's called elder orphans, a term derived from research by a Geriatrician in New York. And the biggest concern the members talk about is affordable housing.


If you look closely at the U.S. Census data, you can see the number of seniors who pay for home mortgages and what percentage of their monthly budget goes to paying for home expenses and rent. For the sake of this article, I’ll focus on the targeted cities where Silvernest is most prominent—Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Be sure to click on the links for each city to see more detailed information.


Denver is the home to 10 percent of the seniors 65 and over, and of that number, 38 percent of them live alone. The annual income is less than $10K for 10%, while 30% earn less than $20K.

The average Social Security Income in Denver is $15,505/year, and the median household income is $34,328. Compared to other states, Colorado ranks 7th for Long Term Care and 8th for America's Health Rankings. Housing in Denver - 12,809 seniors in Denver have a mortgage, 7,320 of whom have homes that cost at least 35% of their *monthly income.


Boulder has a 9% senior population (65+), 34% of them live alone. The annual income is less than $10K for 6%, and 16% earn less than $20K. The average Social Security Income is $18,379/year, and the median household income for a Boulder senior is $57,076. Housing in Boulder - 1,618 seniors have a mortgage, 885 of whom have homes that cost at least 35% of their *monthly income.


Fort Collins is the home to 9% of the seniors 65 and over, and of that 32% live alone. 5% of the seniors have an annual income of less than $10K and 22% less than $20K. The average Social Security income in Fort Collins is $15,898/year, and the median household income is $43,271.
Housing in Fort Collins - 2,750 of the people 65+ have a mortgage, 1,141 of whom have homes that cost at least 35% of their *monthly income.


St. Paul has a 9% senior population (65+), and of those 37% live alone. 11% of the seniors have an annual income of less than $10K and 28% less than $20K. The average Social Security Income in St. Paul is $15,829/year, and the median household income is $34,421. Minnesota ranks 1st for Long Term Care and 3rd for America's Health Rankings. Housing in St. Paul - 3,805 of seniors in St. Paul have a mortgage, 2,269 of whom have homes that cost at least 35% of their *monthly income. View Minneapolis


After reading the data, is it any wonder why most people over 65 worry about affordable housing? Shared and cohousing are viable options for adults, especially those who want to watch their budget while paying for a roof over their heads. If you don’t live in a city cited in the article, check out Seniorcare.com, we’ve collated data for guides in over 8,000 cities throughout the United States.


Reference: *Monthly housing costs as a percentage of household income provide information on the cost of monthly housing expenses for owners and renters. The report provides an excellent measure of housing affordability and excessive shelter costs. The data also serve to aid in the development of housing programs to meet the needs of people at different economic levels. Source: Census data.

By Carol Marak

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July 24, 2019

Is it time to get your car repaired? This is not the time to panic. The first thing you need to do is arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to make informed choices. Here are a few tips about what you’ll need to know before you walk into the shop.

Research Mechanics

If your car needs a repair, chances are high it will need to be done by a mechanic. This can stress a lot of people out. They are afraid of being taken advantage of and not getting a quality repair. However, you can avoid this with plenty of research. Ask people you know for recommendations to ensure they have the right experience and knowledge for your specific make and model of car. For example, if you have a Mustang, they will need to have the right Ford Mustang parts and familiarity with the car.

Used Parts Are a Blessing

When you need work done on your car, the last thing you want to do is overspend for the parts. You can talk to your mechanic about what parts you will need and figure out ways to find the least expensive ones. You can even consider researching the specific part online and finding ones that are used, but still in great condition. If you work with your mechanic, they might be willing to help you in this search as well. Make sure you notify your mechanic or shop before doing this though.

Don’t Talk Finances with Your Mechanic

The last thing you want to say to a mechanic is that you don’t have the money for an expensive repair. Talking about your financial state gives them a free license to charge more. That is why you should research the repairs you need online. Find out as much as you can. That way you know how much it could cost. You will also get an idea of how much repairs generally run. It helps to know ahead of time if the mechanic is taking advantage of you. Building trust with your mechanic helps to avoid expensive repairs. Listening to their advice can also reduce the chances of you spending more money on a part than you should. Don’t create more stress for yourself when you need a car repair. Remember the above 3 tips and you will be on your way to a less expensive repair.

Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2


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June 25, 2019


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May 30, 2019

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Tax season, for many people, means getting a decent sized check in the mail from the government in the form of a tax refund. Some see it as an opportunity to buy something they wouldn’t otherwise or take a fun trip on a whim. That’s okay, as long as your retirement savings are in good shape. The average refund in 2019 is roughly $2,000. You may wonder how such a relatively small amount of money can help you save for your retirement, but there are a few things you can do with these funds to help you make your retirement dreams come true.

Get Rid of High-Interest Debt

The average household in the United States paid $1,141, on average, in interest alone in 2018. This is just giving your money away. One of the best things you can do with your refund is to get rid of this type of debt. Go through all of your credit cards, pick the ones with the highest interest rates and pay those off first. By doing this, you are essentially paying your refund back to yourself over the next year by getting rid of or substantially lowering your credit card payments. This extra money can go towards maxing out your 401(k) or paying off your mortgage or student loans (other types of debt that you don’t want to carry with you into retirement).

Put Money in an Emergency Fund

This sounds like a no-brainer, but as of 2018, roughly 55 million Americans don’t have an emergency fund. On top of that, only 18% of the population had enough saved to cover 3 to 5 months of expenses. Living without an emergency fund is a financially precarious place to be. You are basically a broken transmission or leaky roof away from not being able to pay your bills. What does this mean? Usually, it means that these unexpected emergencies are paid for with high-interest credit cards. The best way to avoid these high-interest payments is to make sure that you have enough to cover your expenses if you lose your job or have to pay for a new furnace in your house. It’s recommended that you have enough to cover three months’ worth of expenses in this fund. So, if you need $4,000 to cover all your costs for a month, your goal should be to have $12,000 in your emergency fund and putting your tax refund towards this goal is worth every penny. This way it will be much easier to save for retirement if disaster strikes.

Max Out Your Retirement Savings

About a quarter of the employers in the United States, that provide 401(k) benefits, offer to match your 401(k) contribution. It’s likely if you’ve had retirement on your mind, that you’ve already been contributing, but the question is: have you been contributing enough? In 2019, the IRS increased the amount you can contribute to $19,000 from $18,500. So that’s an extra $500 right there, but if you are over the age of 50, you are allowed to make a “catch-up” contribution of an extra $6,000 per year. This can go a long way to helping make sure you are living a comfortable life in your retirement. If you are confused by all of this, and many people are, it would be a great idea to get in touch with a financial advisor.

Accomplishing a lot of these goals will probably take a lot more financial heavy-lifting than your yearly tax return. If you need a little extra help securing your financial future in retirement, a life settlement could be the answer that you are looking for. Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance?    If you have a life insurance policy that you don’t need any more or can’t afford the monthly premiums, a life settlement could be right for you. If you want to talk about selling your life insurance policy for immediate cash, contact us today.

Case Study: Don and Thelma bought life insurance when they were younger to protect their family’s future. Now the kids are grown and their youngest is 47. Thelma passed away last year, and Don no longer needs his life insurance policy. Don sold his life insurance policy and used the proceeds to supplement his retirement and check off several boxes on his bucket list.

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