Retirement

Values-based investment growing in Tri-Cities, nationwide

By Eleanor Cummins Preparing for retirement isn’t just about getting finances in order. Faith-based financial advisers, whose ranks are rapidly expanding in the Tri-Cities and across the country, say retirement is also a time to reaffirm commitments to family, friends and the causes you believe in. Michelle Clary is one such adviser in Kennewick. Many […]

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Brett Lott, co-owner of Brett Lott Homes, examines floor plans. As a certified aging-in-place specialist, he custom designs homes so clients can stay in them long term.

Specialty builders look to the future when designing homes

Aging-in-place specialists can help homeowners make adjustments As nearly 77 million baby boomers settle into retirement, many are concerned with more than just their bank accounts. Almost 70 percent of homeowners nationwide have made adjustments to their homes so they can live there longer, according to an AARP study called “Fixing to Stay.” It’s one […]

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Don’t be ‘all thumbs’ when it comes to retirement planning

By Benjamin Messinger My favorite economics professor started our first class by asking: “What is the purpose of a business?” A classmate called out, “To make a profit.” Our professor replied, “Wrong! The purpose of a business is to MAXIMIZE profit! Making a profit leads to golfing in Ritzville. Maximizing profit leads to scuba diving […]

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Terry Chick, who relies on Social Security for his income, mows his own lawn at his Kennewick home to save money. He’s one of a growing number of senior citizens nationwide relying on Social Security as their primary source of income.

More seniors relying on Social Security as main income

By Robin Wojtanik Terry Chick is among a growing percentage of Baby Boomers who rely on a Social Security check every month as a main source of income. But it’s not a position he expected to be in after decades of full-time work. “I’ve never been to a financial planner,” he said. Chick’s face may […]

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Probate could be avoided with proper planning

By Beau Ruff Few words evoke such strong negative imagery as the term “probate.” For most people, they are not sure exactly what probate entails, but they know they want to avoid it at all cost. Contrary to conventional wisdom — and unlike other states — Washington has a simplified and streamlined probate process. Indeed, […]

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Saving for retirement

Living happier and healthier in retirement takes good planning

(StatePoint) — The conceptions and realities of retirement have changed a great deal over the past several decades, giving many seniors misgivings about the future. But your golden years can be happy, healthy and productive, say experts. “For many individuals, confusion, fear and an overwhelming sense of powerlessness accompany the prospect of growing old in […]

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Retirement

Program enhances lives of senior citizens through companionship

Area senior citizens who would otherwise be lonely and unable to get themselves to medical appointments or complete everyday tasks have been uplifted and given hope by friendships made through the Senior Companion Program. “Many of our seniors are living alone and all of their family and friends are gone. We provide companionship, emotional support, […]

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