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Teen and elderly woman sharing earpods.Classic television is home to its share of unique roommate situations. There’s Felix and Oscar (the original odd couple); Mork & Mindy (a human and an alien); Jack, Janet, and Chrissy from Three’s Company; and the venerated “Golden Girls” (who were clearly ahead of their time). 

In today’s real world, the home-sharing trend is creating a whole new category of cohabitation: intergenerational roommates. 

Across the country, retirees are opening their homes to young people, offering relatively inexpensive housing in exchange for light housework, help with errands, and even just company. 

AdobeStock_610049353-300x200In most cases, the Social Security benefits of a deceased spouse do pass to the surviving spouse, but there are some specific considerations to keep in mind when it comes to who is entitled to which benefits and how to apply for them. 

People are often unaware that they may be able to collect Social Security benefits from their deceased spouse — called survivor benefits — but it’s important to investigate the options as part of your financial planning. 

In addition to the surviving spouse, other family members — including certain children/dependents and parents of the deceased — may also be eligible. But for the purposes of this article, we will focus on spousal benefits. 

AdobeStock_644647009-300x174In 2020 – as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the economy and our very way of life – 2.4 million people who weren’t originally planning on it decided to retire. Two years later, in March 2022, more than half of those folks (1.5 million) had returned to work. 

This “unretiring” trend was the topic of research conducted by T. Rowe Price. Their survey-based Retirement Saving & Spending Study included the following highlights:

  • 20% of retirees are working either full-time or part-time.

AdobeStock_284813549-300x200If you could design the perfect retirement community, what would it look like? What kinds of amenities would you offer? How would you use technology to enhance safety and comfort? How would you support residents’ physical and mental wellness? 

These are questions that the designers of tomorrow’s senior homes and retirement communities are thinking about right now.

The senior housing landscape is undergoing rapid and in-depth transformation for a variety of reasons, and innovators are taking the opportunity to imagine a whole new kind of housing solution for the older generations. 

Dollarphotoclub_69690745-300x212In 2023, Americans with disabilities will receive a significant raise in their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and in other Social Security benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration, monthly SSI payments are going up 8.7% – an average increase of more than $140 per month beginning this January.

This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023 and began on December 30, 2022 with increased payments to more than 7 million SSI beneficiaries. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).

AdobeStock_502074078-300x169Giving gifts is a nice thing to do for a friend or family member, but, as the saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished” – at least when it comes to the IRS.

The federal government imposes a gift tax that is currently 40%. And if you live in Connecticut, your gift may also be subject to the one-and-only state-level gift tax in the country. Lucky you.

The good news is that because of the annual and lifetime gifting exemptions as well as several categories of gifts that are not subject to the gift tax at all, the majority of Americans will rarely (if ever) have to pay a gift tax. 

AdobeStock_464008213-300x191There is something very appealing and kind of romantic about sailing off into the sunset to enjoy the golden years of retirement in an idyllic setting. It is, perhaps, the pinnacle of the American Dream. 

However, selecting the perfect place to retire takes more than just dreaming. It’s a process of self-discovery, research, prioritization, due diligence, exploration, and careful planning. Which isn’t to say that it can’t also be fun. 

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the key considerations that you’ll want to keep top of mind as you navigate through where you might want to live.

resolutionsWe’ll only be hours into the New Year, and most of us will already be steeling ourselves for the annual guilt trip about abandoned resolutions! It never fails. We start out with the best intentions, but as the world cranks back into gear after the holidays, we find ourselves slipping back into old habits and making old excuses. 

Don’t feel too bad. You’re definitely not alone. 

The trouble with most New Year resolutions is that keeping them requires consistent effort over the long term. It can be exhausting just thinking about it.

AdobeStock_44015480-300x271Many people mistakenly assume that Social Security is a fairly cut-and-dry proposition. You turn 62 – you get your long-awaited Social Security benefits. Right?

Well, it is not that straight-forward.

It is actually a very complex system that is best navigated under the guidance of a professional who knows something about the more than 8,000 different ways to claim Social Security.

(Note: this post has been updated due to potential IRS changes)

Do you know about the new changes that could affect your retirement accounts? Some are positive, others may require you to make some new planning decisions.

Either way, the goal of this new legislation is to improve retirement security for many Americans. And that’s a good thing.

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