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Living a Life with a Purpose as We Age

I was raised believing that retirement is what you work toward—the free time to play golf, travel, enjoy a leisurely day—things earned by those who saved well and thus were rewarded with the ability to “retire.”

More than a decade ago, we started hearing news stories about seniors who went back into the work place. Typically, it was a horror story about how they lost all their money in the stock market, or they had a medical condition that wasn’t covered by insurance and drained their resources. But there are positive stories too: I see many seniors working because they want to work; they’re pursuing meaningful endeavors for the joy, meaning and purpose of it—not for the income.

As I watched my parents age, I recognized that the classic concept of total retirement isn’t going to suit my husband and me. We have talked about how we will continue to work, although it’s not so clear what shape that “work” will take in our lives.

My current path has me more focused on giving back to my community and helping other families than on the bottom line. After my experience with my parents, I feel driven to find a solution that fills the gaps left between the legal focus of estate planning, the money focus of financial planning and the personal desire to age with dignity.

Revenues will follow as I pursue my mission to help families avoid the headaches my family faced when my parents could no longer manage their own lives, and we needed to step in to assist them. Thank you, to the hundreds of clients who have supported me on my personal mission. I fully intend to reward your belief in my product by helping you implement and update the MemoryBanc Register and communicate your wishes to those people around you, who will step in to help you when you might need it most. 

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift

Last month, I taught a course for adults over 50 to help them gather their important papers and document their personal wishes. An important statistic I shared with them came from The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information, which reports that by the age of 65, 70 percent of Americans will need long-term care—and the average term is a little more than three years!

Several of my students were widows with grown children, and during the class, many women approached me to ask about services that could help them manage if they needed support. They didn’t want to burden their children, and the isolation felt behind that simple question hurt. I know my Mom felt the same way, yet I believe most children would prefer to have this discussion with their parent rather than struggle through the issues my family faced. I can imagine the hurt I would have felt had my Mom hired someone and not discussed her choice with me, and I would have worried about elder abuse.

I hope you will consider sending your mother a MemoryBanc Register and set up a date to sit down and become her support should she ever need assistance. And as my gift to you, any order placed in the month of May will receive a 20 percent discount when you add in the coupon code of “Mother”.

My Date with Dr. Oz

Yes, on April Fools Day, my appearance on the Dr. Oz show aired! It was a fantastic experience, and I was honored to be one of the first to appear on a show where he covered the topic of dementia. The good news is that I’m not doomed because of my heredity. I already knew that, but I was pleased to have Dr. Oz deliver that news in person.

Success Stories

This summer, a version of the MemoryBanc Register is coming out and will be cobranded by AARP. This edition will be carried in bookstores across the United States and will hopefully be available globally by 2015. As part of that rollout, I’m looking for clients who have a success story on how you have used the MemoryBanc Register. If you want to share your story (we’ll only use first names), please contact me ( no later than May 31, 2014. Thank you!

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This month we are offering a 20% discount on any product your order for your mother. Use the key code “MOTHER” to claim your discount.

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Home Fit Workshops

Simple changes in your home can make a big difference in your life, especially when you encounter physical changes that make using stairs, bathtubs, faucets and even light switches more challenging. Come to one of these free AARP workshops on home modifications:

Thursday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA  
Register now

Monday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA Register now

Shredding Events

Saturday, May 3rd, 8-11 a.m. on the Haycock Elementary Blacktop. Haycock Elementary 6616 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043
Saturday, May 17th, 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Sully District Governmental Center 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151

TV and Computer Recycling

Sunday, May 18th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the I-66 Transfer Station 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA  22030

Caring for the Caregiver

Thursday, May 22, 2014  
1:00–2:00 PM
Walter Reed Community Center Arlington, VA
Most husbands, wives, adult sons and daughters don’t consider themselves “caregivers”. Time for yourself may be limited trying to take care of your family. Join Kay Bransford, of MemoryBanc as she discusses firsthand experience of being a caregiver, how to set boundaries to keep you sane and ensure your health and well being doesn’t get overlooked during your caregiving journey.
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