The SOLOIST Archives | 2021
Where Will You Live? A Curated Reading List for Solos
“Can you recommend any good reading on living arrangements for Solos?” asked a subscriber to The Soloist. Can I ever, I replied. As a researcher (who is also a Solo), I collect everything I can about aging solo—including the factors to consider in choosing your living arrangements. Read more … Where Will You Live? A Curated Reading List for Solos
How Long Will You Live? Part I
Thinking about our own mortality makes most of us uncomfortable. We hope that our lives end quickly, rather than after a long decline or a health catastrophe. Yet we all know people whose deaths—as well as the months or even years leading up to it—have been painful to witness. Read more … How Long Will You Live? Part I
Finding a Home
Deciding where to live as we age is one of the most important decisions Solos make—or sometimes postpone making. Should we stay where we are or move? Strike out on our own or choose a community that can provide on-site care and support, if and when we need it. Read more … Finding a Home
“Have the Talk of a Lifetime”— But with Whom?
Frequently, my eyes drift to the display ad that appears in this section and is given an extra-large space before holidays. “Have the Talk of a Lifetime,” reads the headline. In an era when society aims to become more inclusive, these talk-of-a-lifetime ads are still stuck in the 1950s, when (heterosexual) couples and kids filled every home—or were thought to. Read more … “Have the Talk of a Lifetime”— But with Whom?
An Age 50+ Horror Movie—With a Twist
I Care a Lot has been streaming on Netflix for just a few months. Yet the movie has already had an impact on our clients and friends. After seeing it, you’ll never forget why having a financial safety net is so important. Read more … An Age 50+ Horror Movie—With a Twist
Rich Solo, Poor Solo
The self-proclaimed, best-selling personal finance book of all time is Richard Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! At its core, the book has a simple message: that “regular” people can become richer by learning from the money-management practices of the wealthy. Read more … Rich Solo, Poor Solo
Estate Planning for Solos
Most of us drag our heels when it comes to estate-planning. It simmers quietly on the back burner, muffled by more immediate issues. Whether we’re Solos, married, and/or have children, we’re seldom eager to contemplate our own mortality. Read more … Estate Planning for Solos