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June 1, 2018

Retirement and Wellness

Retirement & Wellness - Retirees Exercising

Do you have concerns about retiring?  Well if you are like most Americans, the answer is yes.  Many pre-retirees and retirees suffer from financial anxiety and become overwhelmed with fears, such as unexpected healthcare expenses, becoming a care burden to children or outliving their retirement savings.  While these are all very real and valid fears, I encourage you to focus on one thing you can actually manage over time, which is your health.

Happiness during retirement too often focuses on the financial needs of an individual or couple.

However, I think the priority list should actually look more like this:

  1. Health
  2. Family
  3. Financial well-being

So this month I want to focus on a couple of health reminders for your consideration:

Annual Check-Up
First, I hope and assume that you are getting an annual check-up with a primary care doctor.  These regular health exams can test for problems before they even start and help resolve health issues early when chances for treatment or cure are more likely.  By taking this step each year, you are increasing your probability for a longer, healthier and happier life.  This type of prevention is priceless.

Shingles Vaccination
Second, get your shingles vaccination.  Shingles is a very painful, debilitating and long-term health issue. Nearly one out of every three people will develop shingles during his or her lifetime in the United States.  Early signs of the disease include pain, itching or tingling before a blistering rash appears several days later. The rash and symptoms can last up to four weeks and typically occur on one side of the body.  In addition to the rash, a small percentage of those who develop shingles can develop severe nerve pain and in rare cases experience strokes, encephalitis, spinal cord damage and vision loss.

The good news is there is a vaccination for shingles and The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new version of the vaccine called Shingrix, which provides much better protection than the older vaccine Zostavax. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Shingrix is 97% effective in preventing shingles in people 50 to 69 years of age and is 91% effective in those 70 and older.  So now is a great time to get vaccinated!

Bottom Line: Take care of yourself, schedule annual physicals and get your vaccinations so you can enjoy the retirement you have worked so hard to create over your lifetime.


Healthcare, Retirement

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