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uncovered several consistent behav-iors and attitudes that are strongly associated with feeling in controlof one’s life -- all of which revolvearound not letting money or your jobdefine who you are.Upbeat Americans are driven by a mindset that they can always findways to solve problems. And they seem to have struck the right balancebetween finding time for fun thingsthey enjoy and taking the necessary steps to secure their futures.“Americans who feel in controlof their destinies share a commonmindset focused on positive, con-structive behaviors every day,” saidMark Konen, president of Insuranceand Retirement Solutions for LincolnFinancial Group.
Simple steps tooptimism
The good news is there are certainbehaviors you can adopt to positively impact your life. Consider these topfive behaviors of Americans who feelin control of their lives:
They value and cultivate per-sonal relationships.
They volunteer in their commu-nities and give to charity.
They take quiet time to be aloneand think.
They exercise and spend timeon hobbies.
They adhere to budgets andsave for retirement.Not surprisingly, those who saidthey felt in control have taken con-crete steps to build financial secu-rity, such as establishing retirementaccounts and owning other financialproducts, including life insurance.They are also more likely to stay within their budgets and save money from every paycheck, regardless of amount.
It’s not about money
One of the secrets of optimistic Americans, according to the research,is they are not driven by the desire to be wealthy.Instead, Americans “in charge”consider financial freedom -- havingenough money to do what they want -- to be four to five times more impor-tant than being wealthy.“The combination of traits thatapply to ‘take charge’ Americansshows these people strike the right balance,” says Konen. “They valuealone time, but also invest in rela-tionships with friends and family.They enjoy leisure time but maketime to sit down with their paperwork and adhere to budgets.”More details from the new survey can be found at LincolnFinancial.com/surveys. According to the new research,the key to optimism is adopting amindset centered on the fact that it’ssquarely within your power to control your destiny. While you must take steps to builda secure future, it’s equally importantto take time to enjoy life.
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Upbeat Americans are driven by amindset that they can always findways to solve problems.
More seniors than everbefore are living healthy independent lives well intotheir golden years. Anda vast majority want toremain in their homes aslong as possible, accordingto the National Aging inPlace Council.However, most houseswere not built to adapt toour changing needs as weage.“The good news is thereare many simple ways tomake a home more func-tional for your needs as youage,” says Shannon Sims,marketing communicationsmanager for Therma-TruCorp.By 2030, Americans 65and older will make up 20percent of the population.For those wishing to makeaging-in-place easier, thereare several things to con-sider.
Eliminate clutter thatcould get in your way, suchas planters and small con-sole tables.Pay attention to arearugs and other tripping haz-ards. And if you have woodfloors and carpeting, installtransition strips where they adjoin.
To ideally accommodatea wheelchair, the doorway to your home should be atleast 32-inches wide. Evenwithout a wheelchair, awider opening can be ben-eficial when entering andexiting.There are differentdoors you can install tomeet your mobility needsand personal style.
Lowering countertops inyour kitchen and bathroomcan make using them easi-er. And consider grab-barsfor showers and bathtubs.For their part, curblessshowers and bathtubs withentrances that open canreduce the possibility of falling.
Tips formaking yourhome seniorfriendly
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SUNDAY, JAN. 8
St. Joseph Parish Men’s Club•Breakfast Buffet, 8:30a.m.-1p.m.Parish Center, 249 6th St.
MONDAY, JAN. 9
Eskel Norbeck Manistee Veterans•Counselor will process VA claimsand other vet/dependent needs,Veteran center, Manistee courthouse,9 a.m.-3 p.m., appt. 398-3587
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
DAV Service ofﬁcer will process VA•claims, other veteran/dependentneeds, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., VFW, 28th St.,Manistee, walk-ins welcome. appt,723-922American Legion meeting 7 p.m.; 10•Mason, ManisteeMichigan Veterans Trust Fund•Reps. will be in the ofﬁce to takeapplications from vets in need ofAssistance,1- 3 p.m. ManisteeCounty Veterans Ofﬁce 398-3587Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center,•234 Parkdale Ave., 398-7984, 9a.m.-4 p.m.Ms. B. Matzen , MI. Veterans•Employment Specialist, DVOW II,DELEG 1660 S US 31, Manistee, Mi9 a.m.-4 p.m. 398-3175Story Time, 11 a.m., Main Library. All•kids welcome
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
Manistee Audubon program, “Bees:•Tales from the Hive” 7 p.m., LakeBluff Bird Sanctuary, 2890 LakeshoreRdVFW Service ofﬁcer, VA will process•VA claims, other veteran/dependentneeds, Walk-ins welcome 10 a.m.-2p.m. VFW, 28th St., Manistee, appt.call (231)723-9220
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
Combat veterans Group 1 p.m.; VFW•28th St. Joel 935-0051Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center,•234 Parkdale Ave., 398-7984, 9a.m.-4 p.m.Victorian Quilt Guild meeting, 10 a.m.•Lake Bluff Audubon Bird Sanctuary.•Guests and new members welcome.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
Showing of the ﬁlm “Courageous,”•7:30 p.m., Assembly of God, 611Merkey Road
SUNDAY, JAN. 15
Knights of Columbus chicken dinner,•11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; St. Mary’s ParishHall.Women of the Moose, Potato•Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-12noon, Moose Lodge, Manistee
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