Why 57% of People Make the Wrong Call on When to Take Social Security

Why 57% of People Make the Wrong Call on When to Take Social Security

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October 25, 2019

Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that retirees collecting Social Security checks will see a 1.6% cost of living adjustment going into 2020. You can do way better. Here's the deal (and you probably already know this): Every year you hold off on claiming Social Security, you get a guaranteed 8% increase in the payment you ultimately receive.

Volunteering in Boquete, Panama

Volunteering in Boquete, Panama

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October 25, 2019

Boquete, in the highlands of Panama, offers a pleasant climate, affordable cost of living, a welcoming community, outdoor adventures, and delicious local produce. What potential Boquetinos may not be aware of is that there are also a myriad of volunteer opportunities in the town to occupy their time. Boquete has an established and active retirement community who volunteer with taking care of animals, providing food to the needy to assisting the disabled.

My Retirement Plan? Pursue My Passions in a Place That Fills Me With Energy

My Retirement Plan? Pursue My Passions in a Place That Fills Me With Energy

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October 9, 2019

I guess the best way to spin this is to say, “I’m trendy!” That’s my reading of a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report, “Working Better with Age,” which effectively concludes that older workers are now absolutely vital to the global workforce, and that people who might otherwise be settling into life after Read more...: My Retirement Plan? Pursue My Passions in a Place That Fills Me With Energy

Safety in Costa Rica

Safety in Costa Rica

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September 30, 2019

We often receive queries about safety in Costa Rica. Since it is a worldwide issue, I would like to dispel some of those rumors and arm you with a little information to make your experiences of traveling and living in Costa Rica a bit more stress-free...

Is My U.S. Health Insurance Valid Abroad?

Is My U.S. Health Insurance Valid Abroad?

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September 27, 2019

Readers often write in to International Living to ask whether U.S. health insurance companies cover treatment abroad. For any U.S. resident considering a move abroad, this is an important consideration. The short answer is: probably not. Most U.S. health insurers don’t cover treatment outside the U.S. Neither, of course, does Medicare.