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Much of the retirement advice out there is geared toward couples, but plenty of folks are charting their next course alone. Today's edition explores how solo seniors can build support systems for their future needs, and the story came about thanks to this newsletter. A couple months back, a reader wrote an ask-the-reader question inquiring about services for so-called “elder orphans,” who have no family in a position to help them as they age. Instead of getting answers in response, I received emails from other readers interested in the same information. So I gathered resources to help you put your team in place -- because no matter what your family circumstances, you should never age alone.

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The Ultimate Solo Senior Survival Guide

Without kin in a position to help, advance planning becomes even more critical.

The Brady Bunch House Is for Sale. See What It Really Looks Like Inside

The asking price is $1.9 million

14 Smart Ways to Save Tons of Money at Target, Every Time You Shop

For one thing, you can always get 5% off.


Our book talk on The Millionaire Next Door starts on Monday! Cindy Gnech, 64, of Harrisburg, Pa., isn’t on Facebook but wrote in to say that she read the book years ago, when MONEY first wrote about it. “I have tried to practice those principles all my life,” Gnech writes. “They have stood me in very good stead.” She says she has hung onto the magazine and re-reads the article from time to time.

Here’s an excerpt from that article, which was MONEY’s cover story of June, 1997:

“To help you maximize your wealth and make your financial dreams come true, MONEY has distilled the traits of the wealthy Americans documented in The Millionaire Next Door into seven easy-to-follow rules. In essence, the keys to achieving millionaire status are extreme thriftiness; disciplined, prodigious investing; an aversion to debt; serious tax sheltering; help from at least one sharp financial adviser and hard work — ideally at your own business.”


Why Working in Retirement is Not a Sure Thing

Save as if you’re not going to be able to work forever, because you probably won’t. REUTERS

Here’s How to Cultivate New Friends as You Age

It’s common to lose friends and relatives as you progress through older age, and making new connections remains important. KAISER HEALTH NEWS

Do Women Really Need Financial Advice for Women?

Experts debate the merits of financial advice tailored to women. NEXT AVENUE

What Do Retired People Do All Day?

An aging blogger reflects on her schedule, and those of her retired peers. TIME GOES BY


Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at MONEY, covering retirement and health care. You can email her at elizabeth.o'brien@moneymail.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

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