A Hidden Gem in the Asheville Mountains

Many have had the pleasure of visiting Asheville and the surrounding area.  You may have visited during fall foliage season or in the spring when Biltmore’s gardens were in full bloom.  However, there is a lesser known event which occurs in the Asheville area twice a year and may be perfect to explore as you contemplate an important time of your life, retirement.   The concept of lifelong learning is not a new one.  Many take advantage of learning opportunities throughout their lives, completing degree programs at all ages.  However, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) located in the mountains of Asheville, takes that learning to new heights.  The topography of this small corner of the UNC Asheville campus helps and the offerings at the institute offer an amazing variety to please every sense.  One of their most unique offerings is a weekend adventure called, Paths to Creative Retirement.   The Institute hosts a 2 ½ day workshop focused on the many facets of retirement.  While your Financial Advisor typically helps you plan for the financial aspects of retirement, this workshop Read on! →

National Healthcare Decisions Day

We all know the significance of April 15th each year, but do you know why April 16th is also important for you and your family?  April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  The goal of this “National” day is to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.  Advance care planning involves taking the time to carefully consider and document your preferences around end-of life care.  It also includes the act of legally designating and empowering an agent to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you were to become unable to do so for yourself. Although these can be uncomfortable topics to consider, approaching these conversations proactively will allow you to stay in better control of the future, whether you are able to personally voice your preferences, or are reliant on someone else.  The primary benefits of advance care planning include; Careful consideration of your wants and desires at end-of-life Documentation of those desires, including life-sustaining measures to be avoided or applied Requests for specific comfort measures , surroundings or companions as death approaches Read on! →

Retiring Soon? Here are the 5 things you should do first

A recent article on Grandparents.com entitled “Retiring Soon?  Here are the 5 things you should do first” was written by Kristen Sturt and featured advice by Cheryl Sherrard.  Cheryl’s advice included the following; Start tracking your new daily expenses Now that you’re not working, your daily expenditures will change, possibly drastically. “I tell new retirees that it can take a year or two to adjust to retirement and really know what you will spend on average,” says Cheryl Sherrard of Clearview Wealth Management in Charlotte, NC, “and you need to know what your retirement income can support, even in bad market years.” Fill your calendar with meaningful activities Why did you retire? Now is the time to discover the real reason. “Find your passion,” urges Sherrard. “I’ve seen too many individuals retire ‘from’ something and not ‘to’ something. While it takes everyone time to get used to retirement, you have to find a reason to get up in the morning, whether it is volunteering, gardening, finding a part-time gig, etc.” Making concrete plans. “Many are surprised that their goal of Read on! →

Just Dating? 3 Money Topics to Discuss before you get Serious!

Cheryl Sherrard, CFP was quoted recently in a Learnvest article by Meghan Rabbitt, entitled, “Just Dating?  3 Money Topics to Discuss before you get Serious”. Dating discussion #1 included talking about your family money histories. For instance, if he grew up with no money, he may have an inordinate fear of never having enough. On the flip side, if his parents always forked over cash, he may have never learned to delay gratification, says Cheryl Sherrard, a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and director of financial planning for Clearview Wealth Management in Charlotte, N.C. Knowing what shaped his views can help you compare his experiences to your own and see where your differences may lie. “I think people tend to assume that everyone else will deal with money the same way they do, and don’t think about the fact that money—or the lack thereof—can carry huge emotional ties as well,” Sherrard says. Dating discussion #2 focused on your Debt Situation. Debt can be a squirm-inducing, four-letter word in the realm of dating. But it ranks high on the list of important Read on! →

Is This Proposed Medicare Benefit Enough?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled End-of-Life Talk Proposed as New Medicare Benefit highlighted an issue encountered as patients approach the very end of their lives.  While there may be doctors who are willing to discuss end of life plans with their patients, they are not currently being reimbursed by Medicare for the time they spend in these important discussions.  Does this result in doctors opting out of these conversations altogether, or they are waiting until it is essentially too late to talk about it? A Frontline special a few months ago highlighted the fact that many doctors continue to pursue medical options to the very end of a patient’s life, even when there is no hope and when continued treatment creates additional physical trauma for patients and their families.  Obviously doctors have the ultimate goal of healing their patients, but when the end is inevitable, lack of training has been cited as one of the reasons many medical doctors never have end-of-life discussions with their patients. While we may not be able to control whether or not Read on! →