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Iowa now is one of seven states, plus the District of Columbia, where people can replace a lost Social Security card online.

Social Security Administration spokesman B. J. Jarrett says in order to serve the public, the SSA needs to take advantage of emerging technologies.

"We want to be able to provide services and provide benefits to folks the way they want to receive them," says Jarrett. "A lot of folks, and not just young people, but a lot of middle aged and older folks, are online now. So we want to meet them where they're at." 

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The organization AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, says 42 percent of Iowa’s private sector workers do not have an employer-sponsored retirement plan. State Senator Janet Petersen and Iowa’s State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald are working to change that. They’ve proposed a state-run plan for private employees, something more than 20 states are also considering. 

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The age of 65 was a milestone that many workers used to look forward to—the promise of retirement, leisure time, and a guaranteed pension.   But the last couple of decades have brought change: most companies don’t provide pensions, employees must make their own investment choices concerning their 401K (if they are lucky enough to even have one), and simply dropping out of the work force at 65 isn’t an option.

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Can serious illness increase your odds of divorce? If you're a women over the age of 50 that seems to be the case.

A new Iowa State University study looking at the divorce rate for older heterosexual adults has found that if a wife experiences a serious illness like cancer or stroke, the probability of her marriage dissolving increases by 6 percent. A husband becoming ill, however, has no statistical impact on a couple’s chances of divorce.

When Robert Buckely reached retirement, he decided he needed a new adventure and started walking... hundreds of miles in multiple countries.  He has now completed four super long distance hikes, the last one at the age of 70.  He's written about his experiences in the book Two Miles an Hour.

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People are living longer, but are they living better, more healthy, more active lives?  Colin Milner is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, and is visiting Iowa to talk about opportunities for governments, organizations, and individuals to take advantage to the changes that are ahead for people and communities.  Also on the program is Iowa State University Assistant Professor Sarah Francis, who also oversees ISU Extension's program Living Well Through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise.

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Forget the IRA for a minute.  How’s your portfolio for spending your time after retiring? Here’s a little advice and thoughts explored in this ‘Talk of Iowa’ program:

Make a plan. About a year before the retirement day, decide how you will be spending your time. Have a list of things to do: volunteering, learning a new skill, maintaining friendships and social networks, and develop ideas about how pieces of those goals can be accomplished every day.