Seniors Issues Group - Welcome and Posting Guidelines

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Welcome to the ActiveRain Seniors Issues Group!

The intended purpose of this group is to provide a forum to share information and resources that are of specific interest to those of us dealing with seniors issues, either as a senior citizen or as a service provider to seniors.Seniors
Our definition of a senior is anyone who qualifies for membership in the AARP.  It's also for anyone who provides services to that age group, including real estate, legal, financial, property maintenance and even healthcare and eldercare.

Whether you are approaching retirement or have already arrived at that phase in your life, there are special issues and challenges that are unique to your situation.  It's not just issues about buying or selling a home to downsize or moving to an over 55 (55+) community to address accessibility and support concerns.  It also involves financial and estate planning for personal as well as business and investment property, business succession planning and being realistic about future health conditions.

This is for you to seek advice and learn where you can obtain local help and support.

If you have not reached that point in your life, it's still never too early to be learning and planning for the future. This is a place to learn and beging planning for making it the best years of your life.

It is also a way for us to network, meet new friends, exchange ideas, build relationships and share news and experiences.

Post anything you believe may be of general interest or benefit to seniors.  If you have a seniors' related question, post it here for others to help you. 

Please feel free to contribute and to make any comments and suggestions about the direction this group should take and the topics for discussion.

While most of the posting criteria for this group is based on general ActiveRain guidelines, there are a few specific to this group (although most groups have similar ones):

Posting Criteria for Group - Please Read BEFORE Posting:

1. No spamming...
this includes personal advertisements, etc. 

If you want people to get to know you, we have provided almost unlimited means for you to do so...

First, start posting comments to group posts that are of interest to you and where you can contribute your expertise for the benefit of the rest of us.

Second, submit your own posts to the group, sharing your knowledge, incite, experience and ideas that will benefit the rest of us.

2. Stay on focus.

Just because you write a great post for which everyone may be interested, does not mean it should also be included in this group. 

For those that have the tendency or urge to do this, allow me to make a suggestion...
It will probably be better to post the majority of your posts in the [*** make appropriate substitution here ***] group which are more generic with respect to readers and not this group, unless you want to specifically apply it to this group as a tutorial.

If you are discussing a fairly involved topic, unless it is a practical application that the majority can quickly grasp, it is my suggestion to post to "[** substitute appropriate group here ***]" and similar areas, then submit "practical application" and/or "tutorial" posts to groups like this (incorporating links to the more detailed posts as references) with specific examples oriented to this group.

I believe you will have more readership for those situations.  (And extra AR points for the posts :-)

Otherwise, most people will see it as "noise" within the group and I am being "encouraged" to filter out as much "noise" as possible that does not deal specifically and directly focus on the objectives of this group.

3. Avoid ALL CAPS in titles.

While you think you are getting more attention that way, it actually does the reverse as most people view ALL CAPS in titles as either flaming, inexperienced poster, spam, immaturity or a combination of them.  ALL CAPS in the heading, while it may make you stand out, are actually harder to read and most people tend to ignore associating with advertising.   In order to avoid the "spamming" look of other blogs, we will remove automatically (do not have the time to notify poster) any entries that are ALL CAPS in the title.  (If that happens to your entry, all you have to do is correct the title using upper/lower case and then resubmit.)

Thank you for becoming part of our group.  Please feel free to contribute and to make any comments and suggestions about the direction this group should take and the topics for discussion.