Senior Couple Enjoying the View on the Beach
July 10, 2023
Written By:
Brian Goldman
Retirement Specialist, Financial Adviser

July 2023 Newsletter

July is considered to be the hottest month of the year. But that can make it a great time to hit the beach... and just plain relax. Please take some time to look through your July newsletter with thoughts on finding meaning in retirement, annuities and more.

Finding Meaning in Retirement

Your retirement is a time for fun and relaxation. But there can be more to it than that.

Finding meaning in retirement can mean going beyond what is "normal" everyday retirement life.

It can involve contributing to the broader community, servicing society, or taking care of others.

It can even include adopting a pet, volunteering, or babysitting your grandchildren.

These are all ways to fulfill human needs and connect with others and it can be good for your health!

What is a Generation?

There are different ideas of what constitutes a generation...

One useful description might be it's simply all of the people born and living at about the same time.

Key contemporary generations include Baby Boomers "I" (older Baby Boomers), Baby Boomers "II" (Younger Baby Boomers), and GI (World War II) or the "Greatest" generation.

Reports say the average period for a generation is about 20-30 years.

Advantages of Annuities

What are the benefits of an annuity? Benefits of annuities include a stream of income, tax advantages, and tax-deferred growth over time.

If you have any questions about annuities and how they can work for you in retirement, please contact me anytime.

How Can Seniors Stay Active Despite Summer Heat?

Some tips (Senior Helpers):

  • Walk outside on cooler days.
  • Visit a senior center or the "Y".
  • Join a pool.
  • Give yoga a try.
  • Work out with a friend.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take extra breaks when you're exercising.
  • Wear sunscreen.

Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an "SPF" of at least 30.

Good Taste, Good Health

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Here's a simple, but pleasing, summertime treat. Serve with corn on the cob or corn salad.


  • 8 small (corn or flour) tortillas, cut into halves
  • 2 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • Optional garnishes: olives, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, tomato, green or red onions.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. With cooking spray, coat 8" or 9" square baking pan or casserole.
  2. Spread 1/4 cups sauce over prepared dish. Cover the sauce at the bottom of pan with 4 halves of the tortilla.
  3. On the tortillas, spread 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the beans, 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Starting with another 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce, repeat layer twice for a total of three layers. Over the remaining tortilla halves, spread the remaining enchilada sauce.
  5. Over the top, sprinkle the remaining cheese.
  6. Cover the dish with foil sprayed with cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  7. Bake casserole for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned.
  8. Allow casserole to sit for 5 minutes to firm up, top with garnishes, and serve.

Senior Financial Glossary

In an uptrend, each successive price peak and trough is higher than the ones found earlier in the trend.

A user fee is a sum of money paid as a necessary condition to gain access to a particular service or facility.

A use tax is charged on any goods purchased without paying a sales tax when one would normally be applied in their home state.

Usury is the act of lending money at an interest rate considered unreasonably high or that is higher than the rate permitted by law.

SOURCE: Investopedia

Did you know this about July?

July 1, 1862 — The Bureau of Internal Revenue Service was established on this date.

July 6, 1885 — Louis Pasteur gave the first successful anti-rabies inoculation to a boy who had been bitten by an infected dog. New Mexico desert.

July 16, 1945 — The experimental Atomic bomb, "Fat Boy", was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the desert of New Mexico.

July 21, 1898 — Guam was ceded to the United States by Spain.

SOURCE: The History Place

Famous Birthdays: Kevin Hart (July 6), Tom Hanks (9), Vin Diesel (18), Jennifer Lopez (24).

SOURCE: Famous Birthdays

Quote of the Month

"Too often in life, something happens, and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations."
- Tom Brady

View Last Month's Sudoku answers

SOURCE: BrainyQuote©

Should you have any questions, please email me at or call 412-897-0760.

Brian Goldman
Retirement Specialist, Financial Adviser