Q&A with Art Villafane, Editor of Lifestyles over 50
What is the appeal of the magazine?
We strive to deliver information of value to our readers. It generally covers health, lifestyle and finance. Combine that with trivia, humor and puzzles and you get a magazine that appeals to a broad spectrum of people.
Truly, I love my job! I review online lessons for an international Christian homeschool academy, covering every scholastic subject, for all ages from Pre-k through high school. I must admit, I have learned a lot at my advanced age from reading about everything from “Counting to Ten” to “Mapping the Journey of Ibn Battuta.”
I recently reviewed a series on American holidays. As I journeyed through the series, I realized that most American holidays, besides affording citizens a day off work or school, commemorate historical events and, truthfully, dead people.
A favorite hobby for those over 50 is golf. I sat down with an expert to get the best advice for improving your golf game. Mark Csencsits, PGA, is a charismatic ambassador for golf and the head golf pro at the Bethlehem Golf Club.
“The first thing that people need to do is get fit for golf. In the Northeast golfers take winter off and tend to get out of shape.” Mark recommends that golfers maintain fitness through winter time with activities like yoga or tai chi. Weight training, swimming and other activities are also valuable but he acknowledges not everyone enjoys them.
As people progress through various stages in life they find themselves in a quandary regarding their home – should I stay or should I go? For those who want to stay in the same geographic location they must evaluate if their home meets their needs, or if it could be renovated to meet their needs. If a renovation is required - what is the level of investment and would it add value to the home? If you find yourself undertaking this mental exercise, we compiled a list of reported projects that yield the best return on investment:
John and Mary did everything right – or so it seemed. They worked hard, saved money, invested wisely, and spent prudently. Now in their golden years, John and Mary looked back contentedly upon a lifetime of achievements. They had put their children through college, paid for nice weddings, and helped the kids buy homes. Sitting on a nice nest egg, John and Mary now had both the time and money to travel as they always hoped to do.
Although no one likes getting older, for the golfer the game becomes less expensive as you mature. We compiled a list of local golf courses, the age that they consider you officially to be a “senior”, and the senior greens fees. Please note that rates were taken off the courses’ websites (weekday, walk only, some may include cart). Rates are subject to change and we included phone numbers to call and confirm pricing and details.