Often overshadowed by milestone birthdays and anniversaries, retirement remains one of life’s most significant events. After spending decades studying and working, retirement comes to many as a welcome reward for a job well done. Planning for retirement, however, is crucial to enjoying it comfortably.


Home Instead Senior Care

Seeing the signs of an aging parent who needs help can be overwhelming, but Home Instead Senior Care ensures caring for older loved ones isn’t a struggle. From help around the house to advanced Alzheimer’s care, Home Instead CAREGivers enhance the lives of aging adults and their families by working to help keep seniors safe at home. With sincere passion, CAREGivers are dedicated to helping make a difference in seniors’ lives.

A local franchise owned by New Orleans native Lisa Rabito, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture. CAREGivers provide non-medical support services like meal preparation, transportation, personal care, medication reminders, and more, while working in tandem when needed with healthcare providers and hospice. CAREGivers are available from 20 hours a week to 24 hours a day. Aging adults no longer in the home can request Home Instead services at the retirement community or nursing facility where they reside.

For more information, visit homeinstead.com/339 or call 504-455-4911.


Oak Park Village at Hammond 

Oak Park Village at Hammond is a small, boutique-style assisted living and memory care community conveniently located in a quiet, country setting in Hammond. Situated among giant oak trees and beautiful landscaping, Oak Park Village’s enclosed courtyards are the perfect place to relax. Meanwhile, its large town square is a great place for socializing, grabbing a coffee, and meeting up with friends and family.  

The Oak Park Village Life Enrichment Program boasts many activities and local outings that keep residents active and engaged. With daily spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual activities, the community curates its offerings based on the desires of each resident.

The dining experience at Oak Park Village includes three from-scratch meals a day, plus snacks. Meals are served restaurant-style in the dining room from a variety of menus. 

Meanwhile, iN2L’s content-driven engagement technology brings the joy of connection to the Oak Park Village community. This easy-to-use technology features immersive content experiences, including playing games, exercising, listening to music, making video calls, and more. 

To learn more or make an appointment, call 985-345-8787. 

The Pastor Financial Group

Over 30 years in the industry, Wealth Manager Renée Pastor has helped numerous clients plan for and transition into successful retirement. Last year, Renée expanded that focus by adding Individual Participant 401(k) Management to The Pastor Financial Group’s specialized services and was named a Best in State Top Women Advisors 2022 by Forbes Magazine.Employers are increasingly making self-directed brokerage accounts available in their 401(k) plans as employees demand more investment options for their retirement. Employees, though, also want individualized advice and management for their 401(k) account as it’s often the largest asset that will allow them to retire comfortably. “That’s where we come in,” says Renée. “We make the investment buys and sells for them inside of their account so that they don’t have to worry about investment choices as markets and economic conditions change.”For information on how you can maximize your 401(k), visit thepastorgroup.com, email renee@thepastorgroup.com, or call 504-309-3994.