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Are Your Parents Falling for the Financial Independence Myth?
By Richard Eisenberg
Are Your Parents Falling for the Financial Independence Myth?
If you have parents in their 70s or 80s, there’s a good chance they believe a common money myth that could be dangerous for them — and for you. Fidelity calls it “The Independence Myth” in a study, with a warning to boomers and Gen X’ers. “The Independence Myth boils down to the idea that as…
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Why 3 Career Failures Were Good for Me
By Marc Miller
Why 3 Career Failures Were Good for Me
(This article is an excerpt from Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life by Marc Miller with Susan Lahey, which is due to be published in early 2017.) There’s a gripping moment in Apollo 13 where Gene Kranz is telling his Houston team that they have to figure out a way to bring…
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Why It’s Time for Emergency Fund 401(k)s
By Richard Eisenberg
Why It’s Time for Emergency Fund 401(k)s
A lot has been written about America’s retirement crisis (some of it by Next Avenue). But I don’t think there’s been enough attention given to America’s emergency fund crisis. And I think it’s about time employers step up to help with this problem by offering the equivalent of an emergency fund 401(k), maybe with some…
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The 5 Best Types of Exercise Classes After 50
By Linda Melone, CSCS
The 5 Best Types of Exercise Classes After 50
Trying to keep up the high-intensity, high-impact workout classes you did in your 30s can quickly turn into an unhappy situation when you’re over 50. Tight muscles, less resilient tendons, and the need for increased recovery time make injuries more likely for women and men. Knowing what to look for in a fitness class can…
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How to Thrive in Today’s Fast-Changing World
By Richard Harris
How to Thrive in Today’s Fast-Changing World
Those of us in middle age have felt the pace of our lives speed up as we’ve gotten older. But it wasn’t until I recently recorded my mother during her 94th birthday celebration that I appreciated just how concentrated the pace of change has been for someone in her 10th decade. “Everything changed so fast. But…
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Why Dementia Rates in U.S. Are Dropping
By Emily Gurnon
Why Dementia Rates in U.S. Are Dropping
News about Alzheimer’s and dementia is so often negative that when when we hear about an encouraging trend, it’s almost shocking. But that’s just what came out recently in a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study on dementia rates. The study looked at more than 10,500 adults in the United States aged 65…
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Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce
By John Schall
Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce
When employers force their employees with caregiving duties to choose between work and family, everyone loses. This can be particularly true for women, who still make up 60 percent of the family caregiver population (though men are increasingly shouldering the responsibility). Two out of every five adults — tens of millions of Americans — are…
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Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer
By Sheryl Kraft
Don’t Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer
Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause. “I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning woman asked me when I was due…
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‘Elder Orphans’ Have a Harder Time Aging in Place
By Carol Marak
‘Elder Orphans’ Have a Harder Time Aging in Place
Thriving in a place that’s safe and comfortable, surrounded by cozy memories, is a natural desire of older adults. We treasure independence and want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become. We understand that aging bids compromise, and once 65 hits, the changes bring reminders…
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Do You Really Need That Back Surgery?
By Nancy Crotti
Do You Really Need That Back Surgery?
Patients and their families presented with the prospect of back surgery should ask lots of questions, according to experts in the field. The approach to easing back pain depends upon the source, the severity, the persistence and the trajectory of the pain. “If it’s back pain and there’s no leg pain or minimal leg pain, then a…
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