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The Bliss of Being an Adult Literacy Volunteer
By Ronni Gordon
The Bliss of Being an Adult Literacy Volunteer
Every day while driving to my job at the newspaper where I was a reporter, I passed a billboard with a photo of an elderly man saying how wonderful it was to finally learn to read. It made me want to volunteer for the program where he was a student (or one like it), but…
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What Your Millennial Child Should Know About Health Insurance
By Joanna Nesbit
What Your Millennial Child Should Know About Health Insurance
Last year, after my Millennial daughter started college in another state, I spent inordinate amounts of time talking to my health insurance provider to designate an out-of-state, in-network, primary care provider at the student health clinic. I also educated my daughter about the importance of using in-network providers to avoid exorbitant bills. She only visited…
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Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?
By Richard Eisenberg
Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?
I turned 60 recently and celebrated in four ways: A fantastic family vacation in Spain A delicious dinner in New York City with my wife A shingles vaccine (you’re supposed to get one at 60) A phone call with a long-term care insurance salesman That last one is weighing heavily on me. I can’t decide…
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Think Old Age Means Decline? Then It Probably Will
By Noelle Nelson
Think Old Age Means Decline? Then It Probably Will
Recently, I facilitated a group discussion as part of pre-trial preparation regarding a catastrophic traffic accident in which there was considerable doubt as to which of the two drivers was at fault. One of the group members piped up. “Well, Driver A was 68-years-old. Of course it was her fault. Anybody knows that old people…
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Why We Claim Social Security Far Too Soon
By Laurence J. Kotlikoff
Why We Claim Social Security Far Too Soon
I just visited my mom. She’s 97. The trip over was short. She’s in an assisted living right across the street. Today was a bad day. She couldn’t hear the people at dinner, couldn’t hear the TV, her eyes hurt from reading… “Why am I still alive?” she asked. “I never expected to live this…
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Fighting Ageism and Unfair Treatment in Health Care
By Terry Fulmer
Fighting Ageism and Unfair Treatment in Health Care
Everyone deserves equal treatment — in the broader society and in our health care system. Today, older people are often not treated fairly and do not get…
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Why I Decided to Whine About Aging Onstage
By Patricia Corrigan
Why I Decided to Whine About Aging Onstage
A 78-year-old talks about dating at her age. A Vietnam veteran tells stories he has kept to himself for 50 years. A retired physician relives a difficult birth she attended once in Haiti. They share one thing: They are all onstage, telling their stories. We commonly hear about people writing their memoirs, about wanting to…
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The Painful Struggles of America’s Older Immigrants
By Chris Farrell
The Painful Struggles of America’s Older Immigrants
America’s immigrant community is aging along with the rest of the population, and in many cases, with great financial difficulty. Some 15 percent of adults 60 and over were foreign-born in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.…
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How I Approached Aging as a Creative Challenge
By Tad Simons
How I Approached Aging as a Creative Challenge
One of the indignities of aging is that sooner or later our bodies and minds begin to betray us. It’s all too easy to bemoan this inevitable loss of youthful dexterity, stamina, strength and sharpness. Griping about our troubles is one of the privileges of age, after all. But what if we could think of…
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Why Snoring Gets Worse with Age and What You Can Do About It
By Emily Gurnon
Why Snoring Gets Worse with Age and What You Can Do About It
“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone,” British novelist Anthony Burgess reportedly said. Who hasn’t either been robbed of a night of peaceful sleep or been banished to another room because of snoring? It is one of the most common sleep problems, at least occasionally affecting about 90 million Americans,…
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