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7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
By Leslie Kernisan, MD
7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
Find out why these seven common drugs are toxic for our brains — especially as we get older.
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Rebounding From My Husband’s Financial Infidelity
By Valerie Rind
Rebounding From My Husband’s Financial Infidelity
When you hear the word “infidelity,” you probably think of sexual transgressions. If discovered, the affair may be fatal to the primary relationship. But another type of infidelity — financial infidelity — can be equally destructive. I speak from personal experience. In financial infidelity, one partner in a committed relationship (where both should be transparent…
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The Nutrient Deficiency You Probably Have
By Shilpa Ravella, MD
The Nutrient Deficiency You Probably Have
If you could make only one change to your diet, what would it be? The options are endless. You can cut out specific foods like meat, grains or gluten. You can play with ratios of fat, carbohydrates and protein. You can eat only fruit or go on a juice cleanse.…
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The Famous Museum That’s Redefining Aging
By Linda Bernstein
The Famous Museum That’s Redefining Aging
It’s “Prime Time” for older adults who visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Famous for its prestigious collection, which includes the painting of melting watches by Salvador Dali, a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo and sculptures by Pierre Huyghe, the museum has launched an extensive program that encourages people age 65 and…
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Writer Jonathan Kozol on Losing His Dad To Dementia
By Judith Graham
Writer Jonathan Kozol on Losing His Dad To Dementia
“Take me home.” How many caregivers have heard this plaintive refrain from an elderly parent in a nursing home who feels displaced and longs to leave? Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award-winning author who writes about injustice and education, took it seriously when his father began voicing this plea repeatedly. Harry Kozol had been a …
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Keep Your Family Safe From Animal-Borne Diseases
By Frieda Wiley, PharmD
Keep Your Family Safe From Animal-Borne Diseases
Three out of every five new sicknesses in humans come from either animal or bug contact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. While not every animal or insect encounter will make you sick, tens of thousands of Americans have become ill. Some of these interactions can result in major illness. People who are 55 …
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Phone Frustration: Look at Me When I’m Talking to You
By Deborah Quilter
Phone Frustration: Look at Me When I’m Talking to You
A lot of people are applauding actress Patti LuPone these days — and not just for her dramatic skills. Rather, it was how she recently handled the rude behavior of an audience member. It happened during a performance of Shows for Days at New York’s Lincoln Center. The patron, sitting close to the arena-style stage …
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Retirement Savings Shortfall? Get a Part-Time Job
By Harriet Edleson
Retirement Savings Shortfall? Get a Part-Time Job
If you’re wondering how you’ll fund your retirement, which could stretch for 25 or 30 years, working part-time could be part of the solution. Aside from the added income, a job in retirement can bring satisfaction, a sense of purpose and a way to both learn and share your knowledge with the next generation. Working …
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Why We Missed the Signs of My Mom’s Lewy Body Dementia
By Candy Schulman
Why We Missed the Signs of My Mom’s Lewy Body Dementia
I never imagined my mother would have anything in common with actor and comedian Robin Williams. But when his widow revealed that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, she said, “Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It took his life.” She linked this often-misdiagnosed and incurable form of dementia to his suicide, saying that he had…
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Picking the Right College to Avoid Student Loans
By John Wasik
Picking the Right College to Avoid Student Loans
(The following is excerpted from the new book The Debt-Free Degree by John F. Wasik. The e-book is available on Amazon.com and other sites.) We had a two-layered financial strategy when my daughter sat down with us to come up with a list of colleges she should apply to in her junior year. We asked…
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