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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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Body Changes After 50: How Much Can You Really Control?
By Linda Melone, CSCS
Body Changes After 50: How Much Can You Really Control?
After 50, weight gain, fatigue and loss of strength serve as not-so-pleasant aging reminders. The good news is we can control more of our body changes than we think we can. Weight Gain and Belly Fat Take weight gain, for example. Men and women find themselves gaining weight at a rate of one to two…
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10 Things You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery
By John Welsh
10 Things You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery
The advances in cataract surgery in recent decades are an unqualified medical success story, with boomers reaping the benefits and influencing its direction. Whether you are developing cataracts or fear you may in the future, here are 10 things to know about this growing trend that could be useful if you decide to have the…
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Ex ‘Health-Food Hustler’ Exposes Dark Side of Industry
By Emily Gurnon
Ex ‘Health-Food Hustler’ Exposes Dark Side of Industry
It seems like hardly a week goes by without a book landing in my mailbox on the latest weight-loss advice, the newest and (supposedly) best diet, the supplements you need to take, the uber-cleanse guaranteed to detoxify you or the recipes that will change your life. But I’m skeptical. So when I received Jeff Scot…
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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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