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How Boomer Parents Can Stop Babying Their Millennials Financially
By Joanna Nesbit
How Boomer Parents Can Stop Babying Their Millennials Financially
For 2 ½ years after Nancy Archer’s eldest moved back to her parents’ Long Island, N.Y. home upon graduating from college in 2012, Archer and her husband covered all her costs (including cell phone and car insurance), except for personal expenses. Their daughter worked full-time during this period. None of them discussed a timeline for…
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Celiac: The Illness I Wish I Could Keep Secret
By Janice Eidus
Celiac: The Illness I Wish I Could Keep Secret
About 12 years ago, I sat across a table from the head cook at a New England writers’ conference where I would be teaching for two weeks. Freckled and blonde, the cook wore a checkered kerchief around her neck. “I have celiac,” I explained. “I can’t eat gluten. And, gluten can’t touch my food.” She said…
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5 Myths About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
By Helen Blair Simpson, M.D.
5 Myths About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
When people learn that I am a psychiatrist who has spent the last 20 years studying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at Columbia University Medical Center, I get various reactions. They include jokes (“Hey, we could really use you in my family”) and minimization (“We all have some OCD, right?”) that unwittingly trivialize the suffering of my patients.…
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Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of 13 Cancers
By Gayle Golden
Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of 13 Cancers
Research has long shown that physical activity is an important part of living a long and healthy life by lowering the risk of certain diseases, including more common cancers. Now, a new study has gotten a lot more specific, linking moderate exercise with a lowered risk for getting 13 types of cancer, many of which…
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The Life-Challenging Anguish of Tidying Up
By Jill Smolowe
The Life-Challenging Anguish of Tidying Up
After the loss of a special someone, the painful task of sifting through and parting with that someone’s special somethings lies in wait. Which clothes to keep? Which work files to discard? What to do with the no longer needed wallet, passport, bedside alarm clock? And when do you begin to tackle the possessions after…
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Do You Really Need a Will?
By Rosie Wolf Williams
Do You Really Need a Will?
You might have heard that Prince died without a will, which has already led to a flurry of legal maneuverings over his estate. But do mere mortals like the rest of us, with far smaller net worths, really need a will? Traditionally, the answer to that question has been an unequivocal “Yes” — particularly if you…
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The Quiet Blessing of Grief That Never Ends
By Jill Smolowe
The Quiet Blessing of Grief That Never Ends
In the almost seven years since I laid my husband to rest, followed barely a year later by the loss of my sister and mother, I’ve developed an appreciation for just how unpredictable and, well, amazing grief can be. I’m not talking about the period of hollowing when the shock and fog of loss clouds…
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The Secrets of Weight Loss Success
By Linda Melone, CSCS
The Secrets of Weight Loss Success
Much research shows that the majority of people who lose weight gain it all back and then some. But amidst this discouraging news, some individuals not only keep off the pounds for years but even continue their weight loss over time. What’s the key to their weight loss success? Understanding the weight loss process, uncovering typical…
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10 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Can Sabotage Weight Loss
By Maureen Callahan
10 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Can Sabotage Weight Loss
The older you get, the trickier it is to shed weight, even when you’re cleaning up eating habits and focusing on healthier food choices. Why won’t the scale budge? We asked dietitians from three of the country’s most highly respected weight loss centers to share 10 seemingly “healthy” foods that frequently sabotage dieting efforts for…
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Should You Let Your Boss Know You’re a Caregiver?
By John Schall
Should You Let Your Boss Know You’re a Caregiver?
If you’re holding down a job and caring for a loved one, too, you know how hard it is to juggle your work responsibilities with caregiving. As the CEO of the nation’s leading nonprofit family caregiver organization, Caregiver Action Network, I get asked all the time: “Should I let my employer know that I have…
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