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How to Care for a Loved One After Same-Day Surgery
By John Welsh
How to Care for a Loved One After Same-Day Surgery
Not all caregiving for loved ones is a long-term commitment. With the growth of outpatient or same-day surgery, caregiving may now mean a commitment of several days or just one evening. Over the past 40 years, modern medicine has made remarkable advances transforming common surgeries — tonsillectomies, hernia repairs, gallbladder removals and knee surgeries —…
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The Retirement Crisis Facing African Americans
By Rodney Brooks
The Retirement Crisis Facing African Americans
There’s a saying: When white America catches a cold, black America catches pneumonia. So, if there is an impending retirement crisis in America, what does that mean for African Americans? The answer to that question is discouraging. There is a huge gap in retirement preparation of African Americans compared to white Americans, generally speaking. According…
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Too Old to Learn a Language? Don’t Believe It
By Bill Ward
Too Old to Learn a Language? Don’t Believe It
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not. Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned experience, knowledge and discipline can come to…
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LGBTQ Boomers Still Fear Lack of Respect From Doctors
By Bruce Johansen
LGBTQ Boomers Still Fear Lack of Respect From Doctors
It’s rarely welcome news. Your primary care physician is retiring. Or maybe the specialist you’ve been seeing isn’t covered by your new insurance plan. Whatever the reason, you’re faced with the prospect of finding a new doctor. While this can be daunting for anyone, it’s often more stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ)…
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5 Things Your Teeth May Be Saying About Your Health
By Shelley Lyford
5 Things Your Teeth May Be Saying About Your Health
The impact of poor oral health on general health and quality of life is enormous, especially for vulnerable older adults. Millions live with untreated cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, oral pain and tooth loss due to limited, or no, access to basic dental care. Recent studies have shown oral health issues may be associated with…
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Americans’ Position on Retirement Planning: The Shruggie
By Richard Eisenberg
Americans’ Position on Retirement Planning: The Shruggie
After reviewing six recent surveys and studies from financial services firms and the U.S. government, I’ve decided that Americans’ position on retirement planning can be summed up in, well not a word exactly, but an emoji: The Shruggie. ¯\_(?)_/¯ Yes, people believe there’s a national retirement crisis — though they say they’re not having one personally,…
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How Women Can Worry Less About Money
By Melinda Wilke
How Women Can Worry Less About Money
When it comes to money, what keeps women up at night? Northwestern Mutual’s 2016 Planning & Progress study reveals 87 percent of women feel anxious about their finances due to unexpected expenses, health care costs, credit card debt and more. Saving for retirement gives 29 percent of women the most anxiety, the study found. My…
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The Key to Career Success After 50
By Kerry Hannon
The Key to Career Success After 50
You have to smile when a guy opens his career-advice book with the lyric from the song Truckin by The Grateful Dead: “Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.” The Dead and John Tarnoff, the career coach and author of that excellent book Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream…
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Meditation for People Who Think They Can’t Meditate
By Edmund O. Lawler
Meditation for People Who Think They Can’t Meditate
If you’re harried and distracted, meditation can help calm your mind and body. But that’s the rub. Some say they’re so harried and distracted that they can’t possibly meditate to quiet the mind, regain focus and ease anxiety. Within moments, they’re ruminating on the noise of extraneous thoughts or uncompleted daily to-do lists. “Too many…
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7 Small Diet Changes to Make You Healthier Than Ever
By Maureen Callahan
7 Small Diet Changes to Make You Healthier Than Ever
For most of us, it’s a lot easier to swap in one small good-for-you habit on occasion than completely overhaul the way we eat. Based on recent research, any or all of the following seven strategies will help do just that, to reshape the food choices you make on a daily basis. So before you…
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