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What Not to Say to Your Heartbroken Child
By Linda Bernstein
What Not to Say to Your Heartbroken Child
Several years back, my then-college-age daughter called me while I was at work. She was in tears because a boy she was “dating” had dumped her. I listened for a while to her sobs and said a few things about her ex I thought would be comforting. She slammed down the phone, and, though I…
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What to Do When Being the Caregiver Is Not an Option
By Phyllis Quinlan
What to Do When Being the Caregiver Is Not an Option
There are 66 million unpaid adult family caregivers in America — 29 percent of the adult U.S. population — providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Female caregivers outnumber their male counterparts two to one. In 2012, female family caregivers, on average, were…
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Why You’ll Pay More for Home Care Workers
By Bob Rosenblatt
Why You’ll Pay More for Home Care Workers
Workers who come to families’ homes to help someone eat, get dressed or take medications must be paid the federal minimum wage and overtime following a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Oct. 6. The change in law took effect Oct. 13, but full enforcement won’t begin until Jan. 1, 2016. Home care is one of…
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Boomers In Retirement: The Greatest Giving Generation?
By Richard Eisenberg
Boomers In Retirement: The Greatest Giving Generation?
One retirement study after another trumpets the boomers’ lack of saving for retirement and their need to work longer than previous generations. (Wells Fargo recently said the median savings of working Americans 60 or older is $50,000.) Call these the “Me Generation” retirement reports. But what will boomers do for others during retirement? Will they become…
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What Funeral Homes Won’t Tell You
By Richard Eisenberg
What Funeral Homes Won’t Tell You
As if arranging for the death of a loved one wasn’t painful enough. Now, a new national survey from the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) reveals that funeral homes and cremation businesses do a miserable job disclosing their prices. And if you think this kind of information is readily…
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One Family’s Financial Lessons From the College Hunt
By Joanna Nesbit
One Family’s Financial Lessons From the College Hunt
During my daughter’s sophomore and junior high school years, I read a fleet of financial planning books to prepare for college costs. But even though we tried to plan ahead, we weren’t prepared for the sticker shock of our daughter’s college choices when last spring’s financial aid letters started arriving. Most parents aren’t. I also…
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Why Get a Flu Shot? It’s Not All About You
By Emily Gurnon
Why Get a Flu Shot? It’s Not All About You
You are a healthy person. You eat right and exercise. Whether you are still working or have retired, you are active, and — aside from the occasional cold — not much slows you down. So you really don’t need a flu shot. Or do you? If Dr. Susan Rehm were to speak in a less professional,…
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What the Dreams of the Dying Teach Us About Death
By Emily Gurnon
What the Dreams of the Dying Teach Us About Death
Shortly before her death, Jeanne had a vivid dream. She was lying in her bed at the hospice center, she told a researcher. People began walking past. On her right was a line of strangers who touched her arm or hand as they went by. On her left was a procession of loved ones who…
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The Challenges of Dating as a Single Midlife Mom
By Sue Campbell
The Challenges of Dating as a Single Midlife Mom
In wrestling, competitors are required to earn an escape point each match — they have to prove they can extricate themselves from tough holds. In her new book Escape Points, author and Northwestern University journalism professor Michele Weldon explores all the nuances and metaphors of that phrase. She flees an abusive relationship only to have …
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Build Your Resilience for Health and Success
By Emily Gurnon
Build Your Resilience for Health and Success
We hear a lot about the importance of resilience: the ability to get through a period of stress, upheaval or trauma with our mental and physical health relatively intact. It is the ability to “bounce back” from adversity that takes us forward in life, instead of staying “stuck” in one painful and unproductive place. In his new…
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