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Late Night Commercials Aren’t So Funny Anymore
By Peter Gerstenzang
Late Night Commercials Aren’t So Funny Anymore
There once was a time when the act of watching television was completely carefree and always good for a few laughs. Like, when my friends and I were young, strong and nicely baked. To the point where we thought even the test pattern was a great show — even if it was a little short…
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Why Aging at Home Is Getting Easier for Some Families
By Beth Baker
Why Aging at Home Is Getting Easier for Some Families
Like many family caregivers, Jean Seikel Peterson is making sacrifices to keep her mother at home. Three years ago, Peterson quit her job as a teacher to become a full-time caregiver. Her mother, Elinor Seikel, 98, is blind from macular degeneration and has a host of other medical problems. She needs assistance with everything from bathing…
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Why Pressure Will Grow to Change Long-Term Care Financing
By Chris Farrell
Why Pressure Will Grow to Change Long-Term Care Financing
Anybody who knows anything about long-term care is aware that America’s current system is deeply troubled. Yet the nation’s capital has shown little interest in tackling long-term care financing, even as the need is growing with the aging of the boomer generation. Neither have the presidential candidates. “Long-term care isn’t part of the political agenda,”…
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Workplace Poker: Are You Getting Played?
By Richard Eisenberg
Workplace Poker: Are You Getting Played?
If you’re not thinking about work as a kind of poker game, you’re bound to lose. But if you play your cards right, you might save your job and get the plum assignments you want. That’s the thesis Dan Rust offers in his intriguing new book, Workplace Poker. Rust, the charismatic founder of a corporate…
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Do You Want to Live to 100? Here’s What We Heard
By Stephen L. Antczak
Do You Want to Live to 100? Here’s What We Heard
A recent Time article found that most people (77 percent) want to live to 100. How about you? Sorry Al Roker and Smuckers, but the odds of actually living that long are against us — in the 2010 Census, only about 53,000 centenarians were living in the United States. Even if the population of centenarians…
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Are You Significant or Merely Successful?
By Alan Webber
Are You Significant or Merely Successful?
I was listening to yet another talk at yet another gathering for “executive development.” But this was different. The gathering wasn’t in an anonymous hotel ballroom. It was at a self-contained ecological farm in England. The executives there were a mix of young aspiring business people from leading British companies and idealistic social entrepreneurs from…
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How to Protect Yourself or a Loved One From an Abusive Guardianship
By Emily Gurnon
How to Protect Yourself or a Loved One From an Abusive Guardianship
 Most of us don’t think we would ever end up in a nursing home against our will. We can’t imagine having our hard-earned savings drained by someone assigned…
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A Prescription Drug Bottleneck Put My Husband’s Life in Danger
By Laura B. Wright
A Prescription Drug Bottleneck Put My Husband’s Life in Danger
Medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease, suggests a May 3 Johns Hopkins report. While some people assume that medical errors occur mostly in hospitals, in fact they reach far beyond. Sometimes recurring, dangerous errors are caused…
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Art and Friendship Make Powerful Tools to Fight Ageism
By Linda Bernstein
Art and Friendship Make Powerful Tools to Fight Ageism
“Whom would I meet? What would I say? Would I seem dorky?” These were Rena Berlin’s concerns before she met her Partner in Art Learning, the new “pal” she’d been matched with through a program that pairs a college student with an older adult to create art. “For the first time in my life I…
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A 5-Year Diary Can Help You Chart a Successful Retirement
By Bart Astor
A 5-Year Diary Can Help You Chart a Successful Retirement
When my friend Marty Guthrie learned that another friend, Mike McPherson, was starting a five-year diary, Guthrie told him that she was now on her second one. These daily journals, with five spaces for each date to jot down a few lines about the day’s activities, make it easy to look back at each of…
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