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Keep Your Family Safe From Animal-Borne Diseases
By Frieda Wiley, PharmD
Keep Your Family Safe From Animal-Borne Diseases
Three out of every five new sicknesses in humans come from either animal or bug contact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. While not every animal or insect encounter will make you sick, tens of thousands of Americans have become ill. Some of these interactions can result in major illness. People who are 55 …
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Phone Frustration: Look at Me When I’m Talking to You
By Deborah Quilter
Phone Frustration: Look at Me When I’m Talking to You
A lot of people are applauding actress Patti LuPone these days — and not just for her dramatic skills. Rather, it was how she recently handled the rude behavior of an audience member. It happened during a performance of Shows for Days at New York’s Lincoln Center. The patron, sitting close to the arena-style stage …
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Retirement Savings Shortfall? Get a Part-Time Job
By Harriet Edleson
Retirement Savings Shortfall? Get a Part-Time Job
If you’re wondering how you’ll fund your retirement, which could stretch for 25 or 30 years, working part-time could be part of the solution. Aside from the added income, a job in retirement can bring satisfaction, a sense of purpose and a way to both learn and share your knowledge with the next generation. Working …
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Why We Missed the Signs of My Mom’s Lewy Body Dementia
By Candy Schulman
Why We Missed the Signs of My Mom’s Lewy Body Dementia
I never imagined my mother would have anything in common with actor and comedian Robin Williams. But when his widow revealed that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, she said, “Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It took his life.” She linked this often-misdiagnosed and incurable form of dementia to his suicide, saying that he had…
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Picking the Right College to Avoid Student Loans
By John Wasik
Picking the Right College to Avoid Student Loans
(The following is excerpted from the new book The Debt-Free Degree by John F. Wasik. The e-book is available on Amazon.com and other sites.) We had a two-layered financial strategy when my daughter sat down with us to come up with a list of colleges she should apply to in her junior year. We asked…
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How to Be a Writer at Any Age
By Warren Adler
How to Be a Writer at Any Age
I always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was conscious, I felt that inexplicable pull to tell a story, to create a scene, to leave a reader wanting to know what would happen next. When life’s responsibilities came knocking, i.e. I had a family to support, my career as a published author was…
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5 Biases That May Be Costing You a Fortune
By Jennifer Nelson
5 Biases That May Be Costing You a Fortune
Most of us have preconceived biases based on our life experience. But if you let your biases affect your finances, it could wind up costing you bigtime. Here are five financial biases you might not even know you have and how to prevent them from being harmful to your wealth: Status Quo Bias It’s the…
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4 Ways to Get Your Encore Career Off the Ground
By Nancy Collamer
4 Ways to Get Your Encore Career Off the Ground
Many people over 50 hope to use their later years to make a difference in the world — as volunteers, nonprofit employees or social entrepreneurs. Yet all too often, the path to finding meaningful encore work proves more challenging than expected. I thought a lot about this while attending Encore 2016, a recent Encore.org gathering…
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Age Is an Asset: Let’s Use It
By Donna Butts
Age Is an Asset: Let’s Use It
 Wake up and smell the demographics. Our society is aging. What an opportunity! We get to create the world we want to live in as we grow older. To me that’s a world in…
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A Cure for Dementia in 5 Years?
By Paul Duncan
A Cure for Dementia in 5 Years?
The former head of the World Dementia Council says he is “optimistic” that a cure for dementia may be found in five years. Dennis Gillings, a biostatistician and the outgoing chairman of the Council, said “great strides” had been made in scientific understanding of dementia and the gaps in research, according to Britain’s The Daily Telegraph.…
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