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How Couples Should Choose Where to Retire
By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
How Couples Should Choose Where to Retire
So you and your spouse have decided to retire. At some point, you’ll need to figure out where you’d like to live. We’re here to help. We took early retirement at 38 in 1991 and our perpetual gypsy life has let us enjoy living in scores of countries around the world since then (we blog …
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7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help
By Joanna Nesbit
7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help
While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house. Opening the fridge, they were shocked to find layers of mold, hardened food and multiple jars of the same…
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How Boomers Can Sell Their Homes to Millennials
By Sabine H. Schoenberg
How Boomers Can Sell Their Homes to Millennials
Newsflash to retiring boomers: Millennials account for 32 percent of real estate buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s why it’s essential to know what Millennials want in homes. Their values and desired lifestyles are very different than their boomer parents. Millennials, perhaps more than boomers, have very specific criteria when choosing homes.…
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Help for People With Undiagnosed Diseases
By Emily Gurnon
Help for People With Undiagnosed Diseases
Like most kids, Louise Benge of Brodhead, Ky., loved to play running games like Kick the Can and Ghosts in the Graveyard. But by the time she was 16, moving began to be painful. Severe pain in her hands led her to a doctor who diagnosed arthritis — though all the tests for arthritis were…
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4 Vacations That Will Bring Out the Kid in You
By Rosie Wolf Williams
4 Vacations That Will Bring Out the Kid in You
In the 2015 summer flick Vacation, Rusty Griswold decides to drive his family across country to the fictional theme park Walley World, just as his father Clark (Chevy Chase) did 30 years earlier in National Lampoon’s Vacation. The movie probably wasn’t such a good idea — it bombed at the box office and the collective…
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The Boomers’ Gnawing Worry About Social Security
By Richard Eisenberg
The Boomers’ Gnawing Worry About Social Security
When the Presidential candidates dare to talk about shoring up Social Security, they typically say that people in their 50s and older needn’t worry — their benefits won’t be reduced to keep the system solvent. But boomers (who are age 51 to 69) aren’t buying it. In fact, based on two recent surveys I’ve seen…
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How to Help Your Child Establish Credit
By Joanna Nesbit
How to Help Your Child Establish Credit
When Sara, 21, applied for a bank job, she didn’t realize her credit report would be part of the interview process. (She prefers Next Avenue not include her last name.) But the bank checked the credit histories of potential hires and asked her to explain why hers was so poor...
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What’s Needed to Help Americans Age in Place
By Richard Eisenberg
What’s Needed to Help Americans Age in Place
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about aging in place — the ability to live in your own home and community safely, independently and comfortably as you get older. Maybe it’s because my 93-year-old dad just broke his arm, has nearly no leg strength and is now pretty much bound to the confines of his…
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How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Really Need?
By Judith Reitman-Texier
How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Really Need?
You’re late for an appointment. You’re exhausted after a long day at work. It’s raining, It’s too hot or cold outside or too early in the morning to get up and out of bed. As Buddy or Lucy stands expectantly by the door, you tell yourself that you’ll have more time this weekend for that…
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Inner Peace: The Key to Being More Productive at Work
By Ed Merck
Inner Peace: The Key to Being More Productive at Work
Throughout my middle years, I was a typical college chief financial officer. Frame, direct, control was my mantra. And while reasonably successful, I knew there just had to be more in the way of both self-satisfaction and job performance. Then, at 46, along came my midlife crisis, which threw me into a full-scale search for…
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