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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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Prepare for Surgery With Exercise and Diet
By Judith Graham
Prepare for Surgery With Exercise and Diet
A dozen years ago, at the age of 50, Lillie Shockney decided to have breast reconstruction surgery after two bouts of cancer and two mastectomies. The procedure called for removing a flap of skin and fat from her abdomen, used to rebuild her breasts. Shockney knew a lot about breast cancer and the trials of…
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The Coming Train Wreck for Older Workers
By Richard Eisenberg
The Coming Train Wreck for Older Workers
Uh-oh. American workers aged 50 or older think there’s nearly a 1 in 2 chance they’ll still be working at 70 (see chart below), but many employees who expect to work longer are exactly the ones who’ll likely be least able to do so. That’s the upshot of the new, frightening (for employees and employers)…
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What If You Couldn’t Drive?
By Beth Baker
What If You Couldn’t Drive?
If you couldn’t drive, how would you get around? Depend on family or friends every time you wanted to get out of the house? Call a cab? Take the bus? “Honestly, a lot of us can’t wrap our minds around the possibility that someday we won’t be able to pop into our cars and drive…
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10 Top Diet Hacks for Boomers
By Maureen Callahan
10 Top Diet Hacks for Boomers
As health experts frequently say, small changes can lead to big results. So here’s a quick round-up of 10 practical diet tweaks for fiftysomething eaters, strategies that are geared toward slowly reshaping meals to help better manage everything from blood pressure and blood sugar to weight and vision: 1. Ditch the low-protein breakfast cereal. Is…
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What You Need to Know About Strength Training
By Linda Melone, CSCS
What You Need to Know About Strength Training
The key to a longer life may be as simple as lifting weights, according to a new analysis of older adults which showed twice-weekly strength training resulted in lower odds of dying. In fact, the odds of death for any reason was 46 percent lower in those who trained with resistance compared to those who did not.…
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How the ‘Divorce Mortgage’ Could Help Older Homeowners
By Richard Eisenberg
How the ‘Divorce Mortgage’ Could Help Older Homeowners
Coming soon to a bank near you: the divorce mortgage? If so, this could be a welcome development for older homeowners who want to stay in their houses or condos after a marital breakup but don’t have the cash to do so. According to a recent article in the British newspaper, The Telegraph, some lenders…
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6 Side Effects of Exercise That May Not Be Normal
By Linda Melone, CSCS
6 Side Effects of Exercise That May Not Be Normal
You expect to sweat during a hard cardio workout or to feel your heart pick up its pace, and maybe your muscles become a little sore afterward. But sometimes your body does something unexpected. You shake, feel dizzy or otherwise experience a physical symptom that seems out of the ordinary. Should you worry — or…
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3 Reasons to Have Friends Younger Than You
By Stephen L. Antczak
3 Reasons to Have Friends Younger Than You
I travel in circles most people my age don’t. I’m a nontraditional adult student in college, a runner who takes part in everything from 5Ks to marathons and a sci-fi writer who makes appearances at two or three sci-fi conventions a year. Because of these activities, I find myself interacting quite a bit with people…
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4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
By Kerry Hannon
4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for job seekers over 50 is having the right skills to meet a prospective employer’s needs. Last summer, I testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing about older workers (I wrote about it for Next Avenue) and offered a recommendation to help these applicants: let’s get additional…
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