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5 Ways Congress Can Support Seniors in 2016

5 Ways Congress Can Support Seniors in 2016

Arlington, VA – In his final State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for all Americans. The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s leading advocate for older adults, offers five ways Congress can further support seniors this year. “Older Americans deserve the support of their […]

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Chronic Indifference at Veterans Affairs

Chronic Indifference at Veterans Affairs

During his Senate confirmation hearing in July 2014 to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald pledged to “transform” the vast agency. After horrific reports of wait-time manipulation, coverups and even deaths at VA medical facilities across the country, veterans and the American people were calling for honest leadership to restore their trust in […]

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Being Gay In A Small Town

Being Gay In A Small Town

Being Gay in a Small Town By Timmothy Holt, M.D. A few weeks ago my aunt died, and I was asked to conduct the memorial service. Suddenly I realized, with her death, my cousins and I, all baby boomers, became the older generation. Her death was like an old alarm clock that kept ringing its […]

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Artificial Joint Research

Artificial Joint Research

More Research is Needed on Artificial Joints and Patients can Play a Key Role  By Thomas Concannon and Ben Nowell Individuals with arthritis or joint trauma may seek partial or total joint replacement (“arthroplasty”) to reduce pain and improve functionality. For arthroplasty, an orthopedic surgeon may select from a number of implantable devices—artificial hips or […]

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Wellness

CVS Health – New Clinical Affiliations

CVS Health – New Clinical Affiliations

CVS Health Corp. on Thursday announced four new clinical affiliations with healthcare systems located across the country. Under the agreement, CVS pharmacists can provide physicians at the participating systems with data on a patient’s prescription history. Nurse practitioners at MinuteClinic, the retail clinic division of CVS, will be able to electronically share information from visits […]

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5 Myths About Hearing Loss

5 Myths About Hearing Loss

For a long time, hearing loss carried a huge stigma. People didn’t want to be seen as old — and hearing aids were a visible sign that they didn’t have all their original faculties intact. These days, with the likes of Rob Lowe, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster and Bill Clinton not just wearing hearing aids […]

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Sexuality

Gregarious Chimps And Friendly Humans

Gregarious Chimps And Friendly Humans

Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit ‘good’ microbes, finds a multi-institutional study of gut microbiomes in chimpanzees. Researchers monitored changes in the gut microbes and social behavior of wild chimpanzees over eight years in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. They […]

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Safety Tips For Seniors Exploring Dating Sites

Safety Tips For Seniors Exploring Dating Sites

    Online Safety Tips For Seniors Exploring Dating Sites Online dating has become increasingly popular and many people, including seniors, have turned to the internet to meet people on multiple platforms. If you’ve ever thought about trying online dating or are new to the online dating scene, one of the top things on your […]

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Brain Health

Always Possible To Realize Dreams

Always Possible To Realize Dreams

Still Dreaming? By Mary Sue Wallace Improving Your Life Through Improving Your Mind No matter what our age or station in life, we all have our dreams. We have our hopes, desires, ambitions and plans, and we are forever in pursuit of fulfilling our desires. Understanding and using the creative nature of mind consciously and […]

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November Alzheimer’s Awareness

November Alzheimer’s Awareness

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease By Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM According to the Alzheimer’s association, 5.3 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or some other form of dementia. Given that November is Alzheimer’s awareness month, what better time to examine all of the things we can do to help prevent this and other neurodegenerative […]

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Diet

Reducing Bad Bacteria Over age 60

Reducing Bad Bacteria Over age 60

Boost Good Bacteria – Get Rid of Bad Bacteria Research shows that as we age, there is a significant drop in the number of “healthy” bacteria in our gut and our cellular immunity begins to decline as our antibiotic use increases. Supporting this research is Dr. Sandra McFarlane from the microbiology and gut biology group […]

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How to Embrace the Mediterranean Diet

How to Embrace the Mediterranean Diet

Today, people living by the Mediterranean Sea may eat fast food. But the traditional fare of southern Italy, Greece and the other Mediterranean countries is fabulously heart-healthy. Studies link it to some of the highest life expectancy and lowest heart disease rates in the world. Follow these tips to make your meals more Mediterranean. 1. […]

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Mature Marketing Links of the Week – Handheld Devices, Housing Design and Harley Davidson

Mature Marketing Links of the Week – Handheld Devices, Housing Design and Harley Davidson

| December 29, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

Last Monday we started the week on a note of laughter, with jokes from and about outgoing LeadingAge President Larry Minnix. This Monday we find it hard to smile, as news reports are filled with tragedies happening around our globe. Then a friend shared the following quote, and it seemed appropriate to pass it on: […]

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A Warmer, Safer Christmas through Home Extend

A Warmer, Safer Christmas through Home Extend

| December 29, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

Thanks to the Home Extend pilot project created by Over 55 London in partnership with Pathways Skills Development and Placement Centre and funded by the Sifton Family Foundation, a senior couple will enjoy a warmer, safer Christmas and future in their newly upgraded home. The Crasto’s 50 year old home was desperately in need of […]

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Peter Gallagher: Keeping Memories Alive

Peter Gallagher: Keeping Memories Alive

| December 29, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

My work with the Alzheimer’s Foundation started for one simple reason: My mother, Mary Ann, had the disease for a third of my life. She was diagnosed in 1985 and died in 2004 — 60 years to the day after D-Day. (That’s not an inconsequential date in our family: My dad landed on a Normandy […]

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Blocking fat transport linked to longevity

Blocking fat transport linked to longevity

| December 29, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

Fat finding. Fat transport and storage matters to longevity, according to a new study. Here a store of mouse fat cells (red) is permeated by blood vessels (green). Animals from tiny worms to human beings have a love-hate relationship with fats and lipids. Cholesterol is a famous example of […] Animals from tiny worms to […]

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Debunking A Financial Myth

Debunking A Financial Myth

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Why your retirement income target is not 70% By: Frederick Vettese If you have reached age 50, you might be getting a little nervous about whether you will hit your retirement income target. This will be especially true if you think your target is 70 percent of final employment earnings, the number that is most […]

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5 Ways to Boost Bone Health

5 Ways to Boost Bone Health

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Five Non-Pharmaceutical Ways to Boost Bone Health and Fight Osteoporosis By Kyle Zagrodsky Bone health is a major concern for most people over age 50, and with good reason. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing the disease because of low bone density. Studies […]

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Holiday Tips for Baby Boomers and Loved Ones

Holiday Tips for Baby Boomers and Loved Ones

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Baby Boomer Holiday Tips By Ed Haines The holidays can be wonderful, but the many activities surrounding this time of year can present some unique challenges for Baby Boomers or their loved ones with low vision. Low vision is a vision impairment that is not correctable with surgery, contacts or glasses. Persons with low vision […]

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New Ventures In Retirement

New Ventures In Retirement

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

New Income – Reinvention  By Nancy Bearg Reinvention. What a powerful word. It’s perfect for Boomers, as we think what we want to do next. Certainly it isn’t just Golf, Gardening, and Grandchildren. For millions, it is, or will be, new work. My co-authors and I call it Reinventing into New Work. It’s a way […]

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Boomers Make  Most of Medicare

Boomers Make Most of Medicare

| November 7, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Grandparents Health Habits Survey By Susan Kosman, DNP, MS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Aetna It’s the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, an important time to reflect on your health needs and plan for the next year. Medicare Open enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, is when you can make changes to […]

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Vietnam Vet Remembrance

Vietnam Vet Remembrance

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Vietnam Vet Remembrance By Dominic Certo In Vietnam, I was a combat corpsman assigned to the battlefield with the 7th Marines.  I recall leaping out of a helicopter to rejoin my platoon and feeling the ground rise up to meet me like a brick wall, gravity pulling me down into brutal bloody fighting.  At 18, I experienced […]

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Importance of Flossing – As We Age

Importance of Flossing – As We Age

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

“Don’t Forget To Floss” By Dr. Susan Maples As we age, the more at risk we become for a host of unwanted medical conditions like heart disease and stroke. There is a lot of information out there on prevention, but one less talked about connection that can help you avoid these illnesses and stay healthy […]

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Encore Start-Ups for Boomers

Encore Start-Ups for Boomers

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Boomers Have Amazing Choices On Retirement: Tips for that Encore Venture By Pamela Dennis, PhD An estimated 31 million Americans age 44 to 70 are interested in “encore careers,” namely, “pursuits that enable individuals to put their passion to work for the greater good.” Only 14 percent see retirement as a time to “take a […]

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A November Reminder About Falling

A November Reminder About Falling

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

“November is National Family Caregivers Month”  – Falling “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” Although many people associate medical alert systems with the almost comically morbid commercials that brought them to prominence in the late 1980s, but for the more than 12 million seniors who live alone in the United States, and their […]

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Boomers And The Illicit Steroid Market

Boomers And The Illicit Steroid Market

| October 21, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

(Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty) Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it had busted 16 underground labs and seized 134,000 steroid tablets and pills, 8,200 liters of injectable steroid liquid (that’s 140 kegs worth), and 1,400 pounds of the raw powder.) Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it […]

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How to Draw Down Retirement Assets

How to Draw Down Retirement Assets

| October 21, 2015 | Email This Post Email This Post

As you approach your retirement, one of the first things you may wonder is how to draw down your assets. How much money can you take out of your IRA, Roth IRA, 401(k) or other savings, investments and liquid assets, and still feel confident that your money will last the rest of your life? What […]

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