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My Mother is on Medicaid and Bank of America is Owed Money

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.30.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Question: Dear Steve, Hi - I have a question - my mother is in a nursing home, Medicaid pays for the home - she must turn over her social security a...

The Elderly Are Taking Too Many Pills

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As people rise in years, so rises the likelihood that they will be prescribed a pill for what ails them. It's the end results that are so disturbing.

John Wayne, Muhammad Ali and Marty

Chef Rossi | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Chef Rossi

If a former runaway teen with decades of anger and distance and thousands of miles between her and her father could find her way back to a lonely old man in a wheelchair finally ready to talk to anyone who wants to listen, anyone can bridge the gap.

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

Priscilla Frank

Artists Who Explore The Beauty Of The Aging Body

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts

Wrinkles, lines, scars, spots. There are many ways time leaves its mark on the human body. Mainstream culture typically dreads the aging pro...

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

Adopt-A-Grandparent Programs Reap Awesome Benefits For Both Sides

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty

In a way, it's the older persons' version of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America -- the program that matches up single-parented kids with role models ...

An Alzheimer's Treatment on the Horizon?

Howard Fillit, MD | Posted 04.03.2015 | Science
Howard Fillit, MD

Biogen Inc.'s recent revelation of promising early data from an experimental Alzheimer's treatment is something of a breakthrough: it's the first time that we have seen positive human data about a new Alzheimer's drug that can both reduce the presence of amyloid plaques in the brain and improve cognitive function.

The Tattoo Lady, Mother And Me

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.19.2015 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

I've come back to Santa Fe from my home in Los Angeles because Mother is ill with throat cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. All her teeth have been removed and her dentures look ridiculous, but I tell her she looks the same. She seems to believe me.

Pope Francis and St. Patrick Remembered This Week

Ray Flynn | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

With the second anniversary of Pope Francis on March 13, I was thinking about how one person has been able to inspire and unite so many people in such a short time, but not without some controversy. His early comment, "who am I to judge", certainly got it all going. This reminded me about the life of St. Patrick and the tolerance of the Irish.

Aging Population

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The keys to achieving the so-called golden years are clear: access to health care and a livable income. But we have to do more to assure that our growing elderly population enjoys a dignified and secure old age.

Love Stories Are A Lot More Romantic When Old People Tell Them

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Comedy

You know that guy who approached you while you were reading in the park and asked you out? It was totally creepy, right? Well, your grandma probably w...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Ol Parker is back as the screenwriter, and John Madden returns as the director. Both try to give this sequel the same feel as the first, but they've run out of ideas. Buying a new hotel seems like a giddy capitalistic exploit.

What You Can Learn From a Senior Beauty Pageant

Michelle O'Berg Figueroa | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Michelle O'Berg Figueroa

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, behold this: A senior beauty pageant. Wrinkles are celebrated. Gray hairs flaunted. Skip the bathing suit competition. Loose the measuring tape -- there's no height requirement. There's only one requirement: Be 58 or older.

63 And Free

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Suddenly, having all the time in the world to do whatever I damned well pleased was disorienting. I wasn't sure what I damned well pleased.

Comedian Catches Internet Scammers In The Act With Grandma And Grandpa Impression

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy

Ever been on the receiving end of an alarming pop-up message telling you there are viruses on your computer -- and that you should call a toll-free nu...

Photographer Documents Days In The Life Of Elderly Women Living Alone In NYC

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts

"Even with all the rush and fast pace of New York City, many elderly women manage to keep up with their lives in their own rhythm and grace," photogra...

How to Protect Yourself From Osteoporosis Bone Fractures

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can a person in their early 50s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me...

How to Share New Compassion with Old Souls

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 04.25.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Outside her room at the assisted living facility, other residents shuffled by, some with walkers, as silent sentinels in the last act of the drama of life. After 87 years, my mother's body and mind were gone, except for her strong heart. We could do nothing but wait.

When Friends Become Family

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Page Rosenberg

After her husband passed away, I was lucky enough to inherit my neighbor, Miss Trudy.

Opportunities for Women in the President's Budget?

Amanda Andere | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Amanda Andere

As an organization with a 50-year history of ensuring that the gender and economic security lenses are included in policy and budget discussions, Wider Opportunities for Women, had one question in reviewing the President's proposed budget, "Are there opportunities for women?"

How Was Your Valentine's Day?

Susan Danish | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

I received my Valentine's Day gift in Guatemala City from an elderly woman living in a nursing home in Guatemala City. Her name is Florencia, and the gift she gave me was a very special love at first sight!

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

With a Conscience -- 'Our Mother's Daughters'

Claudia King | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Claudia King

In the end, there is only love of all the memories we were given. We are our mother's daughters. We have traditions, talents and our dreams just like them. We have our individuality, in spite of the occasional dissensions.

What Medicare Doesn't Cover

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

While Medicare covers a wide array of health care services, it certainly doesn't cover everything. If you need or want certain services that aren't covered, you'll have to pay for them yourself unless you have other insurance or you're in a Medicare Advantage health plan, which may cover some of these services. Here's a rundown of what original Medicare generally does not cover.