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Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

Hipster Seniors Star In Super-Cool, Stereotype-Defying Photo Shoot

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.10.2015 | Fifty

If aging makes you think of clunky comfort shoes and high, elastic waistbands, think again. A new photo series will turn any and all unflattering noti...

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously illness or when you die.

Respect Your Elders

Rescue Idiot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

Most people instantly feel some form of sadness when they walk into a diner and see an elderly person sitting alone; I often wonder why these emotions don't carry over universally towards senior animals. There are so many great reasons to consider adopting an older dog

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.

Simplified Smartphone Options for Tech-Shy Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are several different ways you can go about getting a simplified smartphone that's easy to use. Depending on how much you're willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

Seniors Recreate Famous Hollywood Movie Posters And It's Fabulous

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty

You've never seen Hollywood quite like this before. Imagine Ron, Harry and Hermione at retirement age. Hagrid on a mobility scooter. Luke Skywalke...

Dancing Senior Citizens Covered 'Uptown Funk' And It Is Spectacular

Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.25.2015 | Fifty

What do you get when you combine Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" with a bunch of spirited seniors? Oldtown funk. Singer Alex Boye decided to infuse "Upt...

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 Know If You're in the Fifty Shades of Grey Stage of Your Life

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Sybil Adelman Sage

If you're more apt to know people in the Obits than any other section of the paper... if you still read the paper... if you need glasses to do it... this is for you.

Do You Need To File A Tax Return in 2015?

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned (gross income) -- and the source of that income -- as well as your filing status and your age. Your gross income includes all the income you receive that is not exempt from tax, not counting your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately.

Affinity Housing: A Model for Affordable LGBT Senior Housing

Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD

Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.

How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

John Feather, PhD | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The Beatles were on to something big: the fact that social isolation is a social determinant of health, so potent yet so under-appreciated that we are still discovering just how important it is to this day.

Why I Decided To Enter A Beauty Pageant At Age 68

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

We are so very different from one another, this daughter and I. She is so very and naturally beautiful, has great concern for how she looks, and makes effort for it; although I look relatively good for my age, 68, I have little concern for it, and put minimal effort into it.

It's Time to Invest in Nutrition

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As Congress prepares to move its own budget process, it should embrace those proposals that constitute sound investments as compared to just expenditures. Older adults are an important resource to their families, their communities and their nation.

How to Make Your Bathroom Safer

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Because more accidents and injuries happen in the bathroom than any other room in the house, this is a very important room to modify for aging in place.

Something New Can Help Beat the Winter Blues

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The bottom line is that if you find yourself feeling depressed, you can't expect your condition to resolve itself -- you need to do something about it!

How to Take Care of Your Kidneys

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

People over age 60 are especially vulnerable to kidney disease both because they tend to take more drugs and because kidney function normally declines somewhat with age.

Coming Home, Whatever That Means

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Home may be temporary and it may be common, but it is also important. This feeling of belonging in a world with so many circles. Not knowing where my next home will be, I can only relish the time I have left in this one. Last one, best one.

Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, for many, improper use of the product -- such as pulling all their cash out at one time -- has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

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.

13 Photos Of A Pole Dancer And Other Kickass Seniors Shatter Aging Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Damon Scheleur and Yagana Shah | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty

Mark Twain once said "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." But with negative stereotypes of aging in the media,...

Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.15.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what's available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here's what you should know.