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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.

50 Ways to Organize Your Life After 50: Part 1

Jay Lickus | Posted 03.14.2015 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

In thinking deeper about this subject, I figured it was time to analyze whether or not I was genuinely organized and, if not, how could I get to the right level of orderly arrangement in my life. Where do we start?

The One Time When Age Is Really NOT Just A Number

Phyllis Sues | Posted 03.14.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

About 10 years ago a good friend, who I totally respected and who is publishing a book on his philosophy of living called 'Presence Is Power' (love the title), told me that if I didn't get a computer there was no way I could keep up, understand, or live in this world of electronics. Finally, I gave in.

The Real Definition Of A True BFF

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

From Barbies to boyfriends -- through the shifting tides of girlhood and womanhood -- my girlfriends and I shared a journey that was both profound and simple. We grew up together. And then we grew apart.

Elders Reacting To Kim Kardashian's Nude Photos Could Break The Internet

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.03.2015 | Comedy

If Kim Kardashian's Paper Magazine cover didn't already break the Internet, this sure will. The latest "React" video series from The Fine Brothers fea...

Current SSI Levels Leave Low-Income Seniors Out in the Cold

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Most people have an idea of practical ways to keeps seniors safe this winter: space heaters, rubber-soled boots, or clearing your elderly neighbor's icy sidewalks. But the big-picture safety issues unfortunately cannot be solved with a shovel and some salt.

How To Keep Tabs On An Elderly Parent When You Can't Be There

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are many different assistive technology products available today that can help families keep an eye on an elderly loved one when they can't be there. Depending on your dad's needs and how much you're willing to spend, here are some good options to consider.

Pittsburgh Reaches Out to LGBTQ Elders During Holidays

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

So many of our seniors live alone, compared to heterosexual seniors. This situation can create many kinds of health disparities: falls, depression, increased substance abuse, poor nutrition. Our LGBTQ elders need connections to other people who can provide socialization and reduce isolation.

How to Appeal When Medicare Won't Pay

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Some denials are caused by simple billing code errors by the doctor's office or hospital. If, however, that doesn't fix the problem, here's how you appeal.

Shared Housing can Help Seniors in Many Ways

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.16.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about senior home-sharing programs? Since my father passed away last year, my mom, who's 70, is interested i...

Great Holiday Shopping Deals for Seniors

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 02.15.2015 | Money
Jeanette Pavini

With age comes wisdom and also savings! The holidays are around the corner and that means we are all looking for any way we can save on all of those purchases we will inevitably be making.

Aging in Place: An Intergenerational Priority

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Designing environments for seniors to age in place is an important part of the benefits communities can provide for individuals in the 21st century. And everyone -- across all generations -- will benefit from this emphasis on promoting better health across the life cycle.

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.08.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The goal of annual screenings is to detect cancer early before symptoms appear, so it can be cured. The five-year survival rate among people with lung cancer when it's caught in its earliest stage is 77 percent, versus only 4 to 25 percent for people whose cancer has spread.

5 Reasons It's Better -- And Possibly Cheaper -- To Travel On Weekdays

Dave Austin | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Dave Austin

Millions of Americans, particularly baby boomers, will hit the road this coming year in search of a relaxing escape. Despite the popularity of weekend travel, trips taken between Monday and Friday can often provide greater value to a traveler. Consider the following benefits.

Centenarians Spill The 4 Secrets To A Long And Happy Life

Jamison Gosselin | Posted 01.27.2015 | Fifty
Jamison Gosselin

There is no magic pill for longevity. Instead, what these centenarians reinforce is that some of the secrets to wellbeing and lifelong happiness are the simple truths that we have always known -- loving relationships, financial stability, and a commitment to personal health.

Top Food Trends for 2015... Are You Ready?

Phil Lempert | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Phil Lempert

There is a lot to look forward to in the New Year for food trends and the evolution of supermarkets. Expect to see smoked as this year's key flavor and a huge rise in popularity for fermented foods.

Personal Tech Products Designed Specifically for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device ...

Free and Low-Cost Legal Services that Help Seniors in Need

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.19.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of free and low-cost legal resources available today to help seniors, but what's available to you and your husband will depend on where you live, the type legal assistance you need and your financial situation. Here are several resources to check into.

Our Job Is to Enable Well-Being

Robyn Stone | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

We're literally taking a page out of Gawande's book by recognizing that our real job is not just to put a roof over the heads of our older citizens.