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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.

Wild Dance Moves Prove These Older Folks Will Turn Down For NOTHING

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty

No one is too old to have a dance party -- and these people are perfect examples. In this supercut from Tastefully Offensive, these folks' moves s...

Are You a 'Plugged In' Boomer?

Jay Lickus | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Are you "plugged in?" Do you spend at least 27 hours per week on the Internet? Why would I use such a specific number? Because in a 2012 research study by WSL Strategic Retail, they found that Baby Boomers spend two hours more a week online than the 25 hours Millennials (ages 16 to 34) do on average.

How Seniors Can Quit Smoking With the Help of Medicare and Other Tools

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.12.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit.

How to Improve Your Balance as You Age

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Most people don't think much about practicing their balance, but you should, the same way that you walk to strengthen your heart, lungs and overall health, or you stretch to keep your body limber.

Grandparents, Grand Votes

Donna M. Butts | Posted 01.04.2015 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

With lawn signs, TV ads, phone calls and more, it's a rich time for grandparents and all older adults to teach young people how important it is to be a good citizen.

A Guide to Finding Affordable Dental Care

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Finding affordable dental care can be challenging for seniors living on a tight budget. Most retirees lose their dental insurance after leaving the workplace. While there's no one solution to affordable dental car, there are a number of options that can help cut your costs.

When "at First glance" Deserves a Second Look

Ellie Hollander | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ellie Hollander

This particular measure, which usually takes a back seat to the official poverty rate in the news and media reports, paints a far more realistic portrait of what seniors in America are really experiencing.