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Older Americans

The Boomer Trend That May Take You By Surprise

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Cohabitation, once thought to be the lifestyle of younger people aged 20-40ish, has now grown into a very real option for those 50 years and older after they divorce. Cohabitating is now viewed by many as the best long-term alternative to marriage for older Americans.

Health: How The Inevitable Telemedicine Trend Will Change Healthcare Forever

Buck Wargo | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Under telemedicine, people can access doctors on a Web cam or through a video conference on their phones. The private insurance industry is moving to provide patients access to medical care 24/7 without an appointment with Skype-like technology that lets patients visit virtually with medical staff.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

The Society for Women’s Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
The Society for Women’s Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

New Study Finds High Demand for Naturopathic Physicians Among Older Americans

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Because naturopathic physicians are not currently eligible to participate in Medicare, most seniors are unable to obtain care from a naturopathic physician despite the interest and desire.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

The Graying of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...

The End of the Means

William K. Zinke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

I agree with the saying, "You don't stop having fun when you grow older. You grow older when you stop having fun." Having been an entrepreneur for the past 44 years, I can't say it has always been fun, but being my own boss sure beats marching to someone else's drum

Be a Driver and Write Your Own Ticket

William K. Zinke | Posted 12.25.2013 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

Most readers have been in the position of being stopped for speeding and watching with a faint heart as the police officer wrote out a ticket. Following are my suggestions on how to be a driver and write your own ticket.

Entrepreneurs Are Why's Guys

William K. Zinke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

Entrepreneurs (loosely defined as those who create a new business in the hope of making money or otherwise adding value) are and need to be "why's guys," focused on both the why and why-not questions.

Medicare Part D Is Working for Seniors

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Since its enactment 10 years ago, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, also known as Part D, has been one of the federal government's greatest successes.

How Young People Are Transforming The Lives Of Those Over 50

Jo Ann Jenkins | Posted 11.24.2013 | Fifty
Jo Ann Jenkins

We represent the largest youth organization and the largest organization of Americans over 50 in the country. Our respective members, who include more than 43 million Americans, are at two ends of the generational spectrum, but we believe there is a real opportunity for us to come together and find new ways for us to connect and help each other address unprecedented circumstances.

Part D "Rebates" Go Against the Spirit of the Medicare Program

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As they grapple with a balanced strategy for addressing the deficit, members of Congress would be wise to think twice about altering one government program that is saving money and is widely popular among those it serves.

American Foreign Policy and Adult Vaccinations

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

In Monday's debate, both President Obama and Governor Romney agreed that the U.S.'s foreign policy strategies hinged upon domestic economic success. There is no richer potential for economic growth than keeping older adults integrated in the heart of the economy.

Presidential Candidates Miss the Mark

William K. Zinke | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

Has anyone heard the candidates talk about programs that would enable people 55 and older to remain productively engaged in the workforce or to attend training programs that will enable them to do so?

Flexible Workplace Options -- Wave of the Future

William K. Zinke | Posted 10.30.2012 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

Some companies are already taking action to accommodate this coming wave of older workers, especially since Social Security reports an average retirement age of 62; others may be submerged by it.

A New and Fourth Stage of Adulthood

William K. Zinke | Posted 10.16.2012 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

We need to discard the negative attitudes about aging and recognize that we have a large and growing talent pool of older people who can significantly contribute to the country's economic growth and social well-being.

Solving the Struggle of Older Workers

David E. Thigpen | Posted 08.05.2012 | San Francisco
David E. Thigpen

Once upon a time, workers in their late 50s and early 60s began looking forward to their golden years of retirement. Not anymore. Older workers are holding onto their jobs well beyond what was once considered retirement age, and often not by choice.

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Older Workers

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

We believe that every older American deserves the chance to live independently through the power of work.

These Accounts Are Dangerously Low

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.13.2012 | Money

If you stopped working and had to live off what you had in the bank, could you do it? For many Americans, the answer is a definite "no." Nearly ...

Guess Who's Getting Targeted By Tax Scammers Again

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

It's tax season -- which means that scammers are once again trying to rip off the elderly. The Internal Revenue Service issued a notice on Monday ...

Scammers' Favorite Victims Suffering Huge Losses

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Boomers beware: Scams, frauds and other financial exploitation schemes targeting older Americans are a growing multibillion-dollar industr...

The Shame of Elder Abuse and the Silence of Washington

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
Robert B. Blancato

As we close the holiday season, we are reminded that one sad reality, elder abuse, takes no holiday. Elder abuse is an ever present threat which must be thwarted.

Gray Matters: Grading Obama

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Those of us older Americans with memory have discovered that, so far, President Obama is not a Franklin Roosevelt of tough bank regulation and Social Security; or a Lyndon Johnson of civil rights and Medicare.