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Unmet Health Care Needs for Aging Baby Boomers

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.12.2012 | Fifty
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Baby boomers will likely face an array of health conditions as they grow older but, in many cases, will find only insufficient treatment options.

How To Make A Vacation More Meaningful

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.12.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you're looking to do more on your vacation than relax in the sun or go sightseeing, volunteer service vacations -- also known as voluntourism -- are a great alternative and a growing trend among retirees. Here's what you should know.

May We Stay Forever Young

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Fifty
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

We can be as young as we choose to be -- perhaps not in every way and not all the time, but deep down and where it matters the most.

WATCH: Older People React To Skrillex

Posted 07.05.2012 | Comedy

It's a tale as old as time: The kids discover a new genre of music, and the older generations just don't get it. From rock and roll to hip hop, the mu...

Arizona Woman Fulfills Bucket Lists For Seniors With Terminal Illnesses

Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact

For some terminally ill patients, the end of life doesn’t mean sitting amid four walls listening to the whirring of machines. This period is abo...

How to Find Help Paying for Your Hearing Aid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any resources or programs that help seniors with the high cost of hearing aids?

Summer Fun for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Ensuring that your loved one with memory loss participates in as many summer activities as possible is a wonderful way to enrich the lives of everyone involved. Try some of these tips to keep your loved one secure and engaged in all of your summer fun.

Four Guidelines to Dealing With Alzheimer's Disease

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dwayne J. Clark

Even the most giving, skilled, and loving family caregiver can get overwhelmed rather quickly. And not every family member is hard-wired to be a caregiver. Lighten up on yourself, and keep your expectations reasonable.

Hiring Agency Pairs Nonprofits With Retired Seniors At 'Discount' Rate

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 06.05.2012 | Fifty

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- As she got older, Gail McDaniel felt she should be doing more to make the world better. She'd been laid off after a long career...

Financial Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.05.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any types of financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I have two grandch...

A Father's Day Message to all Dads

Enid Borden | Posted 08.01.2012 | Fifty
Enid Borden

As Father's Day approaches and we think of our dads and all they mean or meant to us, I say a silent prayer that my father has finally found the peace that he never seemed to enjoy in this life.

Pennsylvanians Mobilize in Response to New Voter ID Law

Denise Dennis | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Denise Dennis

When the voting rights of our most vulnerable citizens are threatened, everyone's rights are threatened. Democracy is not a fait accompli, it requires attention and constant care or else it might be lost.

The New Way Seniors Are Staying Active

Kristen Stenerson | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Worried your parents might not be getting the exercise they need at their assisted living facility? Never fear! There's a growing trend of retirement ...

Working Longer: Creating a 21st Century Workplace for the 21st Century Workforce

Kathleen E. Christensen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Kathleen E. Christensen

We need a new set of reforms to address the millions of older Americans in the workplace, and to ensure that the jobs we have work for them.

Adult Tricycles for Boomers and Beyond

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Three-wheeled bikes -- also known as adult tricycles -- are a great cycling option for older boomers and seniors, especially those who have concerns with their balance or stamina.

Grandparents Going Hungry

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

If a society is judged by the way it treats the most vulnerable among them, we may be headed for a failing grade. Just consider these disturbing statistics when it comes to senior hunger.

Helping Those With Memory Loss Have a Successful Dining Experience

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For individuals with memory loss, mealtimes provide social engagement, sensory stimulation and enjoyment, and can add structure and routine to their day. However, mealtimes can also present some challenges for caregivers, especially as their loved ones' memory loss progresses.

Older Volunteers: Making a Difference for Generations

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.11.2012 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Across the country, individuals 55 and older are already having a powerful impact through volunteering. At a time of growing social need, their service is vital now more than ever.

Failing to Make the Grade

Enid Borden | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Enid Borden

It is the prevalence of senior hunger that is out of step with America and its values, in any and every economy.

Baby Boomers' Defining Characteristics Could Help Them Redefine Aging in America

Rhonda L. Randall, D.O. | Posted 06.24.2012 | Fifty
Rhonda L. Randall, D.O.

Boomers should take heart knowing that what makes their generation unique could make their senior years healthier and more enjoyable than they might expect them to be.

Why Seniors Make The Best Volunteers

Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact

Ira and Barbara Smith of Acton, Mass., have been making dreams come true since 1990. When they heard about an El Salvadoran woman trying to furnish...

Over 50 and 'Almost Alcoholic'

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), drinking among seniors age 50 and older is on the rise. In fact, seniors make up the segment of the population for whom drinking has been increasing most.

Republican Budget Represents a Bleak Future for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.

Why Sandwich Caregivers Should Engage the Entire Family

Michelle Seitzer | Posted 05.20.2012 | Fifty
Michelle Seitzer

Everyone has something to give. No matter what caregiving shoes you're in, find a way to embrace and engage the strengths within your family circle, and don't be afraid to put your kids to work.

Preserving the Medicare Guarantee: Why I've Been Working with Paul Ryan

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

People on both sides of the aisle want to know why a progressive Democrat is working with the author of last year's House Budget on Medicare reform. Here's why.