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Seniors

A Force to Be Reckoned With

K. Sujata | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

In 2012, nearly half of the elderly population (adults 65+) in the United States were considered to be "economically vulnerable."

A New Perspective on Crying

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Well, I am here to tell you real men do cry. All these voices from my past have broken ideas of what real men are.

Seniors Say The Darndest Things In These Classic Super Bowl Commercials

Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

Even if you're a die-hard Seahawks fan or a hardcore Broncos buff, admit it -- you're not tuning in to the Super Bowl solely for the love of the game....

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Nation's Most Vulnerable

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Instituting ill-conceived changes will not only fail to rein in Medicare's long-term spending growth, but will inflict severe and unnecessary harm on our nation's poor and elderly who are suffering from serious physical and behavioral illnesses.

Intellectual Growth in College: Try Slugging

Uloop | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
Uloop

Why did soberly wearing sweatpants to a bar make me feel so superior to everyone else?

Health Care Consumes Over a Third of Social Security Checks

Ben Veghte | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Ben Veghte

The vast majority of America's seniors live on modest, fixed incomes. They have paid into Social Security throughout their working lives. Congress has a sacred obligation to protect them from out-of-control health care costs in retirement.

Breaking the Logjam on HECM Reverse Mortgages (Pt. I)

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 03.24.2014 | Fifty
Jack M. Guttentag

People reaching retirement age are living longer than ever, and retiring with less capacity to maintain their living standards. With good reason, this situation has been termed a "retirement funds crisis."

Tips and Tools to Help Seniors Regain Their Flexibility

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Of all possible exercises, stretching tends to be the most overlooked and neglected among seniors, yet nothing is more vital to keeping an aging body limber and injury free. Here's what you should know along with some tip and resources to help you regain some flexibility.

The 11 Things I Appreciate That I Used To Take For Granted

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

The contrarian in me resists making any resolutions. Most just make me feel guilty because I fail to meet my own expectations. My philosophy these days is to enjoy what I am doing and not push myself to the point of crankiness. But I do have a resolution of sorts that has nothing to do with diet, exercise or career goals. It has to do with gratitude.

How to Choose a Continuing-Care Retirement Community

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you want your next move to be your final one, a full-service retirement community -- better known as a continuing-care retirement community (or CCRC) -- is a good option to consider, but they aren't cheap, so you need to be prudent when choosing.

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...

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.

Age-Friendly Telephones Help Seniors Stay In Touch

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.02.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are literally dozens of different types and styles of age-friendly phones on the market today that can help seniors with a variety of challenges like hearing loss, low vision, memory problems and limited mobility.

For the Bereaved, 10 Tips for Getting Through the Holiday Season

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Jeanne Dennis

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in a holiday style can be very alienating for those who have recently lost a loved one. "I walk around the str...

Seniors Saving Big on Rx Drugs and Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Americans, including seniors, across the country are becoming more and more familiar with the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. More and more are sharing their stories with me. Certainly, Medicare beneficiaries are benefiting, but so are their loved ones.

Simple Changes for Making a Home Senior-Friendly

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.16.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are lots of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to make your home safer and livable as you age that are very inexpensive or completely free. Here are several to consider.

'Tis the Season to Be Lonely: Tips for Connecting Over the Holidays

Marki Flannery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for older Americans living alone, especially if they are in poor health or without family or friends...

Great Gifts for the Older Adult in Your Life!

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

It can be particularly difficult to find appropriate (and appreciated!) gifts for our older relatives, friends or clients. So what's the secret to success when shopping for the senior in your life? Do you go with practical or fun? High-tech or low-tech?

Seniors Have Roomies, Too

Judy Santamaria | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Many seniors live alone after divorce or the passing of a spouse -- as if they take for granted that it's their lot in life -- but it doesn't have to be that way. Instead, these transitions can become very creative -- and even fun new chapters in our lives.

More Seniors Living With Adult Kids, But Don't Blame Economy

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The last few years have seen an increase in multigenerational living. Young adults became far more likely to live with their parents during the recess...

Thirteen Is a Lucky Number -- for Snow Lovers

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.01.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

For the first time in 13 years, those of us who love snow sports could ski or ride in November in the areas closest to Washington, D.C.

Where Have All the Good Times Gone? Why Boomers Are So Miserable

Bradley Foster | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Bradley Foster

We all face challenges in life and Boomers are seriously being buffeted from all directions at once. It is possible to create more happiness in your life but it takes real work.

Age Management: Best Employers Lead the Way

Bradley Schurman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Bradley Schurman

Access to employment is one of the most challenging issues facing older people today. However, organizations and nations have largely ignored the substantial demographic shifts over the past century. Humanity has increased life expectancy by nearly 30 years over the past century and this "longevity bonus" increases opportunities for individuals, as well as society.

10 Things I No Longer Worry About Now That I'm Past 50

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I've spent many years worrying about ridiculous things that either don't matter, or more likely, that I can't do anything about. (I mean how many girls secretly smiled when Baby Got Back started blaring from car stereos?!)

Why Medicare Part D Worked When Many Said It Wouldn't

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Ultimately, both HealthCare.gov and Medicare Part D provide Americans with the health care they need and did not have access to before. However, it's important to focus on results.