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How to Get Help With Medicare Decisions

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The options and choices available to Medicare beneficiaries today can be overwhelming. In addition to original Medicare (Part A and B) that has been around for 49 years, you also have the option of enrolling in a Part D prescription drug plan and a supplemental (Medigap) policy.

Seniors in Casino Land: Tough Luck for Older Americans

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

At a recent forum I spoke with seniors who care about this issue. When I asked them why they thought seniors prefer the disembodied draw of the slot machine, one woman replied, "We don't want to be a burden on other gamblers. Well, we don't want to be a burden on anyone."

PSA Reveals The Singular Secret To Aging Gracefully

Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty

Aging isn't about wrinkles or graying hair, it's a state of mind, a new PSA reminds us. "There is no cure for aging, because aging isn't an illness," ...

High Self-Esteem Equals Fewer Health Problems For Seniors

Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty

A healthy body starts with a happy mind for seniors, a new study shows. Research led by Concordia University's Center for Research in Human Developmen...

Deja Vu in Ukraine

Judith Fein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Judith Fein

It wasn't like any other trip I've taken in my life. From the moment I arrived in Ukraine, I could feel the past under my feet, in front of me, behind...

Automobile Aids That Can Help Elderly Drivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.10.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

To help keep older drivers safe and extend their driving years, there are a number of affordable products you can purchase today that can easily be added to your mom's vehicle to help with many different needs. Here are several to consider.

How Seniors Can Guard Against Robocall Scams

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

here's been a huge spike in robocall scams in the U.S. over the past few years. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gets more then 200,000 complaints every month about this widespread problem. Here's what you should know, along with some tips that can help you protect yourself.

Disincentivizing Work and Hurting Seniors: The Reality of Obama's Agenda

John Murray | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
John Murray

As we enter March, the nightmare that is Obamacare continues to seek and destroy the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans. Just recently, Americans h...

2014 Tax Season Filing Requirements for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year depends on your gross income, as well as your filing status and age.

How to Tell if You Have Prediabetes

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Underlying today's growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes

Seniors and Technology -- Bridging the Years and Miles

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Jason P. Stadtlander

Many elders have a lot of time on their hands and would treasure being able to be the glue that can bind the family back together, but we as their children and grandchildren need to find ways to make it easier for them to do so.

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...