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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.

Struggling to Find Answers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Each year as I go through a reawakening to these seemingly tragic situations, I always come back to the same conclusion: although I do not understand why certain things happen, as a man of faith I believe that the world has been created by Almighty God and that he is a kind, benevolent, and all-knowing God.

Telemedicine: An Innovation Whose Time Has Come

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Advancing telemedicine is a good step in the right direction which will allow the medical field to fully harness the promise of new and innovative technology no matter where the patient or her doctor are.

Casinos: New York's Bleak New Senior Center?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Sadly, most seniors there are like seniors nationally who rank casino gambling as a favorite past-time. In 2012, over 50 percent of those frequenting a casino were over-50.

7 Lessons Learned After Mom Fell

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Sometimes the very ground you walk on can feel pretty shaky when your stable life is marred by a fall.

To Curb Medicaid Spending Tomorrow, Invest in Housing Today

Terri Ludwig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

As more states look to revamp their Medicaid programs in the coming months, we urge them to balance the rising need to care for low-income people and aging adults with a long-term goal of controlling healthcare and other spending.

Senior Actors Are Still Dreaming

Timothy Carpenter | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Timothy Carpenter

Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, may be about the vagaries of love, but it's also about the difference between appearance and reality, and the fragility of identity -- themes that are relatable for all ages, but perhaps most poignantly so for seniors.

INFOGRAPHIC: Californians vs. Americans on Aging

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 12.23.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Compared to the rest of the country, Californians age 40 and older are more concerned about a range of aging issues and substantially more supportive of government initiatives to address long-term care needs for seniors.

A Husband Reveals The Real Secret To A Happy Marriage

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 12.10.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Living in Seattle can be weather challenging at times, so being the good planner that I am I booked a trip for my wife, some friends and me for a week in sunny Europe. A week before the trip my wife asked me if I really wanted to go and went on to ask if I would consider canceling.

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicines

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.07.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The safest and most responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired, medications is to take it to a medicine take-back event. And the next prime opportunity to do this is on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.