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What to Consider Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.25.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in clinical trials in hopes of gaining access to the latest, and possibly greatest, but not yet on the market treatments for all types of illnesses.

Making a Difference by Making Mental Health and Geriatrics Care a National Priority

Robyn Stone | Posted 08.25.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Aging Americans who have mental health needs are indeed an invisible group -- and they can use all the help we can give them.

Things To Do At 68: The 31st Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

Sandi Bachom | Posted 08.24.2013 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

It was midnight before my very first (and the 30th Annual) Coney Island Mermaid Parade when I discovered I was going to have to wear a costume if I intended to film it. "You can't look normal," a friend said. "Be a pirate!"

Repositioning Cruises - A Travel Bargain for Retirees

Lynne Martin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Fifty
Lynne Martin

Most cruise companies relocate their equipment twice a year, moving them from one warm, inviting climate to another, and they cost between thirty and seventy percent less than in-season cruises.

Teaching Senior Fitness an Unexpected Joy

Jan Angilella | Posted 08.20.2013 | Fifty
Jan Angilella

Milestones are getting out of chair with less pain, reaching for something on a high shelf, putting on a coat or a seat belt with ease, or even tossing a ball with a grandchild that are the markers of success.

Finding the Right Senior Housing Fit

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

When you are shopping for assistance and care for your aging parent(s), it shouldn't matter if a senior housing company owns 20,000 buildings or 50. All that matters is your family member finds the best fit for their individual personal and care needs.

How to Spot and Prevent Senior Financial Fraud

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.17.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Spotting a scam or a con artist is not always easy to do. They range from shady financial advisers to slick-talking telemarketers to professional caregivers and relatives who steal from the very people they're supposed to be looking after.

The Silver Tsunami Is Coming, Are We Ready?

Mark Horvath | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I am 52 years-old. I am unemployed. I lost my house to foreclosure back in 2008. Heck, I lost everything in 2008. I have high debt because of student...

White Lies: When Fibbing Is... Therapeutic?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, honesty may not always be the best policy.

Simple Television Remotes Designed for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.03.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are several universal TV remotes available today that are specifically designed for seniors and the technically challenged. These remote controls have bigger buttons and fewer options that make them much easier to see, program and operate.

How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years as millions of Americans are looking for natural and more affordable ways to improve their health. But, it's important to know that many herbs can also cause side effects and can interact with prescription medications.

Aging Begins at the Beginning

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Working around seniors my entire adult life, I have often wondered, When do people become "Senior?" Is there a magic day or age? Yes, I know you get your AARP Card at 50, and yes, social security eligibility arrives at 62. But when does it really start?

Senior Corps: Making a Difference for Generations

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

For generations, seniors have been making a powerful impact in their communities, and their service is more important now than ever. Let us pay a special tribute to these remarkable seniors, who do so much to improve our communities and nation.

Assistive Technologies That Help Elderly Seniors Stay at Home

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.14.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you're worrying about your mom falling and needing help, one of the most frequently used products over the years for seniors living alone is a medical alert device -- also known as a personal emergency response system, or PERS.

Disputes Benefit Seniors At The Expense Of Others

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Congress increasingly unable to resolve budget disputes, federal programs on automatic pilot are consuming ever larger amounts of g...

Let Life Insurance Lapse at Your Own Risk

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 07.08.2013 | Fifty
Wm. Scott Page

Individuals pay hundreds of millions of dollars into life insurance every year, yet four out of 10 seniors lapse or surrender their policies before they receive any payout.

Making Time When Time Is Short, and Other Insights From a New End-of-Life-Care Nurse

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This is National Nurses Week, and a perfect moment to highlight the special training, ability and insights that distinguish hospice nurses in truly remarkable ways.

8 Simple Steps To Guard Against Identity Theft When You Travel

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.05.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Most people don't realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you're away.

Senioritis and 'Soiling-the-Nest:' 3 Coping Tips for Parents

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Ann Rasmussen

Second semester Senior year brings out the worst and most complicated in all of us, parents and teens alike. Why? Our identities, roles and relationships suffer a seismic shift when a child leaves home.

Our Mothers

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Men are constantly trying to relate to what it is like being a mom... but we really have no idea. Let's start with early pregnancy and the potential...

Chained CPI Cuts Average Social Security Benefits by $15,615 - Even With Bump-Up for Older Retirees

Ben Veghte | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Seventy-seven million baby boomers have entered or are approaching retirement. Social Security will make up the bulk of the income most of these seniors will have at their disposal. As our private retirement system continues to underperform and Medicare premiums rise, cutting Social Security COLAs based on a false premise is bad policy.

No Social Security Cuts

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Democrats should fight for jobs programs and pay equity for women, not fight to cut Social Security. Democrats should realize that when the winds of national opinion are at our back, it is folly to sail against these winds and disaster to downsize the legacy of our party.

How to Shop for a Hearing Aid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.15.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.

What To Watch For With Your Aging Parents

Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Suzanne Gerber It’s a delicate balance between being overbearing and dangerously disconnected Last week we ran ...

How to Choose a Medigap Supplemental Policy

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

f you're planning to choose original Medicare for your health coverage, getting a supplemental policy (also known as Medigap insurance) is a good idea if you can afford it, because it will help pay for things that aren't covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles.