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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.

Men Over 50: May I Give You Some Dating Advice?

Joan Price | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Joan Price

I've been dabbling in online dating, and I'm actually enjoying it. I realize that my enjoyment goes hand in hand with not having anything at stake, no enormous expectations. I'm not looking to replace my beloved husband, who died in 2008. (That would be impossible.) I don't need to find someone to give my life meaning and joy, because my life already has meaning and joy.

A Gay Son and His Dad: "Why I am an Aging Advocate"

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Dad, I'm gay. Please don't hate me," I said. He responded, "I love you no matter what. And I'm happy you're out now and can be yourself. I always knew you were gay. I was just waiting for you to feel comfortable enough to tell me."

New TV Show Wonders If 'Juniors' And 'Seniors' Can Get Along

Posted 04.03.2013 | Fifty

Multigenerational homes are definitely a reality for many Americans -- so we guess it makes sense that television producers would want to base a reali...

Working for the Tax Man? For Grandfamilies, Not Anymore

Donna M. Butts | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Books, magazines and online articles abound with ideas for bringing older and younger generations together in activities that promote bonding between the ages. But who would have thought that a tax preparation event would do that -- and pay big dividends for those who took part?

Home Health Aides: Clustered Together for Better Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

To encourage excellence and longevity on the job, we must find ways to support home health aides in this booming field.

How to Ensure Your Pets are Cared for After You're Gone

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.26.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Pet trusts have become more and more popular over the years as senior pet owners are looking for ways to ensure their pets will be well cared for when they're no longer able to do the caring. Here are some tips to help you get started.

The Democratization of Health Care:The Seniors Question

Gary Puckrein | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

How can Medicare afford to cover our seniors? One answer to that question is Medicare's recent effort to move away from paying fees for services and toward paying for value.

High School Seniors: Deciding on One College From All of Your Choices

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

f you are unsure about which college you want to say yes to, this may signal that you don't have enough information to make a good decision or that the information you have is incomplete or possibly disorganized. Here is a list of things to do that will help you make a good choice.

Paul Ryan, GOP Try to Cover Up Plan to Force Seniors to Wait Longer for Medicare

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Ryan's proposal seems more like sleight of hand than legitimate cost control. It's about weakening Medicare, not strengthening the program for future generations.

4 Easy-To-Use Smartphones For Post 50s

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually several manufacturers who are now making simplified smartphones with features designed primarily for older users who have limited experience with modern gadgetry.

Longevity Costs Outpace Senior Savings

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Wm. Scott Page

Even though you may want to live forever, the question becomes: Can you afford it? The cold hard reality is that the cost of longevity is quickly outpacing most people's ability to pay for it.

A Lucky Old Woman

Enid Borden | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Enid Borden

At about 95 the tables were turned. It was now the kids' turn to feed grandma. And, boy did they. They took turns caring for her and feeding her and nourishing her and worrying about her. But Ellen was lucky.

Do You Really Need To File A Tax Return This Year?

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The percentage of seniors, age 65 and older, who won't have to pay income taxes this year, is actually around 56 percent according the Tax Policy Center. Here's a breakdown of the 2012 filing requirements along with a few other tax tips to help you determine if you need to file.