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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.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

If LA Shall Appear Great to You, Consider Then Passing CCFO

Edward Headington | Posted 04.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

There are still glories ahead for our City of Angels but only if men and women purchase them through thoughtful policymaking.

Resigning From the AARP

Ronald J. Sider | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Ronald J. Sider

It is time for seniors who care about justice to send the AARP a message: No way! We reject that selfishness. We are ready to make some sacrifices for our children and grandchildren.

50-Plus Beauty Tip: First, Do No Arm

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

My grandma had bat wing arms. Her arm jiggle fascinated us kids. My cousin Rachel would reach across Granny's corset-clad girth, tap the wrinkled drape of skin and shriek with half-delight, half-horror as the bat wing came to life.

Car Shopping Tips for Older Drivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

While the automotive industry doesn't make vehicles specifically designed for senior citizens, they do make certain vehicles with features that can help accommodate the needs of older drivers.

Hospice: End-of-Life Conversations When the End Is in Sight

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In this post, I'd like to explore the necessity, challenges and goals of having end-of-life conversations once the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is confirmed.

Should Boomers Give Up Their Discounts?

Lorie Eber | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Lorie Eber

At the risk of offending my fellow boomers, and in an effort to foster inter-generational harmony, I propose that we give up our senior discounts. It seems like the least we can do. After all, every time I get 20 percent off the cost of my hotel room, a Gen Yer is subsidizing me by paying a higher price.

Social Security Is Not the Problem

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Now is the right time for a discussion about the deficit and debt, but Social Security does not contribute to either, and so cuts to the program should be off the table. Any discussion of Social Security's finances should take place separately from discussions of the federal debt.

Finding Senior Discounts Just Got Easier

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.16.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

One of the great perks of growing older in the U.S. is the many discounts that are available to boomers and seniors. If you don't mind admitting your age, here are some tips and tools to help you find them.

What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Aging has got to be OK; we have no choice. We hope for the day when women and men are not devalued for not being young, when they don't feel impelled to "fix" their faces as a hedge against invisibility.

Senior vs. Baby: A Comparison

Posted 01.02.2013 | Comedy

Really makes you look at mortality differently, doesn't it? (via HowToBeADad.com)...

How to Find and Hire a Good Home Care Worker

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Finding a good in-home caregiver that's dependable, likeable, trustworthy and affordable can be challenging, to say the least. Here are some tips and resources that can help.

Financial Considerations for Remarrying Later in Life

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.26.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Getting remarried later in life can actually bring about a host of financial and legal issues that are much different and more complicated than they are for younger couples just starting out. Here are some common problem areas you need to think about, and some tips and resources that can help.