The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

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It cannot be denied that Americans are getting older. Here are some staggering stats that I keep coming back when considering the aging of America: Over 10,000 U.S. seniors will turn 65 years old every day for the next 20 years; every six seconds, someone turns 50 years old; 55 million people in the U.S. are now 55 or older and 34 million are 65 or older (those last two figures will double; and the over-85 age group is the ...

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Exercise for the Brain: How Your Workout Can Improve Memory

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It goes without saying that exercise – any exercise – is beneficial for all of us and can increase our physical well-beings. But recent studies indicate that certain types of workouts and exercise can improve seniors’ mental well-beings, specifically, their memories.

This is great news for seniors at risk for mild cognitive impairment, a condition New York Times blogger Gretchen Reynolds, says “makes a person’s memory and thinking more muddled than would be expected at a given ...

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Our Seniors’ Stories: Lives Worth Living and Recording

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

It’s clear, based on the ever-increasing number of published biographies and autobiographies of the famous (and infamous!), there are many people who are more than happy to throw open the doors of their lives to scrutiny.

And while the autobiography of a celebrity or political figure can make for a compelling read (or in this day of books-on-disc, listen), the stories and remembrances of a loved one sound even more captivating. In recent ...

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A Living Will: An Easy Way to Plan for the End of Life

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The adage that “people don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan” is a well worn cliche, but it’s also very true. Failing to plan properly can not only lead to plenty of heartbreak and problems at the end of life as well.

Many people familiar with the term living will, but they might not completely understand what it means. There are standard wills, in which a person makes known where assets should be distributed after his or her death; ...

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Retirement Spending: What to do with the Money You’ve Saved

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While there are some of us who have little to no hope of ever enjoying a normal retirement (although we do hope we’ll still be employable in our golden years) there are many who have planned wisely, saved money appropriately and toiled endlessly to enjoy a comfortable third act.

It is at this point that some people wind up with a money problem vastly different from the one they’d faced in previous years. For the first time in their lives, they ...

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Seniors and Spring Cleaning: Dust with Care

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I think it’s safe to say there’s not a house, apartment, hut, tepee, igloo or lean-to on the planet that couldn’t use a little spring cleaning.

Tis the season to help the senior in your life clean house—and also spot potential problems (piles of unpaid bills, safety hazards, or out-of-date food in the pantry) in the senior’s home.

The hardest part is getting started. A first step is to create a list with the senior’s help, prioritizing based on interest (the flower ...

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Time Heals All Wounds?: Reconciling Differences with Seniors

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Many of us hear about, read about and – unfortunately – experience the regrettable situation of having an older relative or friend who lives out their final years without making peace with someone who was once an important part of their lives.

Although John Lennon was commenting on the U.S. government when he uttered the phrase “time wounds all heals,” it could also be an apt characterization of how seniors feel about the broken relationships in their own lives. Many seniors ...

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“There’s No Place Like Home”: Practical Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

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For a host of senior citizens, the idea of leaving their homes for an institutional lifestyle (i.e., a nursing home) is inconceivable. In fact, a 2010 AARP study showed that nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes.

And through their many years of work and sacrifice, most elderly Americans have earned that right. However, seniors who do remain at home need to make sure their residences are safe.

The leading cause of death for people ...

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When Seniors Are Stubborn: How to Help Family Members Who Won’t Help Themselves

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Whether the scenario involves persuading someone to stick to their medication routine, get off the couch and plug back into the world, or just change a well-worn shirt, motivating a senior can sometimes require tact and finesse.

In many ways, trying to help an aging parent or loved one isn’t unlike trying to motivate a high-school senior. Both are at the end of one stage of life, and neither knows what the next stage will bring, so they often simply go ...

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Are We There Yet? How to Know When You’re Ready to Retire

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For many seniors, the last several years of unstable economic conditions have made the idea of retiring a daunting venture. Even Wes Craven, the creative genius behind Freddy Krueger, recently wrote a column on the nightmare of his own retirement attempt (his story involved a motor scooter, a kickstand, and a hospital, but still).

Seriously, the question of when to retire has turned into a perplexing logic problem including the stock market, the solvency of Social Security/Medicare, inflation, family obligations and ...

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