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Who’s That Tired-Looking Older Woman In The Mirror? My Husband Just Retired and I Feel Like I Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records Feel Like The Last Friend Standing? How To Cultivate New Buds  A Few Surprising Things I’ve Learned Traveling With My Mother Vacation Digs With A Difference Fixing Social Security Starts With Us Voters Life Stages And Estate Planning
 
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Who’s That Tired-Looking Older Woman In The Mirror?

Just the other day, I accidentally hit the Photo Booth button on my laptop, and was jolted by the image of a person I barely recognized staring back at me.

Mindy with her husband, Eddie

My Husband Just Retired and I Feel Like I’m Just Getting Started

It’s been almost two weeks since I got the email from my husband that he was retiring as of that afternoon.

Stan Hugo with his wife, Donna, who is a resident at the Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ithaca, N.Y. Mr. Hugo tracks staffing levels at the skilled nursing facility. (Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times)

Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate.

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Feel Like The Last Friend Standing? How To Cultivate New Buds 

As baby boomers age, more and more folks will reach their 80s, 90s. They will not only lose friends but face the daunting task of making new friends.

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A Few Surprising Things I’ve Learned Traveling With My Mother

Let’s face it. The thought of getting older is scary. Being in my 60s feels surreal, especially since I know I was only 30 last week.

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Vacation Digs With A Difference

Ari and Brad Nicholson settle for the night in the most luxurious setting they’ve enjoyed anywhere.

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Fixing Social Security Starts With Us Voters

Every year the people who depend upon Social Security can count on two things: the program’s trustees will release a report showing a continued deterioration in its finances, and the pundits will castigate politicians for not doing anything about it.

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Life Stages And Estate Planning

Estate planning is not a one-time endeavor. Unfortunately many people believe that they do not need an estate plan until they approach retirement.

Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

22 August 2011

By Stephen Ohlemacher WASHINGTON — Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy […]

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Gridlock could benefit programs for America’s aging

19 August 2011

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON — Gridlock, as much as it’s derided, may be the best outcome for the elderly, health care providers and poor people in this fall’s fight over further deficit cuts. A new congressional supercommittee, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, has until Thanksgiving to propose a gargantuan $1.5 trillion in budget savings […]

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Medicare prescription premiums won’t rise in 2012

05 August 2011

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON — The Obama administration had good news for seniors Thursday: The average monthly premium for Medicare’s popular prescription program won’t go up next year. Many seniors may even see a dip in their costs, particularly if they shop around during open enrollment season this fall. Officials credited growing use of generics […]

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Get the body you always wanted

29 July 2011

Let’s face it, every body changes its appearance over time, and the aging process isn’t always to blame. Some of us fall in and out of intervals of exercising, indulge in occasional unhealthy eating, experience a slowing down of our metabolism, or have too much sun exposure.

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Gov’t: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

29 July 2011

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON — The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report released Thursday. How much is that? Including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will average $13,710 […]

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Boomers worry about finances, health bills

29 July 2011

WASHINGTON — The “golden years” may lose some luster for many baby boomers worried about the financial pressures that come with age Many of the nation’s 77 million boomers are worried about being able to pay their medical bills as they get older, a new poll finds. The concern is so deep that it outpaces […]

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