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True or False? Your Relationship With Food Affects Metabolism Can Life Begin at 80? My Mother’s Did Taxation of Social Security Benefits Contentious Why Humans Don’t Have A Penis Bone And Other Tantalizing Tidbits Family Caregivers Overwhelmed And Undertrained Anxiety, Depression Can Diminish Retirement Savings Caregivers Draw Support by Mapping Their Relationships Glaring Quality Gaps in Nursing Homes to Grow With Medicaid Cuts
 
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True or False? Your Relationship With Food Affects Metabolism

Some of us are hearing the call of those jumbo sized bags of Halloween candy or realizing Thanksgiving isn’t far away.

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Can Life Begin at 80? My Mother’s Did

You think life is one way, but then realize it’s not. In fact, it’s different than you imagined.

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Taxation of Social Security Benefits Contentious

Little in the IRS tax code draws more unfavorable response than the rules around the taxation on Social Security benefits. As contentious as that feature of the system can be, it is here to stay.

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Why Humans Don’t Have A Penis Bone And Other Tantalizing Tidbits

I’m always filing away news items that make me smile, shake my head or go, “Hmmm…” Apparently, tidbits relating to private parts have this effect on me more often than not, judging from the assortment that found its way into this blog post.

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Family Caregivers Overwhelmed And Undertrained

Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding.

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Anxiety, Depression Can Diminish Retirement Savings

The landscape for how people save for retirement has changed over the past several decades. Now far fewer employers offer traditional pensions.

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Caregivers Draw Support by Mapping Their Relationships

Every time Jacque Pearson tried to devise a plan to move her 81-year-old dad, who has Alzheimer’s, from his home in Boise, Idaho, to hers in Denver, she felt stuck.

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Glaring Quality Gaps in Nursing Homes to Grow With Medicaid Cuts

Nursing homes that rely the most on Medicaid tend to provide the worst care for their residents; not just the people covered by the program but also those who pay privately or have Medicare coverage.

Bill Harris visits his wife, Nora, at the Fern Gardens memory care center in Medford, Ore. Nora Harris was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009. Now 64, she can no longer communicate or recognize family and friends. She signed an advance directive stipulating no care to prolong her life, but her husband says state law is forcing her to be spoon-fed against her stated wishes. (Jim Craven for KHN)

Despite Advance Directive, Dementia Patient Denied Last Wish, Says Spouse

20 September 2017

Bill Harris is blunt: For more than a year, he has been trying to help his wife die.

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Movie Star Famous Puerto Vallarta Has Much to Offer

19 September 2017

The vacation destination where my wife, Fyllis, and I chose to escape the winter cold may not be for everyone.

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Coconut Oil: Healthy For You or Faux Science?

18 September 2017

Is coconut oil safe? The media is buzzing after the American Heart Association released a report calling it a potentially deadly fat.

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Signs Aging Parents Need Help Managing Finances

17 September 2017

It’s inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine.

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What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia?

16 September 2017

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

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Cooking For 2: Make an Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

15 September 2017

I’m a big fan of saving takeout and delivery food for true cravings, not convenience. Even the healthiest of eaters has a few culinary vices.

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