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How To Get The Most Out Of Online Reviews

Many online purchases are based on careful consideration of star ratings and product reviews left by complete strangers.

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The Joys of Having My Mom Live with Us

I love having her here. I haven’t lived with my mom in 40 years. At first we were out of practice, but now it feels like we picked right up where we left off in 1978.

(Darren Hauck for KHN)

Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care

When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long.

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Poll: Pets Help Us Cope With Health and Emotional Issues

A curled-up cat, a tail-wagging dog, a chirping parakeet or even a serene goldfish may help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues.

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Unpartnered With No Heirs: Estate Planning Still Important

Even if you do not have a partner, children or any living relatives, an estate plan makes sense.

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Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Still Bite Into Budgets

Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit.

Gloria Brown is the primary caregiver for her husband, Arthur, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease four years ago. (Emma Marie Chiang for Kaiser Health News)

States Push For Caregiver Tax Credits

The price of paying for help isn’t cheap: The going rate in the San Francisco Bay Area ranges from $25 to $35 an hour.

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Beware Of Scammers Pretending To Be From Social Security

Last week I received six recorded calls purportedly from the Social Security Administration (SSA) informing me that my Social Security number was being deactivated.

Brave new world: Will home technology make seniors safer?

23 September 2010

A series of products allows family members and caretakers to remotely check up on the well being of their loved ones and charges.

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Labor Secy. Solis on National Employ Older Workers Week

23 September 2010

“This week we celebrate the continued contributions of America’s older workers. It is also a time to get word to every employer about the importance and benefits of hiring these seasoned professionals. After all, experience — coupled with a solid work ethic and strong decision making skills — makes for excellent job candidates.”

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Medicare Advantage costs to be lower next year, say feds

21 September 2010

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that, on average, Medicare Advantage premiums will be 1 percent lower in 2011. The majority of Medicare beneficiaries, on average, enrolled in Medicare health and prescription drug plans this year should find little or no change in their benefits in 2011, […]

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New Medicare chief says don’t ration health care

15 September 2010

Berwick broke his silence yesterday, telling an audience of health insurance industry representatives that pushing back against unsustainable costs cannot and should not involve “withholding from us, or our neighbors, any care that helps’’ or “harming one hair on anyone’s head.”

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‘Survivor’s’ new season pits young against old

30 August 2010

Take it from an aficionado — Sometimes there’s something real about TV reality shows: Burnett, creator of Survivor is pitting youth against maturity during the next installment of his hit reality TV show on CBS.

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On Guard: Fencing for the ages

30 August 2010

“When I was a teenager, I met one guy who said, ‘Hold onto this’ and I asked, ‘What end?’ He proceeded to wrap his foil around my foil and tossed my saber across the room,” Shamir said.

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