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For Many, Obamacare Is Becoming the Unaffordable Care Act

Let me start by saying this is not a political screed against Obamacare; I’m thrilled that some 18 million Americans now have health insurance who didn’t before the law took effect, lowering the percentage of uninsured adults from 18 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent today. But I’m growing concerned that for some people — …

Fiftysomething Diet: Best and Worst Drinks of Summer

Of all the things we drink in hot weather months to hydrate us, which ones are best for fiftysomething bodies? We decided to go through a list of new and longtime favorite summer beverages, rating them for health benefits, health negatives and their ability to hydrate. Consider what follows as sort of a “sip it …

A Son Regrets How He Treated His Dying Parents

Several recent memoirs have taken heartwarming looks at the deaths of parents, including Scott Simon’s Unforgettable and Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club. Bob Morris’ Bobby Wonderful could be sold on the same table as those books, but it wouldn’t be a perfect fit. Its subtitle hints at some less-than-heartwarming moments: An …

6 Tips to Declare Your Work Independence

On July 4th, our nation will once again celebrate the Declaration of Independence. This year, why not honor the holiday in a more meaningful, personal way and use it as motivation to declare your work independence? Whether you’re looking to change jobs, switch careers or start your own business, there is inspiration to be gained …

The Joy of Fostering a Senior Dog

Carol Byers already had two dogs when she decided to foster a third. Byers, an active woman in her early 70s, set her sights on an older pet. “Like most seniors, I’ve experienced loss and know how important quality of life is,” she says. “To give a senior dog an opportunity to live out life …

Housing Discrimination: The Next Hurdle for LGBT Couples

LGBT couples can now marry in all 50 states, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court ruling, but they can still face housing discrimination — legally — when they try to buy or rent homes in much of the country. The federal Fair Housing Act doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes. Only …

Delirium: A Surprising Side Effect of Hospital Stays

(This article originally appeared on KaiserHealthNews.org.) When B. Paul Turpin was admitted to a Tennessee hospital in January, the biggest concern was whether the 69-year-old endocrinologist would survive. But as he battled a life-threatening infection, Turpin developed terrifying hallucinations, including one in which he was performing on a stage soaked with blood. Doctors tried to …

11 Best Apps for Retirement Planning

(This article previously appeared on GoBankingRates.com.) Many people might wind up with a vast and varied array of financial pieces scattered across their lives once they enter retirement. IRAs, savings or checking accounts, investments, Social Security, pensions, inheritances, real estate holdings and insurance benefits are just a few of the pieces of the retirement puzzle. …

The Grateful Dead’s Last Tour

What do Tony Blair, Ann Coulter, Steve Jobs, Phil Jackson, Bill Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Walton have in common? Would you believe The Grateful Dead? While it’s hard to imagine our beloved “Uncle Walter” of CBS Evening News fame flashing the peace sign and eating a veggie burrito at a Grateful Dead …

How to Remodel Your Bathroom for Now and the Future

You’re planning a bathroom remodel. Exciting! It’s time to talk about flooring and finishes, light fixtures and storage space. Oh, yeah, and walkers, slips and broken hips! Wait. What?! We know, we know, that’s not you. It may never be you. But the truth is: Thinking about some of the challenges of aging as you …

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