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Poor Breast Cancer Patients More Likely to Lose Jobs

(This piece ran previously on StatNews.com. It was reproduced with permission.) In early 2013, Ayanna Kalasunas felt on top of the world. She’d just gotten engaged and was working in e-commerce operations at a Philadelphia-based retailer. “I was honestly at this pinnacle moment of my life,” she said. “I was like, ‘You did it. Way…

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3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Credit

You’ve heard the advice since starting your first job: a high credit score is the key to financial bliss. As important as it was then, a high credit score can also help provide financial stability as retirement nears. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to protect your credit and keep tabs on your credit reputation,…

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Is This the Year to Protest Ageism at the Oscars?

You don’t have to be a scientist to know that Hollywood caters to youth culture. Or do you? When Humana teamed up with the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School to examine portrayals of aging in film and its potential effects on health, Dr. Yolangel Hernandez Suarez (Humana’s vice president and…

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Tax Help for the Self-Employed

As someone who’s self-employed with an assortment of contract and freelance work, I know that it can be a struggle for entrepreneurs to do their taxes. Luckily, there are now quite a few small-business tax programs to make the filing process fairly quick and painless. I reviewed three of the most popular ones (TurboTax Self…

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Action Is Needed on Housing for Vulnerable Populations

(This article appeared previously on DiverseElders.org.) Jan. 15 was the day we celebrated the dreamer-activist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and February is the month we celebrate Black History. As an older African American lesbian, activist, scholar, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, caregiver and friend, it is traditionally a time for me to reflect on the history…

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The Benefits of Exercise: Now, Next Week, Next Month

Did you resolve to get to the gym more this year? Sadly, most new exercisers quit within six months of starting a program, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Expecting immediate results in the form of muscle tone or weight loss makes it easy to go back to old habits when goals take longer…

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Antidote to Workplace Ageism: Subject Matter Expertise

Are you returning to the workforce after years away or making a mid- to late-career transition? Then I’m guessing ageism is a big concern. Of all the tools available to beat ageism, there is none more powerful than subject matter expertise. I consider it the antidote to ageism. When you’re a subject matter expert, your expertise…

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