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Tips for Exploring Your Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond

When it comes to aging and sex, aware of it or not, like it or not, we have become our own pioneers. While some of us look into the mirror and see a facsimile of our parents or grandparents, others look quite different from those generations before us. Maybe because of ever increasing cosmetic procedures, …

Use This 14-Point Checklist to Review Your Estate Plan

Many Americans have estate plans in place — but unfortunately, many are incomplete and the most important subjects aren’t even addressed. I compiled this  14-point checklist to help create a sound estate plan, but first, if you don’t have an attorney who specializes in elder law, I strongly recommend that you get one. Start by visiting …

The First Thing to Do With Your Social Security Check

(This article previously appeared on GOBankingRates.com.) Social Security is often seen as pretty simple and straightforward: Kick back, relax and collect that check, right? But for new retirees, even those who have been diligent about retirement planning, it might come as a surprise that the process of collecting Social Security is actually fairly complex. It’s …

Too Few Aging Adults Getting Vaccines, Study Says

The underuse of vaccines by older adults leads to millions of cases of pneumonia, influenza and other diseases each year, some causing severe illness and death, according to a report issued July 29. Those 65 and older are more likely than younger adults to get sick from such diseases and more likely to be hospitalized …

6 Surprising Foods That Make You Tired

(This article previously appeared on Grandparents.com.) We’ve all eaten a big meal and then felt exhausted afterwards, but what about the times that you thought you were eating something good for you and still got tired? Turns out there are some foods we wouldn’t normally think of that can cause us to feel fatigued. We …

Expat Retirees Reveal How Life Has Turned Out

Ever dreamed of retiring abroad? The lower cost of living…the relaxed lifestyle…the gorgeous weather… Well, that’s what it’s supposed to be like. But how does that all square with reality? A new survey has the answers. The Best Places in the World to Retire site just polled 389 expats from the United States and Canada …

An Early Adopter Gives the Apple Watch a Whirl

When it comes to technology, I am an “early adopter.” I had a Commodore 64.  I had a Palm Pilot (several of them, in fact). And now, I have an Apple Watch. There’s been a lot written in the three months since Apple’s high-end gadget first hit the wrists of folks like me – a lot …

How Medicare Shortchanges Women

(This is adapted from an article in the Summer 2015 issue of Generations, American Society on Aging’s quarterly journal.) For 50 years, Medicare has played a critical role in promoting economic security for older women in the United States. (July 30, 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into …

The Women Who Covered Vietnam

When Laura Palmer entered Oberlin College in the fall of 1968, she deeply opposed the war in Vietnam. Four years later, she’d be on her way there — the last place she expected to go. Denby Fawcett felt bored on her party/gardening/cooking beat at her Honolulu, Hawaii newspaper. She was so low in the pecking …

Is It Time to Abolish Mandatory Retirement?

A few weeks ago I was at a dinner for the kick-off to a three-day program in New York City I attended called Age Boom Academy, whose theme was Global Aging: Danger Ahead? Our dinner speaker was John Beard, director of the World Health Organization (an arm of the United Nations) Department of Ageing and …

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