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Are You Getting Medical Treatment You Don’t Need?

If you’ve ever been a patient, you know how expensive being a patient can be. If you’re responsible for paying a high deductible or other out-of-pocket expenses, you’re certainly familiar with the financial burden. But what about the other costs of obtaining tests and procedures: procedure-induced worry, pain, discomfort, side effects, possible complications (including infections,…

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More Programs for Job Seekers Should Be Like This

There’s not a lot of talk this week about jobs for older workers at The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual Aging in America conference I’m attending in Chicago. Apparently, this is not a hot button issue with this group, although help for older job seekers really should be one. But I did find one…

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Help for the Tax Thicket of Charitable Donations

As you’re completing your 2016 tax return, you may find that you’re missing out on valuable charitable deductions. All because you didn’t organize your donations or keep receipts. Or you gave last year to organizations that don’t qualify as deductible. Or you were so generous that you donated more than you can claim. To avoid…

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How Nursing Homes Can Make a Culture Change

This is how Sarah Tooley knew her workplace had changed for the better: Vina, who lived at the nursing home where Tooley works, asked Tooley, a certified nursing assistant, to sing with her. And even with her other responsibilities, Tooley found that she could fulfill the request. It was a matter of prioritizing tasks differently,…

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How the Young and Old Worry About Aging

Young and old Americans, it turns out, have very similar worries about aging, according to a fascinating new survey unveiled at the American Society on Aging conference I’m attending in Chicago. The West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging in America polled 3,026 adults age 30 and older to see how people in their 30s, 40s,…

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4 Lifestyle Changes to Cut Cancer Deaths in Half

A lot of news about cancer shines the spotlight on new and exciting drugs or treatments. Lost in the shuffle is something scientists have long known: lifestyle plays a big role in the prevention of many types of cancer. Such a strong role, in fact, that a recent study in the journal JAMA Oncology suggests…

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9 Resume Tips to Catch Every Mistake

Your resumé has been written and is now ready to be sent to any prospective employer. Or is it? If you haven’t proofread your resumé, it shouldn’t be going anywhere. Follow these nine tips to make sure not a single mistake gets past you: 1. Check that all your information is updated. That means everything.…

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The Gifts of a Pony Named Raindrop

My Irish Catholic father was a difficult man — hard working all his life and hard drinking for much of my youth. Gay boys and their daddies often have complicated relationships, and we did. He sold cattle at the Chicago Stockyards and, as a young boy, I often tagged along with him on weekends to…

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Why Aging in America Faces an Uphill Battle

(This adaptation from Aging in America: A Cultural History by Lawrence R. Samuel, is excerpted with permission by University of Pennsylvania Press.) In 2011, Pfizer launched a marketing campaign that was remarkable in its approach to aging. In its campaign, which is still running, the giant pharmaceutical company drew upon findings of a Pew Research…

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