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Mentors Open Medical Students’ Minds About Aging

Beverly Archibald is 86 and she has opinions about what people around her age need from their doctors and nurses. Because she’s a mentor in the SAGE program (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, she can share her thoughts with medical students and others…

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The Answers to Common Reverse Mortgage Questions

You’ve likely seen the TV commercials for reverse mortgages, with the late Fred Thompson, Henry Winkler and, lately, Tom Selleck. But just between us: Do you really understand how a reverse mortgage works? If not, don’t feel bad — in a March 2017 National Council on Aging survey, 66 percent of older homeowners said they’d…

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5 Retirement Moves for Recently Divorced Couples

Couples who have recently finalized their divorce and divided up assets are understandably eager to move on to the next phase of their lives. But closing the book too hastily on your previous relationship could result in some unintended financial consequences. If you have recently parted ways with your spouse, here are five important steps…

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First U.S. ‘Dementia Village’ Recreates a Happier Time

It all started with a fifth-grade class project. Scott Tarde, CEO of George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, which has operated dementia day care facilities in California’s San Diego county for 35 years, was amazed at his 12-year-old daughter’s enthusiasm over her Junior Achievement “BizTown” field trip. In a huge space not unlike a converted…

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How Nearly Dying Killed My Fear of Death

As a child, I was the helpless prey to a host of fears. I was afraid of going to school, afraid of coming home from school, afraid of night, morning, Brussels sprouts, long underwear, regular underwear, showering, people and, strangely enough, singer Pat Boone. Of all the things that frightened me, Number One on my…

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A Novel Program Helps Older Adults With Aging in Place

A modest program aimed at keeping older adults independent and in their own homes is showing promising results. Dubbed CAPABLE, for Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders, the program, which started in the Baltimore area, saved Medicare an average of $10,000 annually in health care costs per participant during a recent two-year…

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6 Key Career Strategies for Women of a Certain Age

For nearly two decades, I’ve occasionally wondered: “Am I nearing the end of my rewarding work life?” And often, I see my female coaching clients, despite their considerable success, lose confidence and struggle with fear and anger about their career options as they age in the workforce. No matter how it starts, a dark, questioning…

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Sheryl Sandberg on ‘Option B’ at Work After a Loss

Talk about a bestseller from the get-go. Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton professor Adam Grant have written what promises to be a blockbuster: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. The book is named after the guidance a friend gave Sandberg following the sudden 2015 death of her husband Dave…

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A Tough Look at Fidelity’s Social Security IQ Quiz

Today, Fidelity Investments released a survey about when Americans say they plan to start claiming Social Security and how much they know about the basics of Social Security. As someone who specializes in writing about how the Social Security system works — or doesn’t work — I’d like to offer my take on the survey’s…

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What Do You Want to Know About Getting Involved in Music?

As part of our ongoing series asking our audience what it would like us to investigate, we’re turning our attention to a fun topic: Music. Specifically, we’re wondering what you would like to know about what it means to become involved in music when you are older. This might relate to learning to sing, playing…

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