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How Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Is Sliding Into Retirement at 88

Imagine doing the same job for 67 years. Then imagine it’s a job allowing you to be around a game you’ve loved since you were eight. And then imagine it’s a game you still love as a soon-to-be 89-year-old. You’re imagining Vin Scully, the Los Angeles Dodgers announcer who’ll be stepping away from the microphone this Sunday.…

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No 401(k)? Your State May Come to the Rescue

Thanks to the aging of the baby boom generation, the phrases “too little” and “retirement savings” has become almost one word — toolittleretirementsavings. The popular stereotype is that boomers are lifelong profligates. Save for retirement? That’s for tomorrow, the thinking goes. But the real issue is that about half of private-sector employees (55 million workers;…

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Older Adults Not a Focus for Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

As we’ve done with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Next Avenue set out to explore where the Green Party candidate for president, Jill Stein, stands on issues specifically affecting older voters. We found very little to go on. That doesn’t come as a real surprise. The Green Party counts young…

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Where the Flexible Jobs Are for People 50+

A new survey from my company, FlexJobs, of over 1,000 respondents aged 50+ found that flexible work is the No. 1 factor for them when evaluating a job prospect. Flexible work options like telecommuting, flexible schedules, alternative schedules, freelancing and part-time jobs beat out salary and a company’s reputation. More than three-quarters of them (71 percent)…

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You Call This a Nursing Home?

Are you inside or outside? Are you living in the present or the past? People with Alzheimer’s often get confused by such matters. Instead of fighting it, Jean Makesh, CEO of The Lantern assisted living facilities, decided to go with it. “What if we design an environment that looks like outside?” Makesh said in a…

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91-Year-Old With Failing Mind Works Her Body

It started when my mother uttered the six worst words an elderly parent must never say to an adult child: “I have something to tell you.” My then-91-year-old mother, Mildred Burda, greeted me with those words when I stopped by to visit. Mom lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a “senior retirement community” where my…

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How to Start Investing in Index Funds

(This article is adapted from The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now by Charles D. Ellis, a noted financial consultant and an investment committee member at Rebalance IRA. The book is published by Wiley.) The world of investing has changed so much and in so many ways that the skills and concepts of…

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Loss, Loneliness and My Aunt Eva

Years ago, when my husband planned a surprise 40th birthday party for me at a restaurant near our home in northern New Jersey, I was startled that so many of my friends and relatives turned out for the occasion. I was no less surprised when my cellphone rang in the restaurant and it was my…

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Bestselling Author Publishes Witty Diary About Turning 60

Ian Brown, a Toronto writer whose newspaper articles in The Globe and Mail and previous books have been widely praised, nonetheless worries about his legacy in a rich new book about turning 60: Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year. He also worries about what’s happening to his body, what’s happening to his health, his…

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How Social Security Misleads About Claiming Benefits

For years, I’ve been railing against Social Security’s crazy complexity — 2,728 rules in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) handbook and hundreds of thousands of rules about those rules in its Program Operating Manual System. On top of that, agency has some 40,000 undertrained, overwhelmed, and sometimes arrogant staffers who routinely tell people things that…

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