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Broken Heart Syndrome: Illness After Loss

By Amy Florian Credit: Adobe Stock Much ink has been spilled about George H.W. Bush becoming seriously ill after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara. Similarly, the father of fashion designer Kate Spade died a day before her funeral recently. Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan died of pneumonia at 92 in …

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Ways to Keep Your Adult Child From Ruining Your Retirement Savings

By James Nichols Credit: Adobe Stock The last thing a parent wants to do is see his or her child — no matter the age — go without. That is why many boomer and Gen X parents continue to support their kids financially into adulthood. In fact, in a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 61 …

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Americans with Alzheimer’s Now Number 5.7 Million

By Beth Baker Credit: Adobe Stock The estimated number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has risen to 5.7 million, from 5.5 million in 2017, according to a report released today by the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s an increase of roughly 3.6 percent and largely reflects the aging of the boomer generation. By 2025, …

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Try Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention

By Debbie L. Miller Credit: Lifespace Communities, at Beacon Hill Retirement Community, in Lombard, Illinois. Patricia Bethke Bing, 75, a retired community organizer in Knoxville, Tenn., has been practicing Tai chi for approximately 20 years. She practices three days a week, for 40 minutes, with a group of people around her age. “I decided to …

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5 Life Lessons From End-of-Life Experts

Credit: Adobe Stock You’ve heard it countless times: Life is short, so appreciate each moment. People with life-limiting diagnoses know this intimately: When they come to terms with their mortality, their priorities often change, and they may try to squeeze as much substance into their lives as they can. This often involves trying to resolve …

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Why It’s Harder for Men to Challenge the Stigma of Loneliness

By Debbie Reslock Credit: Adobe Stock Sharing in an interview that he never told anyone because he felt ashamed, the former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke of his youthful loneliness. He believed at the time that admitting how he felt was like admitting he wasn’t worth being loved. That stigma, still so firmly attached for …

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Aberdeen Residents Shine at Senior Olympics

Aberdeen Heights residents sparkled at the 2018 St. Louis Senior Olympics. They brought home 56 gold, silver, and bronze medals. They won as teams, and they won as individuals. Both water volleyball teams won silver medals, and the ping pong team of Claire Anderson and Betty Smith did so well, they qualified for the National …

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How the Senior Safe Act Could Curb Elder Financial Abuse

The just-passed legislation would help pros alert authorities By Roger Fouton Elder financial abuse is scamming some 5 million older Americans a year, through cons like get-rich-schemes and fake fundraising campaigns. Trusted family members, friends, caregivers and financial advisers are often to blame, but unsolicited scams are also very common. With the problem escalating, lawmakers …

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Remembering the Love of Grandparents

An apartment in Brooklyn was a center of family and loyalty in the 1940s By Dana Klosner-Wehner Credit: Adobe Stock There’s a small apartment in Brooklyn where the letter “C” adorns the door. Behind that door is a hidden treasure trove of love and memories. My mother grew up in that apartment, along with my …

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It’s OK To Be Just OK at Making Art

Trying her hand at painting took this writer out of her comfort zone By Sally Koslow Credit: Adobe Stock Since the day I could read “See Sally run,” I’ve been a Word Girl following a predictable path: diary keeper, pen pal, school newspaper editor, poetry contest competitor, reporter and magazine editor. In recent years, I’ve …

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