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AARP: Do You Want to Give Your Money to Your Family? Do it the Right Way and Keep the Peace

Generosity is a wonderful thing. If you’re at a stage in your life where you feel you have plenty of resources, and you’re motivated by a desire to give some of your money or possessions to those you love, that’s an admirable impulse – but beware. Your generous spirit can end up causing more trouble…

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Are Breathing Tubes Being Used Too Frequently on Older Patients? New Study Causes Doctors to Wonder

Your ailing parent is rushed to the hospital. Among other critical symptoms, he or she is having trouble breathing, so the emergency room physicians sedate your loved one and insert a breathing tube. Mechanical breathing keeps respiration going while doctors deal with the other medical challenges. All appears to be well. Last Opportunity to Speak?…

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Financial Planning, or Mere Lip Service? Ask These 5 Questions to Help You Find the Answer

He or she may look like a financial planner. They may talk like a financial planner. They may even act like a financial planner, and it might say “financial planner” on their business card. But is the person you’re trusting to plan your financial planning really a financial planner? Dig a little deeper and you may…

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Don’t Allow FOMO to Rob You of Your Joy in Retirement!

Earlier in 2018 we ran an article on the AgingOptions blog warning our readers to beware of Facebook – it might be ruining their retirement. (You can find the article here.)  Now just this week we’ve run across a similar article on the popular financial website MarketWatch. This piece isn’t warning retirees specifically about Facebook,…

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Saving for College or Saving for Retirement? Maybe it’s Time to Re-Think Your Priorities

Do you think saving for your children’s college education takes precedence over saving for your own retirement? If you do, you’re not alone – but you may be making a major mistake, with a big price to pay down the line when you do eventually retire. That’s the conclusion from this insightful article that appeared…

Is it time to fire your doctor?

Is It Time to Fire Your Doctor? Here are Nine Reasons Why the Answer May be “Yes”

The doctor-patient relationship is sacrosanct – we all realize that. Our physicians generally know more about us, inside and out, than any other human being. When the relationship is healthy, it is characterized by a sound sense of trust and a high degree of mutuality and openness. A patient in a strong relationship with his…

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“Financial Wellness” is Much More than a Mere Buzzword – it can Overcome Stress and Brighten Your Future

What stresses you out? If you’re like nearly two-thirds of Americans, issues surrounding money are right up there near the top of the list, according to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey. Money ranked alongside work and politics as the thing that’s creating the most anxiety these days among our fellow citizens. A…

Writing a Will, Keeping it Current, and Choosing the Right Executor – Important Steps Too Often Neglected

Everyone knows you need a will, yet even in this so-called enlightened age, a surprising number of Americans have never gotten around to preparing one. According to the LegalZoom website, “Approximately 55 percent of American adults do not have a will or other estate plan in place,” a number that has remained fairly constant for…

New York Times: Could Rising Rates of Depression, even Suicide, be Linked to Common Medications?

An unnerving article we just discovered in the New York Times asks a penetrating question: could the rise in rates of depression and suicide be somehow linked to increasing use of common prescription drugs, some of which are also available over the counter? This inquiry was prompted by a just-released report showing that more than…