Financial Industry Regulator Issues Warning on Senior Designations

Thousands of financial advisors market themselves as trained to provide investment advice to seniors, using authoritative-sounding titles like “certified senior advisor” or “certified retirement counselor.”  But often these designations are nothing more than what are called “weekend” designations, obtained by attending a hotel seminar, and some don’t even require a high school or college diploma.…

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Taking Good Care of Your Eyes

You should see your eye doctor regularly to help avoid or minimize vision problems. Common eye problems include blurred vision, halos, blind spots and floaters. Blurred vision refers to the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see small details. Blind spots, called scotomas, are dark “holes” in the visual field in which…

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Claiming a Parent As a Dependent

If you are caring for your mother or father, you may be able to claim your parent as a dependent on your income taxes. This would allow you to get an exemption ($3700 in 2011) for him or her. There are five tests to determine whether you can claim a parent as a dependent: The…

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SMARTMOVERS = Connecting "Dots"

Hey… if you’ve arrived here chances are you were hangin’ out with us at the SMARTMOVERS launch event this past Friday the 13th (Yea… “scary”!).  Good guys like Pat Cashman, Martin and Monte from Sozo Wine, Rajiv, Chef Gabe and Jerry Kingen, owner of Salty’s, all pulled together to make for good food, good wine,…

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Reasons to keep Fit as You Age

How independent you are often depends on how well you can function physically. While this is one of the best reasons to stay physically active, it’s not the only one.  Here’s a list of eight reasons why you should make physical activity a priority in your daily life. 1.      Increases bone density and limits osteoporosis.…

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