Making successful resolutions

Forty-five percent of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions and an additional 17 percent occasionally make New Year’s resolutions according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.  With so many of us resolving to lose weight, get organized and save more money (the top three resolutions for 2014), you’d expect to find a…

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Understanding Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney (POAs) are essential legal documents but they can be confusing for the layman not least because many people don’t understand that there are two main types of POAs and they function quite different from each other. A healthcare POA allows someone you trust such as a family member or friend to make…

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Well adult checkups

I have a new great-nephew (well kind of new since he’ll turn 1 in January) and new babies come with a list of things that they need to see the doctor for such as vaccinations, weight and measurement checks, complete physicals—the works.  But did you know that those same sort of checks occur at age…

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Social Security changes for 2015

Here’s what Social Security changes to look for in 2015. In October, the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security was raised 1.7 percent, adding roughly $22 more each month for the average Social Security beneficiary. With that increase the average monthly retirement benefit for all recipients rose to $1,328. Workers taking retirement benefits…

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Coping with grief during the holidays

A very good friend of mine unexpectedly lost her husband two weeks ago.  She thought he was going in for minor surgery and he never returned.  If you’re like most people, you flinch when you hear that tragedy hit a family around the holidays because while the pain is still there regardless of the day,…

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