“A Uniquely American Phenomenon” – Crippling Medical Debt Puts Millions Under Severe Financial Pressure

It’s a financial burden that in other countries would be “unfathomable,” say the health care policy experts. Millions of Americans, even many with insurance, are finding themselves with “crippling amounts of medical debt.”  Those are some of the sobering phrases we found in this just-published article from The Atlantic.  It reveals that simply getting sick,…

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Is It Really Alzheimer’s Disease? Other Forms of Dementia May Be Less Common but They Are Still Devastating

We just discovered a provocative news article from National Public Radio that sheds some important light on the increasing problem of cognitive decline. “In the U.S.,” NPR reports, “older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer’s disease. But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment.” That’s…

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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 things that are creating the most anxiety these days among our fellow citizens.…

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Spring is Here, and the Time is Now to Set Financial Goals for the Rest of 2019, says Motley Fool

Spring is here, that season when a young man’s (or young woman’s) fancy turns to thoughts of – financial planning? That’s true, if you subscribe to the advice we found in this very recent column on the Motley Fool website. Financial columnist Michael Aloi says right now is the ideal time to decide on the…

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A Loneliness Epidemic: One in Three Seniors Feels Alone and Isolated, and the Health Consequences Can Be Devastating

We live in one of the most socially connected societies in history, or so the experts tell us. Facebook alone claims an astonishing 1.5 billion users worldwide, and it along with a constantly-growing collection of other sites and apps is supposed to ensure that we’ve always got a “friend” there to talk to or connect…

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Is it time to fire your doctor?

NPR Report: Doctors Routinely Test Patients for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – so Why So Little Screening for Dementia?

We were surprised just a few days ago by a news story on National Public Radio revealing a disturbing statistic: barely one in every seven seniors is getting routine, regular screening for cognitive impairment. This is in spite of the fact that almost every primary care physician surveyed – and a huge majority of patients…

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As Workers Age, Boomer Retirement is Taking Companies by Surprise –Yet Many Are Planning to Keep On Working

You’ve probably heard the familiar statistic that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. And even though many of today’s boomers are working well past 65, the fact is that the leading edge of that post-World War II population bulge is now well into their 70s. What happens as these experienced workers retire? A lot…

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