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Hypothyroidism: Some Signs and Symptoms

Some of us may have few, if any, symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), while others may experience the same symptoms younger people do. Still others have hypothyroidism symptoms that are not typical at all, making the diagnosis even more difficult. Any of the following signs and symptoms can indicate hypothyroidism in an older ...Read More

Some Tips: Let’s Plan For Healthcare Needs During Retirement

The average total cost of healthcare in retirement for individuals age 70 and over is about $122,000 per person.1 As healthcare costs continue to rise, those in or nearing retirement are increasingly concerned about how they will manage healthcare expenses over a period of 20 or more years in retirement. This can be particularly concerning for wome...Read More

How to Evaluate Your Finances for Retirement

Retirement is an exciting time in your life. Finally, you get to leave the rat race and concentrate on doing what you want! No more punching that time clock – now you can travel, spend time with friends and family, and just simply enjoy the good life. That is, as long as you can afford to do so; the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to retir...Read More

How to Prepare for Retirement – What to Know, How Long the Prep Takes, and TIPS!

If you’re nearing retirement age, you’re probably thinking about what it takes to prepare for retirement. You’re not the only one, of course – lots of people wonder what it’s going to take to get all their ducks in a row. There are just so many different questions you need to answer, especially when it comes to things like your financial and living...Read More

Got Some Free Time? Here’s Some Great Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteering in retirement doesn’t just benefit the world, it benefits the retiree. Staying involved as a senior citizen volunteer can help you maintain your mental and physical health as well as helping you stay involved in your community. It helps you stay social and can give you a strong sense of purpose during the often difficult transition tha...Read More

Gaining Weight As We Age? Yup!

Every annual physical starts the same way – a stop by the dreaded scale. As both men and women get older it seems inevitable that a few extra pounds show up each year. While gaining three to five pounds might not seem like a big deal, it sure can be if it’s become an annual occurrence. We talked with Tufts Medical Center Clinical Bariatric Dietitia...Read More

Can We Put Retirement First – And STILL Help With College?

Sparing a loved one from college debt at the expense of your own future is a failing strategy. Here’s a better approach. As parents and grandparents, we want our offspring to have it easier than we did growing up. So it’s only natural to want to lessen their financial burden when it comes to college. And while you’ve likely heard the advice from mo...Read More

Hidden Secrets About Independent Living Communities

As you contemplate retirement, it’s only natural to consider what your plans are for your Golden Years. Getting to retire means finally having the opportunity to do whatever you like without having to worry about working for a living. Many seniors seek to support that worry-free existence by selling their existing homes and moving to an independent...Read More

Signs That An Aging Parent Needs Help! Caring from a Distance

When caring for an aging parent or relative from afar, it can be hard to know when your help is needed. Sometimes, your parent will ask for help. Or, the sudden start of a severe illness will make it clear that assistance is needed. But, when you live far away, some detective work might be necessary to uncover possible signs that support or help is...Read More

To Test or Not! For Genetic Testing, Let’s Think This Through!

**When it comes to health and disease — and, of course, many other aspects of life — one thing is certain: genes matter. A single gene mutation can cause some conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. More often, multiple genes are involved in disease development, and they act in concert with nongenetic factors, such as diet or ex...Read More

10 Benefits to Moving to an Independent Living Community

Retirement is a great time of life, one where you can finally do what you want without the constraints of having to work a 9-to-5. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some important things to think about, though. In fact, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in retirement is where you’re going to spend it.   Some retirees decide to ag...Read More

Great Books on Dementia – For Those of Us Concerned about Aging Loved Ones

There’s a common misconception that people with dementia can’t maintain meaningful relationships. But 80 percent of people with dementia can effectively communicate, and approximately one-third of them can make important decisions, one study found. The best books on dementia break down barriers and provide helpful strategies to make those types of ...Read More

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