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Bathroom upgrades that boost livability for anyone aging in place

Staying safely in their own home as they grow older is a major concern for many Americans. In a 2012 survey by AARP, 70 percent of surveyed members said they were “extremely or very concerned about aging in place.” Even if you maintain an active lifestyle and good health, growing older often requires you to manage changes in mobility, v...

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How to talk to a loved one about the difficult subject of hearing loss

Full of festive gatherings, this time of year brings us close to friends and family. But if you know someone suffering from hearing loss, it may be hard for you both to fully enjoy time together. You can help improve your loved one’s quality of life by addressing the problem with understanding and care. With a few simple steps, you can start...

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Careful planning is a must for the sandwich generation

It’s not always a good thing to be the middle. For the children of baby boomers, the middle can be a financially stressful place. Often called the sandwich generation, children of baby boomers tend to be financially strapped funding their children’s college educations, their own retirements and their parent’s lifestyles at an age...

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This holiday season, share your financial and care inventory with those who need to know

Each year, thousands of Americans are thrust into the uncomfortable role of making long-term care decisions for their family members. These emotional decisions can create stressful situations for the entire family, in addition to being time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, there is a way to help reduce the stress connected to these situations:...

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Awareness and education are key to bridging the communication gap between people with diabetic nerve pain and healthcare providers

In the United States there are nearly 26 million people with diabetes and one of the most common complications of the condition is diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), a form of nerve damage. More than one in five people with diabetes experience painful DPN, also known as diabetic nerve pain, as a direct result of this nerve damage. For most peopl...

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Shop early: the right prescription for selecting a Medicare drug plan

The most important shopping seniors may do this season is for a Medicare prescription drug plan. Therefore, it’s one holiday shopping item that shouldn’t wait until the last minute. New research from Express Scripts shows 84 percent of seniors (based on an analysis of Express Scripts Medicare (TM) 2011 PDP enrollment data) wait until th...

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Life insurance: a safety net for your family

– Fallout from the long economic downturn has made it more important than ever for families to insulate themselves against financial shock. And yet, ownership of individual life insurance stands at a 50-year low, according to the industry group LIMRA. That represents a big risk to financial security in a lot of American households. For many f...

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A day in the life of diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month(R), a time to bring attention to the seriousness of diabetes and to the many people who are impacted by the disease. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking those living with diabetes to share what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to them. People can share their journey by uploadin...

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Important decisions for retirees and near-retirees

The years immediately preceding retirement, and the first couple of years of actual retirement, are a critical time for individuals. After carefully planning and diligently saving for retirement most of their lives, individuals must make some important decisions during this time. “These decisions could have a big impact on an individual...

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Practical, protective foot health steps for people with diabetes

Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes A...

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