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Open Wide! Pursue Dental Care Before You Retire

Your pre-retirement checklist probably includes tasks such as signing up for Medicare, creating a budget and planning an exit from your career. But there’s one important task that you may be forgetting: pursuing dental care before you retire. Dental Care Not Usually Covered by Medicare You may be surprised to learn that, in most states,…

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WHERE You Live May Suggest HOW LONG You Will Live in Retirement (Average Life Expectancy 20 Years Shorter in Some U.S. Counties)

Life expectancy has mostly been rising in the United States — overall. However, new research has found that in some counties life expectancy is falling — people are not living as long in certain areas.  In fact, in many counties, the average life expectancy is 20 years — TWENTY years — shorter than in other…

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12 Surprising Ways Save on Retirement Health Care Costs

Knowing you are eligible for Medicare at age 65 may give you some peace of mind about retirement health care costs, but you may be surprised to find out that you’ll still be paying a lot out of pocket. While Medicare premiums are fairly predictable, tests and procedures and that aren’t covered, unexpected health crises,…

How Aging and Retirement Will Change in 2017 and Beyond

As baby boomers, retirees today are the generation of change.  Experts predict that aging and retirement will evolve tremendously in the near future. Many of the predictions outlined below were culled from from Next Avenue’s list of Influencer’s in Aging.  They named 50 thought leaders on aging and asked, “If you could change one thing…

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Secrets of Super Agers and their Healthy Brains

Not all of us age at the same rate.  Some people look younger than others of the same age.  Some people are stronger than others of the same age.  And a few have brains that function much better than others of the same age.  “Super agers” are people who are over 80, but have the…

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How to Plan for Healthcare Costs in Retirement: How Much Do You Need in 2016?

Retirement planning is hard. You have to account for 20-30 years of expenses that are difficult to predict and make sure you have enough money to pay for them. How to plan for healthcare costs in retirement is particularly challenging. These costs continue to rise and it is difficult to know what kind of care…

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As Dangerous as Smoking and Stress, Loneliness Puts You at Risk

New research shows that feeling lonely is a big risk factor for heart attack, clogged arteries and stroke.  In fact, the dangers of loneliness are on par with obesity, light smoking and anxiety.  The British study found that feeling lonely or being socially isolated increases your risk by 29 percent for heart disease and 32…

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Expert Interview: The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies start to break down – including decreasing body alignment, muscle atrophy, weight gain and more. But it isn’t just the outside of our bodies that we should be concerned with, says Ray Margiano, CEO and founder of Foot Solutions and Balance Walking. Inactivity as you age…

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Health Costs for Retirees Are On the Rise—Here’s What You Need to Know

What goes up, must come down.  Right…? Actually the adage is wrong when it comes to healthcare costs! Healthcare costs are on the rise, again.  They continue to go up, Up, UP, UUUPPPPPPP! American retirees will need to save more for health care related expenses than they have in recent years, forcing many to plan…

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Expert Interview: The Importance of Medical Alert Systems for Retirees

The idea of falling in your home and being unable to call for help is a nerve-wracking prospect. Every year, over 250,000 people over the age of 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures, with 95% of those being caused by falling. From weakened bones to dizziness caused by medication, there are countless reasons a retiree…