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Aging Spotlight

Retire?

“Mirror, mirror on the wall… will I retire after all?” The very word “retirement” evokes emotion. It can make you happy or make you want to hide. It depends on what you think your golden years will hold. Apparently, the majority of…

To Will or to Trust

So you’ve finally bought a red couch and painted the walls yellow, only to discover that earth tones are in. Sometimes making legal plans can feel like that, with law seeming to evolve as quickly as taste in interior design. Just as…

Life Transitions

"Do you believe there are angels, people who are put into our path at the very moment we need them?” Neysa Peterson looks up at me with sparkling eyes, smiles, and nods. She replies, “Oh, yes. I felt that, too, when I met you.” It was the…

Financial Preparedness

In the movies, the family gathers nervously. The lawyer walks in and slowly unfolds the will. Of course it’s theatrical: it’s a movie. Anger, tears and unexpected elation immediately split the family forever. In real life, most people…

Aging and Oral Health

Researchers are finding that the risks of stroke and heart attack are closely tied to our oral health. Plaque around the teeth, cavities, and gum disease may be uncomfortable and risky to our dental health no matter how old we are, but they…

Choosing Assisted Living

In the 1970’s, what were then known as nursing homes gained a notorious reputation for extinguishing the personal dignity of residents. Keren Brown Wilson, whose mother would soon be considering her senior care options, came to the…

Age Is What You Make It

There is a bubble of baby boomers now approaching their senior years just as the trajectory of our nation’s health care policy seems to be getting more confusing by the day. And reports tell us that we’re in for a massive shortage of…

A Home for the Ages

As technologies shrink the world, and economies of scale bring more possibilities into the reach of more people, many are finding that, instead of moving into an assisted living facility, they’re perfectly capable of adapting their existing…