Senior Life

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Attention caregivers: Federal benefit checks are going all-electronic

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[January 02, 2013]  (BPT) -- More than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member or friend, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. In addition to providing emotional and physical support, caregivers are often entrusted to help their loved ones carry out financial decisions.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Why Alzheimer's should factor into your retirement plan

(BPT) -- In an ideal world, you will retire and enjoy many years fulfilling your dreams and spending time with those you love the most. Your retirement years can be some of the happiest and most enjoyable years of your life. But while we all hope for the best outcome possible, it may be prudent for you to plan for the possibility that life may deal you a difficult hand.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Careful planning is a must for the sandwich generation

(BPT) -- 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.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Boomers connect at rapid pace

(BPT) -- Even though they're still common, jokes about clueless baby boomers calling their kids to figure out how to use technology are starting to feel outdated. While today's youngest generations are practically born with tablets, smartphones and laptops in their hands, grandparents are also adopting technology at a startling pace.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

State offers tips to help seniors prepare for winter

Seniors should get flu shots & get homes ready

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SPRINGFIELD -- As the area braces for the first snowstorm of the season, leading up to the official first day of winter, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminds older adults and their families to get ready for the cold weather.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Practical, protective foot health steps for people with diabetes

(BPT) -- 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 Association.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Notice to elderly and disabled on city primary election

A public notice to the elderly and people with disabilities was released by Sally J. Litterly, Logan County clerk and recorder, regarding voter registration and voting in the Feb. 26 consolidated primary election in Lincoln. (Click here for the notice.)

From hydrotherapy to massage, home therapies can help ease arthritis pain

(BPT) -- About one out of every five American adults has been diagnosed with arthritis, and it is the most common cause of disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pain and stiffness caused by arthritis -- and the high cost of arthritis medications -- prompt many people to seek effective home therapies.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Older drivers and new cars: What you should know

(BPT) -- You've spent a lifetime carefully saving your dollars and cents for important life moments -- college tuition, a new house and retirement. But as you age, it's more important than ever to make smart spending and lifestyle decisions. This doesn't mean that you have to resign yourself to driving a vehicle that was new when you opened your first 401(k) account, though. In fact, people age 50 and older now account for 62 percent of buyers of new vehicles sold in the U.S., according to a study from AARP and J.D. Power.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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