Five ways to get the most from Medicare

Looking for ways to save money in retirement? Start with healthcare. A healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year can expect to spend $322,000 (today’s dollars) on Medicare premiums and dental insurance, according to Healthview Services, a maker of healthcare cost projection software. Add in deductibles, copays, hearing, vision, and dental cost sharing, and that figure […]

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Cheaper Hearing Aids Are Likely On the Way

(A longer version of this article appeared previously in the Boston Globe.) Breaking through the Senate’s near-constant gridlock, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday scored a rare bipartisan legislative win. The Senate voted 94 to 1 to pass a broad Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bill that contained a measure written by the Massachusetts Democrat to…

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Less Invasive Procedure for Heart Valve Disease Comes of Age

(This article appeared previously on the website of the American Heart Association.) Aortic stenosis is primarily a problem for the elderly: In developed countries such as the United States and Canada, about 3 percent of those over age 75 will develop the dangerous heart valve disease. With an aging U.S. population, that creates some urgency…

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Hoping for a Phased Retirement? Don’t Count on It

Talk about dashed expectations. A study published today from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) finds that 77 percent of employers believe many of their employees plan to continue working after they retire and 47 percent say many of their employees envision a phased transition to retirement. Yet far fewer actually let them keep…

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Startups to Age Healthier Look to Silicon Valley for Support

Many startups aim to use technology to improve the lives of people as they age, from app-enabled ride sharing services to online marketplaces that help people find and manage caregivers. But the startups that generated the most enthusiasm in a business plan competition at the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit, an annual conference recently held…

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I Hired My Daughter to Be My Tech Savior

I used to have the same anxiety dream as many people: It’s the day of my big exam but I haven’t studied or attended class all semester. Lately, my dreams have morphed into a more contemporary script. I’m traveling, armed only with a mobile device. I can’t remember my password! Disconnected from civilization, I pounce…

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What To Do When Medicare Screws Up Your Aging Parent's Bill

#Medicare makes mistakes from time to time and can bill your aging parent for something it should legitimately pay for. The appeal from that wrong denial is a tedious, long process but it is worth it to get a telephone hearing. Adult kids may need to help aging parents if this happens to them.x

What To Do When Medicare Screws Up Your Aging Parent's Bill

#Medicare makes mistakes from time to time and can bill your aging parent for something it should legitimately pay for. The appeal from that wrong denial is a tedious, long process but it is worth it to get a telephone hearing. Adult kids may need to help aging parents if this happens to them.x

Worth Watching: Fifty-five, Unemployed and Faking Normal

(Editor’s Note: This story is part of a partnership between Chasing the Dream and Next Avenue.) Have you seen Elizabeth White‘s TEDx talk yet?  It’s based on White’s excellent book, Fifty-five Unemployed and Faking Normal, which sprang out of a Next Avenue essay she wrote in 2016.  Her TEDx talk has been drawing heartfelt comments…

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Genetic Testing and Counseling for Breast Cancer Can Help Guide Decisions

After a routine mammogram in 2014 revealed a tumor in her right breast, Wendy Mayer was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma. Fortunately, it had not spread. But her mother, her grandmother and a cousin had all had breast cancer, so on the advice of her doctors, Mayer underwent genetic testing. “I think waiting for those…

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