John McCain’s Brain Cancer and What it Means for You

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), 80, and his family are currently considering treatment options for his highly malignant form of brain cancer, which is associated with the blood clot doctors removed last Friday. Here’s a brief explanation of brain cancer and how new treatments are improving the prognosis for patients; this story is an updated version…

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Why Being Distracted at Work Is a Good Thing

Do you get easily distracted at work or feel less consistently focused on the job than you used to? Not to worry. It turns out distractibility may be a good, and unappreciated, phenomenon of older workers. The Value of Being Distracted at Work A review of over 100 studies published in the Trends in Cognitive…

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The 5 Types of Items Worth Holding Onto

Determining which collectibles have the potential to increase in value has changed drastically over the past 20 years. With the introduction of e-commerce, items once believed to be rare were made available en masse. And with previous generations of collectors in a position to divest their prized possessions, the forces of supply and demand may…

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How to Combat Loneliness and Isolation as We Age

While aging often presents physical challenges, mental health can also suffer. Social isolation is rampant among older adults who lose mobility, lack transportation options or live alone or away from family. The impact of isolation is severe. Don’t underestimate it. Mental and Physical Health Affected Humans have a fundamental need for socialization and inclusion. Without…

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Why I Used to Love Making Jokes About Helen Keller

(Editor’s Note: This video and story were produced by PBS NewsHour.) GEORGINA KLEEGE, Lecturer, UC Berkeley: It’s a common experience for people with disabilities to feel that they are being stared at or to notice they are being stared at. And in fact, blind people can feel that, too, a kind of collective intake of…

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U.S. Health System Ranks Last Among Wealthy Countries

The United States spends more on health care than any other wealthy country. Yet, it ranks dead last compared with 10 others overall as well as for affordability, equity and health care outcomes (it ranked next to last for administrative efficiency). A new report from The Commonwealth Fund shows that reducing the income gap between…

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The Sneaky Tricks Banks Are Playing on Savers

Here’s the good news/bad news story for savers in light of the Federal Reserve Board’s policy since late 2015 to nudge interest rates up: The good news: Some banks and credit unions are finally offering higher interest rates on their CDs and savings accounts. The bad news: You probably can’t get these juicier yields because…

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Hear Me Roar: Consumers Make Their Voices Heard, Brands Take Note

(Editor’s note: This content is provided by ThinOPTICS, a Next Avenue sponsor.) Imagine cracking open a cold one with your friends as you relax poolside, knowing that you’re drinking a beer that is exactly the taste you’ve always wanted. How’s that possible? Because you helped craft this beer by making your voice heard. You aren’t…

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