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  • How to Choose a Senior-Friendly Home Telephone

    Senior-friendly telephones, also known as “amplified” and/or “big button” phones are a wonderful option for seniors who need some extra help with hearing, seeing and more.

  • It’s Re-evaluation Time for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

    Medicare’s “Part D” prescription drug plans can change dramatically from year-to-year, during the open enrollment period (Nov. 15 to Dec. 31), all seniors with a Part D plan should do some comparison shopping…

  • Single Seniors: Looking for Love and Companionship Online

    Online dating isn’t just for twenty and thirty-something’s! As a matter of fact, boomers and seniors have become the fastest-growing group of Internet daters, and the numbers keep on growing.

  • How to Record Your Memoirs

    Everyone has a story to tell, especially those who’ve lived a while. If you would like to tell your life’s story, but don’t want to write it out on paper, recording it on audio or video is an option that’s become very popular.

  • Living Wills: Planning for the inevitable

    Creating a living will is one of those things most people want and plan to do, but rarely get around to actually doing. Less than 30 percent of Americans currently have one. But preparing one now, gives you say in how you want to be treated at the end of your life, not to mention it can spare your loved ones some very stressful decisions at an emotional time. Here’s what you should know.

  • Senior-Friendly TV Remote Controls

    It seems like most television remote controls today come with about 600 tiny buttons and are confusing to operate. Add in the fact that many people use two or three (or more) remotes to operate their home entertainment equipment (TV, cable box, VCR and DVD player, for example) it compounds the problem even further.

  • Energy Programs That Can Help Seniors Save

    Thanks to a big financial boost from Uncle Sam, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your home to make it more energy efficient. Here are several programs you should know about that can help you save energy and money.

  • Important Vaccinations for Seniors This Flu Season

    With a rough flu season expected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending multiple vaccinations for seniors this year: First, one for the seasonal flu and one for pneumonia, both of which you should get right now; and then, when it becomes available, a shot for the H1N1 swine flu. Here’s what you should know.

  • Videophones: A simple way to see your elderly loved ones from afar

    Living miles from an aging parent or elderly loved one doesn’t have to mean you can’t see them very often. Today, video conversations via the Internet have become wildly popular, and for seniors who don’t have a home computer or are technology-challenged, videophones are a great alternative. Here are some top products that can help you get face-to-face time from afar.

  • Age Discrimination: Where to turn for help

    Most people, when they think of discrimination, think of race, gender or religion. But, if you’re at least 40 years old, and have been harmed by a decision affecting your employment, you may have suffered age discrimination. Here’s what you should know.

  • Top Tools for Online Retirement Planning

    When it comes to getting a handle on your financial situation and gauging how much you’ll need to retire, the Internet offers a buffet of tools and calculators that can be very helpful. Here are some good sites to help get you started.

  • Auto Aids That Can Help Senior Drivers

    To help keep senior drivers safe and behind the wheel longer, there are a hodgepodge of gadgets and devices on the market today that can help with a wide variety of needs. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available and where to find them.

  • How to Pick a Medicare Supplemental Policy

    If you’re nearing age 65, chances are you’ll be applying for Medicare coverage. But be aware that you’ll be on the hook for the costs of deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses that the federal healthcare program doesn’t cover. Here’s what you should know.

  • How to Find Cheaper Prescription Drugs

    Anyone who takes prescription medication on a regular basis knows how expensive drugs can be. Fortunately, there are a number of places where you can buy your drugs for less, or even get them for free. The key is knowing where to look.

  • Immediate Annuities: A Safe Way to Boost Your Retirement Income

    If you’re worried that you’ll outlive your money, or if you don’t have enough guaranteed income from Social Security or other pensions to cover you basic needs, or if you don’t have the stomach for the stock market anymore, a fixed immediate annuity is definitely an option worth considering. Here’s what you should know.

  • How to Find Senior Discounts

    One of the great perks of growing older in the U.S. is the many discounts that are available to seniors. While the recession has caused many companies to cut back or eliminate their senior discount programs, there are still plenty of good deals out there. You just have to dig a little deeper. Here are some tips and tools to help.

  • How to Bring Old Memories Back to Life

    Converting old photographs, home movies and even vinyl records into DVD or CD format is known as digitizing, and it’s a smart move that will help protect and preserve your family memories as well as make them a lot easier to share. Here are some good resources and tips to help you get started.

  • Grandfamilies: Resources for grandparents raising grandchildren

    Across the U.S., more than 2.4 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren, as the parents struggle with a variety of serious problems such as drug or alcohol addiction, financial hardship, mental illness, prison time, domestic violence, divorce and more.

  • Health Insurance Options for Pre-Medicare Retirees

    If you’re in need of finding health insurance on your own — because of early retirement or a layoff — various options are available, depending on your circumstances. Here’s what you should know.

  • Healthy Tips for Aging Golfers

    Most golfers don’t think much about it, but the game — played by about 25 million Americans — can take a surprising toll on the body. And for older golfers especially, who aren’t as strong or flexible as they once were, it can lead to multiple…