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Aging Gets a Bad Rap: Groups Seek Better Public Image


(This story appeared on NextAvenue.org on March 21)   Part of the Transforming Life as We Age Special Report It’s a scary and depressing image of aging: If you are sick or poor and over 65, it’s your own fault because you didn’t do the right things when you were younger. This is a commonly…

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Last Chance for a Key Social Security Benefit — Get It Before April 30

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If you are 66 years old, this is your last chance to “file and suspend,” which means you sign up for Social Security before April 29, but you suspend your benefits. The benefit builds up at the rate of 8% a year, and you can collect a hefty 32% more on your total retirement check…

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Your Chance to Max Social Security Benefits is Disappearing

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This original story appeared on NextAvenue.org on November 2 The budget bill Congress just passed and President Obama signed will wipe out billions in potential future Social Security benefits for millions of members of the baby boom generation. And if you had counted on using certain strategies to increase how much you’ll get from Social…

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What’s Up, Doc? Diagnostic errors cause 10% of patient deaths

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When a doctor makes a mistake in diagnosis, the results can have “devastating consequences,” says a new Report by the Institute of Medicine, calling for a major effort to improve the work of detecting and treating disease. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetimes, said the report, “Improving Diagnosis in…

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You Can Get a Big Chunk of Cash from Social Security

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You probably don’t know it, but Social Security can give you a big, lump-sum check for $40,000 or $50,000 or even more — a bonus, like winning a lottery. Should you take the bucks? It’s a complex business and depends on your age, your health, whether you are married and how much money you have…

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With No Cash or Delegates, White House Conference on Aging Goes Big for Social Media

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With zero funds to bring delegates to Washington, Monday’s White House Conference on Aging will rely on a mixture of tools to spread its message: tweets, questions delivered through Facebook, and “watch” parties in all 50 states. What it won’t have, for the first time since these once-a-decade conventions began happening in 1961, will be…

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