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  • Don't put off preserving your own family's unique history for generations to come.

    My nephew, Connor was working on a project for school and needed to interview my dad about his time in the Army during World War II. As it turns out, my father had a lot to say (but only with much prodding) because he was a young private, 18 years old in 1943, who was shipped off to fight in Italy, wounded in both legs by sniper fire, and back to the United States before he turned 19. And that was only one of his many interesting lives!

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  • Julie Christie

    Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    "Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

    "The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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  • How to get great looking pet pictures.

    We love our pets. They do such cute, adorable, and funny things. They are part of our family. You probably want to capture your beloved friends with great pet pictures. What if, when you go to take those perfect pet portraits, they run and hide, or simply won't cooperate?

    Here are some tips to help you get good pet pictures:

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  • Meeting

    During the care plan meeting at your loved one's skilled nursing or other care facility, make sure your voice is heard.

    When you have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility, you'll often be asked to participate in a "care plan conference," or a "quarterly care conference." Unfortunately, family members usually go to this meeting with little understanding of what a care plan document should provide, or what the goals of an effective care plan conference should be. This article helps you be prepared.

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  • Scenic Kanab, Utah

    Location of hundreds of movies and TV shows, this small town with big scenery has earned the titles Little Hollywood and Dog Town.

    Kanab, Utah is a beautiful region 6 miles north of the Arizona border. Known for dramatic red-rock bluffs, deep canyons and beautiful rivers, it's easy to see why Hollywood showed up in 1924, and hasn't left.

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  • Rent the room or keep the light on?

    Q: I'm a mom of three boys and my youngest son graduated from college last year. I'd finally gotten the "empty-nest" syndrome out of my system when my son moved back in after having his first career crisis in the real world. Can you give me some tips for coping?
    -- Sammi W., Dana Point, California

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  • ADVISOR ANSWERS

    Q: How can I be an effective caregiver from far away? I don't feel comfortable just jumping in, but I think my help is needed.

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  • People covered by Medicare have different options each year.

    Choices range from Original Medicare to a variety of Medicare supplemental plans. The right choice next time might not be the same as last time. It's an important decision about a complex matter, so make sure you know how it works.

    NOTE: This article was written before Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in 2014. ACA does not focus on Medicare, but it may affect some of the information in this article. As always, you should consult insurance experts to determine what is right for you.

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  • Plan now for an Advanced Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney, before you and loved ones need to use it.

    Several times a month, a call comes into Elder Law and Advocacy's office in San Diego that goes something like this: "Hello, my wife (husband, or parent) has advanced Alzheimer's disease and her doctor told me I need to get power of attorney. Can you help me?"

    Misconceptions about creating and using a power of attorney for health care or finances creates problems for many families. Here's what you need to know.

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  • Lift weights for better health

    It is never too late to get stronger, fitter, healthier. Why not start now? 

    40 years out of high school I found myself in an exercise class called Bay Area Boot Camp. There I was at 6:30 a.m. on a chilly, rainy morning, jogging laps around a duck pond, avoiding duck poo, while wondering what possessed me to get into this class! With the rest of the women averaging 28 years old, the coach/teacher too, I was self conscious. But I found they were 100% supportive of my attempts to keep up with the class.

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  • Washing hands

    It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

    Maybe not.

    Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

    FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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  • Alzheimer's disease is a progressive degenerative brain disorder that gradually diminishes a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, carry out daily activities, and even communicate. People with Alzheimer's or related dementias have more difficulty expressing emotions, and can also have trouble understanding others.

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  • Me 'neither. But how often do you read this trite phrase in articles about the Boomer Generation? Plenty!

    It might seem just trivial. But it's actually a negative media stereotype, a meaningless generality to apply to almost 80 million people. And the next step after stereotyping is prejudice. Saying "aging boomers" is saying Boomers are no longer normal people.

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  • Boomers

    Is the Baby Boom generation really that different?

    In many respects, the answer is no, but there are important ways the 78 million people born from the end of World War II to 1964 are distinguishable from all previous generations. The distinctiveness is not just in the numbers, but also in values, life choices, and longevity.

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  • How people evaluate older vs. newer might surprise you.

    How do you evaluate a policy, a painting or a piece of chocolate? What makes you decide the "best" tree or treatment? Probably not what you think, reveals an interesting scientific study. Compare your own behavior to these results.

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  • Eat right to feel right

    Here are some great ways to feel good at any age.

    We've all heard that our 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s the new 50s, and so on. As we grow older, we want to live healthier and stronger than our parents. But how?

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  • Julie Christie

    Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    "Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

    "The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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  • NCIS mobile truck prop

    Hollywood locations of NCIS, CSI, 24, The Mentalist, Star Trek, The Unit, and more... 

    Hollywood movies and TV shows are almost never filmed in the real Hollywood, a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. Some studios used to be there, but many years ago most production companies moved to other parts of the greater "LA" area. This is why tourists who go to the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. rarely see anything interesting. But I do, because I know where to look.

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  • Meeting

    During the care plan meeting at your loved one's skilled nursing or other care facility, make sure your voice is heard.

    When you have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility, you'll often be asked to participate in a "care plan conference," or a "quarterly care conference." Unfortunately, family members usually go to this meeting with little understanding of what a care plan document should provide, or what the goals of an effective care plan conference should be. This article helps you be prepared.

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  • Tips to make your Garage Band a success

    Whether you have been in a garage band for several years or just a few days, it's a group effort, which isn't always easy. In years of playing, I've learned tips and tricks that all members of the Band should adopt to make it work and get along.

    Here are some recommendations for garage band harmony:

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  • Lift weights for better health

    It is never too late to get stronger, fitter, healthier. Why not start now? 

    40 years out of high school I found myself in an exercise class called Bay Area Boot Camp. There I was at 6:30 a.m. on a chilly, rainy morning, jogging laps around a duck pond, avoiding duck poo, while wondering what possessed me to get into this class! With the rest of the women averaging 28 years old, the coach/teacher too, I was self conscious. But I found they were 100% supportive of my attempts to keep up with the class.

    Read complete article