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Can't help beeping? Don't let a hip replacement ruin your trip.

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Air travel security can impact some travelers much more than others -- especially certain seniors. But there are things you can do to help a senior traveler be prepared, and things you can do to help the security process. Problems can arise if the traveler can't handle a long airport walk, or the traveler's stuff isn't organized with security in mind, or if the traveler's body contains some metal that will beep.

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Find out which food and household items could be dangerous to your pets.

Unfortunately, we tend to overlook a number of household items that are potentially very dangerous to a dog's health. It's especially important to be aware of this because as you know, dogs are essentially scavengers and will often eat just about anything they can sink their fangs into. My own dog is more like a mobile garbage disposal. It's also very important to be aware of these items because their sense of smell is so well developed that your pooch will be able to find what you may think is well hidden.

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Across the country, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people 65 or older.

Chances are, someone you know has taken a dangerous tumble. In San Diego County alone, an average of 19 seniors (people over the age of 75) a day have falls so serious they require help from paramedics. And every single day in California, two seniors die from fall-related injuries.

More then 60 percent of all falls take place in the home. But many of these can be prevented through basic precautions.

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Older people are too often the target of financial scams and money-focused manipulation.

We've seen this all too often: Joey wanted to cash a large check from his grandmother's account. A bank employee called his grandmother, Joyce, who said her husband had recently died and that her grandson was helping out. Further review of Joyce's account revealed expenses for electronics, auto accessories, and adult entertainment. Joey was not using the money for his grandmother's benefit.

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The natural aging process can cause forgetfulness. But there are ways to maximize your memory -- whatever age you are.

With age comes wisdom, and often times so does memory decline. Many people think of memory lapses as a normal part of aging, and others fear the worst: Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. While approximately 1 in 10 people age 65 and older have Alzheimer's and related dementias, the loss of mental acuity can occur in the natural aging process. The good news is that there are ways for people to maximize their memory, no matter how old they are.

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Lay the groundwork for a successful transition when seniors can no longer live at home.

Many boomers will eventually have aging parents who are no longer able to continue living on their own. Facing decisions about when and where to move your parents can be overwhelming. Each step of the process has its own emotional and practical challenges, but thoughtful planning can minimize the stress required to facilitate a smooth relocation.

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Marilee Driscoll

Long-term care insurance determines how well you'll be taken care of when you can't take care of yourself.

Long-term care insurance is potentially one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. It likely determines how well you'll be taken care of when you can no longer care for yourself.

There are lots of decisions to make -- and they need to be informed decisions. Tempting as it is to think you'll never be in the position to need long-term care, you risk literally everything if you hide from this issue.

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You might be surprised to see what the YMCA has to offer. Check it out!

YMCAs are for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. At YMCAs, both Boomers and older Seniors have a chance to keep active and grow in spirit, mind, and body. New friends and new opportunities add joy to life. The Y also gives Seniors a chance to share their time and talents with others, such as children and teens.

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A reverse mortgage can really turn things around for seniors who are struggling to get by. But, when does (and doesn't) it make sense to cash in on your home equity?

As one of my friends puts it, "There's nothing worse than being old -- except being old and being broke."

It's a simple fact: As we live longer, we may find ourselves outliving our savings accounts. Pensions and social security often don't keep up with inflation, and then there are the kids who need help, the new roof, the prescriptions not covered by medical insurance, and all those other expenses that keep coming long after a regular paycheck has stopped fattening the savings account every month.

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Robert Banfield, Nancy Schieck Banfield, Jeanne Banfield Hawkins

As our parents get older, where can we turn for advice and information to help us deal with everything?

My husband John and I were having dinner with two other Boomer couples. We've been friends for years and were catching up on our lives and families. Near the end of the evening, a friend commented, "We used to get together and talk about the challenges of raising our kids. Now we get together and talk about our aging parents."

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