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Don't let mobility challenges slow you down.

One in five people will experience some type of disability in their lifetime. When your own or a loved one's personal mobility becomes a problem, the restrictions on your daily life can be overwhelming. Suddenly there are limits on where you can go, what you can do, and who you can visit.

Many people in this situation have decided to not let personal mobility limitations get in their way. While life may never be exactly as it was, there are solutions — mobility aids.

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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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Stephen F. Barnes

Living longer, healthier lives, Boomers are rejecting their parents' version of retirement -- and changing their future in the process.

Like every other phase in their lives, Boomers are busy redefining retirement -- "busy" being the key word.

San Diego State University professor Dr. Stephen Barnes, a specialist in adult learning and Boomer issues, discusses some of the many choices Boomers are facing, the effect these are having on the workplace, and the future world Boomers are inventing for themselves.

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Long-distance, long-term care

Q: How can I be an effective caregiver from far away? I don't feel comfortable just jumping in.
-- Ed W., San Diego, California

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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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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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Here's how to get your dog to walk with you calmly and safely.

Pulling on the leash is a common dog misbehavior. Puppies and adult dogs alike can often be seen taking their owners for walks, instead of the other way around. Pulling on the leash can be much more than an annoying habit. Leash pulling can lead to escape in the case of a break in the collar or leash, and an out of control, off-leash dog can be both destructive and dangerous to itself and to others.

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Seared Salmon with Daikon Slaw

Cooking healthy, tasty meals for selective eaters might be challenging, but you can please the older palate.

As we age, our dining needs change. Food doesn't taste the same as it used to. Our evolving health needs restrict or even banish certain foods. But this doesn't mean meals must be bland and tastless. It might seem challenging, but with a few tweaks and techniques you can create healthy, delicious food that is also pleasing to the older adult palate.
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ADVISOR ANSWERS

Q: My mom is insured through a Medicare HMO; however, the hospital closest to her home is not in her HMO's network. What do we do if there's an emergency? I don't know if we would instruct the ambulance to go to a different hospital -- is that even possible or advisable? She doesn't want to get hit with a big hospital bill because she isn't covered.
-- Willa M., Rainbow, California

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The fun of having your dog under control when it's not on a leash.

Important - When you take the leash off, remember the following: Your dog should not run off, with you chasing vainly behind, yelling for Fido to come back.

Yes, if you want Fido to free heal, you must have your dog trained to heal on the leash first. This is how you need to start:

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