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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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  • Your home has equity

    A home equity line of credit is popular, but is it smart? Learn how to get the cash you need while keeping your home and finances safe and sound.

    A Home Equity Line of Credit, or HELOC (pronounced hee-lock) as it is called in my industry, has become as common as SUVs and Starbucks. If you don't have one, I bet you know someone who does. People use HELOCs as an easy way to get lots of cash.
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  • Health care and retirement saving keep people on the job.

    How many older Americans are working full time -- any why? Here's eye-opening research on work from Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI):

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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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  • Bill Gates introduces Microsoft Windows

    Bill's retirement brings memories of my experiences with him. 

    Bill Gates got involved with microcomputer software in 1975. My first use of Microsoft software was in 1978, and my first personal brush with Bill was in 1981. During Microsoft's most influential period, the '80s and '90s, I had a variety of face-to-face Bill Gates experiences. Here are some of my Boomer Years stories.

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  • Every business has a not-so-silent partner that must be managed: the government.

    Articles about major companies often have little to do with products and services, and much more to do with government red tape. Yet when Michael Watkins began searching for information on how companies should work with government, he turned up empty-handed. This prompted Watkins to co-author "Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leader Should Know About Government". ADVISOR asked Watkins how today's business leaders can build a beneficial relationship with government.

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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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  • Active adult retirement communities are as varied as the people who populate them. Take your time doing your research and you're sure to find one that's a good fit.

    As the years roll on, some Boomers will choose to sell their homes for a variety of reasons: to save money, to downsize, to be closer to family. Builders of retirement communities are doing a better and better job of discovering what features make these communities appealing to Boomers.

    If you're considering an active adult retirement community, here are 10 steps to starting your research.

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  • Head x-ray

    Use your head to learn the risks, take precautions, and avoid a horrible outcome.

    We sometimes joke about our heads: Knock your head against the wall ... Head bashing ... Dropped on your head ... and more. Funny -- except it's no laughing matter.

    Even a head injuriy that appears to be mild can have serious, long-term effects, especially when there are repeated injuries.

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  • Piggy Bank

    Saving for your child's future ... or yours: Which takes priority?

    Q: I am worried about saving money for retirement while planning expenses for my children's college years. Is there a way to do both?

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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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  • Doctor Visit

    How to be prepared for your doctor appointment

    Your time is tight, and so is your doctor's. But medical care is too important to cut short. To get the most out of every doctor office visit, use these tips from Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician. These smart suggestions apply to everyone, and include extra tips when the patient is a child.

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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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  • 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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  • Young people need to understand dementia and share their feelings about it. These tips will help the entire family.

    Alzheimer's disease can have a big impact on every member of the family, including children. Each child reacts differently to someone who has Alzheimer's. The young people in your life might have questions about what is happening. It's important for you to take the time to answer these questions openly and honestly.

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  • Janet Neilson

    What really happens in Canada?

    Americans are familiar with the stories of Canadians who would have died because of their government's health care rationing had they not been able to get care in the United States. Perhaps just as troubling, however, are the less dramatic but much more common instances of minor indignities, inequities and inconveniences imposed by the Canadian health care system.

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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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  • ADVISOR ANSWERS

    Q: My sister told me there's a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease and suggested I throw out my aluminum pots and pans. She also told me that there's a lot of aluminum in antiperspirants, and that I should switch to just deodorant. Is this necessary?
    -- W.T., Del Mar, California

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  • The causes of your symptoms might not be what you think.

    Many midlife women, during the years before and after menopause, are plagued with emotional and physical symptoms. If you're woman in midlife with any of these problems, this article can help you discover what could be the cause.

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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.

    Read complete article
  • Active adult retirement communities are as varied as the people who populate them. Take your time doing your research and you're sure to find one that's a good fit.

    As the years roll on, some Boomers will choose to sell their homes for a variety of reasons: to save money, to downsize, to be closer to family. Builders of retirement communities are doing a better and better job of discovering what features make these communities appealing to Boomers.

    If you're considering an active adult retirement community, here are 10 steps to starting your research.

    Read complete article