Retiree Corner

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Tax Time Tips for Older Adults

Posted:April 14, 2022

With the filing deadline looming ahead, it’s the perfect opportunity to look at what changes might be in store for retirees and seniors. Tax Backlog If there was ever a year to move to digital tax filing, it’s this year. The IRS says it is still dealing with a backlog of 24 million returns from last year,…

Do you believe healthy habits matter?

Posted:March 9, 2022

Mention ”heart health” and chances are great we all know what to do—keep moving, eat right, watch your cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce stress, sleep well. Here’s an interesting twist: if you believe any or all of these habits potentially improve health, you are likely to live longer than non-believers. You’re also more likely to start and maintain those…

Use Tech and Organize for 2022

Posted:December 13, 2021

Computers and cell phones have allowed us to say goodbye to paper and computerize much of our lives. But somehow paper still piles up.  What better time than the end of the year to streamline your life– specifically your paperwork?   In addition to saying goodbye to 2021 and the pandemic (hopefully) why not also get…

Nutrition Surprises

Posted:November 5, 2021

By age 60-ish, most of us know a lot about calorie-counting, fat grams, the dangers of too much sodium and the fruit-and-vegetable daily goal. Yet, nutrition experts who counsel older adults say they often hear: “I didn’t know that!” or “Really?” as they talk about nutrition with their clients and their webinar audiences. Think you…

Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Posted:July 19, 2021

More than 50 years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law, saying at the time, “I’ll spend the goddamn money,” he said. “I may cut back on tanks – but not on health.”   The story behind Medicare’s birth in Independence, Missouri, detailed here, reveals that LBJ called former President Harry Truman…

Avoid Charity Scams

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The Florida building collapse left residents dead or injured, and many people homeless.  Florida emergency workers and volunteers are busy and many others across the nation want to help.  Unfortunately, scammers also are also busy – posing as phony charities. The FTC has published some helpful information (full story here) and advice to help you…

What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

Posted:May 4, 2021

The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. This is why CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older receive COVID-19 vaccines. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19. Tips for how to get a COVID-19 vaccine Contact your state or local health department for more…

Medicare & Coronavirus

Posted:May 15, 2020

How to stay up to date: Coronavirus.gov is the source for the latest information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and answers to common questions. CDC.gov/coronavirus has the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19. USA.gov has the latest information about what the U.S. Government is doing in…

Why Coronaviruses Hit Older Adults Hardest

Posted:February 27, 2020

As cases of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV continue to rise worldwide, preliminary estimates suggest that older adults may be particularly susceptible to the respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and symptoms like fever, cough and shortness of breath. “The data coming out of China continues to say that the people who are at higher risk…