Senior-life

Three Things Retirees Should Consider When Deciding Whether to Rent or Own a Home

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Home ownership has long held an honored position as an integral part of the American dream. 

But when retirement time comes, rethinking that dream could be in order. Sometimes renting a house or apartment is the better bet both financially and in terms of the retiree's changing lifestyle and health, says Eric Kearney, an investment advisor for Retirement Wealth.

Three Ways Millennials Can Help Their Baby Boomer Parents Get Fit

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Aging baby boomers who neglect their health and fitness don't just harm themselves. Their lifestyles also affect their adult children, who eventually could end up caring for them - both financially and physically - as their health declines.

Of course, that's not the only reason those adult children might feel concerned. They also may like having mom and dad around and want that to continue for years to come.

So, they have a vested interest in encouraging their parents to get fit and stay fit.

Facts About Aging and Alcohol

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Uncle George's and Grandma Betty's Stories
Anyone at any age can have a drinking problem. Uncle George always liked his liquor, so his family may not see that his drinking is getting worse as he gets older. Grandma Betty was a teetotaler all her life until she started having a drink each night to help her get to sleepafter her husband died. Now, no one realizes that she needs a couple of drinks to get through each day.

Caregivers - Tips for Organizing Paperwork

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If you live far away from a friend or relative who needs care, you may wonder how you can be helpful.

Organizing paperwork is one way that a long-distance caregiver can be a big help. An important part of effective caregiving depends on keeping a great deal of information in order and up to date. Often, long-distance caregivers will need access to a parent's or relative's personal, health, financial, and legal records.

AARP ElderWatch - Recognizing a Romance Scam

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Online dating has become one of the most popular ways for people of all ages to meet friends, significant others and spouses. While most people have good intentions when using online dating websites, scammers also use the same sites to obtain money, gifts or personal information.

When meeting people online, it is important that you use a reputable website and always consider the possibility that the love interest you are chatting with might be a scammer. The following are some red flags to help determine if that "dream date" might actually be trying to steal your money:

3 Ways Millennials Can Help Their Baby Boomer Parents Get Fit

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Aging baby boomers who neglect their health and fitness don't just harm themselves. Their lifestyles also affect their adult children, who eventually could end up caring for them - both financially and physically - as their health declines.

Of course, that's not the only reason those adult children might feel concerned. They also may like having mom and dad around and want that to continue for years to come.

Spotting Elder Abuse - Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

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From a distance, it can be hard to assess the quality of your family member's caregivers. Ideally, if there is a primary caregiver on the scene, he or she can keep tabs on how things are going.

Perhaps you have already identified friends or neighbors who can stop in unannounced to be your eyes and ears. Sometimes, a geriatric care manager can help.