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Spring

Like a living coloring book, each day filling in with vibrant explosions of leaves and beautiful colors in all of the landscape. Spring has a unique way of bringing to life creativity, opening potential and renewing our belief in what's possible. As Spring begins we are very busy creating and…

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Healing Gardens How-To

How to create your own healing garden at home. Healing Gardens How-To By Amber Freda I love making beautiful gardens for people, and I’ve made a career out of designing gardens in NYC for some of the wealthiest and most successful people on the planet. Lately, though, I’ve felt like…

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Cautionary Tale

We hope you have had an exceptional month full of good health and great joy! I have a cautionary tale to tell you all in hope that it will help protect you and your loved ones from the experience I recently had. The doctor failed, the insurance company failed, the…

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Live True to the Season

When we live according to our true rhythm we need to acknowledge the place where we live. Both inner space and outer environment. Live true to the season. It's winter in the Northeast and the bears are hibernating with a good long nap to rest, recover and reenergize for Spring.…

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Peace, Love, Prosperity

At this time of year when the holidays for many are clustered together and brings celebration with family and friends, we find gratitude for our blessings.  We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to enhancing your experience with us in the coming year. It's our mission to…

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Hey Stranger, Come On In

The decision to welcome a professional caregiver into your home is never a light one. Regardless of whether they come from a professional staffing agency or from a friendly referral, the caregiver is usually a stranger, charged with the incredible responsibility of taking care of our most vulnerable loved ones.…

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A Time of Gratitude

It's November and wow how the world has risen up this week. It's also the month where we celebrate Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day. Where we give thanks to those that have served our country and for the love and friendship in our lives. Take a moment to reflect with family…

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Your Fall 2016 Market Report

This fall, sellers find themselves with a golden opportunity. The Federal Reserve has decided to keep interest rates low through the end of the year – a decision that is keeping serious buyers out later in the season. Your Fall 2016 Market Report By Melissa Carmelitano SRES Certified Real Estate…

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Changing Seasons

As the season changes we are reminded how brilliant change can be. Here in the Northeast the foliage is a remarkable distinct and vibrant display.  Soon the leaves will show us just how beautiful letting go can be and winter will be upon us.  It's a life long journey to…

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Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment By MARIE CANTONE Founder of Family Financial Services What’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? It is from October 15 – December 7. It is the ONLY time when anyone can change their Medicare plan. (It is not the same for health insurance.) You can keep your current…

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Holidays Ahead

The weather has become cool and the leaves will start to change soon. It's also the time of year that begins the holiday season. So to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, we wish you and your family a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous year ahead. Between now and the New Year we'll…

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Equities: Investing for the Long Term

While speaking with friends and prospective clients lately, I’ve been hearing a recurring theme that with the upcoming election and current economic conditions, they are waiting to invest in the stock market. How does anyone know if the stock market will go down in the near future for those or…

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Trying Something New

As we approach Labor Day and the last weeks of Summer are upon us....remember that we never regret the things we do...only the things we don't attempt.  Find time to do something that you've never done. Expand your horizons by learning a new skill or explore a new place.  Staying…

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Diary of a Career Dieter

Getting off the hamster wheel of weight loss once and for all. Diary of a Career Dieter By Rachel Siegel-Joffe, LCSW, Bariatric Surgery and Food Addiction Specialist Monday 8/1/2005 8:00am: Dear Diary, it’s me again, Monday morning, kicking myself over my indulgences from the weekend. I am wishing that I…

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Time & Talent Repurposed

I've been having discussions with colleagues over the past six months and so many have concerns about what they will be doing once they retire. How will they spend the bulk of their time beyond playing Golf and spending more time with family? The energy of working as part of…

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Choosing a Lawyer

When someone seeks a lawyer to resolve a serious issue or matter, they want to be confident that the lawyer they choose will lead them to a favorable outcome. Choosing a Lawyer By Michael A. Lindstadt, Esq. Over the years I’ve counseled thousands of clients with various issues, ranging from…

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Senior Friendly Summer Getaways

The school year is coming to an end for students in the tri-state area. Many parents are scrambling to schedule some warm weather family fun. Summer is also the season where children have the best opportunity to bond with their extended family, especially senior loved ones. Senior Friendly Summer Getaways…

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Oasis Senior Advisors Opens First Office on Long Island, Providing Free, Personal Service to Help Families Find the Right Assisted Living Option

Oasis Senior Advisors is pleased to announce the opening of their first Long Island office in Huntington, NY, serving both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Oasis Senior Advisors is a FREE, local, community-based referral placement service that brings families and senior living communities together using a personal one-on-one approach. Oasis Senior…

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Ways to Prevent Water Damage

Now is the perfect time to inspect your home or building for weather related damage. Snow & ice, heavy rains and strong winds can all cause problems with any property. Ways to Prevent Water Damage By John Beck, Owner, SERVPRO of North Huntington As a trusted leader in the restoration…

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Let’s Talk About Retiring

Let's talk about retiring. As a colleague pointed out to a friend, if it's golf on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, what will you be doing the rest of the week? You may have already put a program in place for saving, figured out how much money you'll need to live…

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Trends in Telemedicine

In looking back at the 21st century, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy of Star Trek may have been impressed by the progress we have made in medical technology. We are now able to “beam” medical care directly to patients. Telemedicine Trek: A $36 Billion Frontier by 2020 By…

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Are You a Helper or a Rescuer?

Do you listen for a request, give only what is needed, check results of your support? You're probably a helper. OR Do you give even when not asked, forget to ask for feedback and do the majority of talking? Maybe you give more and longer than needed? You are probably a…

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Parkinson’s Disease and Nutrition

The exact etiology and development of Parkinson’s disease remains a mystery to science. We can assume a mix of factors contributes: genetic predisposition, lifestyle, and environmental and medicinal toxins. Parkinson’s Disease and Nutrition By Antonella Martino Doctor of Pharmacy, Consultant Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator AADE accredited; Owner of H.C.P.A. (The…

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Does your Senior Loved One Need Assistance?

As our elder loved ones age, it can be difficult to decide when it may be time for additional assistance. Whether that means in-home care or a senior living facility, there are signs family members can look out for. Does your Senior Loved One Need Assistance? By Melissa Carmelitano SRES…

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7 Myths about Long-Term Care

Long-term care issues have been everywhere in the news lately–from stories of people needing these services to how the government is responding. But there is also a lot of conflicting, and even mistaken, information. Misconceptions may have prevented you from including long-term care planning into your retirement portfolio. But long-term…

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Why We Do, What We Do!

I hope each one of you had a beautiful Valentine's Day surrounded by loved ones. February is heart healthy month and this Valentine's Day I want to share a story; Why we do what we do. In October Well Beyond 55 presented it's first Pillars of Life Symposium. It was…

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter can be tough for most everyone but especially so for senior adults. The weather is cold and nasty, slippery sidewalks and roads make getting outside almost impossible, and the shortened days and longer hours of darkness add to the gloom that may lay heavy at this time of year.…

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Community at it’s best!

Until last week we were blessed with an easy winter which had made popping in on my neighbors to check on them and drop off groceries, easy. Then the wind shifted and the blizzard to break all records hit. Community is never better witnessed than in times of urgent need.…

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Your Real Estate Forecast: 2016

The New Year is all about change. It’s a time for all of us to reflect on the previous year and look forward to where we want to go in the coming months. For many prospective sellers or buyers on the fence, 2016 carries hope. Your Real Estate Forecast: 2016…

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Holiday Décor to Help Your Home Sale

Many sellers find themselves on the market over the holidays this year, as mortgage rates are forecasted to remain low through December. Here are some helpful tips to highlight your home’s potential while still getting into the holiday spirit! Holiday Décor to Help Your Home Sale By Melissa Carmelitano SRES…

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10 Key Fire Safety Tips

According to statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2012 an estimated 1,375,500 fires were responded to in the United States. These blazes caused 2,855 deaths and 16,500 civilian injuries while costing more than $12.4 billion in damage. 10 Key Fire Safety Tips By John and Madeline…

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Making Memories

Memories, we talk a lot about retaining and preserving them, but little is said about creating them. When my children where very young and the gifts seem to be endless and in over abundance...I asked my family and friends to no longer give my children things... that they had everything…

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Thanksgiving

In the spirit of giving and thinking about family, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with those we care for, family given and family chosen. I am grateful for all that has been given, for all the people who I share relationships with, for good health and the security and…

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The Sandwich Generation is Growing, and So Are Their Responsibilities

Across the U.S., millions of middle-aged adults struggle with the dual responsibility of financially supporting a child and caring for an aging parent. In fact, a 2013 Pew Research report found that 33% of baby boomers and 42% of GenXers are now members of what is commonly called “the sandwich…

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Puff Back Season

As we start to leave summer behind and enter into colder months, we are more likely to have a puff back. A puff back occurs when there is a malfunction in the oil burner. Puff Back Season By John and Madeline Beck Business Owners, SERVPRO of North Huntington As we…

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An Irrevocable Trust Is An Estate Planning Tool That Allows Assets To Be Shielded From Creditors

Before we can explore the advantages and disadvantages of an Irrevocable Trust we must first explore whether or not it will fit your goals. The main reason is that in the field of Elder Law, establishing an Irrevocable Trust is typically meant to preserve assets, like a home or money,…

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Nowadays, identity theft is one of the most common forms of thievery. In a moment, your credit can be ruined and may take months or even years to repair. Although there are many companies who now serve to monitor credit–-yearly fees range anywhere from $70.00 to $120.00--there are plenty of…

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Communication

20 plus years ago when I started my first business it was crystal clear to me that there was a great use for this new technology that I was exposed to beyond email. I had been traveling extensively and my communication with those in other countries become costly via the…

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Decorating for Downsizers

As the market continues to improve, more and more Homeowners are posting up for sales signs on their current homes in the hopes of downsizing. Although transitioning from a larger to smaller home comes with many new freedoms, it also has it’s set of challenges–-one of which is décor. Here…

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A Gift of Time

Having the pleasure of sitting with my great grandparents listening to stories about World Wars and their migration from Eastern Europe to the United States through Ellis Island were first hand accounts of changes in community, culture, political and religious intolerance. A gift of time well spent and the blessing…

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What You Need to Know About Medicare

Medicare is a National Health Insurance Program for those over age 65 and in certain situations under 65 if receiving Social Security Disability Benefits. Medicare is your primary coverage when you turn 65. What You Need to Know About Medicare By Bob Falkowitz, Licensed Insurance Broker Compass Benefit Planning, LLC.…

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Staying at Home Longer

As of July 2015, nursing home rates averaged at a whopping $78,000 per year on a conservative basis. Assisted living care facilities usually run families about $3,850 every month. Before Long Islanders jump to assisted living facilities, 101 Mobility Long Island urges families to consider installing accessibility enhancing equipment like…

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Never Forget

It was a morning that can not be forgotten. The memory of those that were lost will never be forgotten by those that loved them. In NY that day I picked up my children from school just after the first plane hit and on the TV was the visual of…

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Quell New School Woes

School is officially in session for many students in the tri-state area. While new school year anxiety is something many children (and their families) experience, students who have moved over the summer tend to be a bit more nervous. Below are some great steps parents and extended family members can…

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Retirement? Why?

Richard Branson turned 65 this year and has asked the public to suggest challenges for him and he will choose 65 to accomplish in his 65th year. I think it's a great thought, provides time to reflect on unaccomplished goals and interest never pursued. Take a moment as the seasons…

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Standing Apart from the Rest

Michael A. Lindstadt is the trial attorney behind Lindstadt Law PLLC. The firm represents injury victims and their families in personal injury matters involvingmedical malpractice, trip/ slip and falls, auto collisions, and other accidents.Lindstadt Law maintains office locations in Bronx, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens and White Plains Standing Apart from…

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Being Neighborly

On warm summer days when the news is running alerts for air quality and to please consider using mass transit, these are the days our neighbors and loved ones need extra attention. We lived in a townhouse community for more than a decade and it was terrific. My home shared…

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Make Longevity Happen!

When I first say “Make Longevity Happen” to a Baby Boomer or a Gen Xer, I often get the immediate response of “why would I want to live long, end up in a nursing home, spend my life’s savings on care, and rely on my children.” Many believe this is…

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Your Showing Survival Guide

Selling your home is an exciting time! It marks the beginning of a brand new chapter for you and your loved ones. With emotions running high, and a sometimes-confusing transaction process, it can also be a stressful time. Often, a point of contention can be the actual showing process. Once…

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Summer Bounty!

Summer is in full swing here and that means that your local farmers market is full of the season's best! Buying local and Organic provides you and your family with the highest quality local foods available. If you don't know where to find your local market, ask town hall or…

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Our Independence

During the anticipated long weekend playtime, take a few minutes and acknowledge the holiday and significance, having the freedom to be self ruled. There are so many people today around the world that do not live in freedom, I'm grateful! I'll be visiting the Boston area this holiday and spending…

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Save The Date!

We are approaching the 4th of July, our celebration of Independence and it has me thinking about our personal independence and the value we place on it as we get older. It's the fear of losing that independence that may keep some from giving up their car keys when they…

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Let’s Talk

WellBeyond55 is focused on everything we all need to know so we can live Well, Beyond 55. Let's Talk By Lisa Rosenthal, Principal & CEO, Well Beyond 55 It seems that the 55 age benchmark is a designation defining some communities resident demographic. There is substantial data from the American…

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A Personal Perspective

One of five generations, blessed to be a caregiver at a young age, I developed a unique value of aging. The experience of navigating the healthcare system 25 years ago was a challenge and today even for the professionals; the new landscape can be a minefield. A Personal Perspective Lisa…

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CAUTION: Not All Powers of Attorneys are Created Equal!

By Craig Andreoli, Esq., Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney What is a Power of Attorney? A Power of Attorney is a document that authorizes the “agent” to represent or act in various legal matters on behalf of the “principal.” The agent, previously called an attorney-in-fact, but after a recent…

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Reverse Mortgage Rules are Changing: Two Case Studies

The basic principles of reverse mortgage, technically named Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM – pronounced “heck-um”) are actually pretty simple. It’s a home equity loan that lends between 50%-60% of property value (highest value capped at $625,500), on qualified property types, to age-qualified borrowers and provides flexibility to the borrower…

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The Warning Signs of Dementia

My Mom couldn’t find her keys? Could it be dementia?Dad forgot the way home? Could it be dementia? There’s paperwork and bills piling up at my parent’s home? Could it be dementia? The Warning Signs of Dementia By Lewis I Knopf, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® & Daily Money Manager at…

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Beware of the Gaps: When the Care Needs Exceed the Care Provided

Although we naturally want what is best for our loved ones, reports show that family caregivers typically wait six months longer than they should to access necessary care for their loved ones. Beware of the Gaps: When the Care Needs Exceed the Care Provided By Suzanne Paolucci, LCSW, Care Coordinator,…

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What To Do When Seniors/Parents Need Help But Don’t Want Help

Your Mom refuses to stop standing on the step stool while she puts away the groceries but she doesn’t want help. Your Dad continually forgets to take his medications but he doesn’t want help.Your parent’s home is dirty and their clothes don’t look all that clean either but they don’t…

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The Benefits of Using a Pooled Trust for a Special Needs Child

Parents who have a child with special needs face the challenge of deciding how to leave an inheritance to their child. A sensible way of providing an inheritance for a special needs child is to set up a special needs trust. The Benefits of Using a Pooled Trust for a…

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The Holistic Approach to Estate Planning

As an estate planning and elder law attorney, I strive to find solutions to my clients’ needs and goals. When it comes to elder law issues, my clients typically rely on me for more than traditional legal advice. The Holistic Approach to Estate Planning By Wendy K. Goidel, Esq, Founding…

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Newly Divorced and Don’t Have Time for Paperwork? A Daily Money Manager Can Help

Getting divorced isn’t easy. Acrimonious or not, divorce represents a huge change in well, pretty much everything. Newly Divorced and Don't Have Time for Paperwork? A Daily Money Manager Can Help! By Lewis I Knopf, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® & Daily Money Manager at LK Daily Money Management There are…

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Medicare Will Cover My Stay in a Rehabilitation Facility. Mmm, Maybe Not

Consider this. You have Medicare coverage. You’ve been in the hospital for three or four days and your doctor determines that you need to go to a rehabilitation facility (also referred to as a Skilled Nursing Facility – SNF) for further treatment. Medicare Will Cover My Stay in a Rehabilitation…

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Why You May Need an Elder Law Attorney

Who hasn’t heard the old cliché, getting old isn’t for sissies. The truth is that as you age, the cliché becomes more and more accurate. Why You May Need an Elder Law Attorney By Lewis I Knopf, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® & Daily Money Manager at LK Daily Money Management…

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Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From?

For many people, retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a quick review of the six main sources: Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From? By Peter M. Smith, CLU, Principal of Wexford Financial Strategies Social Security Social Security is the government-administered retirement income program. Workers become…

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Addressing Difficult Topics with Mom and Dad

No matter how old you are it seems that you are always your parents’ little girl or little boy. You may even be a senior yourself but in some situations the parent-child relationship remains firmly in place. Addressing Difficult Topics with Mom and Dad By Lewis I Knopf, Certified Senior…

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Welcome to Well Beyond 55

Welcome to Well Beyond 55 By Lisa Rosenthal, Principal & CEO, Well Beyond 55 My name is Lisa Rosenthal and I am the President and CEO of Well Beyond 55. On behalf of my team and myself, I would like to formally and whole-heartedly welcome you into the WB55 family.…

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Money that Buys Good Health is Never Ill Spent

According to a 2012 survey by the Insured Retirement Institute, the average person covered by Medicare will have out-of-pocket medical expenses in excess of $4,300 a year (or $8,600 for a couple). The same report found that 63% of baby boomers lack the confidence that they will have enough money…

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Color Your Plate!

Out goes the pyramid and in comes the plate! The food pyramid existed for decades with the same five food groups but it was a tall order to fill. It was difficult for educators and consumers to truly understand what foods and how much should one consume. So on June…

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HHS Secretary Announces $840 Million Initiative to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs

New initiative will support networks that help doctors access information and improve health outcomes... HHS Secretary Announces $840 Million Initiative to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs By HHS Press Office Originally Posted on U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today…

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An Education on Pension Maximization

Pension maximization is a financial planning technique that can provide the most amount of pension income while a retiree is alive and assures the income need of the spouse & family are met. An Education on Pension Maximization By Anthony B. Soldano It is a great retirement and income planning…

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Learning About Medication Self-Management

Let’s face it, today medication information can be overwhelming and hard to remember or organize as we deal with many different prescription medications, dietary supplements, over-the-counter products, and other available substances included in our food sources that we may not consider to have any medicinal properties. Learning About Medication Self-Management…

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The Importance of Movement as We Age

As a motivational fitness expert, wellness coach and motivational speaker who supports family members of all ages from children to grandparents, I am excited to be a part of the professional team contributing to the “Well Beyond 55” community. The Importance of Movement as We Age By Todd Morena I…

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Beyond the Will: Why Having An Up to Date Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy Is Essential

Often times, the motivation to establish an estate plan centers around the desire to put a Last Will & Testament in place, or create a Trust Agreement. Once an estate plan is finalized, many people do not review their planning documents, even if many years have gone by or their…

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When Seniors Need Care: How Knowing Your Options Can Make All the Difference

As our population continues to age, providing for and affording long term care has become a significant concern. Most seniors would prefer to remain in their homes, however, being able to do so safely and without the assistance of their adult children, friends or neighbors can be quite challenging. When…

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Transitioning A Loved One To A New Living Environment

Making the decision to transition a loved one from their current home to an adult community, assisted living facility, long term care or skilled nursing facility is a daunting task in so many ways for each member of the family, not just the Senior themselves. If the actual decision, itself,…

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