The Best Life

February 2010


10 Trends in Longevity

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The goals of improved health and financial security are to live longer and, presumably, more fulfilling lives. Increases in longevity have certainly been impressive. Not only has 60 become the new 40, but we're well on our way to the day when 80 becomes the new 60. While the victors in the ...

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retirement

8 Steps to Prepare for Your Final Act

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This year, about 2.5 million Americans will die. In rough numbers, that's nearly 50,000 a week—a lot of people, with viewings, religious observances, funerals, obituaries, estates, family reunions, and a host of related decisions and encounters. In many households, this time can be made even more ...

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retirement
funerals

Growing Reasons to Consider Medical Tourism

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Medical tourism, largely grounded last year by the sharp economic downturn, is expected to make a comeback as people begin to feel more positive about their finances. Medical costs in many nations continue to be far below those in the United States. Other factors that may help spur the comeback ...

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retirement

Design Awards Enable Aging in Place

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Making homes suitable for elderly occupants is easy to describe, but it can be very expensive to do. The cheapest solution is to make homes senior-friendly when they are built, rather than trying to retrofit them. Some of the most elegant and cost-effective solutions are recognized each year by ...

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aging
retirement

Is it OK to Make Fun of Older People?

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"Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" is one of my favorite radio broadcasts. The National Public Radio news quiz show has a rotating panel of visiting wits and a celebrity guest each week, along with call-in participants who are asked to answer questions about recent events both real and fabricated.

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retirement
aging

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