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Key retirement milestones everyone should know about
(BPT) - Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement incom... Click to read more


Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home
(BPT) - Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they’ll love and live in for all their golden years... Click to read more


3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy
(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it's very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Rep... Click to read more


Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control
(BPT) - A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt.“Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can have hi... Click to read more


Seniors struggling to pay life insurance premiums have options, including selling their policy
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Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk
(BPT) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person’s breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they ... Click to read more


4 tips to help protect your identity this tax season
(BPT) - Tax season is a busy time for everyone. From accountants and small business owners to families and individuals, especially as more people choose to file their taxes themselves. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of year for cybercriminals who use the flurry of activity to swindle sensitiv... Click to read more


5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring
(BPT) - We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly!Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun an... Click to read more


Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, be... Click to read more


Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.If you don’t yet have an HSA, you may qual... Click to read more


A life with hemophilia and a challenge to all
(BPT) - Val Bias' entire life changed when he heard the loud noise come from the bathroom. The year was 1988, but Bias remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He ran to the bathroom and found the door blocked. He pushed and finally forced the door open. Inside he found Katie, his wife, lying on... Click to read more


5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night
(BPT) - “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one yo... Click to read more


Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... Click to read more


8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications
(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more ... Click to read more


Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there... Click to read more


7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation
(BPT) - Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacat... Click to read more


5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women
(BPT) - When the nation's servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don't return home the same.Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These events ha... Click to read more


4 things you can do today to support your heart health
(BPT) - On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart - literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be.A 2016 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, cond... Click to read more


5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible - and recover quickly when you don't - it's important to keep your immune system strong."The... Click to read more


Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need
(BPT) - Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food.“People who face food... Click to read more


Tips to make it through Valentine's Day after the loss of a significant other
(BPT) - The heart-shaped boxes of candy and cupid-themed decorations started appearing on store shelves around the same time the New Year's decorations were coming down. While Valentine's Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate romantic love, it can be an emotionally painful holiday if your partn... Click to read more


Security in an insecure world
(BPT) - The year 2016 was devastating for some safe deposit box holders. In New York, thieves cut holes in the roofs of three banks and brazenly emptied hundreds of safe deposit boxes, leaving the victims' pillaged boxes on the roof and strewn around the vault.A stealthier thief in Florida picked s... Click to read more


American Legion Auxiliary aims to improve veterans' lives
(BPT) - Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country - advocating for veterans' rights.Each February, Walla... Click to read more


Debt poses risks to financial security for Americans reaching their golden years
(BPT) - Americans now retire with far more debt than previous generations. This can pose a significant risk to retirees’ income, and may result in them not having enough. It also means that when a spouse dies, there could be little left over as creditors deplete an estate’s assets — forcing survivo... Click to read more


Over 50? You're at Increased Risk for Shingles
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Transform your home into a retreat with these 5 tips from a luxury resort
(BPT) - There's a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge so you can be returned to your best state.The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend in your abode, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow a few pages fr... Click to read more


Americans have less tolerance for power outages in a digital world
(BPT) - A flash of lighting, a loud clap of thunder and BOOM! Suddenly everything goes dark and you know the power in your home is officially out.Just about everyone has experienced a power outage due to a seasonal storm in their lifetime and it is a trend that continues to grow between super storm... Click to read more


New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon
(BPT) - Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. However, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus - the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones - has not been available. Now two clinical trials underway across the U.S. may h... Click to read more


Greater professionalism could be the key to better hospital care
(BPT) - Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community ad... Click to read more


4 mindful strategies for a healthy 2017
(BPT) - Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year's resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you’re among those who succeed?“Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly impr... Click to read more


3 sneaky tricks of heart disease
(BPT) - As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for th... Click to read more


5 tips to bring organization to your post-holiday chaos
(BPT) - You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you’re feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski... Click to read more


5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage
(BPT) - Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortabl... Click to read more


Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city
(BPT) - When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should air... Click to read more


What to do when a senior loved one wanders
(BPT) - Virtually all parents have experienced the terror of looking up from what they were doing only to realize their child has wandered off. Your pulse races, your heart pounds and you can't relax until your child is back in sight. As children grow up, they learn to stay put - or at least let yo... Click to read more


Onward! 4 ways explorers can enjoy China's ancient capital
(BPT) - If you enjoy exploring new and unique cultures when you travel, you're far from alone. In a 2016 Trip Advisor study, 47 percent of travelers worldwide chose foreign destinations to visit in hopes of being exposed to other cultures and people. Learning the history of ancient cultures can be ... Click to read more


5 smart steps to preserving brain health
(BPT) - Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do.As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may beg... Click to read more


5 tips to get fit and stay fit
(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year's resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.If you've tried and failed to g... Click to read more


5 cornerstones of an unforgettable African travel experience
(BPT) - If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.If your focus is ... Click to read more


A digital safe vault to protect your information
(BPT) - Whether you're paying for a meal, signing up to play a game on your smartphone or withdrawing money from your bank, your information is at risk. In 2016 alone, 873 data breaches exposed more than 29.8 million records containing potentially sensitive information, according to the Identity Th... Click to read more


5 things life insurance companies don't always tell you
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A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury
(BPT) - Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren't always practical - or enjoyable - activities for every... Click to read more


Home for the holidays: What to look for when visiting your parents
(BPT) - The holidays are for more than talking turkey. While it’s a chance to spend precious time with your parents, for long distance caregivers, it’s also an opportunity to see how Mom and Dad are coping on their own.Maybe they’re thriving, or maybe they’re not. Maybe they need to make changes to... Click to read more


Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?
(BPT) - As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals.Yet for those suffering from wound, ostomy or continence issues, many don't ... Click to read more


4 Tips for Better Sleep
(BPT) - It's no secret sleep is critical to one's overall health and well-being. We've all heard getting six to eight hours of sleep is recommended, but busy work schedules and ongoing personal commitments make it difficult to make sleep a priority. So how can you ensure you're getting quality shut... Click to read more


At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents — a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to... Click to read more




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