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    1. 10 Top Sex Ed Tips for People Age 50 And Older

      10 Top Sex Ed Tips for People Age 50 And Older

      If you think sex is the province of the young, you’re wrong. People in their 20s are having less sex now than ever before, studies show, so it’s possible that you’re as active, or more so, as the average millennial. About a third of us are getting busy several times a week, one survey found.

      And most of us are still in the game: 91 percent of men and 86 percent of women in their 50s report being sexually active, although activity levels vary widely. So, there’s no “normal” amount of sex for people our age. What matters more is that you and your partner are happy with your sex life. Men and women age differently, and some studies indicate that sexual interest wanes differently as well. Combine that with emotional and physical issues, and it’s possible that you and your partner aren’t on ...

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    2. Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

      Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

      Twenty years ago, getting a pancreatic cancer diagnosis was very often devastating. The cancer usually wasn’t caught until later stages, partly because the pancreas is tucked behind the stomach, making it hard to detect tumors. Plus, some of the warning signs — abdominal discomfort, back pain, unintended weight loss and fatigue — are easy to overlook or attribute to other conditions. And they often arise late in the game.

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      Mentions: Cancer tumor pain
    3. AARP’s Protecting Medicare, Social Security

      AARP’s Protecting Medicare, Social Security

      Medicare will turn 56 on July 30, and Social Security has its 86th anniversary on Aug. 14. And a recent AARP survey shows you want them to be around for many, many more celebrations. In fact, 85 percent of Americans 50 and older oppose cutting these vital programs to reduce the budget deficit.

      There is no political divide on this question. Republicans and Democrats feel almost exactly the same.

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    4. 5 Facts You Should Know About Long-Term Care Insurance

      5 Facts You Should Know About Long-Term Care Insurance

      By the time you reach 65, chances are about 50-50 that you’ll require paid long-term care (LTC) someday. If you pay out of pocket, you’ll spend $140,000 on average. Yet you probably haven’t planned for that financial risk. Only 7.2 million or so Americans have LTC insurance, which covers many of the costs of a nursing home, assisted living or in-home care — expenses that aren’t covered by Medicare. “Long-term care is the unsolved problem for so many people,” says Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar, an investment research firm in Chicago. Here’s what you need to know about LTC insurance today.

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    5. The Facts Behind 7 Common Face Mask Misconceptions

      The Facts Behind 7 Common Face Mask Misconceptions

      Myth 1: You don't need to wear a face mask if you don't feel sick.
      This was the prevailing advice at the beginning of the pandemic, but not anymore. Experts have learned more about the coronavirus and how it spreads, and now the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is that everyone — including people who feel perfectly healthy — should wear a face covering in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain at least 6 feet of space from other people. Think: grocery stores, pharmacies, retail shops, hair salons, crowded parks and more.

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      Mentions: coronavirus
    6. Ways to Avoid Germs While Traveling on a Plane

      Ways to Avoid Germs While Traveling on a Plane

      An airplane offers the perfect petri dish for germs to thrive: close quarters, frequent passenger turnaround and recirculated air. And certain areas — the ones we're most likely to touch, as it happens — are especially icky: According to a study by the folks at Travelmath, who collected bacteria samples on flights at five different airports, the “hot spots” inside the cabin include the tray table — that was the worst offender, worse than bathrooms — overhead vent, bathroom flush button and lock, and seatbelt buckle. The seat pocket is another germ magnet (think soggy tissues and dirty diapers). Note that at the airport, drinking fountain buttons are the dirtiest.

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      Mentions: Bacteria
    7. 6 Overnight Train Trips in North America

      There was once a time when a cross-country journey promised comfort and scenery — rather than a few hours buckled into a flying metal tube.

      On a train, passengers are free to get out of their seats to stretch their legs. They can strike up conversations with fellow passengers over dinner, and take in the ever-shifting scenery from out the large windows in special domed cars. During popular travel seasons, some trips feature National Park Service volunteers presenting programs about the history and significance of the passing landscape.

      On most trains, sleeping arrangements range from reclining chairs similar to a first-class plane seat to a variety of sleeping cabins; Amtrak has “roomettes,” which are private compartments that convert to beds in the evening. A more budget option: spending the night in a chair. (You'll want to bring a blanket, pillow and perhaps an eye mask and earplugs.) Some vacation trains ...

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      Mentions: Bob Meyer
    8. Medicare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know Now

      Medicare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know Now

      It’s that time of year again. Medicare’s open enrollment season begins Oct. 15. During these 54 days, you will have the opportunity to make several changes. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage; you can shift from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare; you can trade one Medicare Advantage policy for another; and you can buy a different Part D prescription drug plan.

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    9. Nearly half of mobile calls will be scammers by 2019

      Nearly half of mobile calls will be scammers by 2019

      Scam calls are getting more frequent — and quickly. By next year, nearly half of all calls to mobile phones will be fraudulent, according to a new report from telecommunications firm First Orion. The company analyzed data from more than 50 billion calls over 18 months to get a snapshot of what they call the scam-call “epidemic.” Here’s what they found:   

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      Mentions: Robert Williams
    10. 5 Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

      5 Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

      Although pancreatic cancer can be treated if caught early, the signs are often subtle, and the disease is usually missed until it is in later, more serious stages. But there are some warning signs that you can watch out for.

      The pancreas has two main jobs in the body: to make juices that help digest food and to make hormones, such as insulin and glucagon, that help control blood sugar levels. The digestive juices are made by exocrine pancreas cells, which is where about 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin. The disease accounts for approximately 3 percent of all cancers and about 7 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the risk goes up with age. About two-thirds of patients are at least 65 years old, and the average age at the time of diagnosis is 71, according to the ACS.

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    11. The Latest Tax Scams And Fraud Being Committed

      The Latest Tax Scams And Fraud Being Committed

      As tax season reaches its peak, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

      Some of the frauds on the government’s list are examples of how taxpayers are being preyed upon, such as email phishing attempts or identity theft. Others are ways Americans are cheating on their returns, such as inflating refund claims or padding deductions.

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    12. Heart Attack Symptoms And Signs Of A Stroke

      Heart Attack Symptoms And Signs Of A Stroke

      No doctor can tell you what a heart attack or stroke feels like quite as well as someone who’s actually suffered one. In this feature from AARP and the American Heart Association (AHA), heart patients recall, in their own words, what it’s like to suffer a cardiac event. Here, heart attack and stroke survivors describe how they felt when they experienced their symptoms.

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    13. Health Warning Signs of Serious Problems

      Health Warning Signs of Serious Problems

      When it comes to heart health, the American Heart Association has warned that chest pain or discomfort in one or both arms can be a warning sign of a heart issue and to see a doctor right away.
      Crushing pain in the chest is another warning sign of ticker trouble, but some indications of health issues are not as obvious and can often be mistaken or ignored.
      Here are seven warning signs that may be cause for concern.

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    14. Health Screenings And Tests You Don't Need

      Health Screenings And Tests You Don't Need

      If you're over 70, regular screening tests — especially when it comes to cancer — may be a big waste of time, say a growing number of health experts worried about the overtesting of those who are in their 70s, 80s and even older. These experts' concern is that unnecessary screenings could lead to invasive procedures or treatments that leave patients worse off than before, especially among those with serious health problems such as heart disease.

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      Mentions: Cancer
    15. 12 States With the Best Tax Deductions for Retirees

      12 States With the Best Tax Deductions for Retirees

      New Hampshire heads a list of 12 states that offer the most favorable tax breaks for retirees, in a recent ranking by personal finance website Money and Career CheatSheet. South Carolina is ranked number 2, followed by Hawaii, South Dakota and Nevada.

      Rounding out the top 12 are Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Puerto Rico (actually a territory, not a state), Florida and Alaska.

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    16. 10 Things You Should Know About Living Trusts

      10 Things You Should Know About Living Trusts

      For most people, a will is the first choice for passing on an estate to heirs. But it's not the only choice. Among other estate planning tools, the revocable living trust is gaining in popularity, especially among boomers.

      In addition to being one of several ways to avoid probate—the legal process to determine whether a will is valid—living trusts may offer before-death and after-death advantages.

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      Mentions: Richard Young
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