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Britney Spears, Alzheimer's and Long-term Care

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Who would have thought the words Britney Spears and Alzheimer's disease and long-term care would appear in the same sentence. Yet as researchers from Cleveland Clinic are finding some new and interesting ways to help identify those most at risk for Alzheimer's. The researchers found that when people are shown a picture of popular people, like Britney Spears or Johnny Carson, their brain acts very differently than someone who is not at risk, according to an article in Time Magazine.

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Perfect Time to Find Fall Travel Deals

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Tags: budget travel, senior and travel

As summer winds down, it can be a perfect time for baby boomers ,empty nesters and retirees to head out on vacation. With gas prices moderating and hotel and travel deals abundant, it doesn't have to break the budget.

Check out travel discount sites for special rates on hotels, resorts, cruises and escorted tours. If you are a member of AAA or AARP or Costco you'll find some specials through their websites. If you're looking for a fall beach rental, you'll also find special rates on more properties than usual.

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Aging at Home Will Be Easier with New Technology

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Tags: aging in place, Long-Term Care

When a loved one falls, you can see the physical injuries--but the emotional injuries are often just as severe. New technology may help those recovering from a fall feel more confident and be more active.

More than 25 percent of elderly limit their activities after a fall, refusing to go on walks outside, or visit friends out of the fear they may fall again. Home monitoring - being able to track a person's movement and get them help when they need it - is an important advancement since it has the potential to reduce cost of care and keep more people at home longer.

 

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Good News on Medicare Part D Rates

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Tags: Medicare, Medicare Part D

Medicare beneficiaries got some good news this week: only a slight increase in rates on their Part D prescription drug plans in 2010. The average rate paid is expected to increase to $30 from $28 in 2009 based on bids submitted by Part D plans, according to to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

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How does home value play into your retirement planning?

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Tags: aging in place, baby boomers, home values, retirement planning, seniors

The value of our house has traditionally played a key role in retirement planning. Cashing in that big gain would help bankroll our retirement lifestyle. But the crash in home values has changed that for many people. In fact, turned it upside down. Here are four tips for baby boomers and seniors about thniking about their home values as part of their retirement planning.

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Be Careful About Where You Get Your Credit Report

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Tags: credit reports

Advocates have long encouraged consumers to monitor their credit reports as a way to detect identity theft. But, your credit report has information that also affects whether you can get a loan - and how much you will have to pay to borrow money. And auto insurers have been using credit score as a predictor of risk for a number of years. And, employers often check credit score before they decide whether to offer you a job. So an error in your credit report can cost you.

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