Next Avenue - Most Recent An RSS feed of the most recent articles from Next Avenue. en Can Scientists Slow Down Aging? In just over a month, the first of the boomers will turn 70. As if that milestone weren’t jarring enough, think about this: By 2050, the boomers will be largely responsible for nearly doubling America’s population over 65. And as they age, many of the boomers — like those who came before them — will come… Richard Harris Ron Howard through the years November 25, 2015, 8:00 am Will You Really Be Able to Work Into Your 70s? Seven years ago, when nearing 70, Dr. Samuel Lupin planned to retire from being a solo physician making house calls to elderly patients. Then his grandson Daniel Stokar, a recent Yeshiva University business school grad, approached him with an intriguing proposition: Let’s tether modern telecommunications to your geriatric care practice. Lupin agreed to delay his… Chris Farrell Dr. Samuel Lupin November 25, 2015, 7:37 am My Wish: A World With Knowledge Brokers Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Here, Tobey Dichter, one of the Influencers, blogs about the future she’d like to see for aging in America. Fantasy…or future? If I could change the world, it would look like this… Tobey Dichter Thinkstock November 25, 2015, 7:00 am 9 Steps to Take Now to Cut Your 2015 Taxes (This article appeared previously on MarketWatch.) The month of November brings us Veterans Day and Thanksgiving — good times to appreciate the good things, people, and experiences in our lives. November is also open enrollment month for all employers that offer employee benefits. This offers employees a tax benefit, but they often overlook it. Here… Eva Rosenberg Thinkstock November 25, 2015, 7:00 am The Aging Problem We Don’t Talk About It’s arguably never been a better time to grow old. Life expectancy rates are increasing; encore careers are booming; and there is a wealth of information on how adults can lead safer, healthier and more financially secure lives. But what if our plans to live longer, better lives are missing something significant: the prospect of… Bryce Kirchoff Channel 4 News UK November 24, 2015, 9:00 am How to Keep Off Extra Pounds During the Holidays With the holidays right around the corner, your calendar is probably already filling up with friendly parties, formal dinners and family gatherings. All of that celebrating can take a toll on the body. Polls and scientific studies estimate that many Americans gain between one and five pounds during the holiday season. This wouldn’t be so bad,… Rashelle Brown Thinkstock November 24, 2015, 8:00 am Should Your Kid Study Abroad in an ISIS World? The death of a 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach student during the recent terrorist attacks in Paris shocked her friends, saddened fellow Americans and has shaken parents of study-abroad students everywhere plus parents whose kids are considering taking college classes overseas. Nohemi Gonzalez, a junior from El Monte, Calif., had gone to Paris for a… Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett Thinkstock November 24, 2015, 7:00 am How Hillary Clinton Wants to Help Family Caregivers Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just made the topic of family caregiving (and the financial toll it can take on caregivers) part of the 2016 presidential election conversation, and not a moment too soon. Roughly 34 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older, according to the 2015 Caregiving In the… Richard Eisenberg Thinkstock November 24, 2015, 7:00 am Playgrounds for Older People? Here’s What You Said On Friday, we wrote about playgrounds for older people that have been popping up for years in Spain and in the United Kingdom. Thanks to a nonprofit called KaBoom (and in conjunction with Humana), about 50 of these playgrounds now exist in the United States, too. (If you haven’t seen one already, click here to see what one… Josh Walker iStock November 23, 2015, 4:52 pm 4 Life Lessons From Tony Bennett and Other 89-Year-Olds Singer Tony Bennett, at 89, isn’t resting on his laurels. He recently released a new album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. In an interview with NPR, he recalled how much he loved singing for his relatives as a boy. “It created a passion in my life that exists to this moment as… Liz Fedor Tony with his son Danny, 2007 Grammy Awards November 23, 2015, 10:11 am 5 Ways to Keep Capital Gains Taxes Down The time-honored approach to estate planning is being turned on its head by significant tax law changes that have taken effect in recent years. Long-term capital gains tax rates now range from 25 percent to 33 percent (when you add together the top federal, state and local rates and Obamacare’s Medicare surtax). So now that… John O. McManus Thinkstock November 23, 2015, 7:00 am 3 Tips for Boomers to Manage Multigenerational Workforces If you’re a boomer manager at a firm or nonprofit or a small business owner, you may be experiencing some workplace challenges handling a three-generation workforce: Millennials, Gen X’ers and boomers. This year, according to the Pew Research Center, Millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, with 53.5 million… Maria Black Thinkstock November 23, 2015, 7:00 am Quiz: Where Should I Retire? (This article appeared previously on Work is over. The kids are raised. It’s time to skip town. But where to go after you retire? Take our fun personality quiz in the slideshow below and find out; click the right arrow on each image to advance to the next question. Use a pen and paper… Kristen Sturt Thinkstock November 23, 2015, 7:00 am Poll: Would You Use a Playground for Older People? Playgrounds for older people have been popping up for years in Spain and in the United Kingdom. “It’s very social,” says one physical therapist. “[We] want to break the myth of the old person coming to the park and just sitting while grandkids play, and then going home. Kids can also have fun here. It’s intergenerational.” Click… Josh Walker Courtesy Public Radio International November 20, 2015, 1:36 pm Not Your Mother’s Retirement Home Every year, Jerry Myroup travels to Jamaica with his wife to rock out to the band Little Feat. They like the fan appreciation resort weekends so much that they started wondering how they could live like this all the time, for the rest of their lives. Could they actually rock till they drop? “It all… Beth Baker Jerry Myroup wants to spend his retirement doing what he loves: jamming with like-minded musicians. November 20, 2015, 8:51 am Elder Abuse: Who Can You Speak to About It? (This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) Elder abuse, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and even financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article in the Nov. 12 New England Journal of Medicine. That figure, researchers note, is likely an… Shefali Luthra Thinkstock November 20, 2015, 8:00 am 5 Surprising Factors That Affect Hot Flashes Most women going through menopause can expect to experience the unpleasant, sudden flush of heat commonly referred to as hot flashes. Estimates vary, but approximately 75 percent of menopausal women will have them. Hot flashes typically start when hormonal changes occur and estrogen drops, somewhere between age 45 and 55, and can last for 10… Linda Melone, CSCS November 20, 2015, 7:28 am What Colleges Can Do for Americans at Midlife Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Here, Dr. Philip Pizzo, one of the Influencers, blogs about what he’d like to see colleges and universities do to address aging in America. The time has come for colleges and universities… Dr. Philip Pizzo Thinkstock/jejim Stanford University November 20, 2015, 7:00 am It’s Never Too Soon to Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’ (This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable. “It’s no fun when you give up driving, I just have to say that,” she says. Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she started to notice her eyesight decline in her… John Daley Thinkstock November 19, 2015, 9:23 am Sell Your Business for Top Dollar (The following article is adapted from the new book, Exit Signs: The Expressway to Selling Your Business With Pride and Profit.) If you own a business and you’re in your 50s or 60s, you’re likely relying on the sale of it to fund your retirement. Yet the company you’ve spent a lifetime building and growing… Pamela Dennis Thinkstock November 19, 2015, 8:00 am Hospital Readmission Rates After Joint Replacements Drop It looks like good news for folks on Medicare who are getting new knees or hips: the hospital readmission rates after these delicate surgeries have dropped significantly, according to a report by AARP’s Public Policy institute. That’s a big deal, since most frequent hospital treatment under Medicare in 2013 was joint surgery and replacement. Nearly… Bob Rosenblatt Thinkstock November 19, 2015, 7:00 am How to Prepare Yourself Mentally for Retirement As someone who writes about personal finances for people in their 50s and 60s, I get a lot of retirement books. Most of them are perfectly fine, parroting the traditional financial advice about saving wisely and managing expenses. Some are off the wall. But I recently read a new one called The Retirement Boom: An… Richard Eisenberg Thinkstock November 19, 2015, 7:00 am Michael Caine Learns ‘Youth’ Isn’t Just for the Young What are you going to do with your life? That’s a question we often ask young people. In the new movieYouth, writer/director Paolo Sorrentino poses that question to a man in his 80s. Michael Caine plays Fred, a once successful classical music maestro having what Rachel Weisz, who plays his daughter, refers to as an… Heidi Raschke Michael Caine plays a retired conductor in 'Youth.' November 18, 2015, 4:50 pm Why Keeping a Good Relationship With Your Doctor Is Key (This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project.) “It’s all about relationships.” That’s what a mentor told me during my medical training. Every day, as a pediatrician, I realize how true this is. With the recent emergence and increasing popularity of virtual doctor visits due to convenience and lower costs, it is necessary to examine the… Sarah C. Bauer, M.D. Thinkstock November 18, 2015, 1:00 pm How to Get a Free FICO Score — And Then Boost It Yesterday, I got an email from my Citibank Mastercard team urging me to view my updated FICO credit score, along with “key factors which affected” it. The note continued: “You can access your score for free each month. 24/7 online access to your FICO Score – just another way Citi is on your side before,… Kerry Hannon Thinkstock November 18, 2015, 7:18 am Is Today Tuesday? The Calendar-Free Retirement Life Is today Tuesday? It’s hard to keep track when you’re retired, especially if, like me, you’ve resisted routine since toddler days. Mom made very few entries in my baby book, but she did note that I’d protest, “I did that yesterday,” when she’d take me to the potty. Too soon, school bells began dictating when… Barbara Rady Kazdan Thinkstock November 18, 2015, 7:00 am Should Your Twentysomething Take an Internship? The recent Nancy Meyers movie The Intern makes comedy out of an unusual internship scenario.  A wise, avuncular Robert De Niro plays the “senior intern,” who at 70 and a retired  executive, goes to work for a hip, e-commerce fashion company helmed by the take-no-prisoners young founder and chief, Anne Hathaway. Although he starts out… Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett Thinkstock November 18, 2015, 7:00 am Relieve Your Body’s Dryness Problems (This article previously appeared on Do you find that as you age, your body is becoming its own Sahara Desert? It’s not your imagination that things are drying up — environment, hormonal changes, sun damage and certain medications all play a part. Here’s the 4-1-1 on what to expect and what to do about… Beth Levine Thinkstock November 17, 2015, 1:00 pm What to Consider When Looking at Alternative Medicine A couple of months ago, my father came to me with some very bad news, and a big request: The colon cancer that he’d been battling for over two years had returned, spread, and was in stage four. He had decided not to submit himself to another round of chemotherapy and radiation and asked if… Rashelle Brown Thinkstock November 17, 2015, 10:56 am How Boomers Can Seek Allies Among Younger Workers Ageism is a fact of life today, mostly felt by older generations, but in reverse by some members of younger generations, too. Alice Fisher, who worked in New York State Sen. Liz Krueger’s office for eight years, got an inside view of the anxieties and struggles Krueger’s older constituents faced on issues of housing, health… Phyllis Weiss Haserot Thinkstock November 17, 2015, 7:00 am