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National Consumer Law Center Releases Report On Reverse Mortgages

Report Draws Comparisons To Subprime Problems The National Consumer Law Center recently released a report titled “Subprime Revisited: How the Rise of the Reverse Mortgage Lending Industry Puts Older Homeowners at Risk” that highlights abuses from the subprime mortgage market

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Medicare Premium To Rise 15% Next Year!

The basic Medicare premium will shoot up next year by 15 percent, to $110.50 a month, federal officials said Monday. The increase means that monthly premiums would top $100 for the first time, a stark indication of the rise in

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First-Time Internet Users Exhibit Boost In Brain Function!

Boost In Brain Function Seen In First-Time Internet Users After Just 1 Week You can teach an old dog new tricks, say UCLA scientists who found that middle-aged and older adults with little Internet experience were able to trigger key

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Nursing Home Safety: Illinois Task Force Sets Hearing For Tuesday

In Illinois – Gov. Pat Quinn’s new Nursing Home Safety Task Force will hear testimony from elder care advocates, service providers and residents in an open, public meeting Tuesday. It also announced a Web site — — that takes

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Medicaid Expansion – Can Shrinking States Budgets Pay For It?

The government programs that provide health care to the poor would expand to cover nearly one in five Americans under health insurance legislation pending in Congress, putting pressure on federal and state budgets,” USA Today reports. “Medicaid, one of the fastest-growing

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Nurse Ratched Or Nurse Kevorkian?

Nurse Is Accused of Using Internet to Encourage Suicides MINNEAPOLIS — A nurse who authorities say visited suicide chat rooms on the Internet and encouraged depressed people to kill themselves is under investigation in at least two deaths and may

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Internet Use Cuts Depression Among Senior Citizens

Spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens, the Phoenix Center reports in a new Policy Paper released today. In addition to the quality of life benefits, the Policy Paper said reducing the incidence of depression by

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Research: Income And Poverty Among Older Americans

The Congressional Research Service has its annual research report out today. Older Americans are an economically diverse group. In 2008, the median income of individuals aged 65 and older was $18,208 but incomes varied widely around this average. One-fourth of

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Confirmed: No COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) For Seniors In 2010!

Last months I wrote a post about the possibility that for the first time in 35 years, 57 million seniors will NOT be getting a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to their social security benefits. Well, today it was confirmed.

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Navigating The Medicare Maze (How to…)

Are you turning 65 soon? Is your mom or dad ? Now that you’re about to retire, there’s good news and bad news about your health insurance. The good news: When you turn 65, you’re eligible for Medicare — all

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