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Where’s YOUR Advance Care Directive? And Yes, There’s an App for That!

Advance Care Directives (ACD) are the topic of the month. A signed and notarized document  that details your health care wishes in the event of a medical emergency and names a health care proxy to speak for you if you are incapacitated, this document is crucial if you feel strongly about end-of life-issues.
 
New York Times author Paula Span details situations you might be faced with if you haven’t completed an ACD.  ACDs have generated so much concern that a proposed Senate bill would pay older adults to create an advance directive which would be registered during the beneficiary’s initial enrollment in Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage).


Bucks County—the Place to Explore Your Future!

Is everybody 50+ in Bucks County going to a Coming of Age Explore Your Future workshop series? Some days, it seems so, and it will be even more so, come May 2, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 and 23.
 
Thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through the Long Term Life Training Institute and the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, we’re pleased to offer four Bucks County presentations of the workshop series in May at centers in Bristol, Bensalem, and Morrisville and Milford (with two more presentations in the offing).
 
Explore Your Future gives participants a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in their lives. It's a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping adults 50+ create a vision for making their future satisfying and rewarding.  Want the details?  Click on “Continue Reading”


Have We Got a Deal for You!

Topics: Discounts

Twenty percent off your tab at Denny’s?  Sound good? We had the chili twice on a recent road trip—delish, plus on the cheap. Fifteen percent off at Applebees-- how does that hit you?
 
How about 25% off at Rite Aid or up to half price at The Salvation Army Thrift Store? Is the cost of flying eating a hole in your pocket or keeping you out of the friendly skies? Many of the major carriers offer deep discounts (certain restrictions apply, but you knew they would). 
 
Coming of Age has put together a list of over 125 places that offer modest to amazing discounts, many enhanced by AARP membership (Membership has its privileges, you know!).  Click “Continue Reading to get the scoop— speaking of which Dairy Queen and TCBY have some, you-should-pardon-the-expression, cool deals.


Exercise. It Could be Good for... Your Eyes!

Dust off that treadmill – there’s even more evidence that exercise is good for your health! A study published last month demonstrated that mice that were exercised and then exposed to a searingly bright light, as opposed to a control group of unexercised mice exposed to the same light, fared much better.  
 
How so? The mousey calisthenics seemed to armor the retinas of the exercised mice.  
 
Even better news, a second study not only supported the finding that exercise protects eye health but also found that an occasional drink also can bolster eye health. Salud!


Dazed and Confused by Social Security? Read This.

Are you stymied by the number of decisions you have to make before receiving Social Security?  Alas, the age at which you retire may be the easiest of these decisions; the following articles will help with the rest.
 
Here, are answers to what we think of as the most confusing part of Social Security-- the spousal benefit. And the answers are comprehensive in this Q&A from AARP for ex-spouses and widows/widowers.  
 
The most arcane aspect of the spousal benefit, however, must be the unequal treatment given to partners in same sex marriages. The story of this devoted couple and the way the surviving spouse was treated by Social Security demonstrates the pressing need for...  former spousal equality!


The Moment I Wake up, Before I Put on My Makeup, I...

... say a little prayer for you?  Maybe I should. And you too. The power of prayer is irrefutable. Just read these articles if you have doubts, dear skeptics.
 
David Briggs discusses a recent study showing that prayer promotes optimism, especially when the person offering up the supplication is a family member or close friend, and when the prayer recipient is aware that prayers were being said.
 
Roya R. Rad in her article, The Positive Psychological Effects of Prayer lists many benefits, including developing a sense of optimism and hope, retraining the brain to be more positive and forgive more easily, and cultivating a sense of gratitude.
 
Finally, here's an uplifting piece by Roy Hoffman about those moments in life when nothing but prayer will do to capture the pure gratitude we feel for the glorious life we have been given.  Amen!


An (Anti-Ageist) Reader Writes… about Our “Old is Good” Mantra

Topics: Ageism, Aging

“I read the piece, ‘Old is Good,’ that featured your director in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and wanted to introduce myself as an anti-ageism activist. I couldn't agree more that raising consciousness about ageism, not just in boomers but people of all ages, is critically important and will greatly affect how our society deals with longer lifespans.


"Income Tax Returns Are the Most Imaginative Fiction Being Written Today"

So wrote novelist Herman Wouk.
 
Tis the season to be… irritable? anxious? depressed? Because it’s tax season, for many of us, it’s all of the above. Sifting through old credit card statements for evidence of that charitable donation you KNOW you made, while wondering if that suit you bought last year for the perfect interview look is deductible, you stumble through the process with Fear and Trembling.


Looking for Love? Here are the RIGHT (Online) Places

According to an October, 2013 update to the Pew Research Internet Project, one in 10 Americans have used an online dating site and 23 percent of online daters have met a spouse or pursued a long term relationship through online dating sites. If you’ve been thinking of giving it a try, here’s some helpful information to get you started.
 
There are hundreds of dating sites out there and most of them are fairly similar. Your first step should be to review a few of the most highly rated dating websites and determine which one(s) you’d like to join.
 


Yo! Could We Leave Out Philly? No Way!

In fact, we’re involved with a presentation this week.  As part of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's “Engage Your Body and Brain” program on March 6 at Temple University’s Center City campus, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, our director, Dick Goldberg is moderating a panel on “The New Senior Woman: Reinventing the Years beyond Mid Life.”  Why would a dude do that?  He wrote the foreword to the book of the same title; those on the panel are featured in the book.