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Walking just one hour a week can help older adults avoid disability

A new study, published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, suggests that just one hour a week of brisk walking can help reduce the risk of disability in older adults. Scientists at Northwestern University have concluded that this minimal amount of brisk walking — walking as if you were late to an appointment –… Continue Reading

What to do when the “Social Security Administration” calls

The phone rings and the caller on the other end identifies himself as a representative from the Social Security administration, calling to let you know that your Social Security number has been compromised or suspended.  He knows your full name and address. He confidentially provides his name and contact information. Sounds legitimate, right?   Wrong.… Continue Reading

How to calculate your own Social Security benefits

In the above video, Devin Carroll walks you through three simple steps to calculate your own Social Security benefits, without needing expensive software or help from the Social Security Administration. Being able to calculate your own projection can help you understand the income you’ll be relying throughout retirement, as well as provides a more accurate… Continue Reading

Can social interaction combat dementia?

A pilot program known as I-CONECT, or Internet based Conversational Engagement Clinical Trial, is connecting socially isolated seniors with trained conversationalists through online video chat. Previous studies have shown promising results, linking the effect regular conversation can have on fending off dementia. “This could be an actual clinical intervention your doctor would prescribe – like… Continue Reading

Daily aspirin no longer recommended for heart health

The Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, is no longer recommending a daily low-dose aspirin for heart health.  Low dose aspirin had been the recommendation for years as a preventative measure against heart attacks and strokes. But a new study –… Continue Reading

Nancy Altman endorses the Social Security Expansion Act

Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, recently released a statement endorsing the Social Security Expansion Act. “The Social Security Expansion Act is profoundly wise legislation that increases Social Security benefits for all current and future beneficiaries, as well as providing additional targeted benefit increases… Not only is expanding Social Security, financed by requiring the… Continue Reading

Five damaging habits that contribute to early death

Bad habits are hard to break, even when you know you aren’t doing any favors to your health. But as you age, it’s increasingly more important to avoid some of these damaging habits that studies have found linked to premature death. Drinking sugary beverages and eating processed foods A new study, conducted over a 34-year… Continue Reading

Comparing the Social Security Expansion Act and the Social Security 2100 Act

Two Social Security bills – Senator Bernie Sanders’ Social Security Expansion Act and Representative John Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act — have recently been introduced on Capitol Hill. Devin Carroll compares the two bills and explains how the similar bills could act as companion legislation, with Larson’s bill helping the Sanders legislation come to a… Continue Reading