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Serious Reading Takes A Hit From Online Scanning and Skimming, Researchers Say

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April 13, 2014

The good news is that we are developing “digital brains,” and can now skim and scan things online quite adeptly. The bad news is that we are developing “digital brains,” and when we read novels and “real” literature for pure enjoyment,  we’re missing a lot of the meat of the stories.   From The
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Brevity Might Just Save Your Career

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April 13, 2014

Consider the fact that everyone is pressed for time these days, so when you’re speaking at a board meeting, emailing, or talking over the phone, remember that “less is more” is the new mandate. You’ll lose your audience (and possibly your job) if you don’t keep that in mind.   From Forbes.com: Brevity Just
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The 24-Hour Trap: Rethinking Daily Habits

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April 13, 2014

When it comes to productivity, some schools of thought believe you can be more efficient if you plan your schedule over a 168-hour week, rather than on a daily basis.   From Fastcompany.com: The 24-Hour Trap: Rethinking Daily Habits     Return Home
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The Terrors of Skipping Breakfast

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April 7, 2014

Breakfast…should you or shouldn’t you? Watch this baby-faced, twenty-something doctor discuss the subject. The upshot is, we’re not sure how great you’ll feel, but “people will still laugh at your jokes, even if you skip breakfast.”   From: The Atlantic: The Terrors of Skipping Breakfast Return Home
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Teaching as a Second Act, or Maybe Even a Third

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April 7, 2014

When the desire to make a change that impacts the common good strikes, perhaps you should consider teaching. Many Boomers are and everyone is reaping the rewards in that situation.   From the New York Times: Teaching as a Second Act, or Maybe Even a Third Return Home
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Fact or Fiction?: The 5-Second Rule for Dropped Food

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April 7, 2014

And here, from the “is this what we’re spending our research dollars on?” file, comes the answer to the age-old question: can you still eat food that’s been dropped, and how long before you can no longer eat it? In summary, make sure you’ve dropped it on your nice, clean carpet.   From Scientific
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Going Back to School, Without the Pressure

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April 7, 2014

Retirees who are not quite ready to throw in the towel on living a vibrant, productive life are finding that going back to academia is the perfect solution. College retirement communities offer all the amenities of college life, without the angst we often felt back in our twenties.   From the New York Times:
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I’m Not Getting Better, I’m Getting Older

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March 30, 2014

Annabelle Gurwitch is a lady who happens to be an author, who happens to have reached 50. And she’s not happy about it…in fact she’s pretty depressed about it. But she has still managed to write a very funny book about it.   From the New York Times: I’m Not Getting Better, I’m Getting
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Matchmakers Help Those Over 60 Handle Dating’s Risks and Rewards

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March 29, 2014

As daunting as the dating game may be for the young, it can pose just as many challenges for those over 60 as well. And matchmakers/counselors are finding a whole new set of clientele as they help ease this age group back into the pool.   From the New York Times: Matchmakers Help Those
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Four Play, the musical

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March 29, 2014

Four Play, the musical is a show that the playwright hopes will do for men the same thing that the play, “Menopause” did for women..make them more aware of their bodies and what’s going on with them as they age.   From WNYT.com: Four Play, the musical Return Home
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Don’t Worry, Get Botox

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March 23, 2014

If you’ve heard, and scoffed at,  the saying, it’s easier to be happy when you’re smiling, perhaps you should save your snickering for another day. New research has shown that depression can often be treated by administering patients with Botox–and thereby preventing them from frowning. And despite what you might be thinking, the city
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Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s

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March 23, 2014

Why are some people more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s than others? It may have to do with a protein called REST, and whether its decline is a cause or result of brain deterioration.   From the New York Times: Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s Return Home
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Why High Impact Exercise Is Good For Your Bones

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March 23, 2014

Despite what people may say about running and jumping and the stress it puts on your joints, a new study has found that young people and healthy adults should pound the ground…at least sometimes. It’s good for increasing bone density. And Easter is coming…so, take some cues from the Easter Bunny…hop around!    
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Forgetting Keeps Us Sane

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March 23, 2014

It is obvious that as we age our memory fails us more times than we’d like. But new research has shown that not remembering everything–every face, voice, word, message, etc. in fact, keeps us from overloading.   From Salon.com: Forgetting Keeps Us Sane Return Home
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Is Speed Reading Possible?

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March 16, 2014

Spritz is a new app that claims to be able to get you to read an entire novel in minutes. The question is…do you really want to?   From The Atlantic: Is Speed Reading Possible? Return Home
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What Comes After Rich Boomers? Kids With a Big Inheritance

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March 16, 2014

Lots of Baby Boomers are making big bucks–much of it self acquired rather than inherited. So when the time comes for the scions of the Boomers to inherit these fortunes, the wealth distribution of the US may create a very, very top-heavy scenario.   From the New York Times: What Comes After Rich Boomers?
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Married Women Less Likely to Die From Heart Disease

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March 16, 2014

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US, so this news about married women not dying of it as often as unmarried women, is interesting. But, the study that discovered this result could not come up with a reason why it was true, so we hope all those single women
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A Jewish Girl’s Love Letter to Loehmann’s

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March 9, 2014

When the discount designer clothing store Loehmann’s announced it was closing, it was equivalent to the shot heard around the world to Jewish girls of a certain age.   From TIME: A Jewish Girl’s Love Letter to Loehmann’s Return Home
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Alzheimer’s Deaths Vastly Underreported, Study Says

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March 9, 2014

When over 5 million people die of Alzheimer’s a year, studies have found that reports erroneously state a much smaller number. When other medical issues are involved, the Alzheimer’s diagnosis tends to get overlooked…or unreported.   From Newsweek.com: Alzheimer’s Deaths Vastly Underreported, Study Says Return Home
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Daylight Savings Time May Have Health Costs

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March 9, 2014

For some, springing ahead might reveal the light at the end of the snowy, icy cold tunnel we’ve been hiding in for the past few months–and jubilation abounds. But for others, fiddling with the clocks, times, and added daylight might also cause many health risks, sleep deprivation being one of them.   From the
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