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In early March, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging again put the spotlight on common fraud schemes directed at America’s seniors at a panel hearing, “Stopping Senior Scams.” At the Senate panel hearing, held in Dirksen Senate Office Building 562, the Committee officially released its…

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For many cultures around the world, solar eclipses are seen as supernatural, and can be a source of fear. There are investment superstitions as well, which can give us a sense of control over the future, but also amplify our biases

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While many view Alzheimer’s Dementia as a devastating disease afflicting person well into their later retirement years, Jacob Vinton (“Jake”) knows better than that. The 57-year-old is one of an estimated 200,000 persons (out of five million Americans) who today have been diagnosed with earl…

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In early December, the GOP-controlled Senate passed by a partisan vote of 51 to 49 its sweeping tax rewrite (with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee siding with the Democrats and opposing the measure), sending the $1.4 trillion tax package, detailed in a 492-page bill, to the Conference…

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Autism affects tens of millions worldwide. For the third annual UBS Global Autism Innovation Roundtable, UBS brought together families and activists passionate about autism – with a focus on building better futures. The event was held at The Els Center for Excellence, founded by Ernie and Li…

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With America’s baby boomers beginning to turn age 80 in 2026, days ago, the Washington, D.C.-based AARP released Scorecards detailing how each state spends its dollars on long-term services and supports (LTSS) to assist older adults and adults with disabilities. The report findings revealed …

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A 2014 American Psychological Association survey showed that responsibility for financial decision-making often isn’t shared. And that’s not good, particularly when it comes to retirement planning, says Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, author of Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom and f…

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Parents of a child with special needs often worry about that child’s long-term care. But parents who leave a disabled child’s assets in his name may be unwittingly cutting him off from government-sponsored services, which are often the best programs for special schooling and camps, life skil…

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Parents of a child with special needs often worry about that child’s long-term care. But parents who leave a disabled child’s assets in his name may be unwittingly cutting him off from government-sponsored services, which are often the best programs for special schooling and camps, life skil…

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As George M. Cohan’s famous musical once lauded, “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway,” Mark and Nancy Shorrock, have discovered that their “home away from home” is a mere seven minutes away. While some people take to the internet, or some plug into television, the Shorrock’s discovered a long tim…

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Mahatma Gandhi counselled, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” One never stops learning.

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As 2017 approaches, it is a time one naturally reflects on the year that has past, the people we have lost, and look towards what the incoming year will hold. Newspapers also look back of the interesting stories that shaped the news, too. This “aging beat” columnist reflected on his coverage…

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Some people will tell you that nothing is for certain in life but death and taxes. But, Author Nora Hall adds another truism for us to think about. That is, retirement guarantees that couples are going to face new issues in their relationship. No ifs, ands or buts.

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“I say, ‘Bah Humbug’ to these things! We don’t need these things to feel the holidays. We feel the holidays – the holy days – by focusing on the Kingdom of God, here and now!”

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A few days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving, the nation’s oldest tradition. Over 48 million Americans traveled a minimum of 50 miles to spend this national holiday with family and friends, and a whopping 46 million turkeys were carved at these gatherings, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, st…

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At a church service, a minister offered an invitation for people to come forth to the altar for prayer. Then the minister encouraged, “At the altar, we have some of the church leaders who are available to offer you prayers of healing.” And with that, he gestured with a sweeping motion indica…

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Just days ago, Louis A. Marciano came to St. Paul’s Church on a mission to get his fellow Pawtucket Rotarians more involved in Rotary International’s efforts to create a polio-free world. Marciano, a former Mount Pleasant High School football player, a coach, a World War II veteran who fough…

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Some time ago, I heard a story about the Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher, Thomas Carlyle. He had finished a massive undertaking; a manuscript on the French Revolution. When he completed the manuscript, Carlyle sent it to his friend, John Stuart Mill.

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A new report released by United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute, using feedback directly gathered from caregivers in focus groups, provides valuable insight as to how video instruction and training materials can be improved to help caregivers provide medication and wound care …

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Currently 18 million people across the nation provide assistance with activities of daily living, transportation, finances, wound care and giving injections to their aging parents, spouses, family and friends. AARP Rhode Island estimates that 148,000 Rhode Islanders are caregivers. The futur…

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In 2010, when Michael Cassidy retired as Pawtucket’s Director of Planning & Redevelopment after working for the municipality for 40 years, he had no intentions of easing himself into full-time employment. While he was retiring to “retirement” he had every intention to remain active for t…

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Have you ever felt as though you don’t have the strength to keep going? Are you in the midst of a setback? Or, maybe, the task before you seems too big to handle?

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Some events by their nature require advance planning. Weddings, anniversary celebrations and vacations are just a handful of activities everyone has had to prepare for well ahead of the scheduled date. Well, astronomers have very unique sky events that we are aware of years or even decades i…

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Approaching their twilight years, aging baby boomers might occasionally think about their impending mortality, even contemplating what happens after their last breath is taken, wondering what lies beyond the veil. But a growing number of people who have reported Near Death Experiences (NDE) …

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Advice, beyond investing: Fraud is more prevalent than ever. Many clients are concerned about the impact that an instance of fraud can have on their accounts, and credit rating. Here are some important tips and actions you might consider taking to protect yourself.

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It’s not a long highway, but it may be the most important one in the region for Woonsocket and its economic well-being.

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One evening after the sun set, my children and I were in the kitchen making brownies from a box mix. The children and I love to bake. In a large bowl, my oldest daughter whisked together the dry brownie mix, two fresh eggs, oil and water. But by mistake, my youngest daughter added twice as m…

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Because variety is the spice of life, I’ve decided to break up the series of renewable energy technologies, alternating them with some other columns that I have planned about gardening and food topics.

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The first piece of advice we give clients who have inherited significant wealth is “take your time.” Before making big decisions, you may need time to grieve for the loved one you have lost, sort through what has been left, and assess your own perspectives on investments, spending, and even …

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Expect the nation’s Social Security program to be fully-funded for nearly two decades, and Medicare’s solvency to continue courtesy of health care reforms. Social Security beneficiaries may even get a very small .2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) next year but will get whacked with …

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How hard would be the disappointment? You’ve trained for years to acquire a medal at the Rio Olympics. And then the unthinkable happens. You develop a respiratory or intestinal infection just before the event. It’s an unmitigated disaster of unparalleled proportions, never to be forgotten. S…

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Next year, look for the policy debate in the Rhode Island General Assembly to heat up with Gov. Dan McKee’s Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC) release of a 60-page report in June documenting the skyrocketing growth of the state’s older populati…

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In today’s uncertain market environment, it can be especially challenging to ensure that you’ll have enough retirement income and the growth to prolong the purchasing power of that income for up to 30 years or longer. Let's pinpoint and implement the right income strategies for your situatio…

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Although the millennial generation has grown up surrounded with interactive technology, spending thousands of hours playing video games, baby boomers are technologically plugged in, too. According to a new survey released in the beginning of June by AARP and the Entertainment Software Associ…

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One of the most important memories for a priest is the number of sacramental ministrations he performed throughout his years of administration. One day recently when there was some quiet time, I decided, with my secretary, to count the number of these ministrations.