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April 6, 2017
Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain
Learning dance steps not only helps you get exercise and provides a social outlet, but scientists have learned that it also helps your brain health as you age. Plus, it is just plain fun! All the more reason to head out and learn salsa, country dancing, contra-dancing -- or even take a local Zumba class! (You don't have to be perfect, just enjoy it!)
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March 3, 2017
Possible Changes in Affordable Care Act Benefits for Medicare Recipients
As a volunteer for a New York City based commuinty lobbying/advocacy organization, Roberta Jacoby played a role in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013-14.  She helped promote it to the New York City community, apprising the public of the new law; handing out literature explaining its key features; and directing prospective participants to the ACA website or to ACA counsellors for additional information.  

Along with the group, Roberta consulted with local small businesses, talking with owners about ACA benefits for the businesses and their employees.  She has summarized the possible effects on Medicare recipients of recent proposals for repealing the law and substituting another plan.  Here are her observations.
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February 21, 2017
Medicare Rights Center: Under Premium Support, People with Medicare Could Pay More for Less
Currently, people with Medicare are all entitled to the same set of basic benefits, and the program treats all people with Medicare equally. Some policymakers support changing Medicare into a premium support program, which would mean people with Medicare would receive a voucher to purchase health coverage through a private plan or Original Medicare.
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June 1, 2016
Turning Point:
MAKING LIFE CHOICES [HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING, PART 12]

Life is filled with difficult choices, and making decisions about long-term goals can be especially challenging. When we select long-term goals, we generally try to choose the ones we think will make us happy. But, accurately predicting our happiness can be very difficult because no matter what strategies we use to try to sort out what we want, we’re susceptible to cognitive biases that can mislead us. To minimize the influence of these biases, it’s helpful to understand how they can affect the decision-making process.
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May 31, 2016
Am I Retired?
“Am I retired?” I asked my son. “I guess so,” he said. When I shifted from full-time work as a social entrepreneur to part-time consulting, there was no question: the IRS and I considered me employed. Then I tried my hand at personal essays. Now I work full-time writing creative nonfiction, but since the number of writers competing for publishers’ attention rivals the number of stars in the sky, writing is a buyers’ market. Magazines “buy” what I “sell,” but between you and me, I give it away. That’s what prompted my question.
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