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What does your bank account cost? It pays to check. new! The recent
announcement by the First National Bank of Chicago that it would charge its banking
customers $3 every time they used the services of a teller triggered angry reactions from
consumers around the country.
Gloria Francis helps seniors and her bank. When someone talks about senior banking in Colorado Springs, the first person to come to mind is Gloria Francis. For almost twenty years her name has been synonymous with seniors, not only in banking, but in social issues as well.
Banks can help fight fraud against seniors. Older people have long been a target of con artists. Yet a lesser known but perhaps far more prevalent problem is beginning to gain attention - fleecing of the elderly by family members or care givers.
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The do's and don'ts of gift giving. new! One of the greatest joys for parents and grandparents is providing for their children and grandchildren - helping them succeed or survive difficult financial times when necessary. Making a financial gift sounds easier than it is, however. Here are the three most important questions you should ask yourself before making a gift.
Reverse mortgage field is widening. Growing competition in the reverse mortgage field means older homeowners now have more options than ever before in turning their home equity into retirement income.
Which investments are best for a tax-deferred account? The key advantage of stashing money in a tax-deferred retirement account isn't just that you'll pay less to the government this year, but that your investments will compound faster than in a taxable account. The result is usually a larger retirement nest egg even after the funds are taxed upon withdrawal.
What the Pro's consider when choosing mutual funds. Have you walked down the cereal aisle of your grocery store lately? Today, there are more brands of cereal - and more varieties of each brand - than ever before. It can be difficult to make sure you get what you really want, but if you make a bad selection, you're only out a few dollars.
Plan ahead to avoid tax traps when using retirement funds. When it comes to retirement planning, the first thing most people worry about is putting enough money away to finance a comfortable future.
Men and osteoporosis A silent disease that results from a loss of bone mass, osteoporosis can progress, sometimes for decades, without any outward signs, until a sufferer has a fracture. This crippling disease thins and weakens bones throughout the body, including the spine, and can lead to fractures in the bones of the spinal column.
Nutrition Comes Of Age In The 20th Century Nutrition was barely a science at the turn of the 20th century. Even today, most researchers probably would agree that the best is yet to come. That said, the 20th century brought great advances in the discovery of essential nutrients, their roles in disease prevention and the translation of this information into nutritional policy.
Federal agencies have free health information. Want to know the latest research on angioplasty? What about how to lower your high blood pressure? Or general information on exercise, menopause or how to get a good night's sleep?
Studies confirm exercise helps seniors sleep Older people who exercise moderately on a regular basis take less time getting to sleep at night and generally sleep longer and more soundly than their sedentary counterparts.This was the finding of sleep researchers at the Stanford Center for Research and the Emory University Sleep Disorders Program in Atlanta.
Even a few pounds less can help seniors' health. Once again, Americans are being warned to count the calories and skim the fat. Despite an increase during the 1980s in the number of people who joined fitness clubs or reported some daily exercise, new studies show that fried and fatty food and sedentary lifestyles are again ascendant and causing more American waistlines to swell to dangerous proportions.
Brain studies may change theories about aging. A brain is a terrible thing to waste. To this, Marian Cleeves Diamond readily concurs, saying, "Use it or lose it.". In three decades of brain research, Diamond has helped revolutionize the way we think about aging. "We now know that with proper stimulation and an enriched environment, the human brain can continue to develop at any age," she said, speaking from her office in the university's department of integrative biology.
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Ireland is unique in all its aspects Reflecting on a week just spent in Ireland I keep returning to a high point which was totally unexpected. I hadn't realized how marvelous it would be to visit a foreign country where English is the native tongue.
Wendy's Story As my days in the travel business grow larger and ever more frantic, I sometimes ponder my motives for continuing. As I struggle against diminishing financial returns and increasing stress, I wonder if it is the gypsy in me, always packed and ready for a new adventure, or just tenacity that drives me. Then, on a particularly frenzied afternoon, Linda called to put it all into perspective,
Austin museum acquires art treasures. AUSTIN, Texas For years it was a small, struggling art museum crammed into two buildings on the University of Texas campus. Then through a storybook scenario it acquired one of the worlds greatest private collections of Renaissance and Baroque art.
Fitness vacations beckon to healthful boomers. Vacation-bound baby boomers are booking fewer hedonistic holidays in favor of fitness and spa sojourns. Travel industry experts say that amusement and indulgence are on the way out, while fostering optimum health and fitness, and body/mind relaxation are becoming increasingly in.
Go-Underground to glimpse Seattle's unusual past. SEATTLE -- Things might drop on you. Rats and cockroaches abound. And, well, it smells. bad.Other than that, the underground tour of Seattle is an entertaining and adventurous way to learn about the citys checkered past. What a contrast to todays spectacular city.
Three museums in San Francisco share artistic rebirth. Like three sisters, the three major museums of San Francisco have overcome rivalries rooted in their origins to seek a new, mature and vibrant beauty. In January 1995, the sensational new building for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, opened with worldwide attention on the museum's 60th anniversary.
Eerie Idaho landscape resembles moon. If you've ever envied the astronauts who have had a close-up look at the moon, you can get an idea of what they experienced by journeying only as far as Idaho. Here, in the southern part of the state, are landscapes similar to those on the moon. The dominant feature of the area is the scabrous, lava-covered Snake River Plain. Extending 300 miles east to west and 60 miles across at its widest point, the plain forms an oval roughly bounded by the towns of Idaho Falls and Pocatello on the east, Twin Falls to the southwest, and Arco on the north.
Old farms drawing modern travelers. You just can't keep `em down on the farm. But you can sure bring `em back for a breath of fresh air. In idyllic rural settings across the country, modern travelers are stopping at a fascinating breed of tourist attractions to get a first-hand sense of life on the farm.
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