On Our Radar: Retirement Blues, Diabetes News and Summer Camp for Grown-ups
The latest debate over the massive health-care overhaul passed by Congress this summer: Can it keep Medicare alive? According to Kathleen Sebelius, who heads the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the answer is a resounding "yes," with the program looking robust through 2029. But (you knew that was coming, right?) some critics claim she's cherry-picking the details. Here's a smart analysis in The Wall Street Journal that lets you draw your own conclusions.
Great news for people living with diabetes: Researchers have developed a wireless sensor that can be implanted in the body and automatically monitors glucose levels. The first human trial begins this fall.
What's the biggest mistake people make regarding retirement? According to U.S. News & World Report, it's thinking of it as an event far in the future, rather than something to start planning for with your very first paycheck.
OK, this isn't exactly a cheery list, but it sure is useful: 10 ways people ruin their retirement, from author Mark Miller. (Hint: Things like when you retire and how long you think you may live all make a much bigger difference than you might think.)
Also helpful: a rundown of retirement calculators from MoneyWatch.
Speaking of leisure time, would you believe summer camp for grown-ups? Pass the s'mores!
Which begs the question, will Hollywood ever get the memo that a majority of ticket buyers are actually, you know, adults, and finally begin to tailor entertainment to baby boomers?
It would be a smart move. Look how it turned out for Matt Weiner, the creator of Mad Men. Our own Patrick J. Kiger explains why the award-winning drama resonates so strongly.
Dude! New research shows (again) that baby boomers are more hip than nonboomers think.
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