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Dental Care Transforms Substance Abusers: The Proof Is in The Smile

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What’s it like to go from living on the streets looking for your next fix to working the front desk at the Mayor’s Office? Ask Destiny Garcia, one of several recovery patients to benefit from dental treatment in a recent three-year study at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Researchers found that those receiving dental care stayed in treatment about twice as long as those who...

A Teacher’s Heart Never Retires: Many Find Meaning Through New Opportunities

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Once a teacher… After years of serving in a public school, retirement can be bittersweet. There are things you probably won’t miss: lack of supplies, weekends spent grading, the 1952 coffee maker in the teacher’s lounge…the list goes on. Maybe you were able to find some comic relief by doing your best Rodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get no respect!” But then...

Top Volunteer Organizations for Retirees

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If retirement is a challenging transition for you, you’re not alone. Volunteering is a great way to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, and perhaps uncover talents and interests you never knew you had. Who knows, it could be the most rewarding work of your life. Plus, you get to set your own schedule, participating as much or as little...

Rock Star & Dentist Bring Big Smiles to Island in Need

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Each year, musical artist Lenny Kravitz and his dentist, Dr. Jonathan Levine, join forces to light up hundreds of faces on Eleuthera, Kravitz’s home island in the Bahamas. Levine has been Kravitz’s dentist and friend for the past two decades. This year, Levine’s GLO Good Foundation teamed up with Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation to provide free dental care to more than 400 Eleuthera...

Retirement Block Party Makes A Life-Long Dream Come True

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Recently, after 34 years of delivering mail in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin decided to retire. At the end of his last day, the neighborhood surprised him with a block party of more than 300 people. This included kids he gave lollipops, dogs he gave biscuits, and everyone for whom he always had a smile and a wave. “When we met Floyd,” recalls one neighbor, “it was like he was an old...

NEED AN AMBULANCE?

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YOU MIGHT NEED ANOTHER ONE WHEN YOU SEE THE BILL. Medicare doesn’t cover medical emergency transportation. Yet if you need to be transported by air, that could cost you $50,000 or more. Fortunately, there’s a solution. Through your association and AMBA, you can enroll in a plan from Medical Air Services Association (MASA), the premier provider of pre-paid medical transportation...

Stroke Update: Aspirin Is Out, Dancing Is In

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Remember back in the 80s when everyone and their uncle started taking aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks? According to a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, a daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on prolonging life in healthy seniors. To the contrary, prolonged consumption increases the risk for severe bleeding and hemorrhaging.  Both the American Heart...

PREPARE FOR THE BEST

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Prepare for the worst. For many retirees, that’s been the mindset since Americans started retiring in 1935. It’s time for a new mindset. Instead of preparing for the worst, what if you did the opposite? Prepare for the best! The purpose of supplemental insurance, for example, isn’t for you to worry about your teeth, your blood pressure and 20 million other things. The purpose is...

Your Eyes Are A Window To Your Health, Not Just Your Soul

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As profound and spiritual as the saying may be, it turns out that our eyes are far more than mere windows to our souls. They can, and often do hint at larger issues for other parts and systems in the human body. Eye doctors have long known that immediate indicators for larger diseases like diabetes sit right inside the eye. Routine comprehensive eye exams will highlight several leading hints of...

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