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Grandparents Are Helping Pay for College

If you plan to help your grandchildren, here's what you need to know.

Estate Planning 101

Having a smart estate plan is essential for everyone—regardless of assets, age, or income. Here's what you need to know to build yours.

Volunteering Can Improve Your Health

The sense of satisfaction that comes from giving back may be the biggest benefit of volunteering.

Best Off-Season Getaways for Retirees

Travel experts share the best places to visit this fall, plus how to score a great deal.

Choose the Best Sunscreen for You

This expert guide will help you choose the best sunscreen for you.

Turn Your Hobby Into Income

Your hobby could have an unexpected upside: extra money.

Save Big on Summer Home Expenses

Slash your cooling costs and reduce your water bills with these simple tips.

Jump-Start Your Second Act on LinkedIn

If you're considering a second-act career, this social network can be the key to unlocking new opportunities.

Less Stress in 10 Minutes

Easy ways to feel more relaxed—fast.

4 Reasons to Go Back to School

Think your college days are behind you? More seniors than ever are headed back to the classroom.

Self-Employed? Make the Most of Your 401(k)

Learn how your solo status could make you eligible for bigger savings.

Suddenly Retired

What to do when you have to leave the workforce sooner than you planned.

Eating Smart After 50

Optimal nutrition changes as you age. Here's how.

Why Gardening Is So Good for You

Growing a green thumb could help you be happier and healthier.

4 Truths About Saving for Retirement

Retirees share insights about achieving success.

Play Catch Up—Even if You Don’t Need To

Learn how you can take advantage of 401(k) catch-up rules.

What Your Tax Return Reveals About Your Financial Health

Three insider tips that may help you plan for retirement.

Best Exercises for When You’re Short on Time

These four do-anywhere moves are perfect when you need a quick fitness fix.

3 Ways to Live Like a Retiree—Before You Retire

Experts share their best advice on how to get a taste of the retirement good life.

Sneaky Expenses That Can Wreck Your Budget

How to stop these five common small expenses from derailing your finances.

Clocking In After Retirement

Why so many retirees are pursuing second-act careers—and how to find yours.

Reduce Your Monthly Expenses in Retirement (Starting Today)

Four financial steps you can take right now that will pay off in the long run.

Spring Cleaning: Top Paperwork-Organizing Tips

An organizing expert shares simple ways to get a handle on clutter.

Simple Ways to Sit Less

Chronic prolonged sitting can put your health at risk. Here’s how to get out of your seat and onto your feet.

Get More from Your Marriage

Retirement planning may be the secret to ensure that you and your spouse will be happy for years to come.

Plan for Happiness

Discover what makes you truly happy and then create a financial plan that can support those goals.

Retire Happy

We reveal some key factors that boost happiness—and how you can make them part of your life.

What’s Your More?

Everyone has a retirement vision. These steps can help make the retirement lifestyle you’re dreaming of a reality.

Retirement, 2016 Style

Baby boomers are excited about the next big chapter in their lives—and they’re making the most of it.

The Best Is Yet to Come

Here’s why your retirement will usher in your happiest, most fulfilling years yet.

4 Habits of Happy Retirees

Nearly 75 percent of retirees say they are “happy” or “very happy.” You can be happy too with these habits.

Building Emotional Wealth

Retirement planning isn’t just a numbers game. Preparing for the emotional side is just as critical.

4 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Retirement

Finding the answers can make all the difference.

Men vs. Women in Retirement

Research shows there are key differences between the sexes when it comes to retirement planning.

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Experts weigh the pros and cons of this loan - to help you make a smart choice.

Pet Friends Matter

Four ways dogs are good for your overall well-being.

Tax Time: Don’t Overlook These Deductions

Before you send that return to the IRS, be sure you’re making the most of your available deductions.

4 Common Retirement Myths Busted

New research reveals that today’s retirees are living the life.

Secrets of Couples Who Stay Together

These four habits are the key to keeping romance alive into retirement.

Survive a Stock Market Dip

Experts share their best advice for weathering stormy markets and protecting your retirement funds.

Cold or Flu - Know the Difference

The sooner you know what’s really behind that cough or runny nose, the sooner you can get relief.

Easy Ways to Save Big This Winter

These simple tips can help keep more cash in your pockets all season long.

Subtle Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

These five seemingly harmless changes in your health could be warning signs of more serious issues. 

4 Simple Ways to Save More for Retirement

You can boost your savings even more by making small changes now that really add up down the road. 

Natural Ways to Boost Your Mood

Four easy and effective ways to lift your spirits all season long.

Signing Up for Medicare: What You Need to Know

An expert shares her advice on how to enroll and choose the best coverage for your needs. 

Getting Hired After 50

What older adults need to know when they’re back in the job market.

Make Your Retirement Money Last

These expert strategies can help ensure you’ll have what you need for years to come.

The Happier Marriage

Whether you’ve been married for 10 or 50 years, these simple habits can help bring the spark back to your relationship.

4 Fresh Summer Berry Recipes

Sweet, in-season, and full of vitamins and antioxidants, berries are a superfood you’ll want to enjoy!

Stay Sharp for Life

Five easy ways to keep your brain in tip-top shape for years to come.

Countdown to Retirement

Are you 10, five, or just one year away from becoming a retiree? Here’s what you can do today to be ready for retirement. 

5 No-Cook Summer Suppers

These recipes deliver delicious, satisfying dinners that are ideal for the steamiest of summer nights. 

When Not to Take the Senior Discount

Everyone likes a good deal, but there are times when opting out of a discount is the smarter choice.

Unwind Your Mind

Life gets stressful, but practicing mindfulness can help you feel calmer and be healthier.

5 Ways to Cut Your Retirement Costs

You may be able to retire sooner if you are willing to reduce your monthly expenses.

Spring Superfoods

These powerhouse choices pack in big flavor and even bigger health benefits. 

Invest in Your Friendships

It’s never too late to make a new friend. Here’s how companionship makes you happier and healthier.

Is a Retirement Community Right for You?

These are the key factors to consider before making your decision.

Protect Yourself Against Financial Scams

Elder financial abuse is often committed by family members. Learn how to keep your money safe.

The Secret to Living to 90 and Beyond

Adopt these six habits so you can live a long, healthy life.

Get Your Tax Refund Fast

Filing tour taxes soon after the New Year? Make sure these common pitfalls don’t delay your refund.

The Power of Reading

Your paperback is more than just a guilty pleasure—it’s good for your health.

The Best Time to Take Your Medication

Maximize the benefits—and minimize side effects—by taking your medications at the right time.

6 Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs

Keep your home warm and cozy without blowing your energy budget.

Your Healthiest Thanksgiving Choices

A festive dinner doesn’t have to mean giving up your healthy eating habits.

The Best Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

These four jobs put extra cash in your pocket and fill your days with purpose.

Cold Season Is Here: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself

You can fight off germs and stay healthier all winter long with these cold-proofing tips.

Smart Holiday Spending

Use these expert tips to get everyone on your list something they’ll love—while staying within your budget.

5 Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

Dodge these common pitfalls and you can be confident you’ll have what you need to live the lifestyle you want.

Protecting Your Legacy

You’ve saved enough to leave money behind for your heirs, but how can you be sure they’ll use it wisely?

The Upside of Downsizing

Instead of looking at paring down as a purge, think of it as a new source of income.

7 Summer Smoothies

Combining sweet fruit with hunger-busting protein, these icy delights will fill you up and cool you down on steamy days. 

Your Midyear Financial Checkup

Are you on track to reach the resolutions you set back in January? Ask these key questions to find out.

Healthy Iced-Tea Twists

Banish pitchers of boring iced tea this summer with nine refreshing updates.

Harness the Power of Your Smartphone

New ways to use your smartphone’s camera to get organized, enhance your memory, and stay on track.

Test-Drive Your Retirement

Are you truly ready for one of life’s biggest changes? These strategies can help you find the answer. 

Add Good Health to Your Retirement Plan

There are steps you can take (even before retirement) to put yourself on the path to better health.

Still Trying to Change Your Spouse?

Expert recommendations to healthfully handle your feelings and strengthen your relationship.