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(Editor’s Note: As we close out Women’s History Month, let’s give accolades to these remarkable women who have managed to defy Mother Nature and Father Time! Something to look forward)

Tina Turner's Tips for staying sexy at 70 as she embarks on another world tour

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Her face is remarkably unlined, her figure as trim as ever and those famous legs are still sensational. At 69, Tina Turner seems to just get better and better
with age - a phenomenon the singer believes is down to a combination of great style, health and attitude. And now, after an eight year retirement that everyone including Tina - believed was final, the evergreen soul star is doing a comeback tour. Tina has been a legendary performer since the early 60s but her second taste of the big time began in 1985, with the multi-million selling album Private Dancer. Tina was already 47 then, an age when many rock stars are looking to slow down. However, the sexy star has always thought age was irrelevant. "A 50-year-old woman is equivalent to 40 when I was growing up," she insists. "If you take care of yourself, 60 is nothing for women these days. In today's world you can be the kind of woman you want to be."

Read More: http://www.bluwater.org/2014/03/tina-turners-tips-for-staying-sexy-at.html

 

Big Retirement Mistake: Thinking You Know When To Claim Social Security, When You Don't

Finance

Big Retirement Mistake: Thinking You Know When To Claim Social Security, When You Don't

Think you know enough about Social Security to make the best decision aboutwhen to claim your benefits? Join the crowd. In a just released survey of 55 and older workers, 24% say they are “very confident” and another 53% described themselves as “somewhat confident” that they know enough to make that big decision.The catch is, when the same folks took an eight question quiz about crucial Social Security rules, just 5% got all the answers right. Another 22% got 7 correct, while 45% got 3 or more wrong. Workers can start their Social Security checks anywhere from age 62 until 70, but just 40% knew that the percentage increase in monthly benefits from a two year delay was somewhere between “11% and 20%” (it’s 14%), meaning most did not know the value of delaying Social Security, a crucial matter. (The “full” Social Security retirement age for those born between 1943 and 1954 is 66, but you can claim Social Security retirement benefits anywhere from 62 to 70, with your monthly check increased for each month you wait; a worker gets a 76% higher benefit if he claims at 70 than he would at 62. Essentially, by delaying your Social Security claim, you’re buying an inflation indexed annuity from Uncle Sam far more cheaply than you could purchase it from even a low-cost private annuity provider. The payoff to waiting has gotten even sweeter in recent years, due to rising life expectancy and falling interest rates, making it wise for most boomers to wait until well past 62 to start benefits.)

Read More: www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2014/03/11/big-retirement-mistake-thinking-you-know-when-to-claim-social-security-when-you-dont/:

   

Oprah Set To Raise Money for VA Democrat

Politics

Oprah Set to Raise Money for Va. Democrat
Washington Informer, News Report,


Television mogul Oprah Winfrey, who played a key role in the election of President Obama in 2008, will hold a fundraiser for Lavern Chatman, the former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League who is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D).Chatman said that she is pleased to have Winfrey's support for the event, scheduled for April 5 in Arlington."Oprah is a good friend and we both share a passion for empowering women and girls for leadership," Chatman said. "I'm delighted she is coming to town to help with my congressional campaign."Chatman is one of 10 Democrats running for Moran's seat. If she is successful, she will be the first black woman to represent Virginia in the U.S. Congress and the state's second black House member.

Read more http://newamericamedia.org/2014/03/oprah-set-to-raise-money-for-
va-democrat.php

   

Eating Well Over 50: Nutrition and Diet Tips For Healthy Eating As You Age

Health

Eating Well Over 50: Nutrition and Diet Tips for Healthy Eating as You Age

For adults over 50, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be about dieting and sacrifice. Whatever your age, eating well should be all about fresh, colorful food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating with friends.

-Feed the Body, Mind, and Soul

-What Your Body Needs

-Tips For Wholesome Eating

-Changing Dietary Needs

-Tips for Creating a Well Balanced Diet

-Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Eating

-Tips for Staying on Track

Healthy eating over 50: Feeding the body, mind and soul

Remember the old adage, you are what you eat? Make it your motto. When you choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins you’ll feel vibrant and healthy, inside and out.

-Live longer and stronger – Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia. Also, eating sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient-dense foods, keeping weight in check.

-Sharpen the mind – Key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read More: http://www.helpguide.org/life/senior_nutrition.htm

   

"Aging in Place" features for the home gain higher profile as Baby Boomers get older

Lifestyles

Aging-in-place” features for the home gain higher profile as Baby Boomers get older"

By Wendy A. Jordan,

Washington Post

Susie McSweeny built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design.


At 72 and 65, Tom and Susie McSweeny love to ballroom dance. “Tom does a mean samba,” Susie says.Still, Tom has arthritis. So, despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the des“You have to be realistic,” says Susie, who hasbackground in nursing. You don’t know what health issues you may develop as you get older, but “you try to plan for it so that you can enjoy your later years.” The McSweenys said they wanted to prepare their home now so that those accessibility features would be ready and waiting. Aging-in-place design choices are gaining a higher profile as baby boomers become a larger and larger segment of the population. According to AARP, the majority of older Americans want to stay in their homes permanently and live independently. This demographic change translates into demand for residential designs that anticipate changes in health, vision or mobility, and ensures that homes stay safe, comfortable and

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