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Brain Power

What you eat isn't only fuel for your body, it's also fuel for your brain.

We've all heard "use it or lose it." This is especially true when it comes to protecting your brain's cognitive health. Cognitive health refers to healthy brain function, and to the skills people use everyday, such as: the ability to learn, remember, make decisions, think abstractly, reason, and even appreciate beauty. However, many Americans don't pay attention to their brain health, which can potentially lead to poor health, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

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Stephen F. Barnes

Stephen F. Barnes, PhD, is a professor at San Diego State University and co-founder, along with Patrick Davis, of the Institute for Applied Critical Thinking, a non-profit organization focused on helping Boomers develop the skills they need to transition into retirement ... or not.

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John L. Hawkins

John L. Hawkins is Advisor Media's CEO, CTO and Editorial Director, and oversees all Advisor publications, online services, live events, and technology.

A life-long media guy, John has held executive, content creation, and technical positions in radio and television broadcasting and production, computer systems, software development, advertising and marketing communications, cable TV engineering, manufacturing, and business management consulting.

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More Boomers plan to work well past "normal" retirement age, a shift that will affect everyone.

Retirement is one of the most significant life transitions, and current Senior "retirees" and the 78 million Baby Boomers just behind them are re-writing the rules. No longer satisfied with just a retirement dinner and commemorative watch, then endless days of golf, or arts and crafts at the local Senior Center, many of us want a lot more out of our "golden years." In fact, many of us aren't planning to retire anytime soon -- if ever.

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Eat right to feel right

Here are some great ways to feel good at any age.

We've all heard that our 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s the new 50s, and so on. As we grow older, we want to live healthier and stronger than our parents. But how?

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Where to buy CDs?

Playing music on a computer or iPod or similar is good, but there are times and places where what I need is a standard CD. But I don't find very much true Boomer music in retail stores. Where is a good place to shop for all the "good" songs?

John L. Hawkins
Your home has equity

A home equity line of credit is popular, but is it smart? Learn how to get the cash you need while keeping your home and finances safe and sound.

A Home Equity Line of Credit, or HELOC (pronounced hee-lock) as it is called in my industry, has become as common as SUVs and Starbucks. If you don't have one, I bet you know someone who does. People use HELOCs as an easy way to get lots of cash.
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ADVISOR ANSWERS

Q: What is pre-diabetes? How is it different from Type 2 diabetes?
-- Malcolm M. in Boston, Massachusetts

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Plan now for an Advanced Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney, before you and loved ones need to use it.

Several times a month, a call comes into Elder Law and Advocacy's office in San Diego that goes something like this: "Hello, my wife (husband, or parent) has advanced Alzheimer's disease and her doctor told me I need to get power of attorney. Can you help me?"

Misconceptions about creating and using a power of attorney for health care or finances creates problems for many families. Here's what you need to know.

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Stephen F. Barnes

Living longer, healthier lives, Boomers are rejecting their parents' version of retirement -- and changing their future in the process.

Like every other phase in their lives, Boomers are busy redefining retirement -- "busy" being the key word.

San Diego State University professor Dr. Stephen Barnes, a specialist in adult learning and Boomer issues, discusses some of the many choices Boomers are facing, the effect these are having on the workplace, and the future world Boomers are inventing for themselves.

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