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How you feel about aging has a direct impact on how well you age, science shows.

So you want to be cremated. That's not your last decision.

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Most Minnesotans are choosing cremation, but many are not doing enough to make the final plans for their remains.
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Steven Petrow's new book gives ideas on how to age better than the generations before us.
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Five things to know to use a tax-saving HSA to pay for medical expenses
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Don't let Social Security steer you wrong

Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can…
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Hayley Mills on the pressures of staying 'Forever Young'

The former Disney star discusses her new book and the challenges of being tied to childhood roles well into adulthood.
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Peter Watson is a University of Minnesota professor in the department of speech, language and hearing sciences.

The sound of your voice can reveal your age — here's how to keep it vibrant

Your voice can weaken as you age. A U professor explains how to keep it sounding strong.
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Get a hobby! Former WCCO anchor Don Shelby shows us why older people need one – or five

The importance of finding meaningful pursuits as we get older — starring Renaissance man Don Shelby.
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The new nomads: Older adults find life on the road satisfying

For older adults, staying on the move can offer adventure and keep life unpredictable and interesting.
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They didn't expect to retire early. The pandemic changed their plans.

Many Americans have decided to retire early since the coronavirus pandemic began.
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She started a 'Buzz' in her independent living residence

Looking for answers in the pandemic, Diana Wiener's newsletter caused a stir in her independent living residence.
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My Good Life: Swimming with the loons and finding peace

A grieving widow finds solace swimming in a beloved childhood lake.
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Elizabeth Mack and her granddaughter.

What my granddaughter taught this white grandmother about race

Through my biracial granddaughter's experiences, I am learning that I must speak up on the issue of race.
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Retired Dr. Tony Stifter and Carol Giuliani, owner of Senior Travel Companion Services, on a tour of Scotland in 2018.

St. Anthony: How a lawyer built a business helping seniors take their dream trips

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Older travelers have been the first to burst out of the gate as travel returns.
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Older Americans' pandemic purchases range from sensible to silly

Some spark delight, while others bring buyer's remorse.
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Reverse snowbirds: Why some retirees are moving back Up North later in life

More people in late retirement are returning to Minnesota for — you guessed it — the quality of life.
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How the pandemic has shaken up our retirement prospects

If you can, working a little longer can make a big difference.
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A plea to white friends: Use your outside voices!

An "Influencer in Aging" makes a call to action on racial injustice.
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Mick Jagger gives us our first truly rocking COVID-19 anthem

His "Easy Sleazy" succeeds where other pandemic art has failed.
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True confessions of a 60-year-old video gamer

What you need to know to start playing video games like a millennial.
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How some older Minnesotans are learning to live well with chronic pain

Almost everyone experiences it. But health care providers are increasingly looking past opioids to alternative methods of coping with chronic pain.