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‘Biza Chair’ Wins Stanford Center’s Chair Challenge

The Stanford Center on Longevity has named “Biza Chair,” a student entry from Brazil’s Centro Universitário Newton Paiva, as the winner of its “Chair Challenge” – a one-time special prize associated with the Center’s annual Design Challenge competition. The Biza Chair team describes its entry as seeking to provide ergonomically accurate support for older persons, based on clinical studies and in-lab experiments. “Biza,” the team explains, is a colloquial term in Brazilian Portuguese for “nana” or “grandma.”

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Talk Show Hosts Draw Attention of Generational Journalists

Generations Beat Online, an e-publication for journalists who write about issues that affect older people, is praising “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and, at the same time, slamming “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah for aging-related remarks the two comedians made about newly installed HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

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Parents Assuming Children’s College Debt Could Signal Trouble

A new study shows that the parents who take on the greatest college debt repayments tend to be those who are black, have two children 17 or older with college-related debt, have a college degree themselves, and are upper-middle income or high-income earners. The average debt was around $21,000. High-income parents repay an estimated $30,000 in college debt on their child’s behalf. This could have implications for parents, such as delaying retirement.

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Questions Loom about Student Loan Repayment for Older Borrowers

The Government Accountability Office’s recent analysis of characteristics of student loan debt using data from the Departments of Education (DoEd), Treasury, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) from fiscal years 2001- 2015 shows that for older borrowers subject to offset for the first time, about 43 percent had held their student loans for 20 years or more. In addition, three-quarters of those older borrowers had taken loans only for their own education, and most owed less than $10,000 at the time of their initial offset.

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Free Service Links Consumers with Certified IT Pros

The annual online shopping frenzy is in session, which means consumers need to be on the lookout for cyber scams, from phishing emails to malicious advertisements, fraudulent apps and illegitimate coupons and surveys.

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10 Questions Adult Children Should Ask their Elderly Parents

As the years go by and mom and dad age, life can become complicated.  Certain things are practically impossible to prepare for, while others, like finances, can and should be organized and taken care of early on.  What do you need to know about your parents’ finances?   &nb...

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Floridians: Beware of Charity Scams and Fraud

When disaster hits, communities rally to support those affected. If you're interested in helping those distressed by Hurricane Matthew, visit USA.gov. If you decide to donate money to charities, make sure you do your due diligence on the charity you're giving to. The Federal Emergency M...

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Retiree Tax Map Pinpoints Most, Least Tax-Friendly States

Kiplinger has revealed its annual list of the most and least tax-friendly states for retirees. Kiplinger’s 2016 Retiree Tax Map reveals senior tax breaks across all 50 states, and compares taxes on income (including Social Security benefits, pensions and other forms of retirement income), property, everyday purchases and, ultimately, your estate.

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Want to Know the Best, Worst Cities for People with Disabilities?

With October being Disability Employment Awareness Month, the unemployment rate for persons with a disability rising and 2015 disability benefits barely enough to keep a beneficiary above 2014 poverty levels, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.

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Census Data on Senior Poverty Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the official poverty statistics for 2015. Although the trends are positive and the poverty rate for seniors has decreased, the official statistics don’t tell the full story on senior poverty in the United States, especially as it relates to women and communities of color.

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