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Say goodbye to the McMansion. According to a leading real estate website,, 2010 was officially the year that homes over 3,200 square feet ended their dominance and appeal. But don't think that downsizing means downgrading. In fact, homeowners are looking to upsize their amenities to help them enjoy every inch of their homes. And, while many different generations are following this trend, Boomers are a unique group, looking to enjoy their smaller nest now that the kids have flown the coop - yet ensure that their homes are filled with the many amenities they'll require for their golden years.
Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta If you didn't sign up for Medicare Part B medical insurance when you first became eligible for Medicare, you now have an opportunity to apply   but time is running out. The deadline for applying during the general enrollment period is March 31. If you miss the deadline, you may have to wait until 2013 to apply. Medicare Part B covers some medical expenses not covered by Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), such as doctors  fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical supplies and services.
Bringing home more for less This year, we'll be paying more than ever for dinner. Food prices jumped a whopping four to five percent in 2011 and are expected to continue rising in 2012, says the United States Department of Agriculture. But you can have your chocolate cake and eat it, too, without breaking the bank, says Toni House, author of “Savvy Shopping: How to Reduce Your Weekly Grocery Bill to $85 Per Week  or Less! (
It may hit you and your siblings when you visit Mom this Mother's Day. She's not as sharp as she used to be - very forgetful and confused. Is it just old age or Alzheimer's?  You don't have a clue and you're not alone. Half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer's, the deadly disease that affects five million of us - more women than men. Yet just in time for Mother's Day - in a recent Senior Helpers Alzheimer's Quiz taken by more than one thousand people, 67% or 2/3 failed (they got fewer than 60% of the questions correct)!  Have your readers/viewers take the full quiz below.
Older Floridians, who are living longer, healthier, and richer lives, were honored during May's Older Americans Month, and Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) celebrated by helping seniors learn how to save money on their utility bills.  “Seniors make up a significant portion of Florida's population, and we want to help them stretch their dollars to better enjoy a favorite activity or pass time, said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Bris “By meeting with seniors one-on-one, we can answer their questions while sharing conservation tips and providing assistance with other community resources.