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It's true the holidays can be stressful. Stress from traveling, spending money, shopping for last-minute gifts, cooking for large groups, and so many other activities can make the holidays hectic. I feel stressed just looking over that list! We need to put more quietness in our lives this season, wouldn't you agree?

Here are my suggestions for managing stress and having a merrier and more relaxing holiday season:

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that the online Retirement Estimator, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator, now can provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates to people who have enrolled in Medicare but have not yet filed for Social Security benefits.

Previously, these  “Medicare only beneficiaries would need to contact a local office in order to obtain an estimate of their benefits. Currently, about a half-million people file for Medicare each year and delay filing for Social Security benefits.

To keep reporters up to date with the latest developments on the age beat, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is proud to host a series of press briefings and a journalists networking reception at its upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The program schedule additionally offers over 400 other scientific sessions featuring research presented for the first time. The meeting  the country's largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of aging  will take place from November 18 to 22 at the Hilton Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The majority of people aged 65 and over cast ballots for John McCain in 2008, but older voters will not necessarily favor Republicans in future presidential elections, according to an article in the latest issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 49, No. 5).

Author Robert Binstock, PhD, a renowned authority on seniors voting patterns, analyzed data from the 2008 national Election Day exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, which was financed by major television networks, newspapers, and magazines.

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