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Reuters recently reported that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that for obese people over age 64, the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is better for improving physical functioning than either form of exercise alone.  Aerobic exercise...

More tips for family caregivers: Most people think that drinking a diet soda is a healthy alternative to regular soda.  However, CNN reported that gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new...

    Are you or Have you been scammed? A review of more than 5 million fraud and other complaints filed with the FTC in 2015 and 2016 showed that consumers aged 60 and over primarily complained about imposter scams, along with telemarketing practices and tech support...

Another potential medical nightmare: obtaining medical records The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.  The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect...

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions (also known as a “Living Will”) authorizes your agent to make decisions about your care when you are unable to do so.  One of the most important sections of this form pertains to the ability to withdraw “life-sustaining treatment”. Many...

Engaging in regular physical exercise, eating a Mediterranean Diet, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation were all found to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in a recent study conducted in the United Kingdom.  In addition, preventing and treating...

A research team at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada suggests that getting vaccinated regularly now can protect us from other diseases later.  Prof. Dawn Bowdish, who holds a Canada Research Chair on Aging and Immunity, has been digging into the reasons older people are more prone to...

    Nevada has permitted the use of medicinal marijuana since 2001.  However, in 2013 the Legislature voted to permit the establishment of medicinal marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.  NRS 453A permits the medicinal use of marijuana and describes the...

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Rule 1250(b) requires all broker-dealers to provide continuing education for their representatives, and their training plans must be appropriate for all business activities associated with the firm. This rule requires training programs, at a minimum,...

Unfortunately, people routinely execute advanced directives and never discuss its important ramifications. I generally advise clients to discuss the DPOA with their physicians but suspect this rarely occurs. Moreover, in those few instances where clients follow this advice, they are likely to...