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Retirement IQ

In all the excitement leading up to Halloween, I very nearly forgot about another national event. The week of October 16-22 is National Save For Retirement Week.  Five years ago Congress designated this week in order to encourage Americans to think about what financial needs they may have when they retire. And the results of the 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey is an indication we aren’t spending nearly enough time thinking about our retirement needs. While 59% of those surveyed said they are now saving for retirement, 56% said they had less than $25,000 in savings and investments (not counting the…


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Benefits of Volunteering

  Did you hear the one about the woman, the priest, two ministers and a rabbi? Sounds like the lead-in for a joke, doesn’t it? Here’s the real story.  It was a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi who founded the nation’s very first United Way campaign in Denver, back in 1887.  They raised $21,000 for local charities that year. Volunteering is an American tradition.  Ben Franklin founded the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia back in 1736.  The American Red Cross dates to 1881. Where would our communities be without volunteers? Last year 63 million Americans volunteered…


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Doulapalooza! Music, Midwives, Moms….More!

      A doula is a trained professional who accompanies a woman, a couple, through labor with continuous physical, emotional and informational support. We offer non-medical care with comfort and focusing measures and support the woman’s desires in goals for the birth of her child in both hospital and home environments. Just over 12 years ago, I trained to become at doula- labor coach, if you will, via the Seattle Midwifery School. One of my decisions to return home to Louisville was Birth Care Network was getting organized and I wanted to become a part of the birth advocate community…


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Life Should Imitate Artist

                  Life Should Imitate Artist   I recently returned from a trip to New York city to visit my son, Matthew, and take in a game of our beloved Yankees.  While there I also visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  I used my son’s “artist pass” for admission. (The museum owns one of Matthew’s artworks). On display at the museum was Willem de Kooning: A Retrospective.  De Kooning was a founding member of the New York School of abstract expressionism- not everybody’s idea of art, but certainly mine. What struck me about de Kooning was how prolific he was…


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Spunky 82-year old Woman Wins the Optimal Aging Award

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Picture: left to right: Dr. Christian Furman, vice chair for geriatric medicine, University of Louisville; Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging winner Rachele “Rae” Guernsey of Louisville; and Dr. James O’Brien, chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville. I recently attended the First Annual University of Louisville’s Geriatric Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging luncheon and award ceremony. Mac McClure, Chair of the UofL Geriatrics Advisory Board, introduced his wife, Tori Murden McClure as the keynote speaker. Tori Murden McClure is the current president of Spalding University….


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Sexy, Saucy, Sassy,,,,, (and funny too)

This week the Comedy Caravan offers up a unique opportunity to see a beautiful & funny comedian, performing for her PREMIER week as a headliner.  Jodi White is stunning, as well as funny, and will be performing this week at the club.  You can go to our website to order your tickets, or call the club at 459-0022 if you’d rather.  Don’t miss this week at the club.  Jodi will be the subject of the talk around the water cooler, and you don’t want to be the only one who wasn’t there.  


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The 5 Little Secrets to Losing Weight and the Two Minute Offense!

During the game Saturday my girlfriend asked, “Why do the Louisville offensive players do better when they look like they are in a hurry?” I tried my best to explain what is known as, “The Two Minute Offense.” She later replied, “We might have won if the game were played in two minute segments.” Now that was funny, sad and true all at the same time! On the disappointing drive home I further explained that there are two things that make the two minute drill effective; carrying momentum forward while keeping your opponents back on their heels and second, the…


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Boomers’ ‘Delusion’ About Health In Retirement

Most baby boomers say they’re planning on an active and healthy retirement, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. And, in a switch from earlier years, more than two-thirds recognize the threat of long-term care expenses to their financial futures. But some experts worry that when it comes to their health, boomers are still woefully unprepared — or worse, in denial. “The mismatch between how people think the next 10 to 15 years is going to go and what current retirees experience is something that’s very consistent,”…


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Preventative Health Care- An Aging Population Means New Jobs!

Yes, Americans are getting older. But that creates opportunities for baby boomers looking for a second career. Careers in aging are not the next big thing. They are the new big thing. By 2050, according to Pew Research Projections, about one-in-five Americans will be over age 65, up from some 39 million Americans, or 13% of the U.S. population now. And the number of those 85 and older is expected to more than double to about 5% of this country’s population. This demographic shift is already creating a wave of new fields and opportunities for workers of all ages. It’s…


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Could Beer be a Conference Deal-Breaker ?

The big topic on Drew Deener’s sports talk show this morning — What if U of L moves to a new conference whose rules don’t allow beer sales at games? The latest on U of L and conference realignment is that the Cards are standing tall with the remaining Big East members. The ruckus over at the Big 12 seems to have died down after the league replaced its commissioner and the schools there seem to be staying put. But everyone knows U of L could be persuaded to leave the Big East for a more attractive set up in…