( "My mother tells a story about her parents visiting New York City in the late 'Sixties. They stayed at the Waldorf, and one night as they walked out to hit the town, they happened upon a great commotion in the lobby. ... My grandmama Cary walked straight up to one of the fellows in the crowd and asked him, "What's going on here? Who are these people?" The man looked her straight in the eye and said,
"Madam, WE are the KINKS.")
Six in ten women don't know how they'll pay for long-term care. "For a boomer generation of women, sustaining our hard-fought independence includes long-term care planning. As women, we live five years longer than men on average and often live alone later in life meaning we need more money to cover our retirement years and face greater odds of needing future care support." (Resource center: www.aarp.org/decide)
Old family ties, new rivalries: "Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster once were old family friends, children of allied political clans that formed part of New Hampshire's moderate Republican bedrock. But this year Bass and Kuster are waging partisan war for a prized congressional seat."
Would you be able to work later in life? "Today, the retirement age is 67 for those born in 1960 or later, but workers are also eligible to take early retirement at 62 with reduced Social Security payments. Some lawmakers have called for an increase to 70 as a way to shore up the Social Security system that some believe will otherwise go bankrupt."
The pros and cons of comparison shopping your colonoscopy: "It remains a lot tougher to shop for medicine than it is to shop for electronics. Whereas you can do apples-to-apples comparisons from one store to the next when buying a digital camera, few commercial sites offer physician-to-physician pricing based on set procedures. And the handful of sites that do compare physician-to-physician or hospital-to-hospital pricing are usually doing comparisons among only a small group of medical providers."
"Nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman's ego." - Paulina Porizkova, once-supermodel, meditating on plastic surgery.