Discover what’s next

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A recent survey of older adults in the area found that more than 40 percent expect to work full or part time after turning 65.Many want to work to stay active and engaged, but a significant percentage also say they’ll need to work because their savings and investments are insufficient (especially with the stock market as volatile as it is now).There are local services, as we’ve... READ MORE

Out of pocket, Part II

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Last month, I wrote about rising prescription drug costs, and made the point that a considerable portion of the cost of new drug development is borne by taxpayers (from the U.S. and other developed nations).I also noted that many drugs, including some of the newest “breakthrough” drugs, are available in other countries for a small fraction of the cost charged U.S. patients and... READ MORE

Out of your pocket

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Even drugs you may never take are costing you money.Yes, that’s the way insurance (and Medicare) are supposed to work: group healthcare coverage averages the costs of the “many well” with those of the “relatively few ill” to come up with a reasonable cost we all pay.That is a good system, in general. Don’t we all prefer to know that, should we or someone... READ MORE

A time for thanks

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Last month, I devoted my column to recognizing the writers on our staff, and our freelancers as well, who won recognition in two national writing competitions.I am very proud of the high-quality writing (and editing) featured each month in the Beacon, and of the people who devote their energies to providing our readers with topical, entertaining and useful articles.In addition, as each year ... READ MORE

Blowing our horn

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the national journalism competitions of the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) and the National Mature Media Awards.We do this for two reasons: One, as a way to be sure we are keeping up the quality of our writing compared with other publications throughout the country.Two, because we’re pretty ... READ MORE

Get expos-ed in October

By: Stuart Rosenthal

While the month of May is known as U.S. Older Americans Month, the month of October is the metro area’s Month of 50+Expos.Over a 12-day period this October, there will be 5 days of entertaining and informative events within easy driving distance of Howard County residents who are over 50 or love someone who is.In ColumbiaFirst, on Friday, Oct. 16, is the Howard County 50Plus Expo,... READ MORE