No one to trust

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: July 29, 2019

Every year, when the Medicare and Social Security Trustees issue their annual report on the status of those programs, there’s a flurry of interest in one question: At what point in the future will the programs no longer be able to meet their obligations in full? The 2019 report estimated that Social Security would be unable to cover full benefits as of 2035, just 16 years from now.... READ MORE

Diverse perspectives

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: June 26, 2019

People who have a passion for traveling abroad often say they relish the opportunity to learn about different cultures, hear unfamiliar languages, meet people from varied backgrounds — in short, to have mind-broadening experiences that change the way they see the world. While there’s nothing like international travel to accomplish those goals, I think most of us could have similar... READ MORE

Saving faces

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: May 31, 2019

We’re all told to be careful with our IDs because of the burgeoning crime of identity theft. For example, we shouldn’t share our Social Security numbers with businesses or publicize our birth date on social media because facts such as these can help thieves access our bank accounts, falsely claim our tax refunds or apply for credit cards in our names. But there’s one aspect of... READ MORE

Heads in a fog

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: May 01, 2019

Is it me or are more people driving around today with their heads in the clouds than before? Drivers have always had distractions, whether from kids roughhousing in the back seat, cars rubbernecking at an accident, or the urgent need to change the radio station or CD. But today, we have more things than ever clamoring for our attention when we drive. Some of them are external and... READ MORE

Home sweet home

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: March 29, 2019

The other day, we received a call from a gentleman who told us, in no uncertain terms, that our readers were staying in their homes for too long, and that they should sell their homes to young families so that those folks could have a chance to live the suburban lifestyle, too. His basic message was that older adults should not be so selfish as to stay in their nice big homes when there... READ MORE

Not in our family

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: March 01, 2019

Back in the 1970s, a progressive TV sitcom poked fun at certain members of an older generation for their prejudices and beliefs, at the same time revealing a glimpse of the humanity that could sometimes shine through the tough, stained exterior of a bigot. The family portrayed in All in the Family consisted of Archie Bunker, a man full of more bunk than one would have thought possible,... READ MORE