Author: Kristie

We live in a society where technology is advancing at an exponential rate. It affects many aspects of our work lives, our sources of entertainment, and even the ways in which we connect with friends and family. While there are certainly some cons to technological advancement, it is arguable that technology has, in many ways, made our lives much easier and hastened our ability to find and disseminate information in a timely manner. As technology continues to evolve, more and more people are incorporating smart home devices into their everyday lives, as these tools can help connect different features of…

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Electric cars are becoming more and more popular, as the number of brands and models available continue to increase. It’s not surprising, especially in the current economic environment, that drivers are eager to save money on gas without having to compromise on the power of the car; however, electric cars are known for being very pricy, which limits their availability to the average consumer. This article explores the benefits of investing in electric cars and provides information regarding some of the more affordable options on the market. Saving Money by Going Green  One of the more obvious benefits of purchasing…

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Stop the stress and anxiety of losing important pictures, files or documents from happening to you.  Whether it’s from spilling something on your phone or having your laptop stolen from the back of your car, the loss of important files can be just as stressful as losing your actual device. Luckily, technology continues to advance, and we now have numerous options for storing and backing up our files through the use of the cloud. This allows for individuals and businesses to keep data stored so that it can be accessed and modified later. What is Cloud Storage? Cloud storage is…

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No one wants to think about it or talk about it, but we will all eventually pass away, and in doing so, we will incur expenses for any end-of-life celebrations and services. This may include the cost of preparing the body for burial or cremation, costs of renting out a facility for the funeral, and other relevant expenses. [1] While it is uncomfortable to think about it now, what we do in the present can help protect our loved ones from incurring costs related to our deaths in the future. In fact, the average cost of end-of-life services is around…

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Many people have heard the term “arthritis” used in a general sense but are less familiar with psoriatic arthritis. This type of arthritis impacts the skin and joint tissues and continues to progress over time, with waxing and waning periods of inflammation and remission. [1] Psoriatic arthritis can impact all parts of the body and may vary in intensity from mild to severe. It can impact just one or both sides of the body. This disease has several potential causes, but genetics tend to play a strong role. Individuals with family members who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are at…

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV), is transmitted by blood and causes damage to the liver over time. This disease is most commonly found in the senior citizen population, as the virus was discovered recently (1989), and this population was not previously assessed for it. Although there are ways to treat hepatitis C, it is important to identify the presence of the virus as soon as possible, as it negatively impacts liver function and can even result in liver failure, if left untreated. [1, 2] Causes of the Virus In the beginning, the acute phase of hepatitis C is easy to miss,…

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Cruises can be such a fun break from real life—you explore several places in a short amount of time and spend your days lying out by the pool instead of driving from location to location. There are also plenty of options for indulging in different types of foods and drinks, watching shows, and participating in other social activities with your fellow cruise-goers. [1] It’s no wonder that cruises are so expensive, as they include easy access to amenities and offer the convenience of not having to drive– but are there options for booking cruises in a more affordable manner? Try…

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Frequent airline travelers know that sitting in the economy section of the plane can be rough. The space is limited, the service is less timely, and the restrooms always seem to be full. Upgrading to business class can eliminate many of these problems, but most people are unwilling or unable to spend the money it takes to upgrade. While you may have to splurge to sit in your section of choice, there are also strategies you can use to help increase your odds of getting an upgrade without breaking the bank. This is especially true for travelers who are flying…

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Credit can be a frustrating concept—you need to have credit to raise your score to be eligible for desirable cards and loans, but you can’t build it without taking out a credit line. This becomes even more challenging for individuals who have had to use credit cards to cover needed expenses and were unable to pay the bill on time, creating a cycle of late fees, interest payments, and hits to the credit score. [2] Generally speaking, someone with a credit score of 690 and above is classified as having “good credit.” People with fair or average credit typically have…

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Insurance plans can be intimidating to navigate at any age, and, unfortunately, don’t become less complicated as we age. The good news is that there are resources available to help seniors effectively consider insurance options. Medicare is a government-supported insurance initiative that provides plans for seniors to supplement the costs of medical care. In order to qualify, the applicant must be at least 65 years old, reside in the US, and be considered a US citizen or have been lawfully admitted to the US for at least five years in a row. Additionally, Medicare provides options for individuals who have…

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