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April 25, 2015

The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
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You might think that Social Security payments are one size fits all. But the benefits system is more complex than most people realize. Then, Alzheimer’s is a very costly disease for America’s healthcare system. What are the odds that you’ll get the illness, and why is treatment so expensive?
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The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
The Social Security system has more than 2,700 core rules, and ill-informed choices of how and when to sign up can cost senior citizens literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits. Laurence Kotlikoff, PhD , co-author of Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security said delaying retirement is often helpful, but he also outlined several little-known Social Security benefits that frequently are unclaimed.
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The Cost of Alzheimer’s
Huntington Pottter, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology and Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, University of Colorado School of Medicine explained why Alzheimer’s disease is such an expensive disease for the nation’s healthcare system. He discussed who may be most likely to develop the disease, whether things like crossword puzzles can really keep the brain healthy, and where current research is headed.
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Healing After Domestic Violence
Leigh Thomas discussed her personal experience as a victim of domestic violence, including incest, rape and physical abuse. She has dealt with her trauma through hope and a sense of humor. She offered advice to others who are going trying to escape domestic violence. Her book is entitled An Ordinary Journey: A User's Guide to Healing from the Abuses of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N Roll And Attempted Murder.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Laurence J. Kotlikoff
Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Tax Analysis Center. Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.

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Huntington Potter
Dr. Huntington Potter is Professor of Neurology and Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Research in the Department of Neurology and the Linda Crnic Center for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado, Denver. He discovered and is devoted to studying the mechanistic relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and Down syndrome. Recognizing that these disorders are two sides of the same coin and studying them together will best hasten the development of new treatments for both.

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