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What constitutes someone as being old is relative, but a new survey finds that the age is rising. And guess what - folks don’t necessarily see getting older as a bad thing. The poll by TD Ameritrade finds the average age folks consider someone as “old” has gone up to 74, an increase in six years from 2009. Folks are also expecting to live longer in general, with people saying they expect to live to 84 on average.

While people have dreaded the idea of growing older for years, it seems more and more people are seeing the positives that come with more years. In fact, 81% of people see getting older as an opportunity to reach new goals, while 76% say it gives them time to pursue passions that previously didn’t fit into their lives.

As for what folks want to do with those extra years, 62% want to spend time with friends and family, while 57% want to travel abroad and 52% want to take up a hobby.

  • Of course, it’s not all rosy, people do have some concerns about aging. Overall, 43% of people are worried about healthcare costs, 35% are concerned about finances, and 26% worry about dying. What’s more, declining health is the top fear of aging Americans, with losing mental and physical function also a huge fear (58%), as is fear losing loved ones (46%).

Source: Harris Poll


While folks these days can’t seem to live without their phones, a lot of people don’t treat a device that’s so important to us as well as we should. In fact, a lot of folks are pretty careless with their phones...which results in the dreaded cracked screen.

A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds almost half of adults have broken the screen on their smartphone, while 20% of people actually damage their phones within the first month of owning it. And such broken phones can be quite costly, with folks spending an average of $135 over the years to fix it.  And some don’t even go that far, with 40% of people saying their screen break was so bad they just replaced the phone. And then there are a third of people who just live with their cracked screen.

So, what are the most common causes of all this screen damage? Well, the top cause is simple general use, but other common causes include dropping it in a toilet, forgetting it was in the back pocket and sitting down, a child dropping it and throwing it because they were angry.

Top Ten Causes of Screen Damage

  1. Just general use
  2. On a night out
  3. Dropped it in the toilet
  4. Forgot it was in a back pocket and sat down
  5. Child dropped it
  6. Trying to type a message with one hand
  7. Tried to throw it onto a bed/sofa and it bounced off
  8. Fell out of a case when exercising
  9. Threw it when angry
  10. Tried to throw it to someone and missed

Source: SWNS Digital


For some folks, Halloween is the best holiday of the year and they’ve been planning what to dress up as since last November 1st. Then there are those of us who are still trying to decide what costume to wear this year, or we haven’t been able to get our kiddos to commit to one yet so we’re still looking. And if you’re hoping to avoid dressing up as the same thing everyone else is going to be this Halloween, Google is here to help with a list of the most searched for costumes of 2018.

Thanks to Google Trends’ findings, we now have the Frightgeist list, aka the costumes you’ll see at everywhere this year. This year’s top searches include long-standing favorites, like a witch and a pirate, along with some trendier ones. These are 2018’s top 10 most searched for Halloween costumes, according to Google.

10) Princess - With two high profile royal weddings this year, it makes sense that princesses are a popular choice for Halloween costumes.

9) Rabbit - Maybe Regina George was onto something.

8) Pirate - Yo-ho, from the classic pirate look to one more Johnny Depp-like, there’s a good chance you’ll see a pirate this year.

7) Superhero - From Wonder Woman to Black Panther, there will be lots of superheroes out this Halloween. And here’s a fun fact: Google reports that comic book characters make up 11% of all costume searches.

6) Harley Quinn - People love this villain and she’s consistently listed as one of the most popular Halloween costumes.

5) Witch - It’s a classic costume and with “Hocus Pocus” turning 25 this year, expect to see a lot of witches and some Sanderson sisters.

4) Dinosaur - “Jurassic World” may have inspired lots of trick-or-treaters to be a dinosaur this year.

3) Unicorn - This mythical creature is still as popular as ever, so you’re almost certain to run into a unicorn for Halloween.

2) Spider-Man - Of all the comic book characters, Spidey seems to be the one everyone wants to be.

1) Fortnite - This was the most searched-for costume in 43 states, according to Google, which means you’ll be seeing a lot of these this year.

Source: Glamour


There’s always some new diet or eating trend going around and the latest one we’re just learning about is the daylight savings diet. It’s basically just eating foods that are in season and available locally, like people have been doing throughout history because that’s all that was around, but this time the focus is providing your body with nutrients it needs to function at its best.

So on the daylight savings diet you’d look for seasonal veggies like cabbage, Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Buying produce that’s in season is also more budget-friendly, so that’s a plus. And you’ll be supporting the locals by shopping for your healthy veggies at your farmer’s market.

Like with any diet, it’s important to follow it in a sustainable way. Crash diets are no good and can leave you further from your starting point when you can’t keep up the intensity. This is about building a healthy metabolism and eating healthy, nourishing foods, which seems like a smart way to eat.

Source: Women's Health

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