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Social Security and You: Should You Jump on the Social Security Maximizing Bandwagon?

If you are like me, almost every week your mailbox has at least a couple advertising fliers -- usually from financial planners -- with misleading come-ons like this: "You could be missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits!" Then they invite you to a seminar where they will fill your tummy with some rubber ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: When should I apply for my benefits?

Q: How far in advance should I apply for Social Security retirement benefits?

A: You should apply three months before you want your benefits to start. Even if you aren't ready to retire, you should still sign up for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. When you're ready to apply for retirement benefits, use our online retirement ...Read more

Social Security and You: When You Are Due Two Social Security Benefits

Just about anyone who has worked and who is married or who has ever been married is potentially due two Social Security benefits: his or her own Social Security benefit and possibly a dependent benefit on a spouse's Social Security record.

I've saved up some questions from people potentially due two benefits, and in today's column, I will use ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: How can I replace my lost Medicare card?

Q: I lost my Medicare card. How can I get replacement?

A: The easiest and newest way to get a replacement Medicare card is by using your My Social Security account. Go to for more information on how to create an account. You also can get a replacement Medicare card by calling us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (for...Read more

Hats Off: Retired farmer volunteers time, energy at Gathering Place

MILTON -- Who: Gene Wenham, longtime community volunteer and president of the Gathering Place senior center's board of directors.

What he does: Wenham donates hundreds of hours of his free time to his church and, primarily, the Gathering Place.

Wenham started volunteering for Milton's senior center in 2000, following in the steps of his ...Read more

Julie Rawson: Golden Apple winner

CLARKDALE -- A teacher at Clarkdale High School who thought she was attending a pep rally was surprised to learn it was a set up to announce she had been chosen as the first Golden Apple Award winner of the 2015-16 scholastic year.

English teacher Julie Rawson, a 28-year teaching veteran at Clarkdale, was selected as the September Golden ...Read more

Older workers rethink retirement age

Randy Hunt is driven by hunger. The CEO of Central Florida's Area Agency on Aging yearns to end malnourishment among the oldest members of the community.

As he works toward that end, he also finds reason to defer his own retirement -- for at least a few more years.

"There's things I want to accomplish, and I believe I have the skill and ...Read more

Cary working to meet future senior housing need

CARY -- As the U.S. population ages, providing an appropriate mix of assisted-living facilities and affordable housing for residents age 65 and older is becoming increasingly difficult for Cary.

But a new addition to Glenaire, a retirement community off West Cornwall Road, brings the town one step closer -- albeit a small step -- to meeting...Read more

Funeral arrangements set for crash victims

DAVIS JUNCTION -- Andy Conderman, 64, of Amboy, died in a fiery crash near Davis Junction on Friday that also claimed the life of a Stillman Valley teen, the Ogle County Sheriff's Department confirmed Tuesday in a news release.

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Bids to demolish sheriff's building sought


Funeral arrangements set for crash victims


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The graying of the Northland: Challenges of aging population hit region ahead of rest of state

Minnesota is getting old.

The Northland is getting older faster.

Since the oldest members of the baby boom generation started turning 65 in 2011, 10,000 Americans have reached that plateau every day, according to the Pew Research Center. That rate is projected to continue through 2030.

In Minnesota, the 65-and-older population is expected...Read more

Strokes slow but don't sideline Westlake volleyball coach

Fresh off his 26th season as Westlake's volleyball coach, Al Bennett had given no thought to retirement before he suffered a debilitating stroke on March 28.

Overnight, though, his chances of coaching again appeared doubtful as he took the first steps toward recovery at an area hospital. His speech was slurred. Walking was a struggle. He ...Read more

Nonprofit helps seniors in transition back to work

Retirement just doesn't suite Manchester resident Mary Rorke. After her first retirement in 1999 from Mercy Medical Center, she went back to work at the College of Notre Dame until 2008. She found sitting around her home intolerable.

"I said, well I am going to retire this time; I got tired of the commute to Baltimore. Then when I retired, ...Read more

Timeline: Inside the intense, wacky world of Harbaugh

A look inside the wild and wacky world of Jim Harbaugh since taking over as the University of Michigan's head football coach:

Dec. 30: Introduced as Michigan's head football coach. He says: "It's a decision I basically made without a list, without a pros-and-cons approach, something that I've dreamed about -- felt it was time to live."

Jan...Read more

Housing options limited for Moscow retirees

Alan Rose has been looking for a place in Moscow where he and other University of Idaho retirees can live without sacrificing the comfort and independence they've grown accustomed to.

Sounds simple enough. But it's not.

The local real estate and rental market is driven by college students. The average rental vacancy rate is about 3 percent...Read more

Former air traffic controller recalls 9/11 terrorist attacks

Wernersville, PA

Mal Fuller, 68, planned to retire from his job in January 2002 after a 36-year career in air traffic control.

But he retired at the end of September 2001.

Fuller had experienced the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists in control of two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City.

They also crashed a ...Read more

Thompson touts Social Security as program turns 80

"Social Security is strong and will provide retirement security for Americans for another 80 years."

This was U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson's message during a town hall forum at Vallejo's Florence Douglas Senior Center on Tuesday, marking the program's 80th anniversary.

The St. Helena Democrat planned a similar event in Santa Rosa later in the ...Read more

Program trains older adults in online work

Tony Sarmiento would like to see every senior citizen in America online.

Connecting with friends, family and others with mutual interests through email and social media staves off isolation, said Sarmiento, executive director of Senior Service America. Online games and puzzles, as well as looking up new things, can keep the mind sharp.

But...Read more

Geriatric care in India still in its infancy

Living to a ripe old age calls for celebration. But it isn't so for Suraj Pratap Singh, 85, who was once a disciplined and forbidding jail superintendent in Uttar Pradesh, but today needs help even for the routine things such as bathing and brushing teeth. Singh, who has been living in Thane for eight years now, suffers from Alzheimer's.

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Retirement: Retire to a small city

These cities made Kiplinger's most recent list of great places to retire. Each has a small-town feel with big-city amenities.


Population: 27,543

Median home price: $192,000

Old Town Winchester, the city's recently renovated pedestrian mall, features more than 30 restaurants and bars, serving up everything from ...Read more

Senior citizens in Mumbai: You're never too old to have fun

How do you fill your day when the work that kept you busy is gone? It's a question that haunts most seniors as they near retirement age.

In a busy metropolis like Mumbai, the answer is being framed in the form of recreational clubs.

"In cities like ours, most seniors go through phases of being alone and being or feeling neglected by ...Read more