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Thanksgiving favorites: Low-fat versions and favorites

It’s an annual dilemma.

Beginning with Thanksgiving, the holiday season is a time of overindulgence. As a host or hostess, do you want to partake in the festive fattening by serving the high-fat, high-calorie foods that we all associate with the holidays? Or do you feel it your duty — or perhaps your medical necessity — to cut back on the...Read more

Social Security and You: Questions Seldom Asked

Because I've been writing this column for about a quarter-century now, you probably can guess that there are questions I've been asked hundreds (if not thousands) of times during the past 25 years. And I don't think there is a single Social Security-related question I've never been asked. But it dawned on me as I was answering my emails this ...Read more

Social Security and You: 100 Social Security Myths Busted

I've just released a new book. It's called "Social Security: 100 Myths and 100 Facts." You can get a hard copy of the book for less than 10 bucks at Amazon.com. You can get an electronic version of the book at barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.

Regular readers of this column may recall that I have written dozens of past columns ...Read more

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Clearing pollution helps clear the fog of aging — and may cut the risk of dementia

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.

Two studies published this year by researchers at six universities and the National Institute on Aging...Read more

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Clearing pollution helps clear the fog of aging -- and may cut the risk of dementia

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.

Two studies published this year by researchers at six universities and the National Institute on Aging...Read more

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Tampa Bay theater group helps older adults fight scams

TAMPA, Fla. — No one thinks it’ll happen to them.

Scams are something that happen to other people. Like falling and breaking a hip. Or losing the ability to drive.

“Police ... can give people information, but it’s like, ‘Oh, it doesn’t apply to me, I’m smart. I’m not gonna fall for a scam,’” said Linda Goldman, 76, a ...Read more

Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

Conductor Sheldon Bair and his community ensemble keep the music playing in Maryland

BALTIMORE — The vanity plate on Sheldon Bair’s bright red Camaro gives one pause. “MICE TRO,” the plate reads. It’s confusing, Bair concedes.

“People think I’m either a conductor or an exterminator,” he said. Music wins: Bair conducts the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. (The tag MAESTRO was unavailable when his wife gifted him ...Read more

Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS

From touchless faucets to voice-controlled lights, technology is making it possible for seniors to age in place

CHICAGO — Mel Washburn is a former firefighter, professor and litigation attorney. Whether fighting fires in a building, a classroom, or the courtroom, he realized once he retired that 90% of his social life had revolved around work.

Washburn, 77, knew he needed to find a way to build a social network in retirement. Washburn also knew that he...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: Hidden surprises in Horse Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve located in south central Kentucky, recently made headlines for adding 6 miles to the world’s largest cave system, which is now at 426 explored miles.

A 25-minute drive away in tiny Horse Cave, Kentucky, another cave is newsworthy in its own right, as ...Read more

Social Security and You: Delayed Retirement Credits Explained

People who delay starting their Social Security beyond their full retirement age get a bonus equal to two-thirds of 1% added to their Social Security checks for each month they wait to begin benefits. If your full retirement age is 66, that comes out to a 32% bonus if you wait until age 70 to file for benefits. If your full retirement age is 67,...Read more

Social Security and You: Early Retirement Reduction Can Be Adjusted Later

There is a little-known Social Security rule that may help some people who started their Social Security checks before full retirement age and therefore took a reduction in their monthly benefits, but then decided to return to work. Now they wonder if their early retirement reduction is permanent. The answer is it might not be. And that's ...Read more

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While inflation takes a toll on seniors, billions of dollars in benefits go unused

Millions of older adults are having trouble making ends meet, especially during these inflationary times. Yet many don’t realize help is available, and some notable programs that offer financial assistance are underused.

A few examples: Nearly 14 million adults age 60 or older qualify for aid from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...Read more

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While inflation takes a toll on seniors, billions of dollars in benefits go unused

Millions of older adults are having trouble making ends meet, especially during these inflationary times. Yet many don’t realize help is available, and some notable programs that offer financial assistance are underused.

A few examples: Nearly 14 million adults age 60 or older qualify for aid from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...Read more

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'It’s becoming too expensive to live’: Anxious older adults try to cope with limited budgets

Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes.

Across the country, seniors who until recently successfully managed limited budgets are growing more anxious and distressed. Some lost work during the covid-19 pandemic. Others are encountering ...Read more

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'It's becoming too expensive to live': Anxious older adults try to cope with limited budgets

Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes.

Across the country, seniors who until recently successfully managed limited budgets are growing more anxious and distressed. Some lost work during the covid-19 pandemic. Others are encountering ...Read more

Social Security and You: Why Privatizing Social Security Can't Work

About a month or so ago, I wrote a column in which I just briefly mentioned that any plans to privatize Social Security would never work, and I said I had covered that topic in prior columns. Well, several readers told me they didn't remember those older columns (the latest was about 4 years ago) and they asked me to address the topic again. So,...Read more

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‘She sets the pace, and we follow her:’ Connecticut woman competes in a 5K road race at age 100

HARTFORD, Conn. — At age 99, Marion “Mic” Roberts completed her first road race.

That was last September, at the Haddam Neck Fair 5K. She finished the 3.1-mile race in 56 minutes.

Sunday morning, she was back on the starting line, a week after celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 28. She finished the 5K — walking with her son Chuck ...Read more

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'She sets the pace, and we follow her:' Connecticut woman competes in a 5K road race at age 100

HARTFORD, Conn. — At age 99, Marion “Mic” Roberts completed her first road race.

That was last September, at the Haddam Neck Fair 5K. She finished the 3.1-mile race in 56 minutes.

Sunday morning, she was back on the starting line, a week after celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 28. She finished the 5K — walking with her son Chuck ...Read more

Social Security and You: The Social Security Earnings Penalty for Self-Employed People

"Well, Tom, you see, I'm a farmer. I got me about 100 acres of beans, and I really only work two months a year. I plant those beans in April and I harvest them in October. The rest of the time, I'm pretty much sitting on my butt. Oh, I mend a fence or two and work on my equipment. But that don't take no 45 hours, so I want my Social Security ...Read more

Social Security and You: Family Maximum Doesn't Apply to Couples

I frequently get questions from soon-to-be retirees who have heard about a "family maximum" that applies to Social Security benefits, and they are afraid that rule will reduce the benefits they are due as a couple.

So, here is the message of this column: The family maximum rules do not apply to a husband and wife getting Social Security ...Read more