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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Unexpected art meccas in the US

Sure. Santa Fee has its art colony, Seattle, its experimental arts edge, and New York, enough museums and cultural institutions that it can catalog its own top 50 and still have plenty of must-see's left for another arts-centric list.

But rocking an arts scene beneath the radar are those smaller towns whose dynamic art galleries, working ...Read more

'The music brings back memories': Seniors dance for fun and fitness

The rules are simple in Cyndi Dorber's line-dancing classes.

Show up. Move. Have fun.

Dorber, a professional dance instructor, has found a niche teaching older students at senior centers and retirement communities throughout the Dallas area.

"Movement and music make the elderly feel young," Dorber says. "The music brings back ...Read more

He's 81 and getting his Ph.D. 'I figured I'd go look for answers'

TAMPA - John Voelpel took his first University of South Florida class, a course on environmental ethics, for no credit in 2002. He liked it, so he stuck around. For 15 years.

Sometimes the twentysomethings in his classes looked at him askance. After all, here he was with his white hair and prosthetic leg, a sixtysomething, then a ...Read more

Life in motion even at 106

From Model Ts to jet airplanes, Noble Brewer has lived 106 years with life in motion.

Brewer celebrated his birthday recently, receiving a tribute during a music program at Garden Plaza of Post Falls, where he's lived over five years.

The retired flight inspector remains active, staying in an independent living apartment. These days, he gets ...Read more

New service offers transportation help for seniors

CHICAGO - Hazel Fisher-Gable, 76, loves her independence.

But the Lincoln Park resident recently had eye surgery, which means she can't drive for a couple of months. Friends help out, but they are not always available. And she does not like having groceries delivered, since "all tomatoes are not created equal" and she wants to select...Read more

55 Plus: It is time for a radical rethinking about age

It is a surprise to many that the human lifespan has almost doubled since the beginning of the 20th century, which started on January 1, 1901. Back then, the average lifespan of an American was less than 50 years old - 47 years, to be exact. Only a small percentage of Americans lived to reach their 85th birthday.

During the 1930's, medical ...Read more

At 112, America's oldest man has the secret to a long life: 'Just keep living. Don't die.'

AUSTIN - The oldest living man in America wakes on his couch at 4:25 a.m. and wonders if it's still raining. On May 11, he turned 112, "And I have no pains, no aches."

The blinds of his home are drawn shut. The trickles from an overnight storm fall onto the trees. "Turn on the lights," he says to his caregiver, who has sat ...Read more

Social Security and You: Questions About Delayed Retirement Credits

All of today's questions involve the payment of what are known as "delayed retirement credits." This is an incentive built into the law that augments the monthly Social Security checks of anyone who delays claiming Social Security benefits beyond their normal full retirement age. The maximum extra credit is 32 percent for people who wait until ...Read more

Social Security: Five steps for Social Security success

No matter how much you've planned, there's no better time than now to think about your future. We'd like to encourage you to take Five Steps toward Your Financial Security. Planning for the future may seem intimidating to many, but we've broken the task down into five easy steps:

Step 1: Get to know your Social Security - You and Social ...Read more

Social Security and You: Riding the Social Security Gravy Train

Before I get to today's question, I must give some background information on the topic at hand -- and that is the so-called maximizing strategy that many people mistakenly call "file and suspend." What they usually mean is the strategy called "file and restrict." And it's not just a matter of semantics. I will explain.

A Social Security law ...Read more

Social Security: Sharing security with mom on Mother's Day

Spring is upon us, and it marks two very popular annual events: Mother's Day and the release of Social Security's baby name list! There's no better time to share some security with the people you love.

While spending time with your mom on Sunday, May 13, you can help her quickly and easily sign up for a free, online my Social Security account....Read more

Social Security and You: Sometimes the Government Giveth and Then Taketh Away

Q: I am 66 years old, and I get my own small Social Security retirement benefit. Because it is so small, I get some additional spousal benefits off my husband's record. I am still working. I just got a letter from the Social Security Administration telling me that my retirement benefit is being increased by $20 per month because of my most ...Read more

Social Security: Checklist for your Social Security annual check-up

Say "annual checkup" and most people imagine waiting at the doctor's office. But, there's another type of checkup that can give you a sense of wellness without even leaving home. Visit and follow these five steps to conduct your own Social Security annual checkup.

Your Social Security Statement is available ...Read more

Social Security and You: This Couple Has a Couple Options

Q: My wife and I both turn 66 later this year. (Our birthdays are just two days apart.) I've worked all my life and expect to get a full retirement benefit of about $2,600 per month. My wife has been a homemaker all her life and has no Social Security account of her own. So she will only be due a spouse's benefit on my record. I am thinking of ...Read more

New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

Several weeks ago, Medicare launched an initiative to prevent seniors and people with serious disabilities from developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the most common and costly medical conditions in the U.S.

But the April 1 rollout of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, a major new benefit that could help millions of people, is getting off ...Read more

To treat pain, PTSD and other illnesses, Tennessee vets try tai chi

Every week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Zibin Guo guides veterans in wheelchairs through slow-motion tai chi poses as a Bluetooth speaker plays soothing instrumental music.

"Cloudy hands to the right, cloudy hands to the left," he tells them, referring to the move traditionally known as "cloud hands." "Now we're going to ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Kentucky capital a hard hat destination with plenty to do

FRANKFORT, Ky. - "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

Not really - it only feels that way because so many buildings on Frankfort's, horizon have come down and are going up. But even with implosions, dust clouds and a shifting skyline, Kentucky's capital city remains open for business, its downtown straight out of a Norman ...Read more

Boomers leaving suburbs for fun in the city

ATLANTA - Twenty years ago, it seemed everyone was moving out into the suburbs. And now, depending on who you talk to, everyone is moving back to the city.

That's especially true among baby boomers, those of us born between 1946 and 1964.


Their nests are empty. They are over the big houses, with big lawns and swimming pools in constant ...Read more

55 Plus: You can still build muscle if you tire your muscles with training

It doesn't matter how old you are; you can still build muscle. Studies have shown that even people in their 90's can build bulk and strength if they lift weights. In fact, any observer can factually state that the number of members 55 and older at commercial gyms is constantly increasing.

There are three essential things to keep in mind if you...Read more

If you're 50-plus, you still need to exercise

Scaling down exercise is OK as you age, but don't stop. And if you haven't begun, heed the words of Elsie Sierra, 71: "You need to exercise."

Mike Napoli has been running marathons and competing in Ironman triathlons since his 30s. Typically, he would race in one event monthly from March through November.

Not so much anymore.

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