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It’s never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers

PHILADELPHIA — Seventy-seven-year-old David Pallett, who began exercising seriously about four months ago, started a recent workout by donning a 15-pound vest and climbing 100 stairs — two at a time.

After that little warm-up, personal trainer Jim Hart, who specializes in working with older adults, led Pallett through an hour of exercises ...Read more

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A Florida woman, 92, fought her guardianship. Things escalated quickly.

BRANDON, Fla. — In late July, Christine Lagisquet was bidding her friend Stephanie Figueredo goodbye at the door of her Brandon home.

The 92-year-old’s kitchen was stocked from her recent trip to the grocery store — replete with smoked salmon and the cheeses that remind her of her childhood home in Bordeaux, France.

That’s when ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Get away ‘over the rainbow’ at Beech Mountain, NC

When Dorothy first belted out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the 1939 classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” she could have been singing about a place where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Way up high — reaching 5,506 feet into the sky — is a land of enchantment perched atop Beech Mountain in North Carolina, ...Read more

Social Security and You: You're Not Being Cheated by Social Security

I guess there just must be something about the human psyche that makes so many people feel they're being cheated out of something that everyone else gets. And if my emails are any indication, that's especially true when it comes to older adults and Social Security. So many of them seem to be convinced that the big, bad government is keeping them...Read more

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‘I can’t relate to anyone:’ Living as a transgender senior in Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Hope Ryan knew she couldn’t cheat death. But at 14, she was pretty sure she’d found a way to evade puberty.

“The whole thing, socializing with girls, being a dude or not a dude, made me very uncomfortable,” she said. “I could never face that.”

She instead entered a monastery in upstate New York, where she stayed ...Read more

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4 tips to help older runners minimize aches and pains, stay safe, and have fun

So you want to start exercising more after a lifetime of cubicle-dwelling, and have settled on the sport of millions: running. Congrats — it is great exercise, and it can be very rewarding.

But please — if you're over 50-something, or even younger and truly out of shape — do not simply lace up an old pair of sneakers and charge out the ...Read more

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Minister for seniors at famed church confronts ageism and the shame it brings

Later life is a time of reassessment and reflection. What sense do we make of the lives we have lived? How do we come to terms with illness and death? What do we want to give to others as we grow older?

Lynn Casteel Harper, 41, has thought deeply about these and other spiritual questions. She’s the author of an acclaimed book on dementia and ...Read more

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Minister for seniors at famed church confronts ageism and the shame it brings

Later life is a time of reassessment and reflection. What sense do we make of the lives we have lived? How do we come to terms with illness and death? What do we want to give to others as we grow older?

Lynn Casteel Harper, 41, has thought deeply about these and other spiritual questions. She’s the author of an acclaimed book on dementia and ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security Will NOT Go Broke!

we go again. Another round of scare stories about the impending doom of Social Security. Headlines, such as this one in my local newspaper -- " Social Security Moves Closer to Bankruptcy " -- have many of my readers on edge.

These kinds of headlines were prompted by a report released last week from the Social Security Board of Trustees that ...Read more

Social Security and You: Think Twice Before Jumping on Husband's Maximizing Bandwagon

I probably have written more than 100 columns about the obsession older adults have with "maximizing" their Social Security retirement benefits. I'm not going to get into that issue today. I personally don't think it's always the right move. But if you're determined to employ these alleged strategies (which almost always mean delaying starting ...Read more

Social Security and You: What To Do When SSA Steers You Wrong

These are the columns I hate to write. Columns that are critical of some of my former colleagues at the Social Security Administration. But doggone it. Almost every day, I hear from readers who have been misled by an SSA representative.

I know we are all human, and we all can make mistakes. And giving out bum advice is one thing. But giving out...Read more

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Chicagoan’s travel company specializes in group trips for women above 50. ‘Once you hit 50, life is really just beginning’

CHICAGO — Robin Tillotson remembers her first flight as an escape, and a measure of her mother’s love.

Her father had cancer, and her mother sent her and her brother to Los Angeles to spend time with family. Her mother flew them first class, wanting to make sure they were cared for and looked after.

“I distinctly remember that plane ride...Read more

Social Security and You: Full Retirement Age -- What's the Big Deal?

I am always getting emails from readers who are so hung up on making sure they start their Social Security benefits at their full retirement age. They don't want them a month before. They don't want them a month after. They want to make darn sure that their benefits start at their full retirement age. And they almost seem to be losing sleep ...Read more

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Study: Playing Euchre and other card games could stave off Alzheimer's

Good news for competitive people: Those family euchre tournaments that get a little too intense may be delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years, a new study reveals.

Scientists have long thought that brain-stimulating activities like reading, puzzling and playing cards could prevent dementia, and the July 14 study in the Neurology ...Read more

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Pittsburgh amateur radio group celebrates 80 years of providing emergency communications during disasters

PITTSBURGH — After eight decades of providing emergency backup communications on a volunteer basis during some of this region's worst storms and disasters, members of the Steel City Amateur Radio Club hit the airwaves earlier this month to sing their own praises.

The club of about 60 members hosted a special event station each day at their ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Aboard Carnival’s new Mardi Gras

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of changing conditions surrounding COVID-19, readers are reminded to check safety guidelines with the CDC, local health officials and cruise operators before considering or taking any trip.

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Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.

I hadn’t seen my heart’s desire in 16 months – but there she stood, all ...Read more

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Denied a date in 1947, friends got a second chance at love to carry them into their 90s

It was December 1947, just days before New Year’s Eve. Twenty-one-year-old Anthony “Tony” Gillistro had just come home from the Marine Corps and was paying his childhood friend, William Manocchio, a visit on Standish Street, their old neighborhood in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

“The guys were getting together for a New Year’s Eve party...Read more

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World War II paratrooper to leap again at age 100

SAN DIEGO – What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than on the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado — even if you jump out of a plane to get there.

That's exactly what lifelong Coronado, California, resident Tom Rice is planning to do this Sunday.

He gives two major reasons: First, because he is one of the few remaining 101st ...Read more

Social Security and You: You Misunderstood What I Wrote

I've been explaining Social Security rules to people for almost half a century now, and I've been writing this column for almost a quarter century. I think I do a pretty good job of helping people understand Social Security rules and regulations, and I do it in simple and easy-to-understand language.

So I'm always surprised when I get questions...Read more

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Clarity on COVID count: Pandemic’s toll on seniors extended well beyond nursing homes

As COVID-19 resurges across the country, driven by the highly infectious delta variant, experts are extending our understanding of the pandemic’s toll on older adults — the age group hit hardest by the pandemic.

New research offers unexpected insights. Older adults living in their own homes and apartments had a significantly heightened risk...Read more