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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Oceania Cruises’ Regatta a trip of a lifetime that inspires the desire for more

When starry-eyed wanderlusters dream of that trip of a lifetime, don’t be surprised if Oceania Cruises’ Regatta glides into their mental picture. The ship is elegant but comfortable, exquisitely styled but approachable, expensive but worth every. single. penny.

Much of the allure lies within the ship’s luxury-level decor, finishing ...Read more

Social Security and You: There's a Reason for All the Rules

Sometimes readers take me to task for not explaining a particular facet of the law when I write a column about some Social Security topic or another. I usually respond by pointing out that if I tried to cover every "if, and or but" associated with whatever Social Security topic I am trying to explain, my column would fill up half the newspaper ...Read more

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Meet Dr. Erica Taylor, host of Instagram Live program ‘Dr. Taylor’s Table,’ which centers the Black community and the health disparities within

CHICAGO -- Some may know Dana Divine’s voice through gospel song, as a radio personality (on WGCI-FM or WVON Radio 1690), or her affinity for house music (she’s the organizer of the annual House Club Tour Pub Crawl). But if you tuned into the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Instagram page at 6 p.m. on April 21, you would have heard ...Read more

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Masks are unmasking what many people didn’t realize: They have hearing loss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Only a few months into the pandemic, Jenny Weathers, 58, stared at the mask covering her son’s mouth and came to a harsh realization.

“I couldn’t hear and I realized I was relying subconsciously on reading lips,” she said.

Weathers said she now wears hearing aids and finally can participate in the conversations...Read more

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As Maryland crab houses face labor shortage, Black crab pickers recall legacy of struggle and dedication on the Eastern Shore

BALTIMORE -- Marylanders often debate the best method for picking crabs. Let Joyce Fitchett settle the matter.

Fitchett’s technique has been passed through generations of Eastern Shore women. It’s won her eight crab picking contests at the Crisfield Crab Derby. It’s safe to say that this is the way it’s done.

Holding a sharp knife, its...Read more

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Colorado kidney donors can prioritize loved ones for future transplants through voucher program

DENVER -- Coloradans who are interested in donating a kidney but concerned it would leave them unable to help if a family member got sick later have an option to get a “voucher” to shorten a loved one’s wait if they need a transplant in the future.

People who donate a kidney while still alive long have been prioritized for transplants, ...Read more

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‘Anyone from 8 to 80 can play:’ Over 1,000 seniors compete in national pickleball tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- About 1,500 pickleball players, all 50 years old and older, are competing this week in a national championship in Fort Lauderdale. An additional 1,000 people have attended to watch and cheer on their friends, family and favorite teams. The oldest player this year is 92 years old.

“I think everyone that picks up the ...Read more

Austen Erblat/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS

'Anyone from 8 to 80 can play:' Over 1,000 seniors compete in national pickleball tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- About 1,500 pickleball players, all 50 years old and older, are competing this week in a national championship in Fort Lauderdale. An additional 1,000 people have attended to watch and cheer on their friends, family and favorite teams. The oldest player this year is 92 years old.

“I think everyone that picks up the ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security for Divorced Women

My wife and I and a group of our neighbors were chatting the other day, and it dawned on us that there are eight houses in a row on our block in which each of the couples has been married for more than 50 years! Well, not quite. My wife and I are the "newlyweds" on the street. We've only been married 48 years. But the other seven couples have ...Read more

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Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. 'It's the greatest thing'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. ‘It’s the greatest thing’

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

Johns Hopkins launches major effort to make aging a whole lot less achy

BALTIMORE -- Just about everyone knows someone — or is that someone — who has aches or pains, some forgetfulness or other age-related issue or disease.

Let’s face it, the human body deteriorates as it ages: Bones grow brittle, muscles don’t recover as fast, brains even begin to shrink.

The Johns Hopkins University has assembled a group...Read more

Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. 'It's the greatest thing'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

Johns Hopkins launches major effort to make aging a whole lot less achy

BALTIMORE -- Just about everyone knows someone — or is that someone — who has aches or pains, some forgetfulness or other age-related issue or disease.

Let’s face it, the human body deteriorates as it ages: Bones grow brittle, muscles don’t recover as fast, brains even begin to shrink.

The Johns Hopkins University has assembled a group...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Blame the Government -- Blame Yourself

Sometimes people will write to me complaining that the government, specifically the Social Security Administration, has messed up and cheated them out of benefits they might have been due. But many times, the fault (to trivialize a famous line from Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar") is not in our government, but in ourselves. Here are some ...Read more

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This pup is on duty for love and support

Francisco attends most staff meetings at Woodbridge Terrace of Irvine, California, and regularly interacts with the residents, but never says a word.

Don’t let that fool you.

Mimi Poliner, a 94-year-old resident of the 115-person assisted living and memory-care home, said he always has an opinion. He just doesn’t state it.

“He sets an ...Read more

Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register/TNS

This pup is on duty for love and support

Francisco attends most staff meetings at Woodbridge Terrace of Irvine, California, and regularly interacts with the residents, but never says a word.

Don’t let that fool you.

Mimi Poliner, a 94-year-old resident of the 115-person assisted living and memory-care home, said he always has an opinion. He just doesn’t state it.

“He sets an ...Read more

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Advance care planning for guns: Owners can help ensure safe use and transfer of weapons

Kerri Raissian didn’t know what to do about her father’s guns when he died of COVID-19 in December at age 86 and left her executor of his estate.

Her father, Max McGaughey, hadn’t left a complete list of his firearms and where they were stored, and he hadn’t prepared a realistic plan for responsibly transferring them to family members. ...Read more

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Advance care planning for guns: Owners can help ensure safe use and transfer of weapons

Kerri Raissian didn’t know what to do about her father’s guns when he died of COVID-19 in December at age 86 and left her executor of his estate.

Her father, Max McGaughey, hadn’t left a complete list of his firearms and where they were stored, and he hadn’t prepared a realistic plan for responsibly transferring them to family members. ...Read more

Social Security and You: Angry Al and Me

I get lots of emails from my readers. Most are from nice people who have questions about their particular Social Security situation. I like responding to these people and helping them out.

Then there are those guys (and it's almost always guys) who rant and rave and gripe and groan about some perceived injustice involving Social Security. Their...Read more