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New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that "when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast." So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talked to her about installing a remote ...Read more

Social Security and You: The 'Three-Legged Stool' Is a Bit Wobbly

I'm sure most people reading this column have heard the term, "the three-legged stool." That refers to the platform upon which your retirement portfolio is to be built. One of those legs represents your Social Security benefit. The second leg is savings and investments. And the third leg propping you up in retirement is a company pension.

Well,...Read more

Social Security and You: Observant Reader Notices Fluke in COLA Payments

Q: The recent cost-of-living adjustment to our Social Security checks got me wondering about something. As you've always pointed out in your column, the checks come one month behind. So, for example, the check we got in January is actually the payment for December. But the 2018 COLA increase showed up in that January check. So did we get the ...Read more

Social Security: 'Rosie the Riveter,' spirit lives on

"Rosie the Riveter" is an American icon representing women working in factories during World War II. These women learned new jobs and filled in for the men who were away at war. They produced much of the armaments and ammunition to supply the war effort.

They also paid FICA on their wages, contributing to the Social Security program....Read more

Social Security and You: Inspector General's Report Causes Confusion for Widows

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration recently released a report that was well-intentioned, but that has sewn confusion among millions of women collecting Social Security widow's benefits. What the report said was that a small percentage of widows were not informed by SSA clerks of a provision that could have resulted in ...Read more

Unemployment: For the older professional who had everything

What retirement? Americans will have to work longer, we've been warned. Fewer companies guarantee pensions.

With more old people to maintain, Congress is weighing plans to limit Social Security and Medicare, raising qualifying ages, and curbing benefit increases. "Our big entitlements are going to have reform so they are there for the next ...Read more

Social Security: How long do I expect my retirement to last?

Anticipate the length of your retirement, keeping in mind that many American workers will live much longer than the "average" retiree. Consider your health, family longevity, and lifestyle. Your Social Security retirement benefits will provide continuous income for as long as you live, protecting you even if your other sources of ...Read more

At 96, he's perpetually in motion

Aaron Miter wasn't sure what he was getting into the day he met Ray Bagley.

"The typical thing I have trouble with older clients is, they can't get on and off the floor," says Miter, a longtime personal trainer in San Diego. "So, I said to Ray, 'Can you get on and off the floor?' He's like, 'Yeah!' He jumps off his chair, rolls ...Read more

Former night nurse to England's King Edward VIII recalls his final days

TIMONIUM, Md. - When she was in her 20s, Juliana Chatard Alexander was the night nurse for the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, the man who abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.

After long declining interviews with historians and biographers, the Mays Chapel woman spoke with royal biographer Andrew Morton - and with...Read more

Barber who cut VP Hubert Humphrey's hair, calls it quits after 50 years

MINNEAPOLIS - John Vreeman was just out of barber school, barely 20 years old, when Vice President Hubert Humphrey sat down in his swivel chair.

The young barber trembled as he cut the political VIP's hair at the Sheraton-Ritz hotel barber shop in downtown Minneapolis. As Humphrey got up to leave with an entourage of Secret Service and media, ...Read more

He's 93. He's under hospice care. So this SC veteran will jump out of an airplane

WALTERBORO, S.C. - Howard P. Jones Jr. is a 93-year-old hospice patient who plans to skydive into a celebration of a remarkable life this Saturday, Feb. 24, in Walterboro.

"I like it," is the three-word explanation of a man dying of congestive heart failure.

For the past 10 years, Jones has been doing a tandem jump on his birthday ...Read more

Mood music: Lifting spirits of dementia patients

While music is known for lifting moods, rising evidence shows profound responses when favorite tunes are played for dementia patients.

The 2012 award-winning documentary, "Alive Inside," covers social worker Dan Cohen's use of music and iPods with Alzheimer's patients, who quickly become more vocal and animated. He founded the Music ...Read more

At nearly 50, Jazzercise lives on in the age of Zumba

SPOKANE, Wash. - Moving to the beat of Top 40s, you hear an instructor's dance cues. You grapevine or cha-cha-cha.

Yes, it's Jazzercise.

In the age of Zumba and CrossFit, the dance fitness program that started nearly 50 years ago lives on, but it's not exactly your mother's aerobics. Strength training and body-core work get as much focus ...Read more

55 Plus: Declutter now so your loved ones won't have to later

When my mother had a heart attack, she was taken to the hospital. She did not make it back. It was left to my sister and me to clean out her apartment.

During our childhood, mom was a figure of rigid neatness and cleanliness. Saturdays were always clean up days; we spent hours thoroughly dusting, sweeping, and, cleaning the house.

As adults, ...Read more

Social Security and You: 'Notch Babies' Now Reaching Century Mark -- and They Are Still Mad!

There is a group of very old people out there who, for decades now, has been misled into believing that they are being cheated out of Social Security benefits. I'm talking about folks who are now pushing the century mark -- in their mid-to-late 90s and beyond. And that means that for 30 or 40 years now, they have been carrying a grudge against ...Read more

A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads

SEATTLE - There's been such heavy focus on the wave of millennials flooding into our area, it's easy to forget that it's seniors who are the fastest-growing segment of Washington's - and even Seattle's - population.

In 2015, the state hit a demographic milestone: The number of folks age 65-plus hit 1 million.

And the number of them who drive...Read more

Dating Coach: Don't do this if you want to find love in 2018!

Recently, I looked in the mirror and instead of seeing my inner and outer beauty (we all have it including you!), all I could see were some new lines that seemed to have popped up out of nowhere.

Unfortunately noticing those lines led me to look at other lines and before I knew it, I was on this downward spiral of only seeing the negative ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Great castles of … the United States

Think only Europe has the lock on castles, coats-of-arm and other royal trappings? Pish-posh - the United States has its castles, too. And visitors may tour the grounds, enjoy a sumptuous repast and, in some cases, overnight in guest rooms that will make you feel like royalty.

- The Kentucky Castle, Versailles, KY

Kentucky is well-known for ...Read more

The Journey: 4 things for retirees to keep in mind about volatile stock market

When stock market volatility spikes, financial advisers typically remind investors they have time to keep the money invested and let it ride out the cycle, but what about people already in retirement?

As a whole, people in their 70s and beyond used to have very little invested in stocks, but that has changed in recent years due to low savings ...Read more

Social Security: Things to think about before applying for disability benefits

Social Security is with you throughout life's journey. We're here for you if the unexpected happens. We are there for you when you finally stop working as well. We provide vital financial support to tens of millions of American workers, primarily through retirement benefits. But we're also there for you if the unexpected happens and a serious ...Read more