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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.

Why?

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.

...Read more

Social Security and You: Identity Theft and Social Security

Q: My daughter recently had problems with a stolen purse and with someone possibly using her Social Security number. She went to the Social Security office and she was told to contact credit reporting agencies and possibly the police. And they gave her some website to look up. It seems to me they should have done more. Can't they just cancel her...Read more

Social Security: Receive Social Security benefits? Keep your address up-to-date with my Social Security

Keeping your address up to date with a my Social Security account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place. If you receive benefits, you can use my Social Security to update your address. If you've moved recently, updating your information sooner rather than later will help us deliver important documents to you, including:

-...Read more

Social Security and You: Am I a Shill or a Critic for SSA Service?

I figure I must be doing something right when I get back-to-back emails from readers criticizing me for allegedly voicing diametrically opposite viewpoints. First, there was this little gem.

Q: You just think the Social Security Administration is perfect in every way, don't you? I just want you to know that there is a lot of bad information out...Read more

Social Security: It's national Social Security Month

National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating you about Social Security programs and services. From programs that help support you through life's journey to services that help put you in control and systems that help protect what's important to you, Social Security is committed to helping secure today and ...Read more

Woman celebrates her 106th at the keyboard

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - In 1912, Oreo cookies, Cracker Jack and the Girl Scouts were born. So was Dorothy "Dottie" Coleman, who marked her 106th birthday Tuesday with her family in Oceanside.

Coleman was guest of honor at a birthday luncheon hosted by members of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club, who have become like a second family to ...Read more

Social Security and You: Taking Care of Mom in a Mom and Pop Business

Q: My husband and I run a small business. We are in our early 50s. Our profits are modest, but usually enough to reach the Social Security taxable maximum. For years now, my husband has reported all the income under his name for Social Security purposes. We do this for two reasons. One: We think we will come out ahead if he has a bigger Social ...Read more

Social Security: Helpful facts about Social Security disability benefits

When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security is there with a lifeline to help you and your family.

Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes and benefit through monthly retirement payments later in life. For others whose working years are cut ...Read more

For 81-year-old bodybuilder, exercise is the key to staying young

AURORA, Ill. - Ernestine Shepherd, 81, came to Aurora recently to say that exercise should be a key part of everyone's day, including senior citizens.

Shepherd hasn't let age stop her from being a bodybuilder, she said to a crowd of at least 100 at the African-American Health Coalition's 13th annual Community Health Fair at Aurora Christian ...Read more

Social Security and You: When in Doubt, Always File a Claim

Q: I want to thank you so much for helping me out. A few months ago, I gave you the particulars of our situation. I won't repeat all the numbers, but my husband's benefit is substantially more than my own. You said that based on the figures I gave you, I might be due extra spousal support. I went to my local Social Security office. The clerk ...Read more

As Trump targets immigrants, elderly brace to lose caregivers

BOSTON - After back-to-back, eight-hour shifts at a chiropractor's office and a rehab center, Nirva arrived outside an elderly woman's house just in time to help her up the front steps.

Nirva took the woman's arm as she hoisted herself up, one step at a time, taking breaks to ease the pain in her hip. At the top, they stopped for a hug.

"...Read more

Social Security: Facts you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A & B

Understanding Medicare isn't as difficult as you might think. It's a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program.

Can I still get Medicare at 65?

Yes, you're still eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no matter what year you were born.

If you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare ...Read more

They've been girlfriends for about 80 years now, ever since elementary school in Boyle Heights

When you've known each other nearly 80 years, you can't be expected to recall every detail.

But who can forget Arlene Dunaetz's curls back in Boyle Heights, in third grade?

"Each one was pulled tight like a corkscrew," says Helen Bialeck.

"I envied those curls," says Joyce Sindel.

"They were dark and she had so many...Read more

'Life and death' choices: Some Missouri seniors struggle to afford drugs after cuts

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Marjorie Prunty doesn't have many options left. She's borrowed all the equity she can from her home through a reverse mortgage, and her medications cost about as much as she receives through Social Security.

The 14 prescription drugs she takes are "life and death," but Prunty, 74, of Kansas City, has had to cut out...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Take a bite out of these destinations

The best way to get to know a place is to sink your teeth into the culture and history that help shape its food traditions. Here are several epicurean adventures that let you taste the authenticity of a given destination's culinary profile.

- Newport, Rhode Island

In the land of coffee milk, "stuffies and chowda" and endless seafood...Read more