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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: New Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail brings foodies 'The Year of Kentucky Food'

Nearly 20 years before Kentucky achieved statehood in 1792, one of its earliest explorers, Captain James Harrod, and his expedition party may have rustled up the earliest recipe for one of the state's most beloved dishes: burgoo.

At the fort they had just built in what is now Harrodsburg (the oldest permanent settlement west of the Allegheny ...Read more

55 Plus: How to find a job at any age

It's a common story for folks who have spent most of their adult life working in lower-paying jobs and are now middle age or seniors; people who don't have a pension and didn't established a consistent savings program for retirement. When they age to the point where Social Security becomes available, they leave their job in order to live on ...Read more

Women redefining retirement

Sometime in 2009, Rhoda Margolis was sitting at her desk, working on a retirement program when up popped an invitation to a webinar on the same subject.

She logged on.

By then Margolis, who celebrated her 73rd birthday recently, had been contemplating what her own life might look like after retirement. Without a job, what would give it ...Read more

Boomer U: Staying connected: Plugging in socially boosts well-being

Ron Schoenberger has plugged into a network each week for 50 years.

Since joining Rotary in 1968, the 83-year-old Spokane resident never missed a weekly group meeting. Club members recently honored his milestone.

Based on research, Schoenberger's regular social connections likely boosted his physical and psychological well-being, buffering ...Read more

Dating Coach: 5 tips for avoiding the heartbreak from ghosting

According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of Ghosting is ... "The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date."

A real life definition is ... you and I meet, we have amazing chemistry, we hang out, have awesome sex, I bond to you and you disappear ultimately breaking ...Read more

Painful sex? New treatment for menopausal women on its way to pharmacies

BOCA RATON, Fla. - For menopausal women who experience painful sex, a new treatment is on its way to pharmacies.

Boca Raton-based TherapeuticsMD began distributing its new product, Imvexxy, to stores recently. It will be available at all major retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as small pharmacies.

TherapeuticsMD, which is ...Read more

Mechanical cats and dogs make great pets for dementia patients

Helen is enamored with furry little Bonita, who purrs, meows and stretches out in Helen's arms.

"It's OK, it's OK," cooed the 84-year-old patient at the Alzheimer's Community Care organization's Specialized Adult Day Care Center in Boca Raton, as Bonita rolled on her back for a belly rub. "You're a pretty girl. Yes, you are. Are...Read more

Baltimore's homeless veterans get their own free barber shop

For years, a typical haircut at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training was delivered simply and with no frills. The barber, a resident veteran skilled with a pair of clippers, often improvised, using a chair in the middle of a hallway.

But on a recent Monday at Jonestown's 24-hour residential housing and training facility for ...Read more

Social Security and You: Peculiar Divorces Lead to Peculiar Social Security Scenarios

Q: My husband and I got married 30 years ago. About 25 years ago, we got a divorce. But a year and a half later, almost on a whim, we got remarried. But we never got any kind of papers from the minister who remarried us. Frankly, I'm not really sure he was an actual minister. Is this going to be a problem now that we are about to turn 62 and ...Read more

After years of illness, hardships and homelessness, the McCues finally have a place to call home

They arrived early, eagerly awaiting something that had eluded them for years: keys to a home of their own.

Carla McCue and her husband, Lawrence - a 75-year-old Marine Corps veteran - lived for years first in a motor home and then in their beat-up Jeep Grand Cherokee. Their story, like so many other homeless veterans and homeless senior ...Read more

Social Security: Working while disabled — Social Security can help

While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn't just a source of income, it's a vital part of who they are - it gives them purpose and pride - it's a connection to community. If you're getting Social Security disability benefits, we have...Read more

No gaps in understanding: Here's your primer on Medigap Coverage

Every year, older adults can opt out of a Medicare Advantage plan and opt in to original Medicare during open enrollment season, which begins on Oct. 15. But unexpected problems can arise with this change. Notably, seniors who want to return to original Medicare might not be able to purchase Medicare supplemental insurance, also known as ...Read more

Social Security and You: Senior Citizens Who Never Signed Up for Social Security

Q: I am 73 years old. I never signed up for Social Security, because I just never needed it. I am fortunate enough to be independently wealthy. I inherited a multimillion-dollar business from my father, who had inherited it from his father. We have way more than enough money to live comfortably for the rest of our lives, and to provide nest eggs...Read more

Social Security: When you are self-employed

Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly...Read more

Social Security and You: Is Social Security a Welfare Program?

Q: Recently, I was listening to a radio program in which the host described Social Security as a welfare program. He said millions of people are getting benefits they never paid for and don't deserve. I'd like to get your opinion on this. Is Social Security welfare?

A: Well, I guess it all depends on how you define "welfare." If you mean it in ...Read more

Social Security: Monitoring your earnings record can really pay off

You work hard for your money. You're saving and planning for a secure retirement. Now you need to make sure you're going to get all the money you deserve. Regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record can really pay off, especially when every dollar counts in retirement.

If an employer did not properly report just one year of your ...Read more

Precision medicine offers a glimmer of hope for Alzheimer's disease

The decadeslong search for effective ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease is littered with failures, leaving 5.7 million Americans already stricken with this form of dementia without a lifeline. The rest of us are left to hope we won't be among the 1 in 10 over 65 who gets the devastating diagnosis.

But precision medicine -- an approach...Read more

Social Security and You: Reduced Benefit Rates

Q: Whenever you mention the reduction for early retirement, you always say it is "about one half of 1 percent." So what is it? Is it one half of 1 percent? Or is it something else? Why the ambiguity?

A: In this case, I think my ambiguous answer is better than the facts. And the facts are these: Retirement benefits are reduced five-ninths of 1 ...Read more

Upscale dining options key to happiness at senior living communities

When The Club opens later this summer at Lenbrook Atlanta, it arguably will be one of the more well-vetted dining establishments to hit Buckhead in recent memory.

At tasting sessions, residents of the Peachtree Road senior community helped select which dark, light and decaf blends will be served all day in the coffeehouse before it morphs into...Read more

Social Security: Here for people like you

All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds - they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and passions create one of the most unique societies in ...Read more

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