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Surf's up for senior women's Boogie Board club

SAN DIEGO – In the early 1970s, the Boogie Board was born. So was Charlotte Gumbrell's love for riding the waves on the popular foam body boards. Fifty years later, Gumbrell is still at it, as the oldest member of the Newcomers Club of San Dieguito's Boogie Board club.

Gumbrell, 95, is among a group of about two dozen women who meet up to ...Read more

Social Security and You: More Questions About Widows Benefits

Sometimes, when I write a column about a certain topic, that column seems to generate more questions than it answers. And that certainly was the case with a column I wrote about widows benefits just before the holidays. Ever since, my inbox has been crammed with emails from widows or about widows. And I even got some questions about benefits for...Read more

Turning Full Retirement Age in 2021? Consider Filing for Benefits This Month

I write a column similar to this one every January. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself, because it contains a very important message for people planning to retire in 2021.

January is a critical month for the hundreds of thousands of potential Social Security beneficiaries who are reaching 66 and 2 months, their so-called full retirement age, ...Read more

Balancing Act: A family lost everything in a fire 2 days before Christmas. Their neighbors rushed to help make them whole

Jordan Jackson has a little morning routine. He runs from the living room in his family’s Evanston, Illinois, apartment back to his parents’ bedroom and checks if his mom is awake. If she’s sleeping, he kisses her cheek and runs back out. A few minutes later: repeat.

Jordan is 9 and he’s autistic. His mom, Mayra Jackson, said the ...Read more

Age shouldn’t prevent senior from adopting older pet

Dear Cathy,

I need your help. I am over 70 years old and I recently lost my dog of over 10 years. He was adopted along with the cat I had who also recently passed after 18 years with me. I have been looking to adopt now since the beginning of 2020. I located a rescue group and after a home check was approved to adopt. At this point in my life...Read more

How to effectively teach a Boomer to Zoom from 3,000 miles away

Do all your chats back home to Mom these days start, "You're on mute. The button's lower left"? Or have you at least once in the last nine months asked Gramps if you could FaceTime the back of his TV set as a way of helping him find the strange beast known as an HDMI port? If so, you're not alone; you're part of an ever-growing group of people ...Read more

'The young vote becomes the old vote, eventually, and lasts for generations'

ATLANTA — Young voters in Georgia made their voices heard in the 2020 presidential election.

Georgia had one of the highest turnouts in the nation for voters between the ages of 18 and 29, according to Tuft University's Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

About 15% of Georgia voters were born after 1991, ...Read more

Can ‘snowbirds’ get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida? It’s complicated

TAMPA, Fla. — Every winter, retirees from the Northeast and Midwest head to the warmth of Florida, occupying seasonal homes and condos. But 2021 isn’t like years past.

This year, “snowbirds” are weighing a new consideration when deciding whether to flee their cold-weather states: Where am I more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine? So far,...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security Update for 2021

It has been my custom for most of the past 23 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates scheduled to take place the following year.

Almost all Social Security beneficiaries are familiar with the most popular and publicized upcoming change: the increase in monthly benefit checks for 2021 due to the ...Read more

Social Security and You: Full Retirement Age in 2021 and Beyond

I know many people are saying, "Good riddance" to 2020, partly due to political turmoil but primarily due to the deadly COVID-19 virus. But as for me, I have been dreading 2021. Why? It has to do with the increase in the Social Security full retirement age. And therein lies a story.

For the first half-century of the Social Security program, ...Read more

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Rich Americans who fear higher taxes hurry to move money now

Rich Americans are rushing to make large transactions before the end of the month, trying to get ahead of any moves next year by President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress to raise taxes or close loopholes.

Some advisers say they’re busier than ever in the last weeks of 2020, especially with helping clients transfer wealth to the ...Read more

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Diabetes Quick Fix: Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna – a comforting favorite! This vegetarian one will become one of your favorites, too. It can be made ahead and rewarmed. This recipe is for two and is made in a loaf pan rather than a large lasagna dish.

It takes only a few minutes to prepare the lasagna, and the remaining time is in the oven.

Helpful Hints:

– An 8 1/2-inch by 4 1/...Read more

Social Security and You: A Holiday Gift Idea - My New Social Security Book!

First of all, let me wish a heartfelt happy holidays to all the wonderful readers of my column. I've heard from so many of you over the years. I've managed to help you understand Social Security a little bit better. And many of you have managed to brighten my days with your kind words about me and my column.

Some of you are new to the column ...Read more

What seniors can expect when COVID vaccines begin to roll out

Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 are on the way. What should older adults expect?

The first candidates, from Pfizer and Moderna, could arrive before Christmas, according to Alex Azar, who heads the Department of Health and Human Services.

Both vaccines are notably effective in preventing illness due to the coronavirus, according to ...Read more

Social Security and You: Benefits for Widows

I get a lot of emails from women who have questions about the widows benefits they are already getting. Or they have questions about the widows benefits they think they will be getting in the future. I've saved up a few of those and will answer them in today's column.

Q: I am 70 years old. My husband has stage-four lung cancer. He is 72. He ...Read more

Long-term care workers, grieving and under siege, brace for COVID's next round

In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients' cries.

"Please don't leave me."

"I need my family."

Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island nursing home ravaged by COVID-19 have taken a steep toll on Silvestri, 37, a registered nurse.

She can't sleep, as she ...Read more

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Long-term care workers, grieving and under siege, brace for COVID's next round

In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients' cries.

"Please don't leave me."

"I need my family."

Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island nursing home ravaged by COVID-19 have taken a steep toll on Silvestri, 37, a registered nurse.

She can't sleep, as she replays memories of ...Read more

Social Security and You: Misplaced Gripes About Letters From Social Security

I've pointed out many times how people are quick to gripe about the government in general and the services it provides in particular -- when they don't have the whole picture about what is going on. For example, lately, I've been getting a lot of complaints about letters that people get from the Social Security Administration. And in most cases,...Read more

Social Security and You: Why Me? Ask the Social Security Administration for Help

Let me ask a question. If your furnace stopped working on the coldest day of the year, would you send an email to a guy who writes a newspaper column about heating and air conditioning issues? Or would you immediately call a local heating contractor and get someone out as soon as possible to fix your furnace? Obviously, you would do the latter. ...Read more

'Living in a cocoon': As coronavirus pandemic grows longer, experts fear isolation's impact on seniors

BALTIMORE — In the 72 years Dick and Lois Hess have been married, they've watched their country bludgeoned by economic calamities, unrest, corruption and tragedies.

But nothing prepared them for this: eight months of separation, during which they haven't been able to hold hands, hug or sit closer than 6 feet apart, even though they both live...Read more