Senior Living






Should older seniors risk major surgery? New research offers guidance

Nearly 1 in 7 older adults die within a year of undergoing major surgery, according to an important new study that sheds much-needed light on the risks seniors face when having invasive procedures.

Especially vulnerable are older patients with probable dementia (33% die within a year) and frailty (28%), as well as those having emergency ...Read more

Social Security and You: Give Thanks for Social Security

Around this year's Thanksgiving holiday, I'm going to suggest that we Americans give thanks for the Social Security program. I know lots of people like to think that the "good old days" (before Social Security) were, well, good old days. But many times, they were not. And if you'd like to get a glimpse of what life was like before the Social ...Read more


Road Trips & Recipes: Unwrap holiday fun on Lancaster, Ohio’s Tinsel & Traditions Trail

A new Christmas event based on a German tradition. The largest nativity display east of the Mississippi. And Mike, Carol and the “whole bloomin’ Brady Bunch.” See them all this holiday season on Fairfield County’s Tinsel and Traditions Trail in the Pressed Glass Capital of Ohio – Lancaster – once the world headquarters for the Anchor...Read more

Social Security and You: Happy Birthday, SSI!

I was playing one of my morning online word puzzles when up popped a little blurb from a senior citizen advocacy group announcing that the Supplemental Security Income program has recently turned 50 years old. I'm sure most people who see a reference to SSI would say something like "Supplemental Security what?" And that's because SSI is not very...Read more

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After 64 years spent flying, including in Korean and Vietnam wars, Virginia Beach veteran’s head is still in the clouds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Charles “Obie” O’Brien perched a dozen black and white photographs on his knees as his aged fingers flipped through the memories.

At 94, O’Brien’s face is lined with experience, but his eyes still sparkled as he recalled some 64 years flying above the clouds.

“I will tell you I would do it all again in a ...Read more

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Atlanta gym owner Ellen Ector is going strong at 70

ATLANTA — There’s no doubt that Ellen Ector is a force. The fiercely fit 70-year-old inspires more than 177K followers on Instagram and launched the viral hashtag #blackgirlsworkouttoo that has since garnered 500K posts. Not the typical fitness guru in many ways, her interest in fitness only began when she was 40.

A photo taken of Ector in ...Read more

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This 100-year-old veteran reads to Raleigh’s blind every week. ‘It’s my calling.’

RALEIGH, N.C. — Every Wednesday morning at 10, Bob Kruger rolls his walker into the studio, plunks down in a comfortable chair and starts reading the newspaper in his gravelly voice — a 100-year-old radio celebrity with an audience that swoons over every word.

He thumbs through the clippings he’ll read on-air: Emperor Penguins Now ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Red Flannel Hash

Red Flannel Hash is a tasty mixture of beef, potatoes and beets. It’s a New England specialty and takes its name and color from the red beets.

This is a great recipe for leftover meat and potatoes. Simply add them to a skillet with some diced canned beets and the sauce ingredients from this recipe.

Helpful Hints:

— You can substitute ...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Overthink Social Security Starting Date Questions

I frequently get emails from readers who turn a little molehill of an issue into a big mountain of a problem, and it has to do with the starting date for their Social Security benefits. The Social Security retirement application asks a question that goes something like this: "Which month do you want your benefits to start?" Way too many folks ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian’s deadly impact on Florida seniors exposes need for new preparation strategies

All kinds of natural disasters — hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, dangerous heat waves — pose substantial risks to older adults. Yet, not enough seniors prepare for these events in advance, and efforts to encourage them to do so have been largely unsuccessful.

The most recent horrific example was Hurricane Ian, the massive storm ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian's deadly impact on Florida seniors exposes need for new preparation strategies

All kinds of natural disasters — hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, dangerous heat waves — pose substantial risks to older adults. Yet, not enough seniors prepare for these events in advance, and efforts to encourage them to do so have been largely unsuccessful.

The most recent horrific example was Hurricane Ian, the massive storm ...Read more

Social Security and You: Rules I Can't Explain

I really get upset when readers tell me that they talked to a Social Security Administration employee hoping to get an understanding of some confusing Social Security rule and the only reply they got was this: "It's the law." In my opinion, that's a bad answer. People should be given a reason why a particular Social Security law exists in the ...Read more

Social Security and You: No Social Security Taxes Means No Social Security Benefits

Q: My husband is a 58-year-old farmer. He is a very stubborn man. He is opposed to paying any kind of federal taxes, including Social Security taxes. He will do anything near the end of a year to show a loss on his farm. He will buy equipment. He will buy seed or fertilizer. He will do whatever it takes so he can show a loss on his tax return ...Read more

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Tips for overcoming age-related cooking challenges

Cooking at home is a mood-booster, exercises muscles and the mind, and can help us maintain a healthy diet, especially as we age.

But with age-related medical conditions come new challenges in the kitchen. People with dementia or memory loss may worry about forgetting the roast they put in the oven. Perhaps the meals you used to prepare for a ...Read more

Social Security and You: COLA for 2023

In mid-October every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its much-anticipated report on changes (usually increases) to the Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months. Why is this little, esoteric government report -- actually called the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers -- so popular? Because for the ...Read more

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Photographer’s 12-year quest to document her life produces a rich portrait of aging

A dozen years ago, at age 70, Marna Clarke had a dream. She was walking on a sidewalk and rounded a corner. Ahead of her, she saw an end to the path and nothing beyond.

It was a turning point for Clarke. “I realized, ‘Oh my God, I’m nearer the end than the beginning,’” she said. Soon, she was seized by a desire to examine what she ...Read more

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Social Security pay is going up. Tampa Bay seniors are skeptical.

TAMPA, Fla. — When Nancy Francis thinks about living in Tampa Bay, she pictures her neighbors’ teeth.

They pass with closed smiles in the hallways of Peterborough Apartments, a low-income senior housing complex in downtown St. Petersburg.

But when they talk, she sees gaps in their gums, the missing canines pulled because they were unable ...Read more

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Robot pets help these seniors make friends

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s happy hour at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, a St. Petersburg retirement community. Seven older adults circle around a table, red wine and sodas in hand.

On the countertop, lined up as if in a processional, sit a group of seven cats and dogs.

From a stone’s throw away, they look like stuffed animals.

But ...Read more

A Connecticut man is in the lecanemab Alzheimer’s drug trial. He said it made him ‘feel a change’ in his clarity.

Bruce and Linda Meyers were thrilled when the official news came out that late-stage studies of the drug lecanemab appear to show the drug slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bruce Meyers, who is part of the study at the Yale School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit, said he already knew it was a winner — he felt...Read more

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Over-the-counter hearing aids finally available to purchase

Soon, millions of Americans will hear better, for less money and at greater convenience.

Beginning this week, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids will be sold at local stores and online for the first time, making it possible for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss to buy the devices without a prescription.

Major retailers, including Best...Read more