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Why Alzheimer's is the thief that takes and takes and takes

The thief arrived as you might expect. Unannounced.

Karen J. Hardwick might not have noticed except after years of marriage, she'd seen some things.

Greg had always been nothing short of fastidious, organizing his closet by color and style. Nothing was ever out of place. Indeed, it made him hard to live with at times.

Then things started to ...Read more

Cycling Without Age gives older adults with limited mobility a thrilling change of scene on electric bikes.

Outside the senior home, Sister Rosalind Gefre ditched her walker for a bicycle ride - without having to pedal at all.

At 89, the nun can't bike like she used to, but a new program is helping her and other older adults with limited mobility experience again the thrill of bicycling around St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Wearing a sweater over her ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Amtrak adventure to the American West aboard the California Zephyr

There are four things to know before boarding Amtrak's California Zephyr for a spectacularly scenic ride into the American West: ignore the train's timetable (and your watch and/or phone); leave your dust-and-dirt detecting white gloves at home; recognize that your 18 inches of personal space will be seriously compromised; and expect to get ...Read more

Goal-setting groove: Milestone birthdays fuel lists of things to accomplish

This summer has brought adventures for the Spokane family of Danielle Beaudine, from picking huckleberries to cycling the Hiawatha Trail. And, while Beaudine, nearing her milestone year of 40, is not considered a senior; her ideas are inspiring for folks of any age.

Far from random, these activities are connections in a journey Beaudine ...Read more

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. - Deep in the rolling farmland of Lancaster County sits an experiment meant to address two of the great, looming crises of American aging: loneliness and access to safe, affordable senior housing.

The Thistledown Co-living House, built in New Holland a little more than a year ago with the help of community volunteers, is a way...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Fall for This Latest Social Security Scam

Before I get to today's questions, I must point out a phone scam that is currently going on that involves Social Security. Quite a few readers have reported this scam to me. And then just this week, I was a victim, too. Here is the message that all the readers and I heard on our phones:

"This call is from the Department of Social Security. The ...Read more

Social Security: Scams come in many different forms

Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too.

Scammers commonly target people who are looking for Social Security program and benefit information. You might receive an advertisement in the mail, but it could be from a private company or even a ...Read more

Plane Food

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I haven't traveled in a long time, but I'm planning on attending my great-niece's wedding in December. I don't get the opportunity to see her often, as they live on the other side of the country.

Given that I have diabetes, I'm worried about my blood sugar during the flight. I've heard that travel has changed a lot and airlines have ...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Listen to Friends and Neighbors About Social Security

I've said this before and written columns about this before. Do NOT listen to your friends and neighbors when it comes to Social Security advice. Whatever they are telling you is probably wrong. Here is another batch of questions saved up from this week's mailbag that proves my point.

Q: My sister's husband died on July 24. He was 76 and ...Read more

Social Security: Terms in plain language

Some of the terms and acronyms (an abbreviation of the first letters of words in a phrase) people use when they talk about Social Security can be a little confusing. We're here to help you understand all you need to know.

Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. In fact, The Plain Writing ...Read more

Bloody Nose

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I have been having nosebleeds most nights for the last month or so. Thinking it might be a sign of something serious, I went for a checkup with my doctor. Luckily, she found nothing serious or new.

While I'm glad that it's not a big deal, I would still like to stop the bleeding. By the time I wake up, the nosebleed has stopped, but my ...Read more

Social Security and You: You Don't Have to Be Old to Get Social Security

If you were to play a word association game and the phrase "Social Security" came up, I bet many of you would answer "old people" or "senior citizens." It's normal to associate Social Security with old folks because, well, the majority of Social Security beneficiaries are just that. But about 30% of people getting a monthly check from Social ...Read more

The talk seniors need to have with doctors before surgery

The decision seemed straightforward. Bob McHenry's heart was failing, and doctors recommended two high-risk surgeries to restore blood flow. Without the procedures, McHenry, 82, would die.

The surgeon at a Boston teaching hospital ticked off the possible complications. Karen McHenry, the patient's daughter, remembers feeling there was no ...Read more

Social Security: Can help if you're young and lose a parent

For young people whose parent passes away, Social Security is here. Losing a parent is both emotionally painful and, often times, devastating to a family's finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and seniors when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies.

You should let Social ...Read more

Medicare Fraud

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: This year, I've been surrounded by requests for my DNA to do genetic testing for Medicare. I received phone calls and had door-to-door salesmen approach me, too, but both ways seemed like obvious fraud.

Now, I'm seeing more and more testing offered and am wondering if it's legitimate. There was even an event at my local senior center ...Read more

Turning 99, clock collector shows those close to him the value of slowing down

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Every room of Archer Cox's home has at least one clock.

Clocks shaped like cats and pandas. Clocks with thermometers on them. Wall clocks that look like giant watches. Big grandfather ones. Antique clocks from a pub in England. Ones that go cuckoo.

A garage sits empty of cars, but full of more antique timekeepers. Cigar ...Read more

Expert alert: Tips for driving safely into your golden years

With more senior drivers on the road than in years past, the importance of assessing driver fitness has increased. In the latest issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers look at this topic along with tools that clinicians can use to determine if patients are able to safely operate a vehicle. "Driving retirement is a normal part of ...Read more

Social Security and You: Privatizing Social Security

Q: I am doing a school report on plans to privatize Social Security. What can you tell me about this?

A: That's a topic that used to be all the rage back in the 1980s and 1990s. But ever since the almost catastrophic financial crash in the late 2000s, saying you want to turn Social Security over to Wall Street brokers (i.e., to "privatize" ...Read more

At 91, big band vocalist is low-key about the high life of her youth

At 91, Hilda "Tinker" Rautenberg doesn't make a big production of her storied past. Still, she might occasionally break into song, reminded of a ditty or two she sang as a member of the Moonmaids, who did vocals for popular big band leader Vaughn Monroe in the late 1940s.

Born Hilda Cunningham, Rautenberg had just started at North ...Read more

Social Security: Sign up for, and estimate Medicare costs

Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare, and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire.

Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received...Read more

 

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