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Battling rising cost of living? Seeking a community? Try the cohousing lifestyle

Not long ago, a story about a place called "The Llano Exit Strategy" made the rounds on social media, and people of a certain age nearly lost their minds.

A group of eight friends had purchased 10 acres of land along a river in Texas and had an architect design four, eco-friendly tiny houses (350 square feet) that cost $40,000 a pop,...Read more

Boomer U: Middle age aches could be osteoarthritis

You first notice swelling in a finger or a stiff knee when you get up in the morning.

In those moments, you brush it off as the normal aches and pains of aging. But it might be arthritis.

The joint disease osteoarthritis is thought to be on the rise, partly because of active baby boomers and also higher U.S. obesity rates. It occurs from the ...Read more

Dating Coach: 5 healthy steps for surviving a break up

An important relationship has just ended and you'll want to do some processing and reflecting about the relationship by yourself.

Take time to ask yourself questions like the ones below that will help you gain an understanding of exactly what happened so you don't repeat similar dating and relationship patterns with a new man in a future ...Read more

Social Security and You: Men Ask About Widow's Benefits

I get lots of questions about widow's benefits. And surprisingly, most of them come from men concerned about the benefits their wives will get after they die. Here are some examples.

Q: I waited until I was 70 to start my Social Security. Those benefits just kicked in last month. I did that for two reasons: to maximize my retirement benefits ...Read more

Social Security: How the work rules work for you

Retirement doesn't have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn't have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement...Read more

Social Security and You: The Basics of Applying for Social Security Benefits

I've saved up a bunch of questions that have to do with applying for various kinds of Social Security benefits. Frankly, I think of most of them as rather elementary. But then I remind myself that I've dealt with Social Security issues almost every day of my life for the past 45 years. And most of my readers deal with the program, at least in a ...Read more

Social Security: Social Security supports people battling cancer

In 2018, more than 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness ...Read more

What's on your bucket list? Granting the dangerous, heartbreaking wishes of Philly seniors

Henry Allhiser, 82, fell in love with Lady Gaga while watching her concerts on HBO at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland.

He dreamed of seeing the pop star play live - or even meeting her - but he had no real hope of doing so. He hadn't been to a concert since he saw John Denver perform decades ago.

But Allhiser...Read more

Social Security and You: Top Five Social Security Myths

It's time for me to dust off and update a column I write every five years or so about Social Security myths. I could write a book called "The Top 100 Social Security Myths." But I'm having too much fun taking bike rides with my wife and playing Scrabble with her on the back porch to spend time doing that. So instead, I'll just take an hour or so...Read more

Social Security… live

Social Security engages with the public in a number of ways. From news articles like this to blog posts, and printed publications to tweets, we try to speak to as many people, in as many ways, as we can. Our Facebook Live events give you concise information in an easy-to-follow conversation.

Here are the topics from recent Facebook Live events:...Read more

Social Security and You: More Questions About the Timing of Social Security Checks

Q: I think you covered this issue in a past column. But I'm still confused. I will turn 66 on Aug. 28, 2018. I want to start my Social Security then. And because I know that Social Security checks come one month behind, I understand that the first check I will be due will come in September. So when I sign up for Social Security, do I tell them I...Read more

Social Security: Replace your Social Security card online

Need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card? If you live in a qualifying state, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. There's no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or Card Center.

As long as you're only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free ...Read more

New frontier for gay rights: Bias and bullying in senior housing

Even before she began searching for senior housing, Marti Smith had heard the horror stories.

Her gay friends told Smith, a lesbian, that when their partners entered assisted living the partners had to hide their homosexuality to avoid bias and bullying. Even Smith's friends had to play along when they visited.

"Visitors were told not to...Read more

Social Security and You: Trying to Help Dad Led to Complications

Q: My dad is 90 years old and I help him with medical appointments and managing important business affairs. We went to our local Social Security office to change dad's address. While there, I asked to be added to dad's account so that I can make inquiries on his behalf. The clerk signed me up to be his "representative payee." Then a few weeks ...Read more

102-year-old sets another world record

SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate his 102nd birthday in February, Carlsbad, Calif., retiree Glenn Quillin whizzed into history as the world's oldest zip-line rider.

But his glory was short-lived. On April 6, a 106-year-old Englishman established the new Guinness World Record.

No worries. With the publication of his first book three weeks ago, Quillin ...Read more

Cohousing: The new Bay Area trend in senior living

The skyrocketing cost of Bay Area housing almost forced Marietta Borgel to leave San Jose, the place she's called home for six decades. Then she discovered home-sharing and, for the first time in her 75 years, Borgel moved in with a roommate.

Life in a traditional retirement home didn't appeal to Angela Hunkler, a 73-year-old artist, so she ...Read more

Social Security: Social Security honors the nation's heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits.

The loss of a ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Unexpected art meccas in the US

Sure. Santa Fee has its art colony, Seattle, its experimental arts edge, and New York, enough museums and cultural institutions that it can catalog its own top 50 and still have plenty of must-see's left for another arts-centric list.

But rocking an arts scene beneath the radar are those smaller towns whose dynamic art galleries, working ...Read more

'The music brings back memories': Seniors dance for fun and fitness

The rules are simple in Cyndi Dorber's line-dancing classes. Show up. Move. Have fun.

Dorber, a professional dance instructor, has found a niche teaching older students at senior centers and retirement communities throughout the Dallas area.

"Movement and music make the elderly feel young," Dorber says. "The music brings back ...Read more

He's 81 and getting his Ph.D. 'I figured I'd go look for answers'

TAMPA - John Voelpel took his first University of South Florida class, a course on environmental ethics, for no credit in 2002. He liked it, so he stuck around. For 15 years.

Sometimes the twentysomethings in his classes looked at him askance. After all, here he was with his white hair and prosthetic leg, a sixtysomething, then a ...Read more