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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: A country inn, dude ranch and mountain hideaway mark 100th anniversary

Back in the day (the day being 1919), there were no computers for scrolling through pictures of hotel rooms, choosing the most coveted one and then booking it. Smartphones were called "rotary dial telephones" and were of no help in navigating the best route to this beautiful haven. And gas-powered motor cars weren't that far removed ...Read more

Childhood friends recycle flowers into bouquets of beauty for seniors

On a cold and snowy day in early February, Laura Hogan and Jill McCarty delivered warmth and a whiff of spring to residents at Wealshire of Bloomington.

Hogan and McCarty handed bouquets of vibrant roses, tulips and mums in pint-size Mason jars twined with a tag reading "Thinking of you" to seniors at the memory care facility.

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College for older students: New guidebook can help you figure out how to make it work

Go to any bookstore or library and you will find shelves of books about college - rankings, ratings, tips for finding the best fit, advice on how to write an essay, how to get into your dream school, and how to succeed when you get there.

But most are written for a specific audience: high-school seniors and first-time college students. Few ...Read more

Dementia makes moving to a new place hard on everyone. Here's how to make it easier.

Like many caregivers, Kim Boddy has learned the hard way how difficult it can be for an elderly family member with dementia to move from one place to another.

Boddy had to make difficult decisions to keep her mother safe. She had to witness her mother's increasing confusion and then absorb the older woman's ire over restrictions on her ...Read more

LI couples married for 50-plus years give advice to newlyweds

When you've celebrated 50 years together as a married couple, you learn a few things about love, resolving arguments and staying happy.

From first date jitters to blissful wedding bells, three Long Island couples Vincent and Walda Corazon of North Bellmore, Gerald and Amelia Mullen of Roosevelt and Jim and Dianne Jackman of Manorville shared ...Read more

Boomer U: Kings of the road: Navigating your way through the different styles and sizes of RVs

Perhaps you're ready to buy a RV for travel or camping. That can be a journey in itself to choose from among multiple RV types in a range of prices.

Finding a good match depends on how you plan to use the RV along as well as the amenities you consider "must haves." Is it mainly for weekend jaunts or longer trips? Do you need more ...Read more

55 Plus: Work your body to save your mind

There is no pill that will stop or cure Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia. But medical researchers have now published numerous studies which offer proof there may be a way to protect yourself against dementia, and perhaps slow down the onset of the frightening litany of mental declines in in those 55 and older.

The prevention method is...Read more

Social Security: Social security AND America saves week

Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. And each year, the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior; it is also a great time...Read more

Social Security: It's tax time here's how to get your SSA-1099

Tax season is approaching, and Social Security has made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement is also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you can get a copy of your 1099 anytime and anywhere you want using our online services.

A Social Security 1099 is a tax form Social Security mails each year in ...Read more

Frail seniors find ways to live independently

DENVER - Pauline Jeffery had let things slide since her husband died. Her bedroom was a mess. Her bathroom was disorganized. She often tripped over rugs in her living and dining room.

"I was depressed and doing nothing but feeling sorry for myself," said the 85-year-old Denver resident.

But Jeffery's inertia faded when she joined a ...Read more

Social Security: Black History Month

In February, our nation honors African-Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information and tools for people of countless backgrounds ...Read more

Social Security: Beware of scammers pretending to be from Social Security

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown individuals over the phone or internet. If you receive a call and aren't expecting one, you must be...Read more

Social Security: Benefits to increase in 2019

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of ...Read more

She's no loaf: At 94, she works 6 days a week at a Giant bakery

Meet Wynnifred Franklin, 94, a great-grandmother who's worked in the bakery of the Giant supermarket in Audubon, Montgomery County, Pa., since 1996.

For three years, Wynnifred Franklin enjoyed retirement. But it got old, quick. And she didn't.

So at the age of 72 - armed with a resume that included a job at RCA during World War II - she went ...Read more

He's paid to help Hornets fans find their seats. So what's with all these dance moves?

There doesn't seem to be a good reason for Jim Kobos to be dancing at this particular moment, much less to be having so much fun doing it.

The team he works as an usher for - the NBA's Charlotte Hornets - is losing by two dozen points to the Dallas Mavericks. The 16,000 or so people in uptown's Spectrum Center are growing more listless with ...Read more

55 Plus: Have you lost too much muscle?

Have you lost so much muscle that it has become hard for you to move? Do you keep a step-stool handy because you can't reach up to a cabinet shelf with a jar in your hand, and no longer have the muscle to take the weight of an item down from a shelf? Do you have to push yourself up from a seated position because your legs no longer have the ...Read more

Need affordable senior housing? You may be waiting years as Philly, nation grapple with long wait lists.

By the time the line began moving on a hot Tuesday morning in June, nearly a dozen seniors had been waiting for almost a day.

They gathered in South Philadelphia - by the end, scores of them, most older than 62 - to try to secure one of the new, affordable senior housing units sprouting near Fourth and Snyder Streets. Many had begun lining up ...Read more

Birthday surprise for WWII pilot reunited with pieces of his past

When Capt. Alan Carlton's B-24 bomber was shot down over Germany during World War II, he felt lucky.

Not that lucky - wounded in the right foot, he left a bloody trail in the snow that made him easy to track. The American pilot was captured at gunpoint and spent more than a year in a POW camp.

But he was alive, which was more than could be ...Read more

UC San Diego opens new senior-focused emergency unit

There's no sign notifying patients that they are entering the new Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit, but it's immediately obvious that something has changed.

Moving from the main emergency department at UC San Diego's Jacobs Medical Center into the corridor that leads to the new unit, there is a noticeable drop in noise level and ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: A Duchess, a baker, a plantation history maker: Cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company

A Duchess, a baker, a plantation history maker: Meet this coterie of capable ladies of the river, including a duchess defined by her all-suite staterooms; a nationally known chef who has cooked for the likes of Mick Jagger, Lily Tomlin, and Shirley MacLaine; and a Louisiana rebel who saved the history of the Creole plantation that bears her ...Read more

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