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‘They treat me like I’m old and stupid’: Seniors decry health providers’ age bias

Joanne Whitney, 84, a retired associate clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California-San Francisco, often feels devalued when interacting with health care providers.

There was the time several years ago when she told an emergency room doctor that the antibiotic he wanted to prescribe wouldn’t counteract the kind of urinary ...Read more

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‘The Legacy,’ Camden High’s class of 1960, celebrates its 60th reunion — a year late

CAMDEN, N.J. — They became friends at an unlikely time in Camden’s history; Black and white students from segregated neighborhoods across the city came together to attend the Castle on the Hill.

Six decades later, a group that has dubbed itself “The Legacy,” Camden High School’s Class of 1960, came together again earlier this month to...Read more

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Ohio veterans honored for professional, philanthropic work after military service

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On the afternoon of the death of Colin Powell, Wanda Dillard couldn't help but reflect on the impact the four-star general and first Black secretary of state had on her life.

Dillard, an Army veteran and the first Black woman to command a medical unit in the Ohio National Guard, said she had many African American soldiers and...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Orlando, where the wild things are

Mingle with flamingos. Play Tarzan in the treetops. Ride an airboat across a swamp in search of gators. From a coral reef habitat at a tropical island oasis to the needle tips of a pine forest to a nature preserve in the Everglades, there’s a lot of wild to explore in Orlando.

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS, SAFARI WITH GIRAFFES

Learn how to signal “...Read more

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This Pennsylvania ‘quilt extravaganza’ was on their bucket list

OAKS, Pa. — When "Baskets & Butterflies" was unfolded and could be seen in all its glory on the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza stage, master quilter Beverley MacGown’s handiwork got a round of applause, and so did she.

“It’s such an honor,” said MacGown, 86, who sat in the audience next to her friend, neighbor, and fellow ...Read more

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A wrenching farewell: Bidding adieu to my primary care doctor after nearly 30 years

I hadn’t expected the tears.

My primary care doctor and I were saying goodbye after nearly 30 years together.

“You are a kind and a good person,” he told me after the physical exam, as we wished each other good luck and good health.

“I trust you completely — and always have,” I told him, my eyes overflowing.

“That means so much...Read more

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A wrenching farewell: Bidding adieu to my primary care doctor after nearly 30 years

I hadn’t expected the tears.

My primary care doctor and I were saying goodbye after nearly 30 years together.

“You are a kind and a good person,” he told me after the physical exam, as we wished each other good luck and good health.

“I trust you completely — and always have,” I told him, my eyes overflowing.

“That means so much...Read more

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We'll say it again: COVID vaccines save seniors' lives, and this study shows it

Reminder to Floridians: COVID vaccines work.

In case we all needed to be told yet again, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services says COVID vaccines likely saved 2,400 seniors from death, many more — 6,700 — from hospitalization in Florida and about 17,000 from infection.

We should be dancing in the street at that ...Read more

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'Rosies' reunite with WWII bomber they helped build at Kansas plant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A veteran of World War II came home to Kansas City for a visit Monday.

The veteran was a B-25D Mitchell bomber.

The airplane now known as "Rosie's Reply" landed at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The airport is located just a short hop across the Missouri River from the Fairfax district in Kansas City, Kansas, where ...Read more

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Alzheimer’s drug targets people with mild cognitive impairment. What does that mean?

The approval of a controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, Aduhelm, is shining a spotlight on mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory, attention, language or other cognitive tasks that exceed changes expected with normal aging.

After initially indicating that Aduhelm could be prescribed to anyone with dementia, the Food and ...Read more

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Alzheimer's drug targets people with mild cognitive impairment. What does that mean?

The approval of a controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, Aduhelm, is shining a spotlight on mild cognitive impairment — problems with memory, attention, language or other cognitive tasks that exceed changes expected with normal aging.

After initially indicating that Aduhelm could be prescribed to anyone with dementia, the Food and ...Read more

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'Angel in a white uniform' prompts doctor, Scotland native to spend 50 years in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus community has benefited from Dr. Ian Baird's medical skills for 50 years.

But Baird likely would have spent that half-century practicing in Scotland had it not been for an encounter in a Columbus hospital hallway late one night in 1967.

As was the custom for most British doctors-to-be at the time, Baird ...Read more

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'Angel in a white uniform' prompts doctor, Scotland native to spend 50 years in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus community has benefited from Dr. Ian Baird's medical skills for 50 years.

But Baird likely would have spent that half-century practicing in Scotland had it not been for an encounter in a Columbus hospital hallway late one night in 1967.

As was the custom for most British doctors-to-be at the time, Baird ...Read more

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Self-defense classes help Asian senior citizens fight racist attacks

LOS ANGELES -- In June, a 70-year-old Filipino American man was punched in the face at Don Knabe park in Cerritos, California.

The assailant told the man to "go back to your country."

A month later, dozens of Asian American senior citizens practiced self-defense moves in the same park where the attack occurred.

Wearing sun visors and fanny ...Read more

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Self-defense classes help Asian senior citizens fight racist attacks

LOS ANGELES -- In June, a 70-year-old Filipino American man was punched in the face at Don Knabe park in Cerritos, California.

The assailant told the man to "go back to your country."

A month later, dozens of Asian American senior citizens practiced self-defense moves in the same park where the attack occurred.

Wearing sun visors and fanny ...Read more

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It’s never too late to start moving, but science is finding you may not catch up to lifelong exercisers

PHILADELPHIA — Seventy-seven-year-old David Pallett, who began exercising seriously about four months ago, started a recent workout by donning a 15-pound vest and climbing 100 stairs — two at a time.

After that little warm-up, personal trainer Jim Hart, who specializes in working with older adults, led Pallett through an hour of exercises ...Read more

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A Florida woman, 92, fought her guardianship. Things escalated quickly.

BRANDON, Fla. — In late July, Christine Lagisquet was bidding her friend Stephanie Figueredo goodbye at the door of her Brandon home.

The 92-year-old’s kitchen was stocked from her recent trip to the grocery store — replete with smoked salmon and the cheeses that remind her of her childhood home in Bordeaux, France.

That’s when ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Get away ‘over the rainbow’ at Beech Mountain, NC

When Dorothy first belted out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the 1939 classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” she could have been singing about a place where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Way up high — reaching 5,506 feet into the sky — is a land of enchantment perched atop Beech Mountain in North Carolina, ...Read more

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‘I can’t relate to anyone:’ Living as a transgender senior in Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Hope Ryan knew she couldn’t cheat death. But at 14, she was pretty sure she’d found a way to evade puberty.

“The whole thing, socializing with girls, being a dude or not a dude, made me very uncomfortable,” she said. “I could never face that.”

She instead entered a monastery in upstate New York, where she stayed ...Read more

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4 tips to help older runners minimize aches and pains, stay safe, and have fun

So you want to start exercising more after a lifetime of cubicle-dwelling, and have settled on the sport of millions: running. Congrats — it is great exercise, and it can be very rewarding.

But please — if you're over 50-something, or even younger and truly out of shape — do not simply lace up an old pair of sneakers and charge out the ...Read more

 

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