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Take a look around, learn about 'Land We Love' with Carlsbad artist

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Artist Kate Joiner spends a lot of time paying attention to her surroundings. Sure, what she sees inspires her creativity and what she chooses to paint, but it also informs her sensibilities about the environment, conservation and development. In her latest solo show — "The Land We Love" at the Encinitas Community Center, ...Read more

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Sign of the times: 21-year-old teaches Dallas seniors about crypto, NFTs and selfies

DALLAS Friday afternoon at The Preston of Park Cities retirement home, 16 seniors look up expectantly at their teacher: a 21-year-old former president of the blockchain club at the University of Texas at Austin.

Elevator music plays in the background of the quiet meeting room as he introduces his presentation titled, “Crypto Crash Course.” ...Read more

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In Philly’s Grey Nose Society, senior citizens and senior dogs provide the love. The rescue takes away the worry.

PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Lange has always had an open heart for dogs in need. So when the folks at Philadelphia’s Wet Nose Rescue told her about an old dog that had lived outdoors all her life, never had a bed, just lots of puppies, Lange agreed to give it a try.

As it turned out, outdoor Daniella — Dani for short — was a fast learner. Once...Read more

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4 tips to protect your hearing aid in the muggy months of summer

PHILADELPHIA — Every summer, hearing-aid wearers come to audiologist Rebecca Blaha with the same complaint. Suddenly, their sound quality has become muffled or crackly. In some cases, her patients at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute can no longer hear anything.

Invariably, the culprit is moisture.

In places with year-round warmth, such as ...Read more

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She fled the Nazis and came to Philly. At 102, she’s finally ready to tell her story

PHILADELPHIA — When the doorbell rang at 2 a.m., Ilse Korona already knew who was outside of her family’s Vienna apartment.

Hours earlier, Korona, then 18, told her parents she would answer the door if the Nazis came back that night.

As she pulled the door open, a Nazi soldier stood before her with a gun pointed at her face.

“He said �...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: No place like home at NC’s Land of Oz

High atop Beech Mountain in North Carolina and hidden within the trees is the somewhere over the rainbow: the Land of Oz. It is as magical as the world L. Frank Baum created in his classic "Oz" book series that was brought to the screen in the 1939 Academy Award-winning movie. And it is where those looking for their heart’s desire find the ...Read more

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Cognitive rehab may help older adults clear COVID-related brain fog

Eight months after falling ill with COVID-19, the 73-year-old woman couldn’t remember what her husband had told her a few hours before. She would forget to remove laundry from the dryer at the end of the cycle. She would turn on the tap at a sink and walk away.

Before COVID, the woman had been doing bookkeeping for a local business. Now, she ...Read more

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Cognitive rehab may help older adults clear COVID-related brain fog

Eight months after falling ill with COVID-19, the 73-year-old woman couldn’t remember what her husband had told her a few hours before. She would forget to remove laundry from the dryer at the end of the cycle. She would turn on the tap at a sink and walk away.

Before COVID, the woman had been doing bookkeeping for a local business. Now, she ...Read more

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‘True cost of aging’ index shows many seniors can’t afford basic necessities

Fran Seeley, 81, doesn’t see herself as living on the edge of a financial crisis. But she’s uncomfortably close.

Each month, Seeley, a retired teacher, gets $925 from Social Security and a $287 disbursement from an individual retirement account. To make ends meet, she’s taken out a reverse mortgage on her Portland, Maine, home that yields...Read more

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'True cost of aging' index shows many seniors can't afford basic necessities

Fran Seeley, 81, doesn’t see herself as living on the edge of a financial crisis. But she’s uncomfortably close.

Each month, Seeley, a retired teacher, gets $925 from Social Security and a $287 disbursement from an individual retirement account. To make ends meet, she’s taken out a reverse mortgage on her Portland, Maine, home that yields...Read more

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101-year-old Mildred Kitchens recalls early family planning efforts in Texas

DENTON, Texas — Mildred Kitchens has been witness to a century of Texas history, and the 101-year-old has a lot of stories to tell – including about her time providing family planning services before the landmark Roe vs. Wade case was decided in 1973.

Her work in reproductive health that dates back more than an half-century is particularly ...Read more

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In midtown Kansas City, a legend of the tattoo trade finds a permanent home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wes Grimm comes from a long line of untamed eccentrics — ramblers and hustlers, prizefighters and riverboat steersmen — and at 63 years old he still very much honors the family tradition.

On a recent Monday morning, Grimm arrived at the new Bert Grimm Tattoo Museum wearing a black cowboy hat, a bolo tie dangling over a ...Read more

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Baby boomers ride with ease, powering electric bicycle sales in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. Baby boomers who came of age with color TV, microcomputers and space exploration are driving the popularity of the latest innovation: electric bicycles that graying bikers can propel without much exertion.

Sales of traditional bicycles soared during the pandemic to fight stay-at-home boredom, but are now slowing. Electric ...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: Follow the magic to Dublin, Ohio

Legend holds that fairy doors are magical portals and, while humans can’t travel into this realm, they can at least find the tiny doors if they know where to look.

That place is Dublin, Ohio, home to the very first Irish Fairy Door Trail in the United States and a land of enchantment itself, from its picturesque historic downtown, where ...Read more

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California leaders wanted inflation relief for poor seniors. Now they’re left out again

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mary Carr, who is 85 and lives in Galt with her husband, relies on $39,000 a year in Social Security as their only income.

That makes her one of millions of Californians who don’t make enough to pay income taxes. It also excludes her from the state’s new inflation relief — one-time payments of $200 to $1,050 that ...Read more

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The kids are gone, the house is sold; 87-year-old artist finally has time to paint

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The scent of linseed oil and turpentine hung in the air, and 4-year-old Chloe Fonda was mesmerized. It was 1939, and she was a tiny thing who watched her retired midwife grandmother, Chloe Wassum, painting landscapes in oils. The namesake granddaughter was destined to be a San Joaquin Valley farm girl, but Fonda loved the ...Read more

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A Florida nursing home lost its Medicare benefits. Residents lost a home

TAMPA, Fla. -- Drawers opened and shut. Garbage bags filled with clothes, birthday cards and pocketbooks. They had to go.

So did 95-year-old Judith Goodman.

Goodman had called Raydiant Health Care of Brandon her home for 13 years. By the next day, she would be gone.

“I feel horrible — I don’t want to leave,” she said late last month ...Read more

Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

A Florida nursing home lost its Medicare benefits. Residents lost a home

TAMPA, Fla. -- Drawers opened and shut. Garbage bags filled with clothes, birthday cards and pocketbooks. They had to go.

So did 95-year-old Judith Goodman.

Goodman had called Raydiant Health Care of Brandon her home for 13 years. By the next day, she would be gone.

“I feel horrible — I don’t want to leave,” she said late last month ...Read more

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Seniors with prediabetes should eat better, get moving, but not fret too much about diabetes

Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How concerned should they be?

Not very, say some experts. Prediabetes — a term that refers to above-normal but not extremely high blood sugar levels — isn’t a disease, and it doesn’t...Read more

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Seniors with prediabetes should eat better, get moving, but not fret too much about diabetes

Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How concerned should they be?

Not very, say some experts. Prediabetes — a term that refers to above-normal but not extremely high blood sugar levels — isn’t a disease, and it doesn’t...Read more

 

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