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Most seniors in Sun City Center are vaccinated, and they’re tired

TAMPA, Fla. -- Wayne Rediger, 74, is sweeping the court ahead of this afternoon’s shuffleboard tournament.

It’s still early in Sun City Center, a census designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, where more than 70 percent of the population is over the age of 65.

Rediger’s wife was supposed to be in Nebraska today, visiting her ...Read more

Most seniors in Sun City Center are vaccinated, and they're tired

TAMPA, Fla. -- Wayne Rediger, 74, is sweeping the court ahead of this afternoon’s shuffleboard tournament.

It’s still early in Sun City Center, a census designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, where more than 70 percent of the population is over the age of 65.

Rediger’s wife was supposed to be in Nebraska today, visiting her ...Read more

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A new paradigm is needed: Top experts question the value of advance care planning

For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill — living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, and other written materials expressing treatment preferences.

Now, a group of prominent experts is saying those efforts should stop because they haven’t improved end-of-...Read more

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A new paradigm is needed: Top experts question the value of advance care planning

For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill — living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, and other written materials expressing treatment preferences.

Now, a group of prominent experts is saying those efforts should stop because they haven’t improved end-of-...Read more

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As COVID hits nursing homes’ finances, town residents fight to save Alzheimer’s facility

Marvin Querry, 86, was on his tractor, planting rye on his 770-acre western Missouri farm, when the call came in early November.

It was the social worker from Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, where Querry’s wife, Diane, is a resident. The facility would be closing because of financial hardship, she said, reading from a statement.

It was an ...Read more

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As COVID hits nursing homes' finances, town residents fight to save Alzheimer's facility

Marvin Querry, 86, was on his tractor, planting rye on his 770-acre western Missouri farm, when the call came in early November.

It was the social worker from Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, where Querry’s wife, Diane, is a resident. The facility would be closing because of financial hardship, she said, reading from a statement.

It was an ...Read more

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At 101, WWII seaman George Ellers still stands tall for the red, white and blue

At 101 years of age, George Ellers seldom stands at attention. But let him hear the national anthem before a televised football game and the World War II veteran clamors to rise.

“Get me up! Get me up!” Ellers shouts to his caregiver, Helen Davis, who helps him to his feet. There, the centenarian stands, buoyed by his walker, for the ...Read more

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At 101, WWII seaman George Ellers still stands tall for the red, white and blue

At 101 years of age, George Ellers seldom stands at attention. But let him hear the national anthem before a televised football game and the World War II veteran clamors to rise.

“Get me up! Get me up!” Ellers shouts to his caregiver, Helen Davis, who helps him to his feet. There, the centenarian stands, buoyed by his walker, for the ...Read more

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Veteran turns 105 after surviving COVID, Pearl Harbor

TAMPA, Fla. -- After Bill Monfort turned 100, the cakes began to pile up.

With each annual checkup, his doctor’s office made him one. So did his church. Friends and family baked.

“One year, I got nine cakes,” the longtime Tampa resident recalled.

On Dec. 17, Monfort celebrated his 105th birthday. He’s survived COVID-19, kamikaze ...Read more

Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Veteran turns 105 after surviving COVID, Pearl Harbor

TAMPA, Fla. -- After Bill Monfort turned 100, the cakes began to pile up.

With each annual checkup, his doctor’s office made him one. So did his church. Friends and family baked.

“One year, I got nine cakes,” the longtime Tampa resident recalled.

On Dec. 17, Monfort celebrated his 105th birthday. He’s survived COVID-19, kamikaze ...Read more

Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Tampa man’s lost dance trophy, won in Pearl Harbor 80 years ago, is found

TAMPA, Fla. — He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and earned two Purple Hearts during World War II.

But one of Paul Ecenia’s favorite war stories had nothing to do with the war.

“He won the World Armed Forces Jitterbug Championship held in Pearl Harbor,” said daughter Tandova Ecenia, 69. “He was so proud. He mentioned it all the ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Gift the ‘taste of travel’ with a destination goodie box

Need a little last-minute something-something for your favorite wanderluster? Give the travelers on your list the gift of exploration with a destination goodie box, one that will satisfy a sweet tooth — and their itch for adventure — and perhaps even inspire an experience IRL in the new year.

DINE ON DIFFERENT CULTURES

eat2explore doesn’...Read more

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To fight loneliness, Tampa Bay seniors to give ‘cohousing’ a try

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Seniors in Tampa Bay will soon have a new way to live with each other.

A radical housing model — aimed at combating the loneliness many people experience later in life — is coming to Tampa Bay.

Known as senior cohousing, participating older adults live in individual homes or condominiums but have shared common areas, ...Read more

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Ford's self-driving vehicle delivering food to seniors will feature teen's art on the sides

DETROIT — Happiness and excitement were two things that you could see on student Brooke Snow's face when she saw a new autonomous vehicle parked outside the school she attends in Detroit on Monday.

The image on the vehicle's sides showed several people standing next to each other, representing different abilities, cultures and races.

"I ...Read more

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Older Pennsylvanians face social isolation and its real health consequences

PITTSBURGH — Residents in several Western Pennsylvania counties are at particularly high risk of social isolation, according to a map developed at the University of Chicago for the AARP Foundation. Social isolation — which has worsened for many older Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic — carries risks not only for loneliness but also ...Read more

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1 out of every 100 seniors in US has died of COVID-19, three-quarters of the nearly 800,000

One out of every 100 older American has died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began as the nation moves toward a gruesome milestone of 800,000 deaths.

At least three-quarters of the nearly 800,000 who have died of COVID have been over 65, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In New York state, many of ...Read more

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5 tips to help seniors avoid scams this holiday season

Online shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and as the holiday season approaches and the U.S. braces for the unknowns of the omicron variant, its popularity is expected to continue this year.

Experts warn that an uptick in holiday scams may follow.

“Fraud is really like a crime of opportunity,” said Victoria Funes, associate state...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Stocking stuffers

Hopefully at this point in the holiday shopping season, everyone has been crossed off your list and the only thing between you and Christmas bliss are a few last-minute stocking stuffers. Here are fun, original and thoughtful gifts that look anything but 11th hour.

FOR THE TRAVELER WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Gorgeous for the home bar, High Camp Flasks...Read more

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5 tips to help seniors avoid scams this holiday season

Online shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and as the holiday season approaches and the U.S. braces for the unknowns of the omicron variant, its popularity is expected to continue this year.

Experts warn that an uptick in holiday scams may follow.

“Fraud is really like a crime of opportunity,” said Victoria Funes, associate state...Read more

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For older adults, smelling the roses may be more difficult

The reports from COVID-19 patients are disconcerting. Only a few hours before, they were enjoying a cup of pungent coffee or the fragrance of flowers in a garden. Then, as if a switch had been flipped, those smells disappeared.

Young and old alike are affected — more than 80% to 90% of those diagnosed with the virus, according to some ...Read more

 

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