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Social Security: How social security decides if you STILL have a qualifying disability

Social Security is required by law to review, from time to time, the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if a person's health hasn't improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive their benefits...Read more

Creative Studio for Variously-abled Adults working to end social isolation

Social isolation can be a reality for people with developmental disabilities, especially if they can't communicate well.

That concerns Chris Weppler, a volunteer who leads Creative Studio for Variously-abled Adults at Spokane's Spark Central. The free sessions twice a month promote social interaction alongside crafts and games. Adults who ...Read more

'My legs want to move': 90 is just a number for this Austin walker

AUSTIN, Texas - When Marcelina Lazo entered the Statesman Capitol 10,000 back in 1978, she didn't tell anyone.

Even her daughter didn't find out she'd paid the $3 entry fee and lined up at the start of the inaugural run, which unfolded on the trail around Lady Bird Lake.

Not that it really surprised anyone. All of Lazo's family members know ...Read more

Gene Dykes, the 'Ultrageezer,' breaks own record at Boston Marathon

Gene Dykes, 71, of Bala Cynwyd, broke his own age-group record in the Boston Marathon on Monday, posting the fastest course time for a 70-to-74-year-old at 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds.

Dykes set the previous course record for that age group in 2018 at age 70, posting a time of 3:16 in driving rain.

At age 70, the 'Ultrageezer' broke three...Read more

Drug found to help those with Type 2 diabetes, keep patients off dialysis

A drug that lowers blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes also lowers the risk of end-stage kidney failure by 30 percent, a finding that may help spare kidney function in scores of patients and save billions of dollars by keeping them off dialysis, doctors reported recently.

Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions on Long Island ...Read more

Boomer U: Shooting for that shingles shot

Despite ongoing shortages, Spokane doctors say it's worth a shot to seek the newer Shingrix vaccine to prevent shingles if you're 50 or older.

Shingles occurs when the chickenpox virus resurfaces in adulthood and causes skin rashes, blisters and possible long-term pain. About 1 in 3 U.S. residents will get shingles in their lifetime, and about...Read more

Minnesota Historical Society helps those with memory loss make meaningful connections

Museums are all about preserving mementos and memories.

That's why the Minnesota Historical Society is tapping into its collection in a new way, by reaching out to those whose memories are slipping away.

In September, the institution launched a statewide dementia-awareness program that uses museum resources to teach professionals and family ...Read more

Are LGBTQ seniors dying of loneliness? It's possible, research says

"At least someone knows I'm alive."

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen read that line on a survey form and knew she was onto something. For the past 10 years, the University of Washington professor of social work and researcher has been conducting the first, national longitudinal study of aging members of the LGBTQ community called Aging with ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Former 'insane asylums' repurposed as museums and hotels

How crazy is this? There are former "insane asylums" all over the U.S. that have been given new life as upscale hotels, art museums - even a medical history museum. Here are four:


Clocking a half century in 2019, the Indiana Medical History Museum (healthandspirit/seniorliving/seniorlivingfeatures/s-2198645">Read more

Social Security: Medicare rules for those with higher income

If you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount.

Medicare Part B helps pay for your ...Read more

Social Security: See what you can do online

For generations, Social Security has been evolving to meet your changing needs. In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month by letting you know what you can do online with a my Social Security account.

Replacing a lost or stolen Social Security number (SSN) card has never been easier. You can request a replacement SSN card in most ...Read more

Older patients resist talking with doctors about their life expectancy, study finds

Nancy Schoenborn, a geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine, noticed that doctors increasingly are being told by their professional organizations to treat patients in the last decade or so of life differently. Less aggressive control of blood sugar and blood pressure makes sense for people with fewer years to go, the ...Read more

Social Security: April is National Social Security Month

It's National Social Security Month and this year we're highlighting some of the time-saving features of the my Social Security account. Once you create an account, you'll see that we already have your work history and secure information to estimate what you could receive once you start collecting benefits. With your personal my Social Security...Read more

Social Security: Medicare: Rules for those with higher income

If you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount.

Medicare Part B helps pay for your ...Read more

Travel: 2,500 days at sea and counting for South Florida woman who is the queen of Princess cruise ships

For the past 30 years, South Florida resident Ilene Weiner has traveled around the world aboard Princess cruise ships.

In fact, she's been on 282 cruises and has logged 2,500 days at sea with the company.

That makes her the cruise line's "most travelled guest," according to the company.

"We're incredibly honored to have the ...Read more

55 Plus: Are your children taking advantage of you?

It's a hard thing to go from being dependent on parents to being independent. Many offspring never entirely get there. Genuine dependency does not include creating a tradition of Sunday family dinners or having mom do one's laundry occasionally. But both children and parents should realize that being independent should not include frequent ...Read more

Many retirees taking classes … but not to earn a degree

For many years, Tom Anderson of Woodbury sent off his 11-year-old granddaughter, Mackenzie, to school with a simple directive to go forth and learn.

This fall, on her first day of junior high, the preteen got a chance to give her grandpa the same advice. After the two posed for a "back to school" photo, backpacks slung over both of ...Read more

Boomer U: Neurological service dog helps Alzheimer's patient stay on track and in the moment

A nudge from her new dog Teagan will bring Marcia Lathrop out of a daze. If Lathrop shows signs of anxiety like rubbing her hands, the 2-year-old black goldendoodle leans in close and touches her.

Teagan also is trained to stand between Lathrop and the door if her owner tries to leave the house without giving the proper command. This spring, ...Read more

Seniors largely ignore cognitive checkups, putting themselves at risk

Just one out of seven seniors take part in assessments for cognitive problems, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association. But much higher numbers get regular screenings for ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The disconnect means that millions of seniors with early cognitive problems aren't getting medical ...Read more

A Norfolk WWII hero rarely talked about battle. But the discovery of the USS Hornet has changed that.

NORFOLK, Va. - When the USS Hornet was attacked by Japanese airplanes in 1942, James Gardner raced to fill out a gun crew after one of his shipmates was killed.

He shot down at least two airplanes before everyone aboard the aircraft carrier was ordered to abandon ship near the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific.

He didn't think he'd ...Read more


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