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Steve Lopez: He was the oldest man in the US, and his loving caretaker was with him to the end

The oldest male in the United States was a man of many appetites, even at 110, and his live-in caretaker did her best to feed them.

Rosario Reyes would make banana pancakes for Morrie Markoff, and he would plead for more syrup. She'd bring him a corned beef sandwich, followed by a piece of lemon meringue pie, and reluctantly give in when he ...Read more

Steve Lopez/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Steve Lopez: He was the oldest man in the US, and his loving caretaker was with him to the end

The oldest male in the United States was a man of many appetites, even at 110, and his live-in caretaker did her best to feed them.

Rosario Reyes would make banana pancakes for Morrie Markoff, and he would plead for more syrup. She'd bring him a corned beef sandwich, followed by a piece of lemon meringue pie, and reluctantly give in when he ...Read more

Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

This Marine dropped out of school at 17. At 72, he's fulfilling his promise to his mom to graduate

PHILADELPHIA — Call him the Rip van Winkle of Benjamin Franklin High: Joseph Bond dropped out of high school at age 17, as war raged in Vietnam, leaving without a diploma.

Over 55 years, he served his country, built a career, a family, a life. But as he hit his 70s, Bond remembered the promise he made to his mother before she died: He vowed ...Read more

Michael Blackshire/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Older men die by suicide at steep rates. Here's how the VA is trying to change that

LOS ANGELES -- It was a Friday morning and George McCune had roused himself to make the 2.4-mile trip from his Northridge home to the Veterans Affairs campus in North Hills.

The 77-year-old was greeted there that March day by the usual crew training for the Golden Age Games: There was Roger, 82, who had piled up medals in javelin, discus and ...Read more

Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

This Marine dropped out of school at 17. At 72, he's fulfilling his promise to his mom to graduate

PHILADELPHIA — Call him the Rip van Winkle of Benjamin Franklin High: Joseph Bond dropped out of high school at age 17, as war raged in Vietnam, leaving without a diploma.

Over 55 years, he served his country, built a career, a family, a life. But as he hit his 70s, Bond remembered the promise he made to his mother before she died: He vowed ...Read more

Michael Blackshire/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Older men die by suicide at steep rates. Here's how the VA is trying to change that

LOS ANGELES -- It was a Friday morning and George McCune had roused himself to make the 2.4-mile trip from his Northridge home to the Veterans Affairs campus in North Hills.

The 77-year-old was greeted there that March day by the usual crew training for the Golden Age Games: There was Roger, 82, who had piled up medals in javelin, discus and ...Read more

Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS

‘You are a legend’: After 65 years, this high school counselor is retiring

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Dan Finora, 90, credits his time in the military for giving him the discipline to wake up every morning at 5:30 am for the past 65 years to get ready for work at Coral Gables High School.

After a decades-long career, Finora, beloved school counselor and former business manager of Coral Gables High School will pack up his ...Read more

Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS

'You are a legend': After 65 years, this high school counselor is retiring

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Dan Finora, 90, credits his time in the military for giving him the discipline to wake up every morning at 5:30 am for the past 65 years to get ready for work at Coral Gables High School.

After a decades-long career, Finora, beloved school counselor and former business manager of Coral Gables High School will pack up his ...Read more

Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Positively ballroom, absolutely fabulous: In these dance classes for the blind, grace and rhythm rule the night

It may have been an ordinary Wednesday night everywhere else in the Delaware Valley. But on one dance floor in Haddonfield, New Jersey, disco fever was alive and well.

“One-two-three-four and circle!” called out instructor Gene LaPierre, as 10 pairs of dancers twirled to the 1970s dance classic “The Hustle.”

Carmella Smith of West Oak ...Read more

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New help for dealing with aggression in people with dementia

Caring for older adults with dementia is stressful, especially when they become physically or verbally aggressive, wander away from home, develop paranoia or hallucinations, engage in inappropriate or repetitive behaviors, or refuse to let caregivers help them.

Upward of 95% of patients experience these neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, ...Read more

Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Positively ballroom, absolutely fabulous: In these dance classes for the blind, grace and rhythm rule the night

It may have been an ordinary Wednesday night everywhere else in the Delaware Valley. But on one dance floor in Haddonfield, New Jersey, disco fever was alive and well.

“One-two-three-four and circle!” called out instructor Gene LaPierre, as 10 pairs of dancers twirled to the 1970s dance classic “The Hustle.”

Carmella Smith of West Oak ...Read more

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New help for dealing with aggression in people with dementia

Caring for older adults with dementia is stressful, especially when they become physically or verbally aggressive, wander away from home, develop paranoia or hallucinations, engage in inappropriate or repetitive behaviors, or refuse to let caregivers help them.

Upward of 95% of patients experience these neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Windstar’s Tahiti is closer and more remote than you think

I’m standing waist-deep in the clear blue waters of the caldera off the shoreline of Bora Bora, munching passion fruit, sipping a rum punch and watching our guide, Sebastian, hack a coconut in two. Watching manatees floating beneath the surface and luxuriating in the lagoon’s gentle swish-swish, I realize that this is what a vacation should ...Read more

K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS

‘A very nice place to grow up’: Centenarian returns home to Nevada town

GOLDFIELD, Nevada — On a breezy day in this tiny burg, Helen McLeod gazed up at her old school.

The steep, blue steps leading up to the entrance were built to look just like the ones she sat upon with school friends back in the 1920s and ’30s.

Just days before her 103rd birthday on Friday, McLeod had traveled to Goldfield to see the place ...Read more

K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS

'A very nice place to grow up': Centenarian returns home to Nevada town

GOLDFIELD, Nevada — On a breezy day in this tiny burg, Helen McLeod gazed up at her old school.

The steep, blue steps leading up to the entrance were built to look just like the ones she sat upon with school friends back in the 1920s and ’30s.

Just days before her 103rd birthday on Friday, McLeod had traveled to Goldfield to see the place ...Read more

Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Column: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a big fat lie

LOS ANGELES -- I went to my dentist earlier this year for a regular checkup, and he made a series of observations nobody wants to hear.

I had a cavity.

It was under a crown.

And the crown was next to a wisdom tooth that might have to be yanked to make room for him to saw off the crown and fix the cavity.

So I went to see an oral surgeon, who...Read more

Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS

'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a big fat lie

LOS ANGELES -- I went to my dentist earlier this year for a regular checkup, and he made a series of observations nobody wants to hear.

I had a cavity.

It was under a crown.

And the crown was next to a wisdom tooth that might have to be yanked to make room for him to saw off the crown and fix the cavity.

So I went to see an oral surgeon, who...Read more

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Stranded in the ER, seniors await hospital care and suffer avoidable harm

Every day, the scene plays out in hospitals across America: Older men and women lie on gurneys in emergency room corridors moaning or suffering silently as harried medical staff attend to crises.

Even when physicians determine these patients need to be admitted to the hospital, they often wait for hours — sometimes more than a day — in the ...Read more

Nate Pesce/Baltimore Sun/TNS

An unexpected benefit of aging is how people tell you all kinds of stuff

This is my Medicare eligibility year so, naturally, I feel a bit like that home appliance with AI capabilities reaching the end of its warranty. I sense that things are breaking down, but I’m hoping to get years more service before being hauled off to the dump or whatever. I would also happily use the rest of this space to list my various ...Read more

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Laid off right before retirement? Here’s what to do next

No one wants to get laid off, let alone five years shy of retirement.

According to a study by ProPublica and the Urban Institute, around 56% of workers over age 50 are let go from a job at least once.

If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, there are steps you can take while waiting for retirement age. According to Forbes, here are...Read more

 

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