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With encore, Baltimore singer becomes Alzheimer’s inspiration at age 91

BALTIMORE -- Gone are the bright lights and the 100-piece orchestra. There’s no Luciano Pavarotti to share this stage. It isn’t Carnegie Hall, but a picnic table at Lake Roland.

Norma Griner performs here now.

From a little speaker comes a jazzy saxophone. A cellphone begins recording. Her fingers tap-tap-tap the table. The notes quicken; ...Read more

Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS

With encore, Baltimore singer becomes Alzheimer's inspiration at age 91

BALTIMORE -- Gone are the bright lights and the 100-piece orchestra. There’s no Luciano Pavarotti to share this stage. It isn’t Carnegie Hall, but a picnic table at Lake Roland.

Norma Griner performs here now.

From a little speaker comes a jazzy saxophone. A cellphone begins recording. Her fingers tap-tap-tap the table. The notes quicken; ...Read more

Nicolas Galindo/Columbus Dispatch/TNS

Driving Park treatment center a ‘beacon of light’ for neighborhood and beyond

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Felton Davis enrolled in the domestic violence program at the Africentric Personal Development Shop, he was embarrassed, ashamed and afraid.

"I just felt like I broke the covenant with God when I put my hands on my wife," said Davis, 60, of the Northeast Side. "I not only hurt her, but I hurt my kids. I lost their trust....Read more

Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Unable to afford retirement, Tampa Bay seniors turn to Uber

TAMPA, Fla. — Donna Durham spent her life in motion. A career truck driver, she found herself craving the open road when she retired, and missed camaraderie with others.

But there’s another reason she became a driver for Uber.

“I needed the extra income,” said Durham, who is 67. “Trying to live off of Social Security is just not an ...Read more

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How a Florida condo couple inspired a big-screen film and historic ‘Taxi’ reunion

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — What about the story of two seemingly unexceptional lives playing out quietly in Aventura, Florida, would attract the interest of two Academy Award nominees, inspire a historic reunion of the iconic TV series “Taxi” and end up on the big screen opening night of the 25th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival?

Based on ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: New thrills coming to Orlando theme parks

Never content to rest on its laurels, Orlando — theme park capital of the world — rolls out new splashy shows, pirate secrets and epic adventures for thrill seekers of all ages for 2022. And if that’s not enough, a new immersive hotel experience will launch visitors onto a starcruiser and one of the world’s most famous pigs will fling ...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

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

J. Randall Curtis/J. Randall Curtis/TNS

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

J. Randall Curtis/J. Randall Curtis/TNS

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

Courtesy Paula George/Kaiser Health News/TNS

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

Courtesy Paula George/Kaiser Health News/TNS

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

Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

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

Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

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

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

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

Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

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

Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS

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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