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‘Are nursing homes our only option?’ These centers offer older adults an alternative

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — George Raines, a white-haired man in a red track suit and matching University of Alabama ball cap, cracked jokes as physical therapist Brad Ellis led him through a series of exercises designed to strengthen his legs.

Raines, who is 79, pretended to be in pain, but his grin belied his tone of mock suffering. The men were ...Read more

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The typical retiree might not look like what you imagine

ATLANTA -- America is facing a looming retirement crisis, according to a recent Business Insider report. Many older adults are financially vulnerable and live off less than $30,000 a year.

There was a spike in early retirements during the pandemic, but some have since “unretired” because of high costs and elevated interest rates. As of 2023...Read more

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Study: Cannabis might lower blood pressure in older adults

A study from 2020 found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. A newer study suggests that might be a good thing for some.

The study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center found medical cannabis might reduce ...Read more

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Column: Death is certain, but funeral home pricing often isn’t

ATLANTA -- There’s a new scam that has been sweeping the nation.

Crooks search funeral notices to identify people who have recently lost a loved one. After waiting enough time for funeral arrangements to be made, these unscrupulous folks call family or friends pretending to be the funeral home, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Then,...Read more

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'Are nursing homes our only option?' These centers offer older adults an alternative

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — George Raines, a white-haired man in a red track suit and matching University of Alabama ball cap, cracked jokes as physical therapist Brad Ellis led him through a series of exercises designed to strengthen his legs.

Raines, who is 79, pretended to be in pain, but his grin belied his tone of mock suffering. The men were ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: A cancer survivor's advice: research, persistence and second opinions

In the fall of 2022, Robin Clough and Dr. Gene Dorio were going about their lives as they had for many years, serving older adults in the Santa Clarita Valley. Clough was busy with her work as an administrator at the local senior center while Dorio, a house-call geriatrician, crisscrossed the valley visiting his patients.

In November of that ...Read more

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Burden of getting medical care can exhaust older patients

Susanne Gilliam, 67, was walking down her driveway to get the mail in January when she slipped and fell on a patch of black ice.

Pain shot through her left knee and ankle. After summoning her husband on her phone, with difficulty she made it back to the house.

And then began the runaround that so many people face when they interact with ...Read more

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Home Depot pays $18.25 billion for SRS Distribution to expand contractor sales

The Home Depot said Thursday that it will pay $18.25 billion for Texas-based SRS Distribution to expand its business with the professional residential builder and remodeler.

SRS is a leading construction materials distributor with a sales force of more than 2,500 working from 760 branches across 47 states. It supplies to the home building and ...Read more

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City of Atlanta announces funding to help seniors with rising home costs

ATLANTA — Funding to help protect homeowners and renters from being forced out of their neighborhoods because of rising home costs is on the way to the city of Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced a new pilot program Thursday that will bring $550,000 to residents concerned about housing stability through Rocket Community Fund, a ...Read more

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How do you help homebound, hungry seniors? These services deliver free meals

LOS ANGELES -- When Elizabeth Shayne had a hip replaced and her husband, Harry Shayne, had the same done to both of his knees in 2016, they became homebound. Simple tasks like getting groceries and cooking meals became nearly impossible for the couple, who are now 78 and 79. They were at an impasse: They couldn't afford to move into assisted ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Carnival’s new Jubilee cruise ship is the destination

Psst. Here’s a not so carefully guarded secret about cruising: A lot of cruisers never leave the ship. Rather, the ship is their vacation destination. And one of the most fun and appealing destinations at sea is Carnival’s new Jubilee.

The third ship in Carnival’s award-winning Excel-class and sister ship to Mardi Gras and Carnival ...Read more

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As suburbs age, cities ponder the future of their community centers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twin Cities suburbs that boomed in the 1990s built shiny new community centers as a place for residents, ranging from teens and young families to seniors, to congregate and be active.

Three decades later, many of those facilities are aging and outdated. Across the metro, city leaders are pondering the same question: At a time ...Read more

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This cancer-surviving, hoops-playing 80-year-old has a need for a new teammate

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruce Rubin is getting a bit desperate.

How desperate? This isn’t an unlikely scenario ...

Rubin, 80, could be at a coffee shop with his son, Brad Brooks-Rubin, and the barista might be tall.

“Do you have a tall living grandfather who plays basketball?” Rubin might ask.

It’s a pretty unusual question. Maybe not the ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Cruise Views: 6 surprises aboard Celebrity Cruises’ new Ascent

Celebrity Cruises’ Ascent casts a spell through the magic, music and magnificent art found aboard this beautiful new cruise ship, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Rated resort at sea—not to mention those little luxury moments that surprise and enthrall throughout.

Here are six such moments to experience aboard the cruise line’s fourth ...Read more

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‘God’s been good to me.’ World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If he could change one thing about the world, Glendell Bennett said, “I would change the way people treat each other. I’d make them love one another and enjoy one another. That’s what I would do.”

In his 100 years, Bennett has seen some of the worst people can do to each other in the forms of oppression, segregation ...Read more

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North Philly is home to one of DoorDash’s busiest pickup spots in the world

PHILADELPHIA -- In the parking lot of the Share Food Program warehouse in Phildadelphia's Hunting Park neighborhood, stacks of food boxes marked for low-income area seniors were being loaded into the cars of drivers for DoorDash, the online food-ordering and delivery service.

After one car was filled, the next one rolled up, the operation rapid...Read more

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Say that again: Using hearing aids can be frustrating for older adults, but necessary

It was an every-other-day routine, full of frustration.

Every time my husband called his father, who was 94 when he died in 2022, he’d wait for his dad to find his hearing aids and put them in before they started talking.

Even then, my father-in-law could barely hear what my husband was saying. “What?” he’d ask over and over.

Then, ...Read more

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'We're not unicorns': Husband donates kidney to wife, showing possibilities for kidney transplants after age 70

CHICAGO -- Jon and Carol McCabe were in the Galápagos Islands with their family for the trip of a lifetime. The couple from Clarendon Hills, Illinois, shared 30 meals with their children and grandchildren and admired diverse wildlife.

But Carol’s health rapidly declined during the trip. She struggled to walk long distances and needed lots of...Read more

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This leap year baby is about to turn 92 -- or is it 23?

PITTSBURGH — If Ethel Jean "E.J." Bergad Bonder hits the lottery, she plans to buy a Porsche for her granddaughter because they will both turn 23 years old this year.

Yep, Ethel was born on Feb. 29, 1932, and will technically turn 23 Thursday. She's a leap year baby.

The Gregorian calendar is based on 365.25 days — the amount of time it ...Read more

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Disabled, elderly rely on this transportation program. It’s leaving them behind

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tom Newsome likes to stay busy.

Newsome, who has an intellectual disability, goes to Employment Solutions, an organization that provides a host of services for people with disabilities, a few times a week for adult day training.

He enjoys archery and takes ukulele lessons, said Peggy Petrilli, Newsome’s mother. Newsome was ...Read more

 

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