Senior Living

/

Health

Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Steve Lopez: Older drivers reveal strategies for passing that 'ridiculous' California DMV renewal test

LOS ANGELES -- I wouldn't call it an atmospheric river, because those come and go. DMV mail falls in a never-ending rain, without regard to seasons.

Not that it's all bad news from readers who, like good soldiers, dutifully report every development from the front lines of the battle to renew their driver's licenses.

Rosa Maria Juarez, 94, ...Read more

Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Steve Lopez: Older drivers reveal strategies for passing that 'ridiculous' California DMV renewal test

LOS ANGELES -- I wouldn't call it an atmospheric river, because those come and go. DMV mail falls in a never-ending rain, without regard to seasons.

Not that it's all bad news from readers who, like good soldiers, dutifully report every development from the front lines of the battle to renew their driver's licenses.

Rosa Maria Juarez, 94, ...Read more

Oona Tempest/KFF Health News/TNS

Do we simply not care about old people?

The COVID-19 pandemic would be a wake-up call for America, advocates for the elderly predicted: incontrovertible proof that the nation wasn’t doing enough to care for vulnerable older adults.

The death toll was shocking, as were reports of chaos in nursing homes and seniors suffering from isolation, depression, untreated illness, and neglect....Read more

Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Commentary: Climate change is not just a risk for our grandkids

Young people are often the most vocal and concerned population regarding climate change, but it is increasingly becoming an issue for those of us age 50 and older.

Older adults face unique challenges and heightened health risks from a warming climate. It’s not just future generations that will be affected during some distant date in the ...Read more

Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Retirement home residents face losing some or all entrance fees as facility struggles to pay debts

BARTLETT, Ill. -- Continuing care retirement communities offer seniors their own home, meals and activities, and assisted living or nursing if they need it. They can accommodate residents who range from being independent to those who require 24-hour care.

Also known as life plan or life care communities, they require a hefty entrance fee, often...Read more

Tommyandone/ID
126159757
© Tommyandone
|
Dreamstime/TNS

Preparing to hang up the car keys as we age

Lewis Morgenstern has made up his mind. When he turns 65 in four years, he’s going to sign an advance directive for driving.

The directive will say that when his children want him to stop getting behind the wheel, Morgenstern will follow their advice.

“I recognize that I might not be able to make the best decision about driving at a ...Read more

Tommyandone/ID
126159757
© Tommyandone
|
Dreamstime/TNS

Preparing to hang up the car keys as we age

Lewis Morgenstern has made up his mind. When he turns 65 in four years, he’s going to sign an advance directive for driving.

The directive will say that when his children want him to stop getting behind the wheel, Morgenstern will follow their advice.

“I recognize that I might not be able to make the best decision about driving at a ...Read more

America’s health system isn’t ready for the surge of seniors with disabilities

The number of older adults with disabilities — difficulty with walking, seeing, hearing, memory, cognition, or performing daily tasks such as bathing or using the bathroom — will soar in the decades ahead, as baby boomers enter their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

But the health care system isn’t ready to address their needs.

That became painfully ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

America's health system isn't ready for the surge of seniors with disabilities

The number of older adults with disabilities — difficulty with walking, seeing, hearing, memory, cognition, or performing daily tasks such as bathing or using the bathroom — will soar in the decades ahead, as baby boomers enter their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

But the health care system isn’t ready to address their needs.

That became painfully ...Read more

Hyoung Chang/THE DENVER POST/TNS

The nation’s first VFW isn’t a smoky bar with vets telling war stories. Here’s what Post 1 in Denver is doing instead

DENVER — The art gallery on Santa Fe Drive teemed with people on a December night, part of the district’s signature First Friday art walk that takes over the funky strip south of downtown Denver.

Families, young professionals and retirees — some with drinks in hand — took in the myriad works gracing the gallery’s walls, chatting ...Read more

Kiddietotes/Kiddietotes/TNS

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Hit the road with this travel gear

New year, new travel gear: Here are some functional, versatile and sustainably made products to elevate the travel experience no matter where adventures take you.

From water bottles to backpacks

Lean and green, Solo’s Re:Fresh Machine-Washable Backpack ($49.99) has a slim silhouette and well-padded exterior to protect contents. A comfortable...Read more

DREAMSTIME/TNS

Grocery cards, gas money, golf lessons: Medicare Advantage plans stretch limits

ATLANTA -- Grocery cards, gas money, golf lessons. Entry fees for social clubs. Hunting licenses or park passes. Cold hard cash. Those are just some of the incentives now being pitched to the elderly as part of private, commercial health insurance plans called Medicare Advantage.

Advocates say these benefits are incentives for health. Skeptics ...Read more

Boarding1now/Dreamstime/TNS

Five food secrets of the world’s longest living people

According to Dr. Poonam Desai, a U.S.-based osteopathic physician double board certified in lifestyle medicine and emergency medicine, there are five food secrets that many of the world’s longest living people share. Taking to TikTok, the social media-savvy physician explained that these food secrets have helped elders not just live longer, ...Read more

Tartilastock/Dreamstime/TNS

You're not gross and sad for getting older. Here's how to think about aging instead

Connie Zweig first encountered her inner ageist on a cloudless spring day in Santa Monica about seven years ago.

The author and retired psychotherapist was enjoying lunch at her favorite vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily, when an old woman walked in and sat at the table next to her. The woman's clothes were worn and tattered, her fingernails ...Read more

Tartilastock/Dreamstime/TNS

You're not gross and sad for getting older. Here's how to think about aging instead

Connie Zweig first encountered her inner ageist on a cloudless spring day in Santa Monica about seven years ago.

The author and retired psychotherapist was enjoying lunch at her favorite vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily, when an old woman walked in and sat at the table next to her. The woman's clothes were worn and tattered, her fingernails ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

Tips for making a home safe for aging in place

If home is where the heart is, it's no surprise the vast majority of seniors want to stay put as they grow older in the homes where they raised their families. Often, it's a good option, considering the cost and stress of moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Not only is the space familiar, and often paid for, but allowing an ...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

5 things experts say you should stop doing if you're over 50

Hitting the milestone of turning 50 comes with many benefits. For one, your days of worrying about acne breakouts are largely behind you and allergies can be much less severe, experts say.

But there are some habits you may have continued over the years that you'll want to quit when you're 50 and older.

Eat This, Not That spoke to various ...Read more

Miguel Martinez/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Miguel Martinez

Georgia’s scarcity of dementia services: ‘No one wants to assist us’

ATLANTA -- In recent months, Shemetricia Jones felt a jolt of fear every time her cell phone rang.

The incoming calls were increasingly about her mother, who had dementia: about how mom was hearing voices, how she had wandered into oncoming traffic, or how the cops were threatening to arrest her. Over the past year, Jones repeatedly tried to ...Read more

Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

This program provides seniors with long-awaited hugs with their distant children

DALLAS -- Families bearing balloons, flowers, and signs crowded gate D22 at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, among them Juana Guzmán, eagerly awaiting a hug from the parents she believed she might never see again.

Those gathered were waiting on a flight from Mexico City, from where 28 elderly Mexicans were being whisked away for a visit to America �...Read more

Efesan/Dreamstime/TNS

'We're very lucky': He's 104, she's 100, and they've been married for 82 years

LOS ANGELES — As a lively group of elderly women scurried onto a shuttle for a shopping day on a recent Tuesday afternoon, Carla and Jack Weingarten could be found snuggled under a blanket inside their Los Angeles apartment, watching "I Love Lucy" episodes on repeat.

Carla, who's 100, and Jack, who turns 105 on Dec. 25, used to look forward ...Read more