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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Oceania Cruises’ Regatta a trip of a lifetime that inspires the desire for more

When starry-eyed wanderlusters dream of that trip of a lifetime, don’t be surprised if Oceania Cruises’ Regatta glides into their mental picture. The ship is elegant but comfortable, exquisitely styled but approachable, expensive but worth every. single. penny.

Much of the allure lies within the ship’s luxury-level decor, finishing ...Read more

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Meet Dr. Erica Taylor, host of Instagram Live program ‘Dr. Taylor’s Table,’ which centers the Black community and the health disparities within

CHICAGO -- Some may know Dana Divine’s voice through gospel song, as a radio personality (on WGCI-FM or WVON Radio 1690), or her affinity for house music (she’s the organizer of the annual House Club Tour Pub Crawl). But if you tuned into the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Instagram page at 6 p.m. on April 21, you would have heard ...Read more

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Masks are unmasking what many people didn’t realize: They have hearing loss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Only a few months into the pandemic, Jenny Weathers, 58, stared at the mask covering her son’s mouth and came to a harsh realization.

“I couldn’t hear and I realized I was relying subconsciously on reading lips,” she said.

Weathers said she now wears hearing aids and finally can participate in the conversations...Read more

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As Maryland crab houses face labor shortage, Black crab pickers recall legacy of struggle and dedication on the Eastern Shore

BALTIMORE -- Marylanders often debate the best method for picking crabs. Let Joyce Fitchett settle the matter.

Fitchett’s technique has been passed through generations of Eastern Shore women. It’s won her eight crab picking contests at the Crisfield Crab Derby. It’s safe to say that this is the way it’s done.

Holding a sharp knife, its...Read more

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Colorado kidney donors can prioritize loved ones for future transplants through voucher program

DENVER -- Coloradans who are interested in donating a kidney but concerned it would leave them unable to help if a family member got sick later have an option to get a “voucher” to shorten a loved one’s wait if they need a transplant in the future.

People who donate a kidney while still alive long have been prioritized for transplants, ...Read more

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‘Anyone from 8 to 80 can play:’ Over 1,000 seniors compete in national pickleball tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- About 1,500 pickleball players, all 50 years old and older, are competing this week in a national championship in Fort Lauderdale. An additional 1,000 people have attended to watch and cheer on their friends, family and favorite teams. The oldest player this year is 92 years old.

“I think everyone that picks up the ...Read more

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'Anyone from 8 to 80 can play:' Over 1,000 seniors compete in national pickleball tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- About 1,500 pickleball players, all 50 years old and older, are competing this week in a national championship in Fort Lauderdale. An additional 1,000 people have attended to watch and cheer on their friends, family and favorite teams. The oldest player this year is 92 years old.

“I think everyone that picks up the ...Read more

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Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. 'It's the greatest thing'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

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Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. ‘It’s the greatest thing’

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

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Johns Hopkins launches major effort to make aging a whole lot less achy

BALTIMORE -- Just about everyone knows someone — or is that someone — who has aches or pains, some forgetfulness or other age-related issue or disease.

Let’s face it, the human body deteriorates as it ages: Bones grow brittle, muscles don’t recover as fast, brains even begin to shrink.

The Johns Hopkins University has assembled a group...Read more

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Fla. pantry begins special hours for seniors. 'It's the greatest thing'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cynthia Jones has her grocery shopping down to a science.

She divvies up her list between the shops of Palm River Road in Tampa, forgoing spices and frozen fruits at Save A Lot in favor of Dollar Tree’s much cheaper prices. From there, she marches on to Fresco y Más.

Store by store, she gathers what she needs to ensure she ...Read more

Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

Johns Hopkins launches major effort to make aging a whole lot less achy

BALTIMORE -- Just about everyone knows someone — or is that someone — who has aches or pains, some forgetfulness or other age-related issue or disease.

Let’s face it, the human body deteriorates as it ages: Bones grow brittle, muscles don’t recover as fast, brains even begin to shrink.

The Johns Hopkins University has assembled a group...Read more

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This pup is on duty for love and support

Francisco attends most staff meetings at Woodbridge Terrace of Irvine, California, and regularly interacts with the residents, but never says a word.

Don’t let that fool you.

Mimi Poliner, a 94-year-old resident of the 115-person assisted living and memory-care home, said he always has an opinion. He just doesn’t state it.

“He sets an ...Read more

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This pup is on duty for love and support

Francisco attends most staff meetings at Woodbridge Terrace of Irvine, California, and regularly interacts with the residents, but never says a word.

Don’t let that fool you.

Mimi Poliner, a 94-year-old resident of the 115-person assisted living and memory-care home, said he always has an opinion. He just doesn’t state it.

“He sets an ...Read more

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Advance care planning for guns: Owners can help ensure safe use and transfer of weapons

Kerri Raissian didn’t know what to do about her father’s guns when he died of COVID-19 in December at age 86 and left her executor of his estate.

Her father, Max McGaughey, hadn’t left a complete list of his firearms and where they were stored, and he hadn’t prepared a realistic plan for responsibly transferring them to family members. ...Read more

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Advance care planning for guns: Owners can help ensure safe use and transfer of weapons

Kerri Raissian didn’t know what to do about her father’s guns when he died of COVID-19 in December at age 86 and left her executor of his estate.

Her father, Max McGaughey, hadn’t left a complete list of his firearms and where they were stored, and he hadn’t prepared a realistic plan for responsibly transferring them to family members. ...Read more

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Rising rents squeezed these Tampa Bay seniors. They feared fighting back.

SOUTH PASADENA, Fla. — The notice pinned to each apartment door was clear: Rent would go up, for all tenants, in 60 days.

Nelda Whiteman, a 67-year-old former nurse on a fixed income, stared at the paper dumbstruck.

Come April 1, they would have to pay an additional $125 per month.

Whiteman had lived at Lutheran Residences of South Pasadena...Read more

Losing her eyesight, Minnesota woman helps others who are also losing theirs

Zenobia Silas-Carson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, shares her struggle to adjust to midlife vision loss.

MINNEAPOLIS — Zenobia Silas-Carson didn't want her former boss to know she was losing her eyesight.

"My manager never caught me squinting with my nose against the monitor trying to see," she said.

The Brooklyn Park woman has been told her...Read more

For this ‘living treasure of East Liberty,’ it’s been a lifetime of change and fixing teeth

PITTSBURGH — On this day, one patient said no to the city’s slippery, snow-covered streets and asked to postpone his appointment, so now John Boccella, DDS, had time on his hands. He’s 89 years old and has been fixing teeth in East Liberty for six decades, which means he’s something of an expert on dentistry — as well as the passage of...Read more

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Is memory loss mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's or just aging? When to get tested

For people of a certain age, it takes only a few "senior moments" — struggling for words, names or memories — to cause worry.

Is this normal aging or mild cognitive impairment (MCI)? Is it all a run-up to Alzheimer's?

As a neuropsychologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center-Wichita, Ryan Schroeder conducts the lengthy cognitive ...Read more

 

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