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Clearing pollution helps clear the fog of aging — and may cut the risk of dementia

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.

Two studies published this year by researchers at six universities and the National Institute on Aging...Read more

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Clearing pollution helps clear the fog of aging -- and may cut the risk of dementia

During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.

Two studies published this year by researchers at six universities and the National Institute on Aging...Read more

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Tampa Bay theater group helps older adults fight scams

TAMPA, Fla. — No one thinks it’ll happen to them.

Scams are something that happen to other people. Like falling and breaking a hip. Or losing the ability to drive.

“Police ... can give people information, but it’s like, ‘Oh, it doesn’t apply to me, I’m smart. I’m not gonna fall for a scam,’” said Linda Goldman, 76, a ...Read more

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Conductor Sheldon Bair and his community ensemble keep the music playing in Maryland

BALTIMORE — The vanity plate on Sheldon Bair’s bright red Camaro gives one pause. “MICE TRO,” the plate reads. It’s confusing, Bair concedes.

“People think I’m either a conductor or an exterminator,” he said. Music wins: Bair conducts the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. (The tag MAESTRO was unavailable when his wife gifted him ...Read more

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From touchless faucets to voice-controlled lights, technology is making it possible for seniors to age in place

CHICAGO — Mel Washburn is a former firefighter, professor and litigation attorney. Whether fighting fires in a building, a classroom, or the courtroom, he realized once he retired that 90% of his social life had revolved around work.

Washburn, 77, knew he needed to find a way to build a social network in retirement. Washburn also knew that he...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: Hidden surprises in Horse Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve located in south central Kentucky, recently made headlines for adding 6 miles to the world’s largest cave system, which is now at 426 explored miles.

A 25-minute drive away in tiny Horse Cave, Kentucky, another cave is newsworthy in its own right, as ...Read more

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While inflation takes a toll on seniors, billions of dollars in benefits go unused

Millions of older adults are having trouble making ends meet, especially during these inflationary times. Yet many don’t realize help is available, and some notable programs that offer financial assistance are underused.

A few examples: Nearly 14 million adults age 60 or older qualify for aid from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...Read more

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While inflation takes a toll on seniors, billions of dollars in benefits go unused

Millions of older adults are having trouble making ends meet, especially during these inflationary times. Yet many don’t realize help is available, and some notable programs that offer financial assistance are underused.

A few examples: Nearly 14 million adults age 60 or older qualify for aid from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...Read more

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'It’s becoming too expensive to live’: Anxious older adults try to cope with limited budgets

Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes.

Across the country, seniors who until recently successfully managed limited budgets are growing more anxious and distressed. Some lost work during the covid-19 pandemic. Others are encountering ...Read more

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'It's becoming too expensive to live': Anxious older adults try to cope with limited budgets

Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes.

Across the country, seniors who until recently successfully managed limited budgets are growing more anxious and distressed. Some lost work during the covid-19 pandemic. Others are encountering ...Read more

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‘She sets the pace, and we follow her:’ Connecticut woman competes in a 5K road race at age 100

HARTFORD, Conn. — At age 99, Marion “Mic” Roberts completed her first road race.

That was last September, at the Haddam Neck Fair 5K. She finished the 3.1-mile race in 56 minutes.

Sunday morning, she was back on the starting line, a week after celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 28. She finished the 5K — walking with her son Chuck ...Read more

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'She sets the pace, and we follow her:' Connecticut woman competes in a 5K road race at age 100

HARTFORD, Conn. — At age 99, Marion “Mic” Roberts completed her first road race.

That was last September, at the Haddam Neck Fair 5K. She finished the 3.1-mile race in 56 minutes.

Sunday morning, she was back on the starting line, a week after celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 28. She finished the 5K — walking with her son Chuck ...Read more

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Dallas woman who wouldn’t give up rescues 87-year-old and her dog trapped in squalid home

DALLAS — Even in those last months inside the shambles of her white-frame East Dallas home — its bathroom and kitchen plumbing blocked and broken, water-soaked floors rotted out and trash piled three feet high — 87-year-old Poldi Tonin refused to rely on anyone other than her beloved Lexi.

Not a single light works in this little cottage ...Read more

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Take a look around, learn about 'Land We Love' with Carlsbad artist

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Artist Kate Joiner spends a lot of time paying attention to her surroundings. Sure, what she sees inspires her creativity and what she chooses to paint, but it also informs her sensibilities about the environment, conservation and development. In her latest solo show — "The Land We Love" at the Encinitas Community Center, ...Read more

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Sign of the times: 21-year-old teaches Dallas seniors about crypto, NFTs and selfies

DALLAS Friday afternoon at The Preston of Park Cities retirement home, 16 seniors look up expectantly at their teacher: a 21-year-old former president of the blockchain club at the University of Texas at Austin.

Elevator music plays in the background of the quiet meeting room as he introduces his presentation titled, “Crypto Crash Course.” ...Read more

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In Philly’s Grey Nose Society, senior citizens and senior dogs provide the love. The rescue takes away the worry.

PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Lange has always had an open heart for dogs in need. So when the folks at Philadelphia’s Wet Nose Rescue told her about an old dog that had lived outdoors all her life, never had a bed, just lots of puppies, Lange agreed to give it a try.

As it turned out, outdoor Daniella — Dani for short — was a fast learner. Once...Read more

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4 tips to protect your hearing aid in the muggy months of summer

PHILADELPHIA — Every summer, hearing-aid wearers come to audiologist Rebecca Blaha with the same complaint. Suddenly, their sound quality has become muffled or crackly. In some cases, her patients at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute can no longer hear anything.

Invariably, the culprit is moisture.

In places with year-round warmth, such as ...Read more

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She fled the Nazis and came to Philly. At 102, she’s finally ready to tell her story

PHILADELPHIA — When the doorbell rang at 2 a.m., Ilse Korona already knew who was outside of her family’s Vienna apartment.

Hours earlier, Korona, then 18, told her parents she would answer the door if the Nazis came back that night.

As she pulled the door open, a Nazi soldier stood before her with a gun pointed at her face.

“He said �...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: No place like home at NC’s Land of Oz

High atop Beech Mountain in North Carolina and hidden within the trees is the somewhere over the rainbow: the Land of Oz. It is as magical as the world L. Frank Baum created in his classic "Oz" book series that was brought to the screen in the 1939 Academy Award-winning movie. And it is where those looking for their heart’s desire find the ...Read more

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Cognitive rehab may help older adults clear COVID-related brain fog

Eight months after falling ill with COVID-19, the 73-year-old woman couldn’t remember what her husband had told her a few hours before. She would forget to remove laundry from the dryer at the end of the cycle. She would turn on the tap at a sink and walk away.

Before COVID, the woman had been doing bookkeeping for a local business. Now, she ...Read more

 

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