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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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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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‘True cost of aging’ index shows many seniors can’t afford basic necessities

Fran Seeley, 81, doesn’t see herself as living on the edge of a financial crisis. But she’s uncomfortably close.

Each month, Seeley, a retired teacher, gets $925 from Social Security and a $287 disbursement from an individual retirement account. To make ends meet, she’s taken out a reverse mortgage on her Portland, Maine, home that yields...Read more

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'True cost of aging' index shows many seniors can't afford basic necessities

Fran Seeley, 81, doesn’t see herself as living on the edge of a financial crisis. But she’s uncomfortably close.

Each month, Seeley, a retired teacher, gets $925 from Social Security and a $287 disbursement from an individual retirement account. To make ends meet, she’s taken out a reverse mortgage on her Portland, Maine, home that yields...Read more

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101-year-old Mildred Kitchens recalls early family planning efforts in Texas

DENTON, Texas — Mildred Kitchens has been witness to a century of Texas history, and the 101-year-old has a lot of stories to tell – including about her time providing family planning services before the landmark Roe vs. Wade case was decided in 1973.

Her work in reproductive health that dates back more than an half-century is particularly ...Read more

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In midtown Kansas City, a legend of the tattoo trade finds a permanent home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wes Grimm comes from a long line of untamed eccentrics — ramblers and hustlers, prizefighters and riverboat steersmen — and at 63 years old he still very much honors the family tradition.

On a recent Monday morning, Grimm arrived at the new Bert Grimm Tattoo Museum wearing a black cowboy hat, a bolo tie dangling over a ...Read more

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Baby boomers ride with ease, powering electric bicycle sales in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. Baby boomers who came of age with color TV, microcomputers and space exploration are driving the popularity of the latest innovation: electric bicycles that graying bikers can propel without much exertion.

Sales of traditional bicycles soared during the pandemic to fight stay-at-home boredom, but are now slowing. Electric ...Read more

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Road Trips & Recipes: Follow the magic to Dublin, Ohio

Legend holds that fairy doors are magical portals and, while humans can’t travel into this realm, they can at least find the tiny doors if they know where to look.

That place is Dublin, Ohio, home to the very first Irish Fairy Door Trail in the United States and a land of enchantment itself, from its picturesque historic downtown, where ...Read more

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California leaders wanted inflation relief for poor seniors. Now they’re left out again

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mary Carr, who is 85 and lives in Galt with her husband, relies on $39,000 a year in Social Security as their only income.

That makes her one of millions of Californians who don’t make enough to pay income taxes. It also excludes her from the state’s new inflation relief — one-time payments of $200 to $1,050 that ...Read more

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The kids are gone, the house is sold; 87-year-old artist finally has time to paint

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The scent of linseed oil and turpentine hung in the air, and 4-year-old Chloe Fonda was mesmerized. It was 1939, and she was a tiny thing who watched her retired midwife grandmother, Chloe Wassum, painting landscapes in oils. The namesake granddaughter was destined to be a San Joaquin Valley farm girl, but Fonda loved the ...Read more

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A Florida nursing home lost its Medicare benefits. Residents lost a home

TAMPA, Fla. -- Drawers opened and shut. Garbage bags filled with clothes, birthday cards and pocketbooks. They had to go.

So did 95-year-old Judith Goodman.

Goodman had called Raydiant Health Care of Brandon her home for 13 years. By the next day, she would be gone.

“I feel horrible — I don’t want to leave,” she said late last month ...Read more

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A Florida nursing home lost its Medicare benefits. Residents lost a home

TAMPA, Fla. -- Drawers opened and shut. Garbage bags filled with clothes, birthday cards and pocketbooks. They had to go.

So did 95-year-old Judith Goodman.

Goodman had called Raydiant Health Care of Brandon her home for 13 years. By the next day, she would be gone.

“I feel horrible — I don’t want to leave,” she said late last month ...Read more

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Seniors with prediabetes should eat better, get moving, but not fret too much about diabetes

Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How concerned should they be?

Not very, say some experts. Prediabetes — a term that refers to above-normal but not extremely high blood sugar levels — isn’t a disease, and it doesn’t...Read more

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Seniors with prediabetes should eat better, get moving, but not fret too much about diabetes

Almost half of older adults — more than 26 million people 65 and older — have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How concerned should they be?

Not very, say some experts. Prediabetes — a term that refers to above-normal but not extremely high blood sugar levels — isn’t a disease, and it doesn’t...Read more

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Songs & Smiles’ singalongs are a pocket of joy for people with Alzheimer’s

DALLAS -- Twice a month, you can find Eric Kolb at the memory support center at the Villagio Senior Living facility in Carrollton, Texas. He sets up a TV and microphone while he greets residents gathering in the common room. Since he’s a regular visitor, he knows some of them by name.

Kolb is preparing for an hourlong singalong, with classics...Read more

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During ‘retirement,’ this Pittsburgh artist sculpts a new reality

PITTSBURGH — Dan Droz’s brand of creativity elevates the everyday to the extraordinary.

He spent the 1970s professionally designing sculptural pepper mills and the next decade creating high-end furniture.

Beginning in 1979, he started a tradition of finding road signs whose words or numbers display the upcoming year, snapping a family ...Read more

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Senior affordable housing planned in Miami Beach — this time with a bonus for golf fans

MIAMI — Retirees and golf lovers may soon be lining up for new affordable housing that’s in the pipeline for the North Beach area of Miami Beach.

Senior affordable housing developments are planned for 280 South Shore Dr. and 185 South Shore Dr., steps from the Normandy Shores Golf Course.

The Housing Authority of the city of Miami Beach, a...Read more

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Battling cancer, Tampa Bay senior checks piloting off her bucket list

TAMPA, Fla. — Growing up, Christina Wood never considered becoming a pilot. She was from a big family, and it was the 1960s — her brothers went to college, her sisters to nursing school.

She became a photographer instead, like her great-grandfather. But the subjects of his work compelled her the most — the glistening fighter planes just ...Read more

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National Aviary volunteer has another feather in her cap

PITTSBURGH — As National Aviary volunteer Janet Robb accompanied a visitor into the Tropical Rainforest habitat, both women gasped out loud at a rare — almost-magical — sighting. Wookie the sloth was in plain view, hanging upside down on a low-hanging tree branch. His big eyes peered directly into the eyes of the visitor.

“It’s a ...Read more

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Smooth travel tips for seniors

It's time to start thinking about epic summer vacations. While planning is key for all travelers, it can be especially important for seniors who want to ensure the best travel experience.

Here are a few tips to make sure your trip runs smoothly:

Take time to plan

From getting a travel agent to creating a checklist, planning your trip can help...Read more

 

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