Senior Living


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Social Security: Beat procrastination by changing your direct deposit early

With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of constantly postponing some tasks because of other things we need to address right now. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, procrastinating on reporting changes can lead to delayed payments, resulting in ...Read more

Want to be happy in old age? Shut off the TV, get out of the house, Inquirer readers advise

PHILADELPHIA - Joyce Abramson Sherman, 97, of Bensalem, was among the first to send an email after she read a recent Inquirer story about how resilient seniors thrive after losing many friends and family members. We had asked readers to share their tips.

"My address book has more Xs than addresses," wrote Sherman, a retired nurse who...Read more

Once a Scout, always a Scout: Man honored for 75 years of service

In 1940, Richard "Dick" Preece first recited the Boy Scout oath as an 8-year-old Cub Scout in his native Pocatello, Idaho.

Seventy-eight years later, the Vista resident is still living by that code of loyalty to God, country and the Scout Law.

At a celebration in Vista, the 86-year-old Preece was honored by the national Boy Scouts ...Read more

Boomer U: Active grandparents

More people older than 50 are staying active and including fitness as part of their routine. Take time this fall to embrace the family by going for a walk or hitting the bike path and cycling together. Maybe go on an all-in-the-family bike ride or one of these activities:

- Experience nature

Enjoy a nature trail, take some breaks to see the ...Read more

55 Plus: Spruce up your home

As people get older, they often stop noticing things around their home. Dust gathers in corners or on shelves and cabinets where televisions or knickknacks may be placed. Dust can even settle on plant leaves, despite meticulous watering done for the plant.

At the same time, wall-to-wall carpeting installed many years ago may have become ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Salem, Massachusetts celebrates 25 years of 'Hocus Pocus'

"I put a spell on you

And now you're mine."

In 1993, Bette Midler, in her inimitable role as witch Winifred Sanderson, cast a spell on fans of "Hocus Pocus," and Salem does likewise to its visitors.

"Hocus Pocus" is one of many movies that have been filmed in Witch City, an atmospheric setting for celluloid for ...Read more

Joan Baez's secrets to staying fit enough to tour at 77

At a time in life when many start to slow down, legendary singer Joan Baez remains a whirlwind of activity.

At 77, the folk music icon is promoting her new album "Whistle Down The Wind" and has extended her final concert tour, the Fare Thee Well Tour, into 2019. Last year, the silver-haired singer was inducted into the Rock & ...Read more

Social Security: Don't be misled by false Medicare or Social Security ads

Online and otherwise, there's a lot of information out there, and sometimes it's difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information.

The law that addresses misleading Social Security and Medicare advertising prohibits ...Read more

Joy in the age of loss

PHILADELPHIA - Jerry Jackson, a retired accountant, described the accumulation of losses that accompany old age in concrete, mathematical terms.

When he and his wife moved to Rydal Park, a Jenkintown, Pa., retirement community, they joined an informal breakfast group of about 10. "They were a great bunch of people," said Jackson, who...Read more

Social Security: How Social Security defines disability

Disability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term ...Read more

Earwax, of all things, poses unrecognized risk in long-term care

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.

Don't laugh.

That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose serious problems, especially for the 2.2 million people who live in U.S. nursing homes and ...Read more

Social Security: You'll feel like you're on vacation with how easy this is

August might be the last of the months that people think of when we say "summer vacation," but it's by no means the least. People are still taking trips and hosting family while enjoying America's beaches and national parks. Social Security might not be on the top of your to-do list when you're on vacation, but we've made it so easy ...Read more

Social Security: If you are young and lose a parent

Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn't just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family's finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies.

In 2017, we...Read more

Social Security: We know what matters — it's you

We named our blog Social Security Matters for a few reasons. Yes, we matter to millions of people. And the matters we write about - from policy changes to new programs - from online my Social Security features to popular baby names - are topics that affect you in one way or another.

Our blogs provide a lot of information about our programs and...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: New Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail brings foodies 'The Year of Kentucky Food'

Nearly 20 years before Kentucky achieved statehood in 1792, one of its earliest explorers, Captain James Harrod, and his expedition party may have rustled up the earliest recipe for one of the state's most beloved dishes: burgoo.

At the fort they had just built in what is now Harrodsburg (the oldest permanent settlement west of the Allegheny ...Read more

55 Plus: How to find a job at any age

It's a common story for folks who have spent most of their adult life working in lower-paying jobs and are now middle age or seniors; people who don't have a pension and didn't established a consistent savings program for retirement. When they age to the point where Social Security becomes available, they leave their job in order to live on ...Read more

Women redefining retirement

Sometime in 2009, Rhoda Margolis was sitting at her desk, working on a retirement program when up popped an invitation to a webinar on the same subject.

She logged on.

By then Margolis, who celebrated her 73rd birthday recently, had been contemplating what her own life might look like after retirement. Without a job, what would give it meaning...Read more

Boomer U: Plugging in socially boosts well-being

Ron Schoenberger has plugged into a network each week for 50 years.

Since joining Rotary in 1968, the 83-year-old Spokane resident never missed a weekly group meeting. Club members recently honored his milestone.

Based on research, Schoenberger's regular social connections likely boosted his physical and psychological well-being, buffering ...Read more

Dating Coach: 5 tips for avoiding the heartbreak from ghosting

According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of Ghosting is ... "The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date."

A real life definition is ... you and I meet, we have amazing chemistry, we hang out, have awesome sex, I bond to you and you disappear ultimately breaking ...Read more

Painful sex? New treatment for menopausal women on its way to pharmacies

BOCA RATON, Fla. - For menopausal women who experience painful sex, a new treatment is on its way to pharmacies.

Boca Raton-based TherapeuticsMD began distributing its new product, Imvexxy, to stores recently. It will be available at all major retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as small pharmacies.

TherapeuticsMD, which is ...Read more


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