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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Windstar’s Tahiti is closer and more remote than you think

I’m standing waist-deep in the clear blue waters of the caldera off the shoreline of Bora Bora, munching passion fruit, sipping a rum punch and watching our guide, Sebastian, hack a coconut in two. Watching manatees floating beneath the surface and luxuriating in the lagoon’s gentle swish-swish, I realize that this is what a vacation should ...Read more

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‘A very nice place to grow up’: Centenarian returns home to Nevada town

GOLDFIELD, Nevada — On a breezy day in this tiny burg, Helen McLeod gazed up at her old school.

The steep, blue steps leading up to the entrance were built to look just like the ones she sat upon with school friends back in the 1920s and ’30s.

Just days before her 103rd birthday on Friday, McLeod had traveled to Goldfield to see the place ...Read more

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'A very nice place to grow up': Centenarian returns home to Nevada town

GOLDFIELD, Nevada — On a breezy day in this tiny burg, Helen McLeod gazed up at her old school.

The steep, blue steps leading up to the entrance were built to look just like the ones she sat upon with school friends back in the 1920s and ’30s.

Just days before her 103rd birthday on Friday, McLeod had traveled to Goldfield to see the place ...Read more

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Column: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a big fat lie

LOS ANGELES -- I went to my dentist earlier this year for a regular checkup, and he made a series of observations nobody wants to hear.

I had a cavity.

It was under a crown.

And the crown was next to a wisdom tooth that might have to be yanked to make room for him to saw off the crown and fix the cavity.

So I went to see an oral surgeon, who...Read more

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'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is a big fat lie

LOS ANGELES -- I went to my dentist earlier this year for a regular checkup, and he made a series of observations nobody wants to hear.

I had a cavity.

It was under a crown.

And the crown was next to a wisdom tooth that might have to be yanked to make room for him to saw off the crown and fix the cavity.

So I went to see an oral surgeon, who...Read more

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Stranded in the ER, seniors await hospital care and suffer avoidable harm

Every day, the scene plays out in hospitals across America: Older men and women lie on gurneys in emergency room corridors moaning or suffering silently as harried medical staff attend to crises.

Even when physicians determine these patients need to be admitted to the hospital, they often wait for hours — sometimes more than a day — in the ...Read more

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An unexpected benefit of aging is how people tell you all kinds of stuff

This is my Medicare eligibility year so, naturally, I feel a bit like that home appliance with AI capabilities reaching the end of its warranty. I sense that things are breaking down, but I’m hoping to get years more service before being hauled off to the dump or whatever. I would also happily use the rest of this space to list my various ...Read more

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Laid off right before retirement? Here’s what to do next

No one wants to get laid off, let alone five years shy of retirement.

According to a study by ProPublica and the Urban Institute, around 56% of workers over age 50 are let go from a job at least once.

If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, there are steps you can take while waiting for retirement age. According to Forbes, here are...Read more

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3 ways to save money for people on a fixed income

Living on a fixed income in 2024 can be a tough task for U.S. retirees.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your budget well into your golden years.

Downsize

From scaling back on personal possessions to moving into a smaller home, downsizing for retirement is all about improving affordability. Downsizing is not always the right ...Read more

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Stranded in the ER, seniors await hospital care and suffer avoidable harm

Every day, the scene plays out in hospitals across America: Older men and women lie on gurneys in emergency room corridors moaning or suffering silently as harried medical staff attend to crises.

Even when physicians determine these patients need to be admitted to the hospital, they often wait for hours — sometimes more than a day — in the ...Read more

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As some nursing homes cry poverty, what can be done about increased staffing requirements?

If you suspect that you or a loved one might one day end up in a nursing home, and you breathed a sigh of relief when the Biden administration announced increased staffing requirements on April 22, you may need to pull a Larry David and curb your enthusiasm.

Biden's follow-through on an earlier promise was applauded by many, given the dark ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Savor the journey on Amtrak

There are many reasons travelers choose train travel over other modes of transportation – and there are many reasons why they don’t. Nobody chooses a cross-country rail excursion to get somewhere fast, ignore the views, keep to themselves, binge-watch shows or pack food along (as has become the norm with plane travel).

Rail travelers are a ...Read more

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‘Are nursing homes our only option?’ These centers offer older adults an alternative

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — George Raines, a white-haired man in a red track suit and matching University of Alabama ball cap, cracked jokes as physical therapist Brad Ellis led him through a series of exercises designed to strengthen his legs.

Raines, who is 79, pretended to be in pain, but his grin belied his tone of mock suffering. The men were ...Read more

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The typical retiree might not look like what you imagine

ATLANTA -- America is facing a looming retirement crisis, according to a recent Business Insider report. Many older adults are financially vulnerable and live off less than $30,000 a year.

There was a spike in early retirements during the pandemic, but some have since “unretired” because of high costs and elevated interest rates. As of 2023...Read more

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Study: Cannabis might lower blood pressure in older adults

A study from 2020 found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. A newer study suggests that might be a good thing for some.

The study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center found medical cannabis might reduce ...Read more

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Column: Death is certain, but funeral home pricing often isn’t

ATLANTA -- There’s a new scam that has been sweeping the nation.

Crooks search funeral notices to identify people who have recently lost a loved one. After waiting enough time for funeral arrangements to be made, these unscrupulous folks call family or friends pretending to be the funeral home, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Then,...Read more

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'Are nursing homes our only option?' These centers offer older adults an alternative

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — George Raines, a white-haired man in a red track suit and matching University of Alabama ball cap, cracked jokes as physical therapist Brad Ellis led him through a series of exercises designed to strengthen his legs.

Raines, who is 79, pretended to be in pain, but his grin belied his tone of mock suffering. The men were ...Read more

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A cancer survivor's advice: research, persistence and second opinions

In the fall of 2022, Robin Clough and Dr. Gene Dorio were going about their lives as they had for many years, serving older adults in the Santa Clarita Valley. Clough was busy with her work as an administrator at the local senior center while Dorio, a house-call geriatrician, crisscrossed the valley visiting his patients.

In November of that ...Read more

 

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