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It’s your choice: You can change your views of aging and improve your life

People’s beliefs about aging have a profound impact on their health, influencing everything from their memory and sensory perceptions to how well they walk, how fully they recover from disabling illness, and how long they live.

When aging is seen as a negative experience (characterized by terms such as decrepit, incompetent, dependent, and ...Read more

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It's your choice: You can change your views of aging and improve your life

People’s beliefs about aging have a profound impact on their health, influencing everything from their memory and sensory perceptions to how well they walk, how fully they recover from disabling illness, and how long they live.

When aging is seen as a negative experience (characterized by terms such as decrepit, incompetent, dependent, and ...Read more

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Why Black and Hispanic seniors are left with a less powerful flu vaccine

At Whitman-Walker Health, Dr. David Fessler and his staff administer high-dose influenza vaccine to all HIV-positive and senior patients. Although the vaccine is roughly three times as expensive as standard flu vaccine, it seems to do a better job at protecting those with weakened immune systems — a major focus of the nonprofit’s Washington,...Read more

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Why Black and Hispanic seniors are left with a less powerful flu vaccine

At Whitman-Walker Health, Dr. David Fessler and his staff administer high-dose influenza vaccine to all HIV-positive and senior patients. Although the vaccine is roughly three times as expensive as standard flu vaccine, it seems to do a better job at protecting those with weakened immune systems — a major focus of the nonprofit’s Washington,...Read more

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Grilling: For a memorable Memorial Day

The way we observe it, Memorial Day is actually two holidays.

The first of these is a day of somber reflection and of profound thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who gave their lives so our country could be free.

And the second of these is a day of fun, of relaxation — and of grilling.

Memorial Day stands as the unofficial ...Read more

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The whole enchilada: Recipes as good as you'll get at your favorite Mexican restaurant

Some people, when they go to Italian restaurants, always order spaghetti carbonara. Some, when they go to Chinese restaurants, inevitably get chicken with black bean sauce.

When I go to a Mexican restaurant, you can be sure I’ll order enchiladas. Always enchiladas.

Enchiladas, to me, encapsulate the best qualities of Mexican cooking. They ...Read more

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Diane Bell: 100 skydivers to link up in record-breaking formation

SAN DIEGO -- Imagine jumping from a plane at 1,800 feet and linking up with 100 people in a giant snowflake formation, then scooting away from traffic to open your parachute in time to land safely.

That is what 100 to 110 senior skydivers are planning to do in early April at Skydive Perris 20 miles north of Temecula, California, in the hope of ...Read more

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Diane Bell: 100 skydivers to link up in record-breaking formation

SAN DIEGO -- Imagine jumping from a plane at 1,800 feet and linking up with 100 people in a giant snowflake formation, then scooting away from traffic to open your parachute in time to land safely.

That is what 100 to 110 senior skydivers are planning to do in early April at Skydive Perris 20 miles north of Temecula, California, in the hope of ...Read more

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To families’ dismay, Biden nursing home reform doesn’t view them as essential caregivers

When the Biden administration announced a set of proposed nursing home reforms last month, consumer advocates were both pleased and puzzled.

The reforms call for minimum staffing requirements, stronger regulatory oversight, and better public information about nursing home quality — measures advocates have promoted for years. Yet they don’t ...Read more

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To families' dismay, Biden nursing home reform doesn't view them as essential caregivers

When the Biden administration announced a set of proposed nursing home reforms last month, consumer advocates were both pleased and puzzled.

The reforms call for minimum staffing requirements, stronger regulatory oversight, and better public information about nursing home quality — measures advocates have promoted for years. Yet they don’t ...Read more

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Medicare Advantage plans send pals to seniors’ homes for companionship — and profits

Widowed and usually living alone, Gloria Bailey walks with a cane after two knee replacement surgeries and needs help with housekeeping.

So she was thrilled last summer when her Medicare Advantage plan, SummaCare, began sending a worker to her house in Akron, Ohio, to mop floors, clean dishes, and help with computer problems. Some days, they ...Read more

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Medicare Advantage plans send pals to seniors' homes for companionship -- and profits

Widowed and usually living alone, Gloria Bailey walks with a cane after two knee replacement surgeries and needs help with housekeeping.

So she was thrilled last summer when her Medicare Advantage plan, SummaCare, began sending a worker to her house in Akron, Ohio, to mop floors, clean dishes, and help with computer problems. Some days, they ...Read more

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Despite seniors’ strong desire to age in place, the village model remains a boutique option

Twenty years ago, a group of pioneering older adults in Boston created an innovative organization for people committed to aging in place: Beacon Hill Village, an all-in-one social club, volunteer collective, activity center, peer-to-peer support group, and network for various services.

Its message of “we want to age our way in our homes and ...Read more

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Despite seniors' strong desire to age in place, the village model remains a boutique option

Twenty years ago, a group of pioneering older adults in Boston created an innovative organization for people committed to aging in place: Beacon Hill Village, an all-in-one social club, volunteer collective, activity center, peer-to-peer support group, and network for various services.

Its message of “we want to age our way in our homes and ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Heed the call of the wild with a cruise to Alaska

“The more I see as I sit here among the rocks, the more I wonder about what I am not seeing.”

— Richard Proenneke, naturalist, conservationist, writer and wildlife photographer

This is the mystery of Alaska. It is a place of wonder, with whole worlds in and beyond the glaciers you see right before you, the mountains that loom in the ...Read more

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Considering a retirement community for your aging parents? Here are 7 tips

Picking a retirement community for yourself or a family member can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are tips on how to find a safe and secure home.

You can start to look for retirement home options on the federal government’s online Eldercare Locator or by calling 800-677-1116 for your local Area Agency on Aging. You can also use sites ...Read more

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Brandon Thomas' long, winding road to earning a Pitt master's degree at 50

PITTSBURGH — Brandon Thomas will be the first one to tell you that his path to graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in December with a master's in social work was anything but conventional.

The 50-year-old Greensburg, Pennsylvania native spent years mired in a mental health- and substance abuse-induced haze before he received the help...Read more

A Carnegie museum paleontologist achieved immortality thanks to a few prehistoric jaws

PITTSBURGH — In 1989 David Berman was bouncing around in the back of a Jeep as it roamed through the wilds of southeast Utah. He asked the driver to stop when he saw a distinctive earth formation he couldn’t pass up: stream bed deposits. That may not excite everyone, but to a vehicle full of graduate students studying vertebrate paleontology...Read more

Lower income older adults at greater risk for health issues following intensive care stays, Yale study finds

In a study that could have implications for many states as they emerge from their latest COVID-19 surges, Yale researchers found that older adults with lower incomes were disproportionately likely to develop health issues following stays in the intensive care unit.

The effect was particularly strong when looking at cognitive health, with adults...Read more

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This couple retired to the Jersey Shore to open the ‘Ocean City Winery.’ What could go wrong?

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Mike and Robin Halpern had a vision for retirement. Robin knew her way around a vineyard. Mike could run a business. They bought a Christmas tree farm in Cape May County, met the neighbors, transitioned from trees to grapes.

Two miles as the drone flies from Ocean City, the former Trop’s Tree Farm on Bayaire Road ...Read more

 

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