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Boomer U: Rebooting goals as empty nesters

So your last child has left home for college or other adventures. Now, the house is quiet. Too quiet.

No doubt the empty-nest phase of life requires a transition. There's less rush this fall to fill the calendar with activities and appointments. Along with adjustments in your routines, and likely a few tears, now what?

Perhaps it's time to ...Read more

Meet the septuagenarian pot queen of Manhattan

Don't believe that marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug? The septuagenarian pot queen of E. 24th St. begs to differ.

Gloria Ginsberg, 76, says she lifts weights, walks on a treadmill and smokes pot. A lot of it.

"I'm happier than a pig in (expletive)," Ginsberg told the Daily News. "I've still got it."

The Bronx ...Read more

As they age, women lose their hair, too … which treatments really work?

Women expect their hair to turn gray as they age, but they may be far less prepared for another ego-challenging aspect of aging: Their hair falls out.

You can cover gray with dye, but it's harder to disguise the sparsely covered scalps that millions of women start to notice in their 50s and 60s. Some unlucky ones have thinning hair long before ...Read more

How Dallas' 92-year-old civic pioneer Anita N. Martinez is inspiring a new generation

Anita N. Martinez may be 92 years old, but she's not ready to slow down.

She visits her namesake studio, dressed in bright pink from head to toe, on a recent day. New and returning dancers are auditioning for a spot in the group.

"It's so good to see you," she says and smiles at one child and her mother. She offers hugs, connecting ...Read more

When your child is 59 'going on 70': Couple talks joys of raising son with Down syndrome, challenges of early aging

Tom and Rosemary Ryan's story parallels the story of Down syndrome these past 59 years.

Not only has the couple lived the joy, challenge and learning curve that accompanies raising a child with special needs, they've dedicated their lives to pioneering change in governmental support, educational opportunities and societal views.

"A lot ...Read more

55 Plus: If you can't do these movements, you're in trouble

As humans grow older, their lives usually get less physical. Those 55 and older do a lot more sitting. They are much less active. The problem with this is that important ranges of motion can be lost, the joints and muscles atrophied by lack of use. Bodies become stiff. The stiffness makes it harder, even more painful, to do the same simple ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: One cruise, three grooves: Holland America's Canada/New England aboard Zuiderdam

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything would it?" –Anne Shirley

Meet characters from fiction and history, eat a gastronome's dream dishes, seize unexpected ...Read more

Social Security: Medicare, explained

Social Security and Medicare have a few things in common. Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for our family and friends. Although both programs are household names, many people may not be familiar with the details of Medicare.

Medicare is our country's health insurance program for people ...Read more

Without safety net of kids or spouse, 'elder orphans' need fearless fallback plan

It was a memorable place to have an "aha" moment about aging.

Peter Sperry had taken his 82-year-old father, who'd had a stroke and used a wheelchair, to Disney World. Just after they'd made their way through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, nature called. Sperry took his father to the bathroom where, with difficulty, he changed ...Read more

Gay and gray: The retirement housing industry learns how to help LGBT seniors

Well into a training program to help a senior living community staff better understand LGBT residents came the part that really explains why so many older people fear they'll have to go back in the closet if they move to senior housing - history.

Rose Tree Place managers were asked to read a three-page timeline of being gay in America ...Read more

Social Security: Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Social Security touches the lives of every American. Hispanics make up our nation's largest ethnic minority group with a population of 57.5 million, according to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, Hispanic Americans form 17.8 percent of the nation's total population.

Social Security provides retirement, disability, and other...Read more

Armed and aged: Even dementia doesn't mean you can't have a gun

Ilene Warner-Maron, a nurse who specializes in geriatric cases, opened a discussion on gun-owning elders with dementia, depression or other serious infirmities by showing a picture of an 87-year-old woman gripping a gun in both of her outstretched hands.

The woman, Warner-Maron told a full classroom this week at Philadelphia Corporation for ...Read more

The sometimes stranger: Night after night, this Plano man visits his wife with Alzheimer's

PLANO, Texas - He takes his 7 p.m. pills and scribbles his name on the assisted living sign-out sheet. Then he inches his walker toward the parking lot, to visit the girl next door.

She's just a minute's drive, one building over. At this hour, she's already in bed, in her own room, behind two sets of heavy metal doors.

Bob Stiegler isn't sure...Read more

Age no match for these senior tennis players

FOX VALLEY, Ill. - If you're feeling a little insecure about how you're aging, I'd suggest you stay away from 85-year-old Warren Moulds of Geneva and 78-year-old Frank Asta of Batavia.

Either that, or try to emulate them.

The latter would take a lot more effort than most of us are willing to give, especially at a certain age in life, as both ...Read more

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

 

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