Senior Living


Health & Spirit

He's 93. He's under hospice care. So this SC veteran will jump out of an airplane

WALTERBORO, S.C. - Howard P. Jones Jr. is a 93-year-old hospice patient who plans to skydive into a celebration of a remarkable life this Saturday, Feb. 24, in Walterboro.

"I like it," is the three-word explanation of a man dying of congestive heart failure.

For the past 10 years, Jones has been doing a tandem jump on his birthday ...Read more

Mood music: Lifting spirits of dementia patients

While music is known for lifting moods, rising evidence shows profound responses when favorite tunes are played for dementia patients.

The 2012 award-winning documentary, "Alive Inside," covers social worker Dan Cohen's use of music and iPods with Alzheimer's patients, who quickly become more vocal and animated. He founded the Music ...Read more

At nearly 50, Jazzercise lives on in the age of Zumba

SPOKANE, Wash. - Moving to the beat of Top 40s, you hear an instructor's dance cues. You grapevine or cha-cha-cha.

Yes, it's Jazzercise.

In the age of Zumba and CrossFit, the dance fitness program that started nearly 50 years ago lives on, but it's not exactly your mother's aerobics. Strength training and body-core work get as much focus ...Read more

55 Plus: Declutter now so your loved ones won't have to later

When my mother had a heart attack, she was taken to the hospital. She did not make it back. It was left to my sister and me to clean out her apartment.

During our childhood, mom was a figure of rigid neatness and cleanliness. Saturdays were always clean up days; we spent hours thoroughly dusting, sweeping, and, cleaning the house.

As adults, ...Read more

A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads

SEATTLE - There's been such heavy focus on the wave of millennials flooding into our area, it's easy to forget that it's seniors who are the fastest-growing segment of Washington's - and even Seattle's - population.

In 2015, the state hit a demographic milestone: The number of folks age 65-plus hit 1 million.

And the number of them who drive...Read more

Dating Coach: Don't do this if you want to find love in 2018!

Recently, I looked in the mirror and instead of seeing my inner and outer beauty (we all have it including you!), all I could see were some new lines that seemed to have popped up out of nowhere.

Unfortunately noticing those lines led me to look at other lines and before I knew it, I was on this downward spiral of only seeing the negative ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Great castles of … the United States

Think only Europe has the lock on castles, coats-of-arm and other royal trappings? Pish-posh - the United States has its castles, too. And visitors may tour the grounds, enjoy a sumptuous repast and, in some cases, overnight in guest rooms that will make you feel like royalty.

- The Kentucky Castle, Versailles, KY

Kentucky is well-known for ...Read more

Social Security: Things to think about before applying for disability benefits

Social Security is with you throughout life's journey. We're here for you if the unexpected happens. We are there for you when you finally stop working as well. We provide vital financial support to tens of millions of American workers, primarily through retirement benefits. But we're also there for you if the unexpected happens and a serious ...Read more

Social Security: 4 questions to ask yourself as you plan for retirement

Deciding when to start receiving your retirement benefits from Social Security is a decision that only you can make, and you should make that decision with as much information as possible. There are a lot of important questions to answer.

Should you claim benefits earlier and get a smaller monthly payment for more years? Or should you wait and...Read more

Skip the rocking chairs for these rock stars of aging

If people can age with class, then Harlene Goodrich, 80, and Dorothy Kelly, 91, should be considered aging's rock stars.

These women - two strangers from opposite ends of the country and the poles of politics - agree on the basics on how to age well:

- Forming and reforming circles of supportive friends

- Actively participating in political ...Read more

Social Security: Ex-spouse benefits and how they affect you

Just like during tax season, it's good to have all the information you need early so you can prepare and get any money you are due.

If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must ...Read more

Aging gracefully: At 103, Gertrude Johannessen is 'content' with her life

OSWEGO, Ill. - Perchance the makers of Ponds cold cream read this column, I'd like to offer a suggestion: Get a production crew out to Bickford of Oswego ASAP and shoot a commercial around one of the residents at this assisted living facility.

That's because Gertrude Johannessen, a long-time user of your vintage lotion turned 103 last week, ...Read more

Social Security: Check out these new my Social Security features in the new year

2018 is here! It's the New Year. There's no better time to tell you about the new features we have in my Social Security. They not only save you time, but also put you in control of your retirement future.

There are a growing number of states (and the District of Columbia) where, if you're a resident, you can request a replacement Social ...Read more

Ways for seniors — even those as young as 55 — to save money

Senior citizens can make their golden years shine even more by taking advantage of the many discounts offered by retailers.

For years, it was mainly restaurants that offered seniors discounts, whether early-bird dinner specials or a free beverage with a purchase, and many continue to give seniors some sort of cost-savings, said Jeanette Pavini...Read more

Kristen Bell made some old friends during Hurricane Irma -- and they never forgot her

Kristen Bell has a personal connection to Hurricane Irma.

In September, the "Frozen" star tweeted that she was stuck in Florida right as the massive storm was moving in, but would be evacuating.

While in the Sunshine State shooting a movie before Irma hit, the actress apparently made some friends who were on the older side.

While staying ...Read more

UofO brings back ROTC program

The University of the Ozarks has re-established its Reserve Officers' Training Corps program for the spring 2018 semester.

The program was re-established in collaboration with the University of Central Arkansas' ROTC program. UofO last had ROTC on campus in the late 1980s, according to a news release.

UofO Assistant Vice President for ...Read more

Wrestle like a girl: Pair of East Peoria girls among those competing on area high school mat teams

Girls are invading the testosterone-filled sport of wrestling in record numbers.

Never has that been more evident locally than at East Peoria High School, where four girls are a part of the Raiders roster.

And two of those, junior Randi Robison and sophomore Kortney Atchley, are nationally ranked among girls. The Raiders duo has wrestled ...Read more

Rail debate picks up speed

Eric Temple remembers when Clark County was thinking about ripping up the 33 miles of railroad in Brush Prairie.

Since the 1990s the county had wanted to use the agricultural area lining the tracks for industrial jobs but had been stymied by the state's land-use laws. But Temple said that in 2003, the county decided to give it another try ...Read more

Some glitches, but retail closures are largely bypassing East Valley

While much of the country is dealing with the fallout of closures by major retail chains, the East Valley is experiencing largely positive trends in the sector.

But the region is not totally isolated from the closures as Sam's Club location in Chandler.

Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield predicted that more than 12,000 stores ...Read more


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