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Cohousing: The new Bay Area trend in senior living

The skyrocketing cost of Bay Area housing almost forced Marietta Borgel to leave San Jose, the place she's called home for six decades. Then she discovered home-sharing and, for the first time in her 75 years, Borgel moved in with a roommate.

Life in a traditional retirement home didn't appeal to Angela Hunkler, a 73-year-old artist, so she ...Read more

Social Security: Social Security honors the nation's heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits.

The loss of a ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Unexpected art meccas in the US

Sure. Santa Fee has its art colony, Seattle, its experimental arts edge, and New York, enough museums and cultural institutions that it can catalog its own top 50 and still have plenty of must-see's left for another arts-centric list.

But rocking an arts scene beneath the radar are those smaller towns whose dynamic art galleries, working ...Read more

'The music brings back memories': Seniors dance for fun and fitness

The rules are simple in Cyndi Dorber's line-dancing classes. Show up. Move. Have fun.

Dorber, a professional dance instructor, has found a niche teaching older students at senior centers and retirement communities throughout the Dallas area.

"Movement and music make the elderly feel young," Dorber says. "The music brings back ...Read more

He's 81 and getting his Ph.D. 'I figured I'd go look for answers'

TAMPA - John Voelpel took his first University of South Florida class, a course on environmental ethics, for no credit in 2002. He liked it, so he stuck around. For 15 years.

Sometimes the twentysomethings in his classes looked at him askance. After all, here he was with his white hair and prosthetic leg, a sixtysomething, then a ...Read more

Life in motion even at 106

From Model Ts to jet airplanes, Noble Brewer has lived 106 years with life in motion.

Brewer celebrated his birthday recently, receiving a tribute during a music program at Garden Plaza of Post Falls, where he's lived over five years.

The retired flight inspector remains active, staying in an independent living apartment. These days, he gets ...Read more

New service offers transportation help for seniors

CHICAGO - Hazel Fisher-Gable, 76, loves her independence.

But the Lincoln Park resident recently had eye surgery, which means she can't drive for a couple of months. Friends help out, but they are not always available. And she does not like having groceries delivered, since "all tomatoes are not created equal" and she wants to select...Read more

55 Plus: It is time for a radical rethinking about age

It is a surprise to many that the human lifespan has almost doubled since the beginning of the 20th century, which started on January 1, 1901. Back then, the average lifespan of an American was less than 50 years old - 47 years, to be exact. Only a small percentage of Americans lived to reach their 85th birthday.

During the 1930's, medical ...Read more

At 112, America's oldest man has the secret to a long life: 'Just keep living. Don't die.'

AUSTIN - The oldest living man in America wakes on his couch at 4:25 a.m. and wonders if it's still raining. On May 11, he turned 112, "And I have no pains, no aches."

The blinds of his home are drawn shut. The trickles from an overnight storm fall onto the trees. "Turn on the lights," he says to his caregiver, who has sat ...Read more

Social Security: Five steps for Social Security success

No matter how much you've planned, there's no better time than now to think about your future. We'd like to encourage you to take Five Steps toward Your Financial Security. Planning for the future may seem intimidating to many, but we've broken the task down into five easy steps:

Step 1: Get to know your Social Security - You and Social ...Read more

Social Security: Sharing security with mom on Mother's Day

Spring is upon us, and it marks two very popular annual events: Mother's Day and the release of Social Security's baby name list! There's no better time to share some security with the people you love.

While spending time with your mom on Sunday, May 13, you can help her quickly and easily sign up for a free, online my Social Security account....Read more

Social Security: Checklist for your Social Security annual check-up

Say "annual checkup" and most people imagine waiting at the doctor's office. But, there's another type of checkup that can give you a sense of wellness without even leaving home. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and follow these five steps to conduct your own Social Security annual checkup.

Your Social Security Statement is available ...Read more

New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

Several weeks ago, Medicare launched an initiative to prevent seniors and people with serious disabilities from developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the most common and costly medical conditions in the U.S.

But the April 1 rollout of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, a major new benefit that could help millions of people, is getting off ...Read more

To treat pain, PTSD and other illnesses, Tennessee vets try tai chi

Every week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Zibin Guo guides veterans in wheelchairs through slow-motion tai chi poses as a Bluetooth speaker plays soothing instrumental music.

"Cloudy hands to the right, cloudy hands to the left," he tells them, referring to the move traditionally known as "cloud hands." "Now we're going to ...Read more

 

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