Boomers led the way in silver divorces

MIAMI – After 33 years of marriage, Gary Word found himself in an unexpected situation: suddenly single. He was 60 years old. Diane Bing was 54 when her 25-year marriage ended two years ago. She had stayed at home to help raise her two stepsons and was “totally unprepared” for post-divorce life. Read more

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Oil industry fuels reversal in age trends

WASHINGTON – Want to reduce the effects of aging? Try oil. The United States’ population is still getting older, but that’s changing in the Great Plains because of the attraction of working in the booming oil and gas industries. Read more

Retirement communities offer independence, but not all boomers are ready

Many baby boomers aren’t ready for retirement – much less a retirement community. And some in this independent and free-spirited generation are indignant about even discussing the idea of someone so young moving to a community of, well, old people. “Too busy working to think about the ‘home’ and my mother says she isn’t ready either,” wrote Becky Christner in response to a recent Facebook inquiry about whether baby boomers are ready for the retirement home. Read more

Critical connections

Al Gilmour stumbled across a gem for bringing together professionals in the elder services industry while on a business trip to Olympia. Three years later, Spokane County has a similar group to network and build businesses and services that specialize in aging while also raising money to help local seniors in need. The Senior Action Network of Eastern Washington has about 55 members, most of whom braved a cold, stormy morning Tuesday for the monthly meeting. It’s a typical networking group with a variety of members from care facilities, home health and funeral homes to attorneys, financial planners and real estate agents specializing in senior transitions. So far this year, individuals have made nearly 300 referrals to other member’s businesses and services, said President Mendy Neff, who also works for Providence Senior and Community Services. Read more

Recumbent cyclists gather for Tater TOT rally

To Ron Spiewak, it’s all about how he looks. That’s why it took some pride swallowing for the veteran and one-time bike racer to embrace a three-wheeled bike that looks more like a recliner on wheels. But today Spiewak, 65, of Spirit Lake, Idaho, knows he has a cool ride – one that he can pedal into old age without worry of losing balance and falling or stressing his neck, back and wrists. He brags about his trike at every opportunity and is excited to promote the Tater TOT (Tricycles Optional Tour) Rally – a gathering of hundreds of trikes and recumbent two-wheelers in Kellogg, June 28-July 2. Read more

Pool workout keeps body in motion

Sure, an icy dip in the pool is a welcome relief on a hot summer day, but your local watering hole is also the perfect site for your next workout. Situate yourself in the shallow end of a pool where you can stand comfortably with both feet on the ground and the water comes up to between your belly button and chest. Then do the following routine as an interval-style workout, completing each move for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of rest. Repeat the sequence three times. Read more

Savvy travelers pursue freebies

Yes, travel is ridiculously expensive, and it keeps getting more so. Pretty soon, they might be charging for the air you breathe, unless you go to an oxygen bar, in which case, they already are. But that doesn’t mean we can’t occasionally score a few freebies on our trips, right? Read more

Selfies ruin chance to see what matters

Selfies. Leonardo da Vinci produced one of the first, in 1512, followed by Rembrandt, who did dozens of self-portraits. Perhaps Norman Rockwell’s self-portrait, which shows him painting a selfie by looking in a mirror, did the most to lead the way to modern selfies, since it clearly delineates his own derriere. Read more

Decor turns back clock

If you spent childhood summers on a northern lake, grew up lunching at diners and shake shacks, or took a college road trip, you’ll be all over the next big home décor trend: American Retro. And even if you didn’t, you may appreciate the look and feel – an easygoing, aspirational lifestyle centered more on the meandering road than the techno highway. Read more

Partnership protocols

The proverbial “living in sin” isn’t just for the young. Baby boomers and seniors do it, too. There are myriad reasons people live together but opt not to get married, especially older folks finding new love: retirement pensions, government benefits or grown children who aren’t cool with their parents remarrying and potentially jeopardizing their inheritance. Read more

Grandkids change best-laid plans

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — I was amazed one recent afternoon when I called out to my little granddaughter Elizabeth in another room and she answered, “Mande.” That’s colloquial Spanish for “What can I do for you?” or simply “Yes?” But Elizabeth isn’t a native Spanish speaker. Neither am I, nor is her grandmother Pam. Spanish is colonizing our household speech because we all live together most of the year in Mexico. Read more

At 82, artist earns first show

PHILADELPHIA – Patricia Ray Guckes’ husband never wanted her to work. So she painted. Up at 5 every morning, before her husband and two daughters, Guckes sat on a stool facing her easel in the kitchen of her Lower Moreland, Pennsylvania, home. Read more

LGBT seniors learn affordable housing can be scarce, often unwelcoming

The walls of Alice Herman’s home are covered in photographs. Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless. Read more

Alzheimer’s expert to speak

Learn about the latest developments in Alzheimer’s research in a free presentation June 24 by a leading researcher. The program is open to the public and is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Dean M. Hartley, director of Science Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association, will speak about the newest research. Read more

Use checklist before allowing loved ones to age in place

More than 90 percent of people over the age of 65 would want to remain at home as they get older, according to AARP. This popular trend is called “aging in place” or “aging in community.” Yet many people fail to consider the many factors that help determine whether they can remain at home. “I tell our clients that what’s most important is to keep an open mind, be flexible about what will maximize independence, safety and well-being,” said Jody Gastfriend, vice president of senior care services at “That’s really a very individual decision with several factors to consider.” Read more

Don’t let your posture belie your age

Bending at the waist can add decades to your appearance. You can end up looking a lot older than you are. In fact, a posture of carrying the torso bent forward almost defines the look of an old person. It may not be the easiest thing in the world to get back into the straight-backed posture of youth, but it can be done. Read more

Hooked on the fishing life since he was 5

NISSWA, MINN. – The plan was for 5-year-old Royal Karels to visit his grandparents’ resort near Brainerd, Minnesota, for a couple of days back in the summer of 1942. But little Royal was instantly hooked on life at the lake. Read more