Stories tagged: aging
Sun., July 17, 2016, 7 p.m.
Graying of suburbia: Can suburbs adjust to aging boomers?
The American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was …
Sun., July 17, 2016, midnight
Cicero’s tips for aging well: Be active, use your brain
Removed to his country estate after opposing Julius Caesar, the Roman orator Cicero wrote a short treatise on embracing old age actively, enjoying its consolations while accepting its limitations. In …
Wed., July 6, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
Researchers’ genetic test predicts your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
New research into the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease offers fresh evidence that the devastating brain disorder may gain a foothold years before dementia sets in, and takes a key …
Mon., June 20, 2016, midnight
Bagger hits the big 9-0, and everybody knows his name
Grocery bagger celebrates 90th birthday on the job.
Sun., June 19, 2016, 7 p.m.
Boomer U: Graduating at 64
For Sheila Foertsch, 64, a college degree was just a matter of time. On Friday when she received her diploma from Spokane Falls Community College, she proved the old adage …
Sun., June 19, 2016, 4 a.m.
Ultra runner Gunhild Swanson refuses to slow down
Spokane Valley grandmother aims to break her own record as the oldest female finisher in the grueling Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run next weekend in California.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Long-term care costs keep climbing, study says
Long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option, a private nursing home room, edging closer to $100,000 annually, according to a survey from …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 4 p.m.
Experts’ new Rx for health: Walk the malls
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a guide saying the mall is a perfect place for seniors to get in their steps.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 4 p.m.
House call: Shingles painful, preventable
If you are old enough to have had chickenpox as a child, or even as an adult, you become increasingly at risk of developing shingles as you age. Shingles is …
Sun., Feb. 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
For some, desire to work past 65 can often be problematic
According to the 2015 Employment Benefit Research Institute Confidence Survey, the percentage of workers aged 25 and over who planned on working past 65 has increased steadily from 11 percent …
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016, 5 a.m.
Study shows benefits of dog ownership can be measured by lower blood pressure
The benefits of animal companionship have been obvious to animal lovers for thousands of years – in fact an elderly human from 10,000 BC was found buried in northern Israel …
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016, midnight
100 years ago in Adams County: Officials work to identify hobos killed in train wreck
From our archives, 100 years ago One of the hoboes killed in a head-on train wreck near Lind was identified as Harold H. Coe of Seattle.
Mon., Jan. 18, 2016, midnight
As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss
MINNEAPOLIS – The docent didn’t point out the brush strokes in the oil painting hanging in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She didn’t talk about the artist other than to …
Sun., Jan. 17, 2016, 5 a.m.
Rural Aging: Shaken by her husband’s death, Jane Faller vows to stay on their remote land
REPUBLIC, Wash. _ Bob Faller died after a day of fighting and struggling. Naked and fierce, gripped by death’s delirium, he rolled on the floor tearing paper into tiny shreds. …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 8, 2015, 7 p.m.
Swimmer Diana Nyad: Why 66 is better than 28
I was 64 when I became the first to swim the 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida, something I failed at when I was 28. The truth is, I am …
Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, midnight
Courageous state of mind
Aging gracefully is a choice that takes courage and the ability to embrace change, advises award-winning actress Linda Evans who is known for playing Krystle Carrington in the 1980s drama …
Thu., Sept. 3, 2015, midnight
Wildfires can’t break spirit of elderly residents
REPUBLIC, Wash. – The cancer has returned with a vengeance, the headaches are constant, debilitating. Bob Faller is dying, soon. Doctors deem him lucky if he celebrates New Year’s.
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015, midnight
Tom Kelly: Aging homebuyers fall into different classifications
I’ve known Stan Johnson for more than 25 years. He is 60, divorced and the father of two children, the younger child a girl who will graduate from high school …
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015, midnight
When he first got on a mountain bike 20 years ago, Fred Schmid could barely pedal up the 100-foot hill leading to his house. Today the 82-year-old Schmid logs 200-mile …
Mon., July 13, 2015, midnight
Idaho’s senior population increases
Idaho’s population is aging faster than the nation’s, with people 65 and older increasing by 19 percent in the last four years, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. …
Mon., June 29, 2015, midnight
‘We’re about helping people’
REPUBLIC, Wash. – The power of a tiny rural town is that a spark of an idea can ignite into a large triumph in just a few weeks, without much …
Sun., June 28, 2015, midnight
‘The culmination of our whole life’
REPUBLIC, Wash. – His hands match the bark on the homestead apple tree. Old. Rugged. Dying, yet so alive. Bob Faller touches the tree like a lover, caressing and hopeful. …
Mon., June 22, 2015, midnight
Spokane seniors learn how juggling can improve brain, overall health
Imagine being told you could learn to juggle at any age – that the flexibility and mobility issues that often accompany aging aren’t barriers to tossing some colorful beanbags in …
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014, midnight
Group at Geezer Forum receives advice, pep talk from retired doctor
When it comes to physicians, patients have to remember one thing: Doctors are human, too. That was the advice from retired physician Jim Arthurs during a gathering of the popular …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2014, midnight
Front Porch: Aging’s rough, but it could be worse
We baby boomers know all too well that aging can do unkind things to our bodies. Some of it is just normal stuff – maybe a slight hearing loss, slower …
Mon., Sept. 8, 2014, midnight
Conference gives boomers primer on retirement
Sorry baby boomers. Getting old will happen even to you. That’s why a local nonprofit is having a one-day conference Saturday in Spokane to help navigate the descent into old …
Mon., July 28, 2014, midnight
Local TV show targets viewers 55 and older
Spokane has a new locally produced monthly television show just for people 55 and older. “Successful Aging in the Northwest” premiered June 24 on CMTV14, which is a nonprofit station …
Mon., June 23, 2014, midnight
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 …
Mon., March 3, 2014, midnight
Wisdom of aging well, according to Epicurus
About 2,300 years ago, a Greek philosopher named Epicurus pondered the difficulties and rewards of old age. He came to this conclusion:
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014, midnight
House Call: As you age, medications bring more risks
Remember the first time you found a gray hair? Or noticed fine lines around your eyes? You may be less aware of internal changes happening as you age because you …