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  • Seeking ‘to be visible,’ more Americans 65 and older are getting plastic surgery

    According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of people 65 and older getting facelifts and cosmetic eyelid surgeries has more than doubled over the last two …


  • Dana Milbank: Baby boomers, you’ve done enough

    Boomers inherited the sole superpower and squandered U.S. influence with two long and inconclusive wars. They gave us the financial collapse of 2008, a crushing federal debt and worse inequality. …


  • Growing up together, TV and baby boomers were a perfect fit

    But the handiest year for TV’s genesis is 1946 – when technology, optimism and renewed consumer buying power joined forces at World War II’s conclusion and gave broadcast television a …


  • Robert J. Samuelson: Are aging, economic slowdown linked?

    If other economists confirm the study, we’d probably resolve the ferocious debate about what caused the economic slowdown. The aging effect would dwarf other alleged causes.


  • Spin Control: A look at voters and turnout, by the numbers

    Political geeks might rejoice in a new page on the Washington secretary of state’s website that provides a plethora of political numbers that can be fed into a spreadsheet and …


  • 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 …


  • Alzheimer’s takes ultimate toll on emotional boundaries

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – It isn’t at all clear the time, or even the day, that Paul and Virginia Wilcox died, seated beside each other in the silver Ford Econoline …


  • Many opt to take early, reduced Social Security benefits, poll finds

    CHICAGO – Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans who are 50 and over say they’ll dip into the program before …


  • Age, income factors in staying with single employer, poll says

    A new poll says more than 40 percent of America’s baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it’s unlikely that their children or grandchildren will …


  • ‘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 …


  • A voice for the voiceless

    From chewy bacon and hard-to-cut biscuits to encouraging a family to put their mother in a memory care unit, Michal Rosenberger has done it all in her year as a …


  • Guidance through the health coverage maze

    Before stumbling upon the free Medicare workshop last week, Toni Mastronarde spent three years feeling ashamed and beaten down because she couldn’t figure out her Medicare coverage and didn’t have …


  • Master strokes

    Underwater, anything is possible. Just ask the members of the Salvation Army Kroc Center masters swim club. For two of the oldest members, water is life. “I am water,” said …


  • In brief: Craft fair comes to CenterPlace

    The Spokane Valley Senior Center is having a craft fair Oct. 16 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Admission is free and the public is invited to shop the 20 tables …


  • 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 …


  • ‘Sit and Be Fit’ star continues to inspire nationwide audience

    When you meet Mary Ann Wilson, it’s hard to believe this shy woman has for nearly 30 years led a fitness revolution from a chair in the KSPS public television …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Boomers drive change in age structure

    Fueled by baby boomers, the nation’s 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in 2050, which is almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according …


  • Common bonds

    As many men age, they realize something is missing in life. Often this epiphany is sparked by a collapsing marriage, unfulfilling career or shortage of friends. Perhaps the children are …


  • Julianne G. Crane exploring U.S. in RV

    Where on the road is Julianne G. Crane? Outside Yuma in her RV of course, writing about her road trips exploring the United States and Canada. Last week the former …


  • Phased retirement programs soften landing

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – There is an oft-told story about what happens when a worker at the Stanley Consultants engineering firm decides to retire. “They say you have the retirement party …


  • Meal programs help seniors feed pets, too

    LOS ANGELES – If Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie …


  • Patrick O’Conner, 73, weight loss/life rejuvenation

    Think of Patrick O’Conner as an older brother with a message for the baby boomers who are resolved to getting old and harbor a malaise for life and relationships: change …


  • Walking in place good for strength, endurance

    We all slow down as we get older, but that certainly doesn’t mean we should let ourselves waste away. If you’ve hit the midcentury mark, there’s a way you can …


  • Calories from extra holiday treats far from harmless

    This is for all of you over the age of 50 – especially the men. If you don’t want your belly to balloon over the winter, especially during the holidays, …


  • Options don’t have to drop off after 50

    Soon after Bill Yeardley (his name has been changed to protect his identity) turned 55, he was fired by the contractor company for which he had worked the past eight …


  • Three individuals who embraced big changes offer inspiration for bold resolutions

    Here’s a look at how a few area baby boomers defied the concept of “old age” and went big and bold in 2013 with adventures of a lifetime. Their advice …


  • Patti Godwin, 60, epic river paddle

    Patti Godwin wanted a monumental celebration for her 60th birthday. So she paddled her heavy red kayak 400 miles down the middle third of the Columbia River, from the Canadian …


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