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Robert J. Samuelson: Twilight of the boomers

Historic birth patterns tell us a lot about where the country has been – and where it might be going.


Retirees, this new cruise line is for you. There are no kids, and booze is included.

It’s not often that a new cruise line enters the industry. And it’s not often that a new cruise line, at a time when companies are bending over backwards to …


Robert J. Samuelson: Children vs. grandparents

To those paying attention, the recent strikes for higher teachers’ pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma are a harbinger of things to come. You can attribute the strikes to the …


Froma Harrop: Let’s skip the war against baby boomers, OK?

When things get dull, enterprising rousers of rabble promote a war against something or other to gain attention. The war against the baby boom generation is already in full swing.


After decades of marriage, online dating was overwhelming; this is how I coped

Staring at profile after profile after profile of smiling men who assure me they are easygoing and ready for something new, the stakes feel impossibly high. How will I ever …


Decade-by-decade: What to do now to retire better

Whether age 23 or 57, it’s never too early or too late to take steps toward a better retirement, say Spokane financial planners. Depending on your decade of life, you …


Embraced by Baby Boomers, recliners get a makeover

Including recliners in home decorating projects used to be an interior designer’s nightmare, says Bonnie Lewis, founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Diapers for baby boomers help papermakers offset print loss

Diaper-wearing baby boomers are coming to the rescue of the beleaguered paper industry.


Steve Brown: Homebuilders are betting on baby boomers to be big buyers

The U.S. housing industry is ready to sell it to baby boomers.


Older Americans are retiring in droves

More baby boomers are beginning the new year with nothing on their schedule but plans to golf, travel, and spend more time with the grandkids. The number of Americans aged …


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 …