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  • Merkel found calling, success at Whitworth

    The year was 1960. My father, Paul Merkel, was 38 years old and head baseball coach at Whitworth College (now Whitworth University). He had been head coach since the spring …


  • Tips from a traveler on essentials for next trip

    There’s the usual: laptop, smartphone, deodorant, toothbrush – the stuff that goes with me no matter where I go. Most of those familiar things probably are on your packing list …


  • Research shows we once left our desks

    The other day, three of us old-timers at the newspaper reminisced about what it took to research stories before Google. We did a lot more reporting in person and on …


  • ‘Last generation’ sees today’s kids in different light

    Sometimes, the so-called “good old days” really were better. For example, if the data is correct, then the state of parenting in America has been in slow but steady decline …


  • Drug marketers don’t always deliver a healthy message

    Suffering? Getting old? The pharmaceutical industry wants to help. Every night on TV, photogenic actors frolic with photogenic grandchildren, or lounge in bathtubs gazing into the setting sun, telling emotion-laden …


  • Fitness-oriented baby boomers enter retirement with purpose

    Dan Gorfain and his fellow cyclists Howard Sarasohn, Dave Brubaker and Norm Gold could be considered poster boys for the value of active aging. The retirees, the youngest of whom …


  • Tips from the FDA on prescriptions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees prescription drugs and the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising practices. FDA maintains a web site outlining the requirements of federal law and some tips for …


  • Column: Rekindled friendships can satisfy the soul late in life

    From 1949 to 1953, Maryrose Groce – an Anaconda, Mont., girl – ended up a young wife and mother living in Newark, Ohio. Her husband, Tom, worked for Kaiser Aluminum …


  • OTC medications put brain functions at risk

    It started with a conversation about insomnia. My friend smiled, as if she were giving a wonderful gift. “Don’t spend money on sleeping pills or take a narcotic. Cold pills …


  • Push for workplace harmony focuses on generational awareness

    There’s a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children – or grandchildren. …


  • Shifting realities can bring happiness

    Many people’s picture of happiness includes the typical American dream – a loving family, kids, a pet, a great job and a large house. Many would admit that their picture …


  • Aging population faces cancer-care crisis

    The U.S. is facing a crisis in how to deliver cancer care, as the baby boomers reach their tumor-prone years and doctors have a hard time keeping up with complex …


  • Column: Geyser’s reliability speaks volumes

    In Yellowstone last week on vacation, we noted the many signs posted to let tourists know when Old Faithful – the park’s most famous geyser – would next blow its …


  • Use quick shout-out to numb your pain

    After, oh, age 8 or so, you no longer get away with wailing when you get stung by a bee or stub your toe. But unfortunately – whether it’s a …


  • Swimmer Diana Nyad’s success story inspires aging boomers

    As Diana Nyad crawled out of the sea Sept. 2, she was a wobbly, disoriented ball of inspiration for our times, a rebuke to the idea that we age out …


  • Website assists with medical decisions

    An easy new website helps people to make difficult medical decisions, guiding them through complex choices with videos and a step-by-step process. The free website, called Prepare, at www.prepareforyourcare.org was …


  • Freebie frenzy: Boomers, seniors discover perks of aging

    In 1982, I did a sabbatical year in Washington, D.C., working inside two Congressional offices as a staff member. Every night of the work week, we young staffers could eat …


  • Free lunches help seniors make informed decisions

    Rockwood Retirement Communities is adding a new living space to its 90-acre South Hill campus. The Summit is an 11 story-building scheduled to be finished by summer 2015. Rockwood has …


  • Rebecca Nappi: Landline phones deserve warm reception

    In a lengthy phone conversation recently, the caller and I lost contact twice. Once because her phone was acting weird and once because my cellphone decided to hang itself up. …


  • Seeking Mr. Right can create tangled web

    When dating online over the age of 50, it’s easy to take some missteps while looking for Mr. Right. Here are five of the most common mistakes boomer women make: …


  • Popular workshop focuses on facing down life-changing events

    Susie Leonard Weller of Liberty Lake recently emailed this note to Boomer U: “One of the big issues facing boomers like myself is that at some point in our life …


  • Grandparents juggle schedules to accommodate grandchildren

    On her way to work last week, Mara Rey Suarez made an unplanned pit stop. Midway through her commute, she spun her car in the opposite direction and dashed off …


  • Column: Gathering of friends offers ray of light in the darkness

    In December 2011, a friend threw a party for a mutual friend visiting from out of town. It was dark when guests arrived in the late afternoon and dark when …


  • Teen’s drawing becomes priceless memory of life cut short

    School revs up this week. Grandparents, take heed. When your “little students” hand you a drawing made in school, keep it. These are precious pieces of art. Irreplaceable, like the …


  • Retired readers’ words to the wise

    Our retired readers share some experiences and advice for those contemplating retirement soon. Be prepared to respond repeatedly to the inquiry: “What do you do all day?” Several years of …


  • Retirement facts

    The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies has examined retirement attitudes and trends every year since 1998. Its 2013 survey was released this summer. Some highlights: • Retirement confidence is on …


  • Like many before, Heins leave farming behind, adjust to city life

    Six years ago, Wes Hein realized he and his family would need to leave farming – 15 years before he intended. He and his wife Lori moved from the Palouse …


  • Boomers contribute to rise of smaller farms

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture is taken every five years; the census is considered the gold standard for farming facts and figures. A census was taken in …


  • Author channels grief through storytelling

    It was the middle of July and for the past month I had cleaned, painted and made minor repairs on a rental house my parents own across the street from …


  • Elderly face fall from grace

    How many of us remember “Ring Around the Rosie,” with that powerful ending “we all fall down”? Ah, the childhood rhyme is so true.


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