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  • Top retirement cities offer more than just pleasant climates

    People like to be surrounded by the familiar. The greetings of a longtime neighbor, the knowledge that the dairy is on aisle 7 in the grocery store or the blooming …


  • More aging workers are balking at retirement

    Even after four decades in practice, Sacramento, Calif., family law attorney Hal Bartholomew, 66, has no wish to retire. “It’s disappointing to talk to someone who can’t wait to retire,” …


  • Column: You’re just as good as you say you were

    ‘The older I get, the better I was. No fear.” T-shirt worn by a gray-haired/bearded man in a Spokane cafe. BE A CHAMPION: The population is aging in such a …


  • Researchers hope brain pacemakers can slow Alzheimer’s

    WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone’s brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer’s …


  • Write it Out: Life abroad expanded world view

    Instead of protesting, dropping out, and getting high, I spent the mid-to-late 1960s abroad, learning more about our world and different cultures and discovering the delights and hardships of teaching …


  • Write it Out: When life is good, why drop out?

    Instead of protesting, dropping out, getting high, I spent the late 1960s dating for nearly two years and getting to know well the man I married in 1967. During that …


  • Boomer U readers write it out

    These Boomer U readers today answered these prompts: “Instead of protesting, dropping out, getting high, I spent the late 1960s …” Here are two more prompts for our readers to …


  • Column: Powell’s tell-all memoir reveals bit too much for comfort

    In 1976, when Betty Rollin wrote about her breast cancer in “First, You Cry” the memoir was seen as revolutionary. Rollin wrote openly about losing a breast. Compared with memoirs …


  • Experts warn effects of drinking impact us faster as we age

    As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine – two things that don’t always go together. While a glass of red wine a day may …


  • Career Transitions helps older adults catch up with technology

    Mitzi Judd felt burned out after a long career in hair design, so she began working at golf courses. But at a golf course in Spokane’s climate, she said with …


  • Spokane women crusade for universal health care

    They could have chosen an easier cause to embrace, these three Spokane women. Perhaps ending world hunger or stopping nuclear-weapon proliferation. Instead, Kelly Hunt, Mary Huntington and Jill Williams chose …


  • Annual banished word list pokes clichés full of holes

    I know clichés like the back of my hand and I’ve always thought that people should avoid them like the plague. That’s why I am happy, at this point in …


  • New family dynamic may give boomers break on taxes

    WASHINGTON — Members of the sandwich generation – caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs – might find some relief come tax …


  • Immigrants helped country bloom

    In the 1950s and 1960s, some young baby boomers heard Italian, Irish and German accents in their grandparents’ homes or while visiting with the grandparents of their buddies. These grandparents …


  • Boomer column: Proof that some memories can fade

    On Dec. 13, I started a “10 items a day for 1,000 days” project. Every day, I get rid of 10 items in our house. Some I throw away and …


  • Finding a cause

    Cynicism, compassion fatigue and lethargy can make it difficult to find a cause as you age. How to find one anyway:


  • Second look questions findings of pot-use study

    In late August, baby boomers (and others whose teen years were spent in a haze of marijuana smoke) seemed to get the comeuppance they had long feared: A study suggested …


  • Pining for memories that never came

    In the ninth grade, in 1967, I dropped out of Libby Junior High School, because a girlfriend said I could get out of school sooner if I went to her …


  • Find the keys to an easier life

    To paraphrase the old saying, even middle age isn’t for sissies. Money’s often tight, it’s harder to find a new job, your eyes and ears seem to get worse with …


  • Downsizing invites simplicity, savings

    Everything about the baby boom generation has been big: their numbers, their ambitions, their impact on society. But there’s one thing about the boomers that’s starting to get smaller: their …


  • Nearly one-third of homeowners have no mortgage

    What mortgage meltdown? While millions of Americans have suffered the angst of lost homes, equity and pride, nearly a third of the nation’s homeowners have no mortgage at all, according …


  • Column: Never take life’s conveniences for granted

    You don’t know what you got till it’s gone. The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that Saturday mail delivery of first-class mail will be phased out by summer. When …


  • Age is only a number; we need a name

    About 7,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. If the fact fills you with anxiety, calm down. The coming “gray tsunami” might not be a disaster, as feared.


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