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Investing in friendships for two generations

A Spokane Valley investment club, the Lilies, started 21 years ago. They’re all women who love coffee, so in fall 1995 their first choice ignored a financial adviser’s caution about …


Everything is Copy: Teaching vets, and learning even more

Like many others now in comfortable middle age, my political consciousness was shaped by the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. With my parents I went to protest marches and chanted “Hell, …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 9:58 a.m.

Care Cars: Giving a lift to seniors

In the more than 30 years since Car Care’s launch, volunteer drivers have logged over 125,000 trips and more than 1.5 million miles. Care Cars has about 35 volunteer drivers …


Fresh air: SNAP helps residents reduce indoor breathing hazards

SNAP’s pilot Healthy Home Repair program helps identify issues with indoor air quality for low-income residents with diagnosed breathing conditions such as asthma. Many recipients are seniors.


Downsizing a home is a process that takes preparation – Mary Beth Breckenridge

Even though my husband and I truly love our house, it’s no longer the best fit for a couple of empty nesters. Things like heating 2,200 square feet, cleaning four …


How to make a home much friendlier to seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells …


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.


Aging boomers, lack of funding for Alzheimer’s may lead to ‘major social and economic crisis’

The devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his own mother – and on his father, who struggled to care for her – first prompted Gerry Richman to take a hard …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Far from geriatric, Jerry-At-Tricks keeps the beat at senior dances

Regular gigs for the band The Jerry-At-Tricks require a tiny stage, but the singing duo’s audience size keeps growing.


Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smart phones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s …


How to prevent back pain as you grow older

As people get into their 50s, their backs often start to hurt.


Three things I learned taking care of my elderly parents

During the last five or six years, as my elderly parents were overtaken by illness and disease, our roles reversed from when I was a child. I became their caretaker, …


This Motown star knew ‘Midnight Plane to Houston’ wouldn’t do

On Monday, Knight will be at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to perform in a salute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We spoke recently …


The latest in memory care? Minnesota creatives use art to connect with dementia patients

Something happened when Brant Kingman handed his mother a colored pencil.


Being like Ben: Following Franklin’s lead

For Rachel Toor, 2017 will be The Year of Being Ben-ish.


Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of …


Regional RV owners forge clubs, friendships, snowbird mini-communities

Thousands of RV owners routinely traveling south for winters, forming mini RV communities in warmer-climate states to soak in the sun and outdoor recreation.


54-year-old medical student living her dream

Suzanne Watson couldn’t help but laugh when she received her AARP card and her acceptance letter from Wake Forest School of Medicine in the same week at the age of …


You’re not just ‘growing old’ if this happens to you

“I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” …


Couple celebrates 35th anniversary with unusual gift: His-and-hers hearing aids

Couple gets His and Hers hearing aids for 35th anniversary.


Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the US

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before …


Now an active retiree, man’s heart diagnosis ultimately saves his live

Fit and trim, 69-year-old Ned McNamara is the epitome of active retiree — teaching yoga and fitness at the Spokane Valley YMCA and for ACT 2 classes. McNamara also stays …


New year is great time to plan for strong financial future

As you bustle about from place to place, catching up with loved ones, there’s one errand you can avoid – a visit to the Social Security office. Why take time …


Grandmother of 12 earns bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University

The bachelor’s degree didn’t just fall in Darlene Pitts’ lap. After The Virginian-Pilot chronicled the Norfolk grandmother’s pursuit of a college education in 2011, she had plenty of work to …


Focusing on seniors: Business owners follow the demographics

Some small business owners looking for customers are following the nation’s changing demographics – literally. They’re moving long distances to places like Florida, Arizona and California, expecting retiring baby boomers …


Eggs with hats: Our history with certain foods informs a lifetime of emotions

You won’t find this dish on restaurant menus. Instead, sneak into a home where toddlers roam, piles of toys act as traps, and where outrageous requests, like “Please don’t put …


Spokane’s senior housing market remains tight

Spokane has a high occupancy rate for senior housing units, close to 96 percent based on recent data, compared with a national average of about 90 percent.


New director brings youthful energy to Corbin Senior Activity Center

Jeff Edwards, 37, started as new director at Corbin Senior Activity Center on Oct. 1. He joined Corbin after previous youth nonprofit work and a stint doing marketing and ad …


Felled by hepatitis C, a Vietnam vet joins comrades on the Wall

The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but it continues to claim soldiers’ lives. Nearly every spring, new names are etched into the black granite walls of the …


Think you’re prepared for retirement? Answer these 6 questions.

Many Baby Boomers are not prepared for retirement, so they need to get much more savvy about their financial lives, and quickly “if they’re going to have some peace of …