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Don Harding: Unemployed older workers face discrimination, long odds

I feel like a gray piñata. Having been laid off in August from my longtime software development position, I’m finding a less-than-brave new world out there as I seek re-employment after age 60. Recent statistics from AARP found that more than half the people age 45 to 70 who experienced unemployment in the last five years are no longer working. I can verify that it’s not for lack of effort. Workers over age 55 seeking employment are unemployed an average of 60 weeks compared to the 38.5 weeks of younger workers.

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 busy as a Spokane County Search and Rescue volunteer, teaches rescue skills, and operates a home-based fitness business.

Saturday matinees inspired Sam Elliott to become an actor

Sam Elliott is instantly recognizable – it’s part of the reason he’s been working in Hollywood for nearly five decades with almost 100 roles. He’s been on countless TV series, including the original “Mission: Impossible,” “Justified” and his current part as Beau in the Netflix series “The Ranch,” which has been renewed for a second season (the second part of Season 1 is streaming).

Take advantage of holiday visits to record family history

Spend some holiday time recording family stories, as festivities bring far-flung generations together. That’s the advice of Beryl Pielli, of Newport, who years ago taped interviews with her mother, Alice Pruett Bell, about life in the farming town of Wilbur, Washington.

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 copy writing. He believes his first job is to introduce the center’s programs and social offerings to more people in the community.

Volunteer training available in fall prevention program

Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington offers “A Matter of Balance,” a nationally recognized, evidence-based program to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults.

Retirement planning: ‘We’re woefully unprepared’

While recent studies nationwide show many Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, a newly released AARP survey for Washington found nearly half of statewide respondents had less than $25,000 saved for retirement. More than a quarter had less stocked away.

It’s a Medicare surprise for senior citizens not paying attention

A special Medicare provision that allows private health insurance companies to enroll individuals who become eligible for Medicare into their Medicare Advantage coverage is costing surprised patients lots of money, according to news reports. The little known rule, called “seamless conversion,” means some health insurance companies are automatically signing members of its non-Medicare insurance plans into their Medicare plans when they reach 65, the age of Medicare eligibility.

Older Americans wrestle with ongoing depression

LOS ANGELES – Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants. The 73-year-old musician rattles off the list: Prozac, Cymbalta, Lexapro.

Hospitals fall short on palliative care

Most hospitals offer palliative-care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health care system. But the majority of these programs fail to meet national guidelines for staffing, a recent study found. Research has shown that palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with serious illnesses and complex, long-term needs. In one study, patients with advanced cancer who had discussions with their doctor about their wishes were less likely to die in the intensive care unit, be put on a ventilator or have cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for example.