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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 a then-smaller Seattle company, Starbucks. Various investments later, they’ve grown both a sizable portfolio and tight friendships. And now, some of their daughters have started a second investment club, the Dandies.

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, no, we won’t go.” I asked my babysitters why they wore bracelets with the names of men they’d never met on their wrists, vaguely understood about “going to Canada,” and plastered my school notebooks with peace signs. I may have a had a poster in my childhood bedroom that read “Make love, not war” when thoughts of making love were nothing less than disgusting.

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 serving roughly 300 people annually. Elder Services, which runs the program, has issued a community request this winter to attract more volunteer drivers because of high demand.

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 look at the disease. As vice president of national productions at Twin Cities Public Television, he was the mastermind behind a 2004 Emmy-winning documentary called “The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s.” Now, Richman is back with another eye-opening film on the subject.

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 Siri.

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, which included navigating our health care system

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 to the singer from her home near Asheville, North Carolina, where she and her husband, William McDowell, have created the Reynolds High School Community Restoration Foundation in Canton, North Carolina.

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 life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.

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 50. Now, at 54, she is a fourth-year medical student, pursuing a second career that in many ways takes her full circle to her early life.

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.” This fatalistic stance relies on widely held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.”