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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.

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Older Americans are happiest in Hawaii, least happy in West Virginia, new analysis finds

Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds.

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 …

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 …

Hearing loss: Listening to the signs

About 37.5 million Americans have hearing loss, and baby boomers include about 20 to 25 percent of that population.

For retirees, Red Cross offers chance to help out and stay active

Chuck and Janet Boehme are regular American Red Cross volunteers, so on Oct. 9 the active retirees agreed to drive one of its specially-equipped feeding vehicles from Kennewick to a …

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 …

Grand connection: Video chatting grandparents stay in touch with far-flung family

Video chats are becoming part of everyday life, also providing a way for grandparents to visit regularly with grandchildren who live remotely. They read bedtime stories or watch baby’s first …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Wheel improvement: Safety courses give senior drivers refreshers on rules, techniques

Senior driver safety courses cover new traffic laws, refreshers on old rules, defensive driving techniques, vehicle technologies, and hazards of impaired and distracted driving.

Growing up together, TV and baby boomers were a perfect fit

But the handiest year for TV’s genesis is 1946 – when technology, optimism and renewed consumer buying power joined forces at World War II’s conclusion and gave broadcast television a …

Spokane elder services professionals lift the veil on senior planning

The professional networking group, Spokane Elder Resource Team, aims to provide information for smoother transitions with elder planning, before serious illness or spouse’s death forces a stressful reality.

Fall prevention workshop Oct. 13

A fall prevention workshop “Ready, Steady, Balance” will run 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Spokane Regional Health District, 1101 W. College Ave. Participants must register by Thursday. The seminar …

Age Wave forum in Spokane draws legislative candidates

A legislative candidate forum focused on aging issues is scheduled 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Southside Senior and Community Center.

Want to scatter a loved one’s ashes? Rule of thumb is to ask first

Depending on where you go for spreading ashes – on public, private, federal or state lands – some rules might apply.

Channeling her passions: Longtime Spokane competitive swimmer discovers love for open waters

Susanne Baab-Simpson completed an official swim of the English Channel, beginning at 7:10 a.m. Aug. 14. At age 56, the longtime Spokane competitive swimmer in 50-meter pools successfully negotiated the …

Helping the caregivers: Training, consulting available to families of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia companion caregivers

High-tech sewing machines help bring men to the hobby

Some men, turning to stitching hobbies in retirement, are attracted to the technology involved, or the geometry, or the practicality.

Kids leaving home doesn’t always lead to parents saving more

Raising kids costs a lot of money, so when they finally strike out on their own it stands to reason that parents would have more money to spend, save or …

As with Prince, baby boomers’ chronic pain means risk of opioid abuse

When music legend Prince died in April from an overdose of fentanyl, it looked like just another example of celebrity excess. But his death is more a cautionary tale for …

Croquet league keeps seniors outside and staying active

Croquet league meets weekly and features 12 teams, all from area senior centers.

For retiring artistic director, the Seattle Men’s Chorus heralded much more than music

From AIDS activism to marriage equality and gay pride: Dennis Coleman reflects on 35 years with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, and the need to hand leadership to a new generation.