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Write It Out: Class reunion? No, thanks

I never go to class reunions simply because I relive my high school life every day as a Mead High School teacher. The drama of my teen years surfaces through …


Projects help preserve the past

Debbie Corrigan will turn 55 this year. A baby boomer with children and grandchildren, she loves researching her family history. Last year, Corrigan, of Winchester, Va., wanted to create something …


Financial security doesn’t necessarily pair with peace of mind

Call it retirement anxiety, or maybe recession obsession. For all of their married life, Patrick Webster, 63, and Susie Martin, 54, have been extremely frugal.


Write It Out: It’s always worth the wait

I always go to class reunions because I love them. My class – the Ephrata High School class of 1951 – was and remains close-knit. We’ve had a 10, 20, …


Retiring boomers face dark outlook

The Great Recession saw unemployment rates double and the housing bust that proved far stronger and lasted much longer than anyone had expected. Through it all, retirement savings plans took …


Column: WWII veterans have stories worth hearing

Over the long Memorial Day weekend, we got a fax and voice message from family and friends of Frank “Sully” Sullivan who was in a Spokane hospital recovering from heart …


Advertisers see growing markets for boomers in fashion, acting

Trudy Raymond has been modeling since she was 2, when she starred in a fashion show at Finch Elementary School in north Spokane. Raymond is now 68 and Friday, she’ll …


Senior living industry sets its sights on aging boomers

The economy is slowly recovering, home values are rising again, and baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day. Leaders in the senior living industry …


Write It Out: Grateful daughter lives to return the favor

After 40 years teaching elementary school, I retired in June 2010. I loved teaching but looked forward to a time when I could totally concentrate on my own family. Time …


Reap rewards from changes in your life

It happens at least once a week. I drive right by my house. Living in a gated cookie-cutter neighborhood where every house looks exactly alike – and I mean exactly …


Column: Far-flung readers continue to keep in touch

When Ryan Crocker, then ambassador to Iraq, visited the newspaper in February 2008, we learned that he read The Spokesman-Review almost every day online. He knew all of us in …


What we need is a superhero with staying power

My nomination for American hero of the 20th century is someone who lived half his life in disguise and the other half as the world’s most recognizable man. He appeared …


Aging boomers invest time, energy in getaways

Susan Snelson Spiegel loved her 1975-76 junior year spent at Gonzaga-in-Florence, Italy. But the business major, weighed down with required classes that year, regretted she never took a class from …


Readers explain how dogs have enriched their lives

When we’re young they curl up to guard our cribs. As we learn to walk, they herd us away from trouble. They run alongside our bikes and tirelessly chase the …


Column: Expert accentuates the positives of aging

Some readers have gently criticized this column for being a downer about aging. They have a point. Last week, for instance, I wrote about the reasons boomers may not live …


Column: Boomers experience more pressure than blood readings

A decade ago, my boomer-age sister accompanied my then 80-something mother to the doctor. The doctor said he always took his elderly patient’s blood pressure, as well as the blood …


Write It Out: Don’t take life for granted

When my time on earth comes to an end, I would like people to remember me by my motto: a countenance of joy and an attitude of gratitude. It wasn’t …


Fight your age the easy way: Just get moving

You don’t have to see a face to believe someone is old. You can tell by the way they move: slow, shuffling steps, and slow, fumbling movements – whether taking …


Keys hold the future

Helping your parents determine whether they should still be driving can be stressful – especially for Mom and Dad. No one wants to lose a freedom they’ve had for nearly …


Group interaction helps aging men remain happy, healthy, studies show

Men who gather together for any reason – coffee, golf, walks, fishing, hunting, lunch, a couple of beers – often live longer and healthier than men who don’t. The older …


Our sandwich years play role in exhaustion

We’re tired. Really tired. And as this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention graphic points out, women of all ages report feeling more exhausted than men.


Boomers can’t be blamed for Social Security dilemma

We baby boomers get blamed for just about every economic hiccup because there are so many of us. And our children are particularly furious because they believe the crisis in …


Experts share keys to Fonda’s beauty

When Jane Fonda stepped onstage at the Academy Awards this year, looking gorgeous at 75 in a bright yellow Versace gown, you could hear the whispers: “How does she do …


Column: Happiness is bidding farewell to April

Exhale. April is finally over. Nearly everyone in my world seemed overextended last month. So many events, so little room in the schedule. The busy April calendar reinforced my long-held …


Affinity Living residents find less stress, more fun and convenience

You won’t find the word “senior” in any of the promotional materials for Affinity Living Communities, though most Affinity residents are senior-discount age. Instead, you’ll find “active adult” and other …


Boomers haven’t strayed from music that helped define generation

Almost 40 years ago, in one of its biggest hits, Fleetwood Mac sang: “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. … Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.” Today, fans of the band – which …


Warning sirens, church bells resurrect memories of bygone era

In Ritzville recently, at noon on a Thursday, I heard the town’s warning sirens blow. It was an immediate “memory meld” as I call those sounds, smells or sights that …


Write it Out: Grandmother helped mold goals

When I was very young I’d visit my grandmother in Minnesota every summer. She was a small woman who took naps every afternoon of her life. After she died, I …


Open door to stress-free retirement by paying off mortgage

Conventional wisdom says you need 70 percent of pre-retirement income to keep the same lifestyle after you stop working. That makes sense if you’ve been putting away more than 20 …


Write It Out: Cynicism serves only as an insult

In an opinion article attributed to the Chicago Tribune in the April 15 Boomer U section of The Spokesman-Review, the unknown author made a number of observations regarding a segment …