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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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New wave of doctors focuses on healthier living

Americans spend boatloads of money on medical care – roughly twice as much, per capita, as other industrialized democracies. And what do they get in return? Shorter lives and poorer …


If there’s a special dog in your life, Boomer U wants to hear about it

Baby boomers, has a dog changed your life? Bringing companionship to an empty nest, keeping you active, providing laughter and friendship just when you needed it most? Or perhaps you …


Don’t allow laziness to reel in your health

One of the most unfortunate side effects of getting older is how quickly so many give up – forever – things that keep us youthful. Recently, I went skiing on …


Column: Embracing technology means reaching forefront of breaking news

In last week’s Boomer U stories about embracing new technology, I should have stressed more the advantages of Twitter. When big news breaks, Twitter is instantly filled with information, as …


Generation X braces for bleak future

My generation was supposedly about apathy. Disengaged. Slackers. What a crock.


Extended CPR may save lives

There’s no national benchmark on how long medical staff should continue resuscitation efforts for a patient in cardiac arrest. But a study of hundreds of U.S. hospitals, published in 2012, …


Column: Mass puts our aging knees to the test

At Easter Mass a few weeks ago, the crowd was bigger than usual, and I had plenty of time to observe an aging boomer trend. It’s harder to kneel as …


If there’s a special dog in your life, Boomer U wants to hear about it

Baby boomers, has a dog changed your life? Bringing companionship to an empty nest, keeping you active, providing laughter and friendship just when you needed it most? Or perhaps you …


Research suggests that staying connected can extend your life

You don’t text. You don’t Skype. You don’t do Facebook. You don’t tweet on Twitter. And you are proud of the fact, though relatives and friends urge you to connect …


Men keep up with technology

These two Spokane men embraced technology to stay in better touch with family, friends and the greater world. They’re having a blast. Here’s why.


Write It Out: Touching other lives becomes a habit

I was lucky to grow up in the Garland neighborhood in the 1950s. Your neighborhood was your life. We knew all of the families and children of the families in …


In China, you attend to your parents – or else

If you’re a grown-up with parents, you may think it’s a major pain to have to take time out of your busy life to go see them or have them …


Boomer grandparents still chip in for child care

In children’s books and in old movies, grandparents look and act their parts. Grandma is a round and cuddly cookie baker, and Grandpa plays catch – slowly – in the …


The art of hearing: She said

My husband and I have already decided on the epitaph for our combined gravestone. It will read: “Talking together again.” When I married Tony 28 years ago, my friends who …


Column: Old movies harken to days of once-amazing technology

In the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome” the main character played by Jane Fonda returns to her home and listens to a message on her answering machine. It was the …


The art of hearing: He said

“Huh?” I ask my wife, Becky, for the third time. She stomps her foot, rolls her eyes in frustration, and utters a short irritated growl, “Urrgh! Didn’t you hear me?”


Aging takes toll on rural U.S.

A record number of U.S. counties – about 1 in 3 – are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults …


Boomers in line to change the world; someone else got there first

What about us, what about us. Don’t want to cause no fuss,


Write It Out: In the end, nothing matters more than love

My parents used to say they were rich because they had $2 million worth of kids, namely my brother and me. A million used to be a lot. I’m sure, …


Elder abuse takes many forms

As many as 2 million older Americans are abused in various ways each year, experts estimate. The majority of cases are at the hands of relatives or other caregivers.


Column: Biopic tells dark story behind Cowsills

Now showing on the Showtime cable network is the documentary “Family Band: The Cowsills Story.” A 1960s band, the Cowsills grew famous, in part, because their mother and little sister …


Commune-like setting integrates seniors into daily life

At the Fellowship Community’s adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need. Aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, …


Alzheimer’s death rates outpace other illnesses

The illnesses that killed our parents and grandparents won’t kill as many of us in the future. Deaths from strokes, heart attacks and cancer declined significantly between 2000 and 2010, …


Aging boomers be warned: Kids may be unable to care for you

Who will take care of us when we are old and frail? The answer has remained constant for centuries: Your grown children.


Crafty friends look for opportunities to share their gifts

Sharon Colby, 72, is fire commissioner for Spokane County Fire District 3. She’s always been a go-getter, and any time on her hands she uses those hands to sew and …


Caregiving: View from the 40s

Kaaren Bloom, 42, is the daughter of aging expert and author Gail Goeller, of Spokane. Bloom provided this insight on how some grown children in her generation feel about caring …


Caregiving obligations give daughter an education

It is said that our parents’ final gift is this: They teach us how to die. Aging experts predict that end-of-life care, as well as management of chronic illnesses, will …


What, boomers worry? Forget about it!

The older you are, the less you worry. That’s one advantage to aging. We all calm down. Or most of us anyway.


Hollywood adjusts to changing demographic

In an age when the text and the tweet can destroy a movie an hour after it opens, Hollywood market research firms are scrambling to rethink the way they help …


Write It Out: Teen years merit honest review

As a teen, I wish I had spent less time complaining and more time affirming; less time worrying about my image and seeking to please others; less time being concerned …