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Boomer column: Technology continues to amaze

The news that a wealthy space travel entrepreneur hopes to send a man and woman on a 501-day trip in space toward Mars sparked many conversations last week. I asked …


Write it Out: Time to air some dirty laundry

The one band I regret not seeing? My fantasy version of The New Christy Minstrels. I attended their concert but fantasy was replaced by reality. I was a student at …


Quiz predicts your mortality

Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across …


Early dip into Social Security has pros, cons

Until a coworker mentioned early retirement, neither Wendy Budge nor her husband, Bill, knew the option existed. For 38 years, Wendy had worked as a medical technologist at Deaconess Medical …


Spousal strategy fits couple’s goals

Ron and Lindy Cater’s retirement appears to have resulted from a carefully planned and well-executed strategy. But, as Ron Cater said, “Part of it was maybe kind of dumb luck.”


How to give your makeup a midlife jolt

As a woman’s 40th birthday recedes in the rear-view mirror, she sees a Facebook photo of herself and faces reality: Her makeup routine isn’t working for her anymore. She turns …


Reverse migration: Spokane residents like their winters just fine

When fog hangs low in the pines and winter’s old snow melts sullenly on the potholed streets, Brooks Sackett feels no urge to fly south. The snowbird’s siren song – …


Write It Out: If only the spotlight had been off

As a 20 year-old, I would have benefited from knowing that there are so many interesting genuine people living great lives of meaning without a spotlight shining on them all …


Write It Out: Don’t overlook the magic of coffee

My mother always said to us kids: “Don’t ask me anything until I’ve had a cup of coffee. If you bother me before I’ve had my coffee, the answer is …


Write it Out: Marriage will always be team sport

I wish I understood at 20 what I know now about: Marrying at a young age: Want to see your future? Look at the family dynamics of your spouse-to-be. Careful, …


Opportunities

Whether you’re new to Spokane, or a lifer who might have taken some of its qualities for granted during the course of a long career, Boomer U would like to …


Divorce rates enter new age

One day in 2011, Virginia Koerber of Lake Villa, Ill., “woke up with a new life.” At 65, she got divorced.


Live, learn and prosper: Area programs feature science experts

Inland Northwest residents have the great fortune to be surrounded by several institutions of higher learning. Our regional colleges and universities invite terrific speakers from all over the country – …


Top retirement cities offer more than just pleasant climates

People like to be surrounded by the familiar. The greetings of a longtime neighbor, the knowledge that the dairy is on aisle 7 in the grocery store or the blooming …


Column: You’re just as good as you say you were

‘The older I get, the better I was. No fear.” T-shirt worn by a gray-haired/bearded man in a Spokane cafe. BE A CHAMPION: The population is aging in such a …


Researchers hope brain pacemakers can slow Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone’s brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer’s …


Write it Out: Life abroad expanded world view

Instead of protesting, dropping out, and getting high, I spent the mid-to-late 1960s abroad, learning more about our world and different cultures and discovering the delights and hardships of teaching …


More aging workers are balking at retirement

Even after four decades in practice, Sacramento, Calif., family law attorney Hal Bartholomew, 66, has no wish to retire. “It’s disappointing to talk to someone who can’t wait to retire,” …


Write it Out: When life is good, why drop out?

Instead of protesting, dropping out, getting high, I spent the late 1960s dating for nearly two years and getting to know well the man I married in 1967. During that …


Boomer U readers write it out

These Boomer U readers today answered these prompts: “Instead of protesting, dropping out, getting high, I spent the late 1960s …” Here are two more prompts for our readers to …


Column: Powell’s tell-all memoir reveals bit too much for comfort

In 1976, when Betty Rollin wrote about her breast cancer in “First, You Cry” the memoir was seen as revolutionary. Rollin wrote openly about losing a breast. Compared with memoirs …


Experts warn effects of drinking impact us faster as we age

As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine – two things that don’t always go together. While a glass of red wine a day may …


Career Transitions helps older adults catch up with technology

Mitzi Judd felt burned out after a long career in hair design, so she began working at golf courses. But at a golf course in Spokane’s climate, she said with …


Spokane women crusade for universal health care

They could have chosen an easier cause to embrace, these three Spokane women. Perhaps ending world hunger or stopping nuclear-weapon proliferation. Instead, Kelly Hunt, Mary Huntington and Jill Williams chose …


Annual banished word list pokes clichés full of holes

I know clichés like the back of my hand and I’ve always thought that people should avoid them like the plague. That’s why I am happy, at this point in …


New family dynamic may give boomers break on taxes

WASHINGTON — Members of the sandwich generation – caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs – might find some relief come tax …


Immigrants helped country bloom

In the 1950s and 1960s, some young baby boomers heard Italian, Irish and German accents in their grandparents’ homes or while visiting with the grandparents of their buddies. These grandparents …


Boomer column: Proof that some memories can fade

On Dec. 13, I started a “10 items a day for 1,000 days” project. Every day, I get rid of 10 items in our house. Some I throw away and …


Finding a cause

Cynicism, compassion fatigue and lethargy can make it difficult to find a cause as you age. How to find one anyway:


Second look questions findings of pot-use study

In late August, baby boomers (and others whose teen years were spent in a haze of marijuana smoke) seemed to get the comeuppance they had long feared: A study suggested …