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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 …


The latest in memory care? Minnesota creatives use art to connect with dementia patients

Something happened when Brant Kingman handed his mother a colored pencil.


Easter, music, parent care prompt reader responses

After a tough week, writing about her childhood Easter memories in the 1960s perked up Spokane baby boomer Chris Kaufman. Kaufman submitted the Easter essay in answer to our occasional …


Aerial exercise classes offer new spin on fitness

Donna DeVerniero celebrated her 62nd birthday earlier this month hanging upside down from a 20-foot silk cloth suspended from the ceiling. It’s this baby boomer’s way of running off and …


Wisdom of aging well, according to Epicurus

About 2,300 years ago, a Greek philosopher named Epicurus pondered the difficulties and rewards of old age. He came to this conclusion:


Dementia steals mom a daughter once knew

Darlene Thain’s mom smacked her the other day. It was shocking, even for a woman who has dealt with nearly five years of her mother’s dementia. “It was really disheartening,” …


Turning 50: Kim Varner meets cancer head on, looks past 50th

Kim Varner just wanted to live to her 50th birthday. In December, after another cancer surgery and another staph infection, the Spokane native wasn’t sure she would make it to …


Hendrix concert gave teen coming-of-age experience

Paul Allen said the concert changed his life. A few hundred yards from where it happened, he later built the Experience Music Project, a shrine to rock ’n’ roll and …


Julianne G. Crane exploring U.S. in RV

Where on the road is Julianne G. Crane? Outside Yuma in her RV of course, writing about her road trips exploring the United States and Canada. Last week the former …


Boomers reap the rewards of senior discounts

Russ Nobbs and his wife enjoyed some of their most memorable dinner dates thanks to a local senior discount. Sometimes they dined on baked salmon or opted for a nice …


Many factors combine for joyful life

Your emotional health isn’t just about your genes or the kind of home you were raised in. It turns out that some pretty interesting factors play a role in how …


Laser eases walking for Parkinson’s sufferers

Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show. Taking those findings …


Aging parents worry about disabled kids

Jessica Funkhouser’s specialty is putting together small clamps that attach conduits to the wall, but she has big dreams. At 28, she likes dragons and dinosaurs, heavy metal music and …


Boomer U: Broken foot leads to lasting bonds at Sunshine Gardens

On May 7, Stevi Allen was busy working on a quilting project and wrapping gifts for a church ladies’ luncheon. As she made her way to the lower level of …


Column: We’ll take our secrets – and our teeth – to the grave

My boomer friends and I talk sometimes about our teeth. It’s come to this – conversations about teeth. But you start to talk about your teeth, and it’s amazing where …


Author connects with Vietnam veterans through book about ex-husband

At the sight of me cradling an M-60 like the one he carried in Vietnam, Grady Myers would have rocked back on his heels and wiped tears of laughter from …


Column: Educated decisions make boomers lifelong learners

Each fall, I pore over education catalogs that come in the mail and daydream about the day I am retired – or semi-retired – and able to be a student …


With long career in rear-view, Floyd reaps retirement’s rewards

I never feared that I would run out of things to do when I retired. But so what if I did? Isn’t that the point of retirement? You work for …


Among new waves of technology, some things shouldn’t change

In early July, Princeton University researchers unveiled for reporters a human looking ear they created on a 3-D printer. Ah, human ears.


Today’s children enjoy multiple options on road to education

Brian and I fill suitcases with diapers, documents, tiny clothing and dreams. An airplane like a magic carpet carries us 6,000 miles into the night over the Brazilian rain forest. …


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 …