Kathy VanSchaick

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As a 60-something, I enjoy researching the topics and have found many of the topics particularly relevant in my life and the lives of my friends and family.  I’m pleased to be able to share them with you.

Articles from website Verywell  offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease including myths, personality changes and recognizing apathy.

Since 1975 our country has been on notice about the inappropriate and dangerous use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes.  Yet a recent Human Watch Report estimates at least 179,000 cases of abuse occur today and the group urges federal and state agencies to take tougher measures against it.

Articles from AARP, 55+ and Sid Effects Public Media offer four different approaches to aging in place including simply renting a room , house sharing, joining a cohousing community or choosing a tiny house.

A reboot of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall created at a senior center and other acting venues for seniors provide evidence of the health benefits for senior thespians.

Wikipedia, AARP and the National Women’s History Project  provide history, profiles, and quotes from some familiar and some not so familiar women.

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The Funeral Consumers Alliance, dedicated to protecting vulnerable grieving families, offers information on your rights as a funeral consumer.  AARP provides information on current funeral trends.

Next Avenue articles compare Medicare to health care abroad and offers what Trump’s Medicare proposals many mean. The  National Council on Aging offers negative and positive impact to Medicare from the budget just passed.

:  Articles from Next Avenue offer insights into why seniors are often happier than younger counterparts and ways in which we can continue to grow in personal strength and creativity.

Articles from AARP, Next Avenue and others offer information on digital assistants, apps for smartphones and assistive devices to make life easier for seniors.

Lori Bitter, founder of the Business of Aging, shares her ideas about how marketing to seniors needs to change to an intergenerational model in her New consumer Manifesto – Why Old is New and Young is Old New.s

:  Medicare Open Enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 allows Medicare users to review and change contracts for all parts of Medicare, A, B, C and D with the help of Medicare’s plan finder on its website and customer service representatives..

AARP published a retrospective of the Summer of Love, 1967, and the Hippie movement.  Additional sources offer articles on what became of them and their legacy.

AARP magazine profiles Jessica Lange, her tenacity, spirit of adventure and joy of family. Sheila Nevins, award winning documentary producer, share a defining moment in her life.

Articles from About.com’s Very Well and the CDC offer evidence of the benefits of walking, tips for walking indoors and outdoors and a study linking gait speed to longevity.

This week’s program offers the conclusion to Ezekiel Emanuel’s article “ Why I Want to Die at 75” and a rebuttal by LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik, “Why Ezekiel Emanuel is wrong to 'hope' for death at 75”

In this program you will hear two very different views on how many years make up a reasonable lifespan. Of particular interest is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s position that he wishes to live only to the age of seventy five. Bruce Frassnelli from 55+ will offer his thoughts as well.

Part II of Consumer Report’s Too Many Meds? Offers information on doing a drug checkup with your pharmacist, helpful lifestyle changes to reduce the need for certain meds, potentially dangerous drug combinations and some sobering statistics.

Consumer Reports examines the over-prescribing of medications and subsequent consequences, especially for seniors.

August 55+ magazine offers articles on remodeling for the future, moving on, the veterans of Honor Flight and advantages of long term care planning.

In honor of Grandparents Day, articles offer thoughts on what grandparents and  grandchildren can learn from each other, as well as the role of great grandparents today.

AARP’s Innovation @50+ Health Technology ten Winners include: a new pill delivery system, improved personal emergency response system and temperature monitoring sock for diabetics.

Articles present a timeline following the issue of the hospital outpatient observation status loophole and efforts to save seniors from huge unexpected expenses.

Humor and seriousness blend well in AARP’s July issue featuring Steve Martin, and offerings by David Hasselhoff, Mary Steenburgen, Alan Alda and laughing yoga

AARP’s Barry Jacobs presents information on the caregiving issues of family discord, abuse, guilt, humor,  and mental health.

Articles from AARP and Market Watch offer a unique personal finance forecast for Americans over 50, and money management for boomer women  and elders who might become too old to manage finances.

A March Fast Company magazine article reimagines age-friendly cities, communities, companies and culture with a focus on intergenerational compatibility and aging-in-place.

Articles from several sources highlight elders who volunteer in Red Cross, cancer support groups, voter registration, work with children and other elders and in the new area of micro-volunteering at Help from Home.

55+ magazine profiles Deborah Hughes, president of the National Susan B, Anthony Museum & House and celebrates the 100th anniversary of suffrage for women in New York state.

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins lays out her plan to “Disrupt Aging”, living well at 50, 60, 70 and beyond in several articles focusing on health, wealth and self.

Articles from Harvard Health and NPR explain hospital delirium and sun-downing, occurrences of hospital patients suddenly become confused and disoriented and often hallucinate.

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