Kathy VanSchaick

HOST

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 varied sources report on Elderly Immigration in the US, a program for elder refugees in Indiana, and the story of one elderly Burmese refugee.

Articles in the winter issue of Brain World, cover new information on diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including reading virtual maps and yoga as a preventative treatment measure.

In honor of Black History Month, articles will highlight the roles of several African American seniors, including a medical marijuana shop owner, aged protestors of Donald Trump’s inauguration and the National Caucus and Cent on Black Aging

Consumer Reports article offers information on how to maximize retirement income whether you are approaching retirement, working part time or fully retired, from Boomers, to the Silent Generation.

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New York Times writer John Leland revisits the lives of six elder New Yorkers one year after his documented article on their lives in 2015.

AARP Bulletin’s special report on Medicare highlights concerns about its future as a guaranteed benefit and the benefits accorded by the ACA including free preventive services and reduced prescription drug charges.

Treehouse is an intergenerational community in Massachusetts where foster children, adoptive families and seniors  thrive in a spirit of mutual responsibility and sensitivity to one another’s needs.


Alzheimer’s research projects using odor identification, retinal nerve fiber density and amyloid plaques in the retina hope to identify those  at risk for the disease before symptoms occur.

Social isolation is a growing threat for older adults, contributing to both physical and mental health problems fro factors including living alone, major life transitions and transportation access.

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Seniors are particularly challenged by winter hazards including falls, hypothermia and frostbite, social isolation, seasonal affective disorder, house fires and heart attacks.

Three elder celebrities, Warren Beatty, Diane Love, John Ratzenberger share their passions in AARP’s November/December magazine

Authors Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. share their 7 rules to stop aging and make our “third act” a time to live longer, stronger, healthier and sharper in AARP’s November, December magazine.

Wikipedia offers information on holiday toys, music, food, national traditions and event of the post-war era.  Religious aspects of Christmas and Hanukkah are noted

There is always hope in research, but you just have to be patient. In this program you will hear exciting news about the research that is being done right now, at the University of Pittsburgh in regard to whole eye transplants.  
 

The article the Caregiver’s Dilemma in the  journal Scientific American Mind includes the many aspects of caregiving including gender, culture and community, managing stress and social support as well as respite and the power of a plan.

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