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 the Earth Day Network describe the history of Earth Day and their Billion Acts of Green project. Others relate how some seniors have undertaken to make every day an earth day.

Articles from several sources focus on seniors as old as 101 who run competitively as well as simply for exercise or social interaction.

Two Rochester area women have had their goal of being published writers come to fruition at late in life, one at 73 and the other at 81.

Author Louise Penny shares her journey with her husband’s dementia, as does novelist Jenny McPhee, in the story of her mother’s decline.  Also articles on getting help as a caregiver.

Articles from Brain Works winter 2017 offer theories as to why time seems so go faster as we age and how we can retrain our brains proprioception as gravity renders us a bit shorter.

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.

For seniors, meditation and mindfulness practice can relieve stress,  contribute to longevity, decrease loneliness, improve insomnia  and inhibit inflammation.

Recent studies cast light on why seniors are more susceptible to scams and the annual financial toll scams are taking on older Americans.

Boomers between 55 and 64 are starting more small businesses than any other age group, including a wearable baby walker, a website to help people understand their medical bills, and Moose Tracks ice cream.

Topics on a variety of Social Security articles include the 2016 COLA, what it’s like to live on Social Security and how Social Security misleads  claimants.

AARP Bulletin’s Election 2016 article offers responses from the two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to questions on issues most important to seniors.

Seniors are being disproportionately targeted in two current fear-based scams, the Gold Coin Scam and the Tech Support Imposter Scam.

Stories of lifelong friendships include, among others,  one of four women, friends for over 90 years who will celebrate their 100th birthdays together.

Financial advisers and elder law specialists offer pros and cons of late life marriage versus cohabitation focusing on taxes, estates, medical consequences and social security.

Ten Start-up companies  competed in a live pitch during AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ event and were evaluated by, Leslie Kernisan, M.D. a geriatrician,who blogs about geriatrics and technology.

The Medicare/Medicaid Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, once only operated by non-profits are now being given the opportunity to be operated by private equity firms

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