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.

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

Tiny Houses, ranging from  80 to 400 square feet in size, are providing a unique, economical and age-friendly solution to senior housing needs.

College students live rent-free in a Dutch nursing home with benefits for them as well as the residents.


Articles describe three models of aging in place communities:  Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, University Based Retirement Communities.


The latest virtual reality technologies for seniors offer  potential for relaxation, pain reduction, and ways to improve cognitive impairment.

Some states and the VA are now creating care-giving teams which include relatives as paid participants.

55+ Magazine profiles Rochester native, Mary Therese Friel, former Miss USA, entrepreneur, philanthropist and senior role model. Other senior models are represented as well.

AARP Bulletin offers advice and information that isn’t always shared with consumers,  in the article What They Know that You Don’t.

The issue of seniors and guns in multi-faceted, involving  buying, training, hunting, sport shooting, safety, protection, dementia and suicide.

A nursing home that houses a day care center and day care centers that accommodate both children and seniors have are proving that young and old benefit from such experiences.

The American Red Cross booklet Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors offers detailed information on how to prepare for any type of disaster.

Articles focus on two drugs, metformin and rapamycin, being studied as potential anti-aging agents.

Articles from NY Times and Variety focus on the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone in several lawsuits involving, romantic relationships, business partners and family. Additional articles refer the process for determining competency.

From AARP magazine, veterans tell stories of battles they survived as their comrades died and from History.com website, additional information about the history of Memorial Day.

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