Silver Threads

Weekly half-hour program, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Silver Threads is a weekly program of information on how you can make your senior years shine. Topics have included grandparenting; long term care options; leisure activities and travel; Medicaid and Medicare; Senior Living Options; Gratitude; Spirituality and Aging; Memoirs; Senior suicide; Finances and Retirement Investments.

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A potpourri of articles from the March April 55+ magazine include topics on senior discounts, gray divorce, dementia, small town and machine knitting.

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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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