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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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.

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.

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