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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The May issue of AARP magazine offer a view of what expect in your eighth decade in Your Body at 70+. Tips and tactics on your brain, skin, bones, muscles, sense, looks and sex life.

This week’s program exposes the illegal eviction of elder residents from nursing homes.  Also known as dumping, it involves moving a resident without proper warning or refusing to readmit when the removal was unwarranted.

Beyond being addicted themselves, elders can be drawn into the struggles of addicted children, grandchildren and other family members with serious consequences.

AARP’s May Bulletin offers Health Fads, Fails and Fixes on topics ranging from heart health to diet, skin care, brain health and a happy stomach.  Based on input from dozens of doctors and 150 studies.

Articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun explore the issue of underrepresentation of elders  in medical clinical trials and how to remedy the situation.

A recent New York Times article offers a comprehensive look at what you need to know about diet, weight, movement, exercise, art, yoga, meditation, social connection and work in order to age well.

As the general population of seniors grows, so does the population of incarcerated elders. Articles focus on issues of frailty, illness, dementia, terminal inmates and how they are being addressed, including compassionate release.

AARP Bulletin offers a special report on Medicare Fraud, focusing on different scams, how they affects seniors, how to fight fraud, the Medicare Strike force and the new Medicare beneficiary identifier cards.

Information on dementia and Alzheimer’s from Verywell continues with articles on ethical dilemmas, stress and dementia risk and learning from those with dementia.

Articles from website Verywell  offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease including myths, personality changes and recognizing apathy.

Since 1975 our country has been on notice about the inappropriate and dangerous use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes.  Yet a recent Human Watch Report estimates at least 179,000 cases of abuse occur today and the group urges federal and state agencies to take tougher measures against it.

Articles from AARP, 55+ and Sid Effects Public Media offer four different approaches to aging in place including simply renting a room , house sharing, joining a cohousing community or choosing a tiny house.

A reboot of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall created at a senior center and other acting venues for seniors provide evidence of the health benefits for senior thespians.

Wikipedia, AARP and the National Women’s History Project  provide history, profiles, and quotes from some familiar and some not so familiar women.


The Funeral Consumers Alliance, dedicated to protecting vulnerable grieving families, offers information on your rights as a funeral consumer.  AARP provides information on current funeral trends.

Next Avenue articles compare Medicare to health care abroad and offers what Trump’s Medicare proposals many mean. The  National Council on Aging offers negative and positive impact to Medicare from the budget just passed.

:  Articles from Next Avenue offer insights into why seniors are often happier than younger counterparts and ways in which we can continue to grow in personal strength and creativity.

Articles from AARP, Next Avenue and others offer information on digital assistants, apps for smartphones and assistive devices to make life easier for seniors.

Reading Eagle

Reminisce magazine takes us back to 1951’s memorable events while contributors share stories of romance and blind dates and cooking for a cause with their school fundraiser dinners.


Next Avenue and The New Yorker explain how to enjoy winter as the Danish do, with hygge, a concept involving fresh air, coziness, candles, warm drinks, simplicity and fellowship.

St. John's Living

Articles from 55+ magazine highlight Rochester lifestyles and social activities. Singles, members of the LGBTQ community and rockers will all find something to relate to.

Dr. Rich Swier

The conclusion of the New Yorker article, How The Elderly Lose Their Rights.  It exposes the rampant abuse of the guardianship  of older adults, wherein unscrupulous “guardians” file emergency ex parte petitions  to appropriate the assets of perfectly capable seniors.  They move them out of their homes, manage their healthcare and often exclude siblings or children in participating in the senior’s life.

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The October 9 issue of the New Yorker includes the article, How The Elderly Lose Their Rights.  It exposes the rampant abuse of the guardianship of older adults, wherein unscrupulous “guardians” file emergency ex parte petitions to appropriate the assets of perfectly capable seniors.  They move them out of their homes, manage their healthcare and often exclude siblings or children in participating in the seniors life.

The National Council on Aging offers the 10 top scams targeting seniors and tips for protecting themselves.  AARP highlights disability, mortgage, in-home services and funeral scams and gives you a quiz.


Ride sharing is not a new concept, but there is a relatively new service created specifically for seniors called GoGoGrandparent. This program will review ride sharing in general with an in-depth look at GoGoGrandparent which does not require use of a smartphone.


In his book, What On Earth Have I Done, writer Robert Fulghum shares humorous and poignant essays on holiday topics.  They include the powerful story of a father’s Christmas gift to his children, an unusual year-end count and a most amusing New Year’s Day tradition.

A  Popular Science magazine special edition offers articles on living longer. The ethics of living longer and some of the most far-reaching possibilities of the future including using young blood,  cryogenics and mind uploading are explained in reader-friendly terms.

Time Goes By

Ageism is alive and well in the health care industry as reported in the New York Times and Next Avenue. Misdiagnosis, under-treatment and over-treatment, profiling older patients and unfortunately simple prejudice are all aspects of age can be a factor in getting proper treatment.

Discover Magazine Blogs

Discover Magazine’s October issue highlights the Human Connectome Project – Aging division which is discovering how aging affects the actual connecting activity within the brain’s parts.

Blossom Wealth Management

Articles from 55+ magazine, WXXI’s website and House Resolution 1499 offer information on estate planning including wills, trusts, probate and bequests.