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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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.


55+ contributor Bruce Frassinelli shares  memories of rock and roll’s early days followed by a profile of House of Guitars creators Armand and Bruce Schaubroek.

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.

This program offers the stories of two amazing women, both champion athletes winning filed and track events into their 90’s, and the part the brain’s white matter play in their abilities.

The New York Times and Next Avenue, provide insight into the therapeutic value of the dreams and visions of patients as they approach death.

Multiple sources describe caregiving robots including Robear, that can lift a frail adult, Nadine, a humanoid who can converse with you and a robot to coach you in exercise.

Multiple sources including Science Daily and the Wall Street Journal,  present information on technology and innovation that benefit seniors, such as the tablet, available now and smart walkers, on the horizon.

About.com is the source for several articles on clutter: the different types of clutter and methods for reducing clutter in all areas of the home.  Additional suggestions are found in the March issue of AARP Bulletin.

This program focuses on the issue of senior hoarding, its pathology and the serious consequences for the hoarder, the family and in some cases, the community.

Articles from various sources including the New York Times and Next Avenue present stories and insights supporting the influence of music and dance on physical, mental and cognitive aspects of aging.

AARP and the Senate Special Committee of Aging provide information on the top 10 scams targeting seniors.

Wikipedia expands on the topic of seniors, including segments on frailty, religiosity, theories of old age and benefits of old age

Articles from Next Avenue and Wikipedia  explore the definitions and criteria for being a senior citizen, elderly or just simply old.

Seniors “Too Poor to Retire and Too Young to Die” are a retirement-age subculture traveling in RVs around the country from one low-wage job to another as a result of the Great Recession of 2008.

The consequences of senior poverty are many, including poor health and decreased longevity.  Statistics are disturbing especially with respect to food insecurity and nutrition.

Members of the notorious mafia are aging along with the rest of us.  The Medicare Mob or Oldfellas experience frailties of old age including diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’sdisease, high blood pressure and incontinence.

Touch is an essential and often least appreciated sense.  The importance of touch to seniors, the elderly and especially those with dementia is documented in a recent AARP magazine article.

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