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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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.

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.


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.

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