Senior Life

News & information for the seniors in our community

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Boomers: Living comfortably at home in style

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[May 10, 2012]  (ARA) -- As the years pass, Americans in the baby boomer generation are changing the definition of how they want to live comfortably during their later years.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Baby boomers -- more active than ever with no plans of slowing down

(ARA) -- Baby boomers are emerging as one of the largest generations, and nearly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years old every single day over the next 19 years. As a generation that refuses to compromise, baby boomers are reshaping everyone's view of aging because they are living healthier, more active lifestyles and have no intention of slowing down. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Simple cleaning solutions: medicine cabinet makeover

(ARA) -- Medicine cabinets are one of the most overlooked areas in the bathroom. People often stock them and forget to ever update products, especially as time goes on. As you age, it's important to reassess the types of products to keep on hand for daily comfort, minor health issues or in the event of an emergency. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

May the benefits be with you

By Judith Bartels,
Social Security district manager in Springfield

May 4 is an unofficial holiday designated by fans as Star Wars Day. Why May 4 and not the more likely May 25 (the day the original Star Wars was released)? It all comes down to a simple but catchy phrase: may the fourth be with you. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Social Security FAQs on retirement and Medicare

By Judith Bartels, Social Security district manager in Springfield

RETIREMENT -- Question: How long does it take to complete the online application for Social Security retirement benefits?  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Early colon cancer detection means earlier treatment

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(ARA) -- Colon cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in the United States because it frequently catches people unaware, according to the National Cancer Institute. But half of the colon-cancer deaths each year could be avoided if every adult older than 50 is screened, according to the American Cancer Society.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Road trips: A mature guy's guide to the open road

(ARA) -- The classic American road trip is no longer just for cashless college kids; men of all ages are taking to the road for a unique vacation where driving is just as much a part of the trip as the destination itself. If you work hard every day, maybe it's time to exchange that button-up for a casual T-shirt and gather your crew to experience the freedom and adventure of the open road. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Volunteering: small acts, big change

(ARA) -- For many communities across the country, the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Whether it's working at a local soup kitchen, visiting a nursing home, mentoring youth, or helping to paint a local house in disrepair, there are many ways to get involved. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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