Our senior issue 2023

Wrinkles aside, we seniors aren’t much different from the rest

Over one-sixth of our country is made up of people over 65. I’m a member of that group. And I am one of the lucky ones. I have a pension, social security and retirement investments that give me an income that matches my working income.

Lansing is part of a national crisis of homeless seniors

Nearly two years ago, Victor Lyons was working as a roofer. During a job, he stepped on a nail. The wound became infected, and Lyons landed in the hospital. The infection took the 61-year-old man’s left leg, and he found himself struggling to learn how to walk again.

Seniors socialize, find balance through East Lansing’s Prime Time

Older people in my family have a simple, uplifting mantra when it comes to aging: never get old. My grandmother quipped this for nearly 40 years before passing at age 92. And now my parents quote our ancestral adage, even though their retirement activities so far have included earning a doctorate degree and hiking the Appalachian trail, respectively.

Practice caution when using cannabis

According to research, the Baby Boomer generation has been rolling its own fair share of joints over the last few years. In the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1.4% of adults over the age of 65 reported using marijuana during the past year. In the 2021 survey, that number increased to a little over 7%.
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The rise and fall of Kewpee Hamburgers

Autumn Weston is the fourth-generation owner of Weston’s Kewpee Sandwich Shoppe, which opened in downtown Lansing in 1924. She recognizes this as an important milestone for both her family and the city as a whole.

Theater life provides enrichment for seniors

Bob Robinson has been active in the Greater Lansing theater community since the “early ‘80s.” He was a co-founder of Grand Ledge’s now-defunct Spotlight Theatre  alongside the late Len Kluge, who was also a theater reviewer for City Pulse. But at 75, Robinson’s life has changed dramatically.

Other news about seniors

Depression is not an inherent part of aging: Here are 10 of the most common signs in older adults

Stacker compiled a list of 10 of the most common signs of depression in older adults using information from the National Institute on Aging and other scientific and medical sources.
Reach Out and Play: Fueling multigenerational connection through game nights
(BPT) - When you were younger, you might have had “family game night,” huddled around the kitchen table with dice and tokens. Besides the happy memories this brings, those game nights may …
If you’re 65, there is one piece of mail you shouldn’t ignore this month
(BPT) - Are you or someone you love on Medicare? As the annual Medicare Annual Enrollment Period approaches (it starts on October 15 and runs through December 7), no doubt your mailbox will be …
Your Medicare annual wellness visit: Preventive care and health planning at no extra cost
(BPT) - Most of us know that it’s important to see a doctor for an annual checkup. During your working years, that annual checkup typically means a full physical. But once you become eligible …

7 tips for choosing your health benefits

(BPT) - As inflation in the U.S. remains high, you may be looking to adjust your lifestyle and spending habits. But when it comes to health care, it’s important to keep your budget and …

'SuperAgers' 95 and older help researchers discover secrets to exceptional longevity

(BPT) - Did you know that only about 1 in 1,000 people in the U.S. live past age 95? For 100-year-old Madeline Paldo, becoming a centenarian was a milestone not only for herself, but for her family, …

Five Tips to Steady Your Life During September's Fall Prevention Month

(BPT) - The occasional fall or wobble happens. As we age, though, we can face new physical changes that make falling a more frequent — and dangerous — event. According to the National …

Help Your Grandkids Stay Safe: Keep All Medicines Up and Away

(NewsUSA) - September 10 is Grandparents’ Day! It’s a time to celebrate the special bond between grandparents (or great-grandparents and other caregivers!) and grandkids. You can show your …

Shoot for the Stars When It Comes to Medicare Advantage

(NewsUSA) - By Alan Stewart, SVP, Medicare Divisional Leader, Humana - If you’re one of the nation’s 58.6 million people with Medicare, you understand the importance of selecting a health …

Being a Good Parent and Child: Today’s Sandwich Generation Under Pressure

(NewsUSA) - Many adults today are juggling the demands of work, household upkeep, finances and school-aged children, while also caring for an aging parent. This group, known as the sandwich …

Aging relative moving in? Here's how to prepare for their safety, comfort, and finances

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults is a caregiver. QMedic compiled this list of ways to outfit a home when caregiving for an aging relative.

These well-known friends want you to help protect yourself from pneumococcal pneumonia

(BPT) - For Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, life after football has been full of taking his shot at some new things. And actress, comedian, author and award-winning broadcaster Sherri Shepherd …

6 tips to help you spot and avoid financial scams

(BPT) - Technology can make life convenient, especially with mobile phones that help us stay connected on-the-go. Unfortunately, today's scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, making it …

Free Online Survey Alerts Older Adults to Risks of Falling, a Major Hazard

(NewsUSA) - (NewsUSA) - The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that's still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your …

5 low-impact activities to keep you moving during midlife and beyond

NNOXX compiled a list of low-impact activities to integrate into your busy schedule using a variety of news and athletic sources.

How to make your home work for you through the years

(BPT) - Courtesy of Peerless® Faucet“Aging in place” (aka independent living) is the phenomena of older adults remaining in their homes as they age, rather than relocating or moving …

States where people live the longest

Stacker used data from the 2023 County Health Rankings to determine the 25 states where people live the longest. The 2023 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2018-2020 National Center for Health Statistics.

Get into the “Safe Zone” to Prevent a Heart Attack

(BPT) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. While it’s often seen as a result of aging, this is a dangerous misconception. Research shows one of the most …

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