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Retirees' top money regrets: 1 in 3 SS recipients apply too early
In a previous column, I detailed retirees’ biggest lifestyle regrets, such as not traveling more before their health gave out and not communicating clearly with a partner about what they hoped retirement would be like.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Orientation for volunteers at Lincoln library Feb. 5
Anyone who wants to help tell the world about America’s greatest president will get a chance when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers. A Feb. 5 information session will spell out how to join the team that greets visitors, assists at events, helps researchers and much more.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Older actors find a stage where age is no problem
  On a Monday night, the start of the second week of rehearsals, a group of actors gathered in a circle, stretching and working through vocal exercises. They're like actors putting together a show at any other theater, except for one thing: their age.

This is Theatre 55, a theater that works with actors who are 55 and older. The group is rehearsing its third show, "Urinetown," the Tony Award-winning musical satire about government, corporate and social systems.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Digital de-aging techniques shave decades off actors
With Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” expected to battle “Once Upon a Time in. Hollywood” and “1917” for the best picture Oscar in February, all eyes are on the special effects team that made the sprawling crime epic possible.

“The Irishman” unfolds over decades, with the 76-year-old Robert De Niro and his co-stars playing their characters from their 30s into retirement age, a feat that’s made the film one of 2019’s most acclaimed movies.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

One of year's most anticipated novels is Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick
Jeanine Cummins’ “American Dirt,” one of the year’s most anticipated and debated novels, is Oprah Winfrey’s new pick for her book club.

“American Dirt,” published Tuesday, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous drug cartel and flees north on a terrifying journey with her 8-year-old son. The novel was acquired by Flatiron Books in 2018 in a reported seven-figure deal and has been talked about in the publishing world ever since. It has appeared on numerous lists of books to look for in 2020, has reached the top 20 on  ahead of its release,  and has been praised by everyone from John Grisham and Stephen King to Erika Sanchez and Sandra Cisneros.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Agnes Keleti, oldest living Olympic champ, turns 99
Although she turned 99 last week, even a 9-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with Agnes Keleti’s irrepressible energy and enthusiasm.

Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor. She won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds — at the 1952 Helsinki Games and at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Retirement: Money isn't at the center of every regret reported by retirees
Most retirees regret not saving more. A 2018 study by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found 73% wish they’d put aside more money on a consistent basis, and half felt they waited too long to get serious about retirement saving.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Small increases in physical activity can make big difference
A new year typically brings new resolutions. While making resolutions is easy, sticking with them is not. Exercise-related resolutions consistently make the top 10 list, but up to 80% of resolutions to be healthier, including promises to exercise more, are tossed aside by February.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Good financial advice can position you to enjoy a comfortable retirement
Good financial advice leaves you better off. Bad advice does the opposite, and may even enrich someone else at your expense.

Here are some areas where you need to be particularly careful to seek out good advice, since bad advice can be so costly.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

More Illinois seniors eligible for state benefits now
More Illinois seniors will qualify for state benefits such as discounted license plates and free transit under new income guidelines that took effect for 2020.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Explaining wills and trusts
It's never too early for adults to think about estate planning. Estate planning is an important part of money management. While it's easy to think of estate planning as just a way to dictate how your assets are allocated after your death, estate planning also can protect people and their money should accidents or injury make them incapable of managing their finances on their own.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America
The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country's children for the first time, according to census projections. But rising rents, health care and other living costs mean that for many entering their retirement years, balancing the household budget can be a struggle.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Making and sharing familiar meals with those who have dementia can be a way to boost their spirits
Long before Tim Hollingsworth earned the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year award and served as chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was learning to cook by his mother’s side at home. As a kid, Hollingsworth would measure ingredients to help his mom make dinner, and he’d talk with her and sample the dishes as they cooked.

Today, Hollingsworth — the winner of Netflix’s “The Final Table“ and owner of Otium in Los Angeles — returns the favor. His mother, now struggling with memory loss, sits with him as he cooks her favorite recipes, from fragrant pots of chili to comforting platters of chicken and dumplings.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Carbondale, Illinois one of several college towns courting retirees
Three years ago, Dick and Pam Matthews began thinking about leaving their small town in Maine.

The retired couple was ready for an easier life. No more hauling thousands of pounds of wood to heat their home, or driving half an hour to reach the nearest grocery store or restaurant, or shoveling their way out the front door after a snowstorm.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Inventor of the ubiquitous UPC dies at age 94
George J. Laurer,  whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94.

A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Sean Bannon with Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell said he had no information on Laurer’s cause of death.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Why the holidays are a prime time for elder abuse, and what you can do to thwart it
The holiday season brings up memories and emotions for people of all ages, but elders are often overlooked. This time of year also can provide an opportunity to become more alert to signs of elder abuse, aware of how to help and available to begin sincere conversations with older adults about their perceptions of abuse and the remedies they recommend.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Five financial tasks you should tackle by year-end
A task without a deadline is just wishful thinking.

Sometimes, you can get away with procrastinating. If you never get around to alphabetizing your spices, no one’s life will change. But putting off some tasks could have a huge impact on loved ones.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Guest Speaker Discusses Health Topics
Taylorville Memorial Hospital infection prevention and control coordinator Peggy Chapman, RN  spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates on different ways to keep healthy. Residents learned about the importance of good hand hygiene as well as taking care to cough and sneeze in their sleeve.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

State Military Museum showcases Illinois National Guard history
Tucked in behind Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, is a building resembling a castle that houses the history of the Illinois National Guard.

The Illinois National Guard has a rich history dating back to 1723 when Kaskaskia residents participated in the first militia muster under the French. It wasn't until 1878 when the Illinois State Legislature mandated the Illinois National Guard to house and maintain its artifacts and archives, which tell the story of the Illinois National Guard.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

At 94 and 96 sisters still exercise every week
Twenty minutes of treadmill.

Twenty minutes on a stepper.

And 20 minutes of arm cranks.

Add in some exercise bike at home.

Twice a week, every week.

Those are important prescriptions for two sisters in their 90s who credit their good health to their regular workouts.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Community event teaches public about bleeds
Featuring simulations in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What to do if your parents need financial help
Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.

A 2015 survey by TD Ameritrade found 13% of American adults provided financial support to a parent. Millennials were far more likely than older generations to report they were helping their folks. Of people born between 1981 and 1996, 19% helped support their parents, compared with 13% of Gen Xers (1965 to 1980) and 8% of baby boomers (1946 to 1964).

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws a crowd
The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson.

The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Social Security will forecast your retirement: Will you get what's promised?
The Social Security Administration will happily forecast your future monthly retirement check. Trouble is, it's often off the mark. Understanding the sometimes-flawed assumptions underlying the estimate can help you make smarter decisions about when to claim your benefit.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HSHS provides tips to stay healthy during flu season
Flu season is upon us. Although HSHS has not seen an increase of patients presenting in the emergency department with symptoms of the flu yet this season, it is important to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Carol Burnett returning to 'Mad About You' revival
Carol Burnett will be among the familiar faces gracing the “Mad About You” revival.

Sony Pictures Television announced Monday that Burnett will reprise her Emmy-winning role as the mother of Helen Hunt’s character. “Mad About You” is returning for a limited run on the Spectrum Originals streaming service later this month.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Speedier payment systems could curb your costs
Here’s an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money.

Let’s say Homer is two days from payday. The family checking account at First Bank of Springfield is on fumes. There’s just enough in the account, Homer thinks, to gas up his Plymouth sedan and buy Bart a Squishee at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills
More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday.

The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes in Congress and the growing financial exposure of patients with insurance is getting more attention in the nation’s health care debates.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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