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Drugs fail to slow decline in inherited Alzheimer's
Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws.

The results announced Monday are another disappointment for the approach that scientists have focused on for years — trying to remove a harmful protein that builds up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Woman, 84, sinks putt across court to win new car
All that 84-year-old Mary Ann Wakfield needed to do to win a new car was sink a putt across the entire length of the court at the University of Mississippi’s basketball stadium.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Beware of annuities, reverse mortgages, cash-value life insurance and more
good rule of thumb when you’re trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare — whole grains, fruits, vegetables — tends not to have a marketing budget.

Similarly, investments that are enthusiastically pushed by commission-earning salespeople may not be the best for your financial health. Before you buy any of the following, you’d be smart to investigate lower-cost alternatives and to consult an objective, knowledgeable third party, such as a fee-only financial planner.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Springfield sites holding volunteer training Feb. 29
The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will host an orientation and training session on Saturday, February 29 for individuals interested in volunteering at either the famed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence or the Vachel Lindsay Home in Springfield.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Abandoned as newborn, Corry man traces his parents
Richard Caufman was abandoned days after birth.

He was found in the snow on a North East farm on Feb. 8, 1953. A farmer getting his car out of the weather and into his garage that evening heard a faint cry and saw a baby on the ground nearby.

Sixty-seven years later, Caufman knows who his birth parents were and where he was born.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

100-year-old finds her love for cheerleading again
Living for a whole century isn’t easy, but Mabel Green has found a way to make it happen.

“Enjoy life and be cheerful.“

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Court: Posting patient's photo online not illegal
A senior care facility nurse’s aide did not violate state law when she posted a photo of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease on social media because the photo itself was not a health record and didn’t violate the patient’s privacy, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

LLC offers course on healthy living for your brain
The Lake Land College Center for Business and Industry will offer a non-credit course titled, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research. The course will be held Thursday, March 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Webb Hall, room 081 on Lake Land’s main campus. The class will be facilitated by Elizabeth Hagemann, manager of education outreach with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lincoln Presidential Library's oral history program reaches 1,000 interviews
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Oral History Program has recorded its 1,000th interview, reaching a milestone that few oral history programs anywhere in America have achieved.
Tuesday, February 4, 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

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

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

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