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Anguish mounts over virus-hit nursing home: Dad's an inmate as much as he is a patient
Desperate to talk to their dad, Scott Sedlacek and his brother, Steve, stood outside his open nursing home window and shouted. They could barely hear his weak replies, but one came through clearly.

“I feel like (expletive),” the 86-year-old told them.

Chuck Sedlacek arrived at the Life Care Center of Kirkland three weeks ago for physical therapy, just before the suburban nursing home became the epicenter of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

When the market drops, play the long game with your retirement savings
The stock market has been on a punishing roller coaster ride this week, suffering its largest one-day drop in more than 30 years Thursday, on concerns that the spread of COVID-19 will hit the global economy hard.

While stocks made gains during Friday trading, it’s safe to say that volatility with a capital V is back — a situation that probably only day traders like. For the rest of us, trying to ignore market free falls is not a bad strategy, especially when it comes to a long-term goal like retirement.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The kids have flown the nest, and you're downsizing
Estate appraiser Julie Hall advises downsizing clients not to take it personally when their adult kids don’t want their furniture and other possessions. But when Hall asked her 23-year-old daughter what she might want from the four-bedroom family home, the younger woman mentioned just three items.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Historic fashion exhibit to open at state museum
There is perhaps no more intimate connection to the women of the past than the clothing they left behind — garments that were once worn on a living, breathing person going about her daily business; garments that were soiled and washed and mended and altered; garments that expressed her aspirations and reflected her condition.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Virus and the elderly: Avoid crowds and cruises
The U.S. government's coronavirus recommendations tell older adults to avoid crowds, cruises and long plane rides -- advice that one public health official acknowledged won't be welcomed by many.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: A real-life Cinderella story set in Gilded Age
Adam Hochschild is among the most readable of historians. With his latest book, “Rebel Cinderella,” he has latched on to an extraordinary love story, with echoes of the classic fairy tale, set in a time of enormous social upheaval during this country’s first Gilded Age.

It centers on Rose Pastor Stokes, a penniless Russian Jewish immigrant, socialist and union organizer, who in 1905 married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of a wealthy WASP family whose fortune flowed from the Phelps Dodge mining empire, as well as railroads, real estate, and gold and silver mines.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Don't be pushed out of a stable job involuntarily before you're ready to retire
Losing a job is almost always traumatic. In your 50s, job loss can be devastating — and devastatingly common.

More than half the workers who entered their 50s with stable, full-time jobs were laid off or pushed out at least once by age 65, according to an analysis of employment data from 1990 to 2016 by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank. Only 10% of those who lost a job ever found another that paid as much, and most never recovered financially.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Breast cancer support group to discuss bone health
The March meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will discuss bone health.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

HSHS helping patients vote while hospitalized
The HSHS hospitals in central Illinois are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Tuesday, March 3, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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