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96-Year Old First Grader the Hero of 'Barefoot Empress'
"Barefoot Empress" is a 15- minute film about Karthyayani Amma, better known locally as Amma, a woman who lives in the village of Haripad in the Alappuzha district of India. As a... — Updated 5/25/2023
Construction Underway on FHCN Adult Day Care Center
Construction has started on Family HealthCare Network's 25,000-square-foot adult daycare facility in downtown Visalia. "We anticipate that it will open in the summer of 2024," said... — Updated 5/25/2023
Van Amerongen's Comics Feature Eccentric Seniors
"Most cartoonists ignore the graphic possibilities of the comic strip, but Jerry Van Amerongen understands that a picture can be the funniest part of the story." - Bill Watterson... — Updated 5/25/2023
Does the South Valley Need a Senior Playground?
Senior playgrounds are places where older adults can get exercise and fresh air while developing their strength and coordination. They are popular in countries such as China and... — Updated 5/25/2023
Pack and Paskoff Release Over Sixty: Book of Lists
Barbara Paskoff and Carol Pack recently released their fourth collaboration, Over Sixty: Shades of Gray: Book of Lists. Their new book "just came about because of our impatience,"... — Updated 1/3/2023
Romance Scammers Prey Online on Lonely Seniors
Kathy Waters, executive director and co-founder of Advocating Against Romance Scammers, advises people not to befriend someone online unless you know them. "Unfortunately, there... — Updated 1/3/2023
92-Year Old Tries to Recapture Past Magic in 'Ball and Vase'
"I've been wanting to tell this story ever since my grandfather passed away," explained David Baram, the writer and director of "Ball and Vase." "Like Ed in this film, my... — Updated 11/7/2022
'Broken Wings' Spotlights an Unusual Friendship
Jayne Lakhani is a 66-year-old waitress at The Pancake Shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Adonis is a vulture. Lakhani was injured in a car accident. Adonis suffered an unknown injury t... — Updated 9/8/2022
'Stu's Show' Celebrates Classic Television Programs
"Stu's Show" is an online show about classic television, featuring interviews with the stars and creators of the most memorable shows of the 1950s and 1960s. So far, there have... — Updated 7/24/2022
Visalia City Council Sinks Aquatics Complex Proposal
The City of Visalia will not be constructing the aquatics facility proposed by Councilmember Greg Collins anytime soon. His motion to place the proposal on the agenda of a future... — Updated 5/6/2022
Seniors Remember the Old Days in 'One All the Way'
For years, Harry Baram, Ron Rauschart and Larry Presta have spent many evenings out on "hot dog crawls" in the Paterson, New Jersey area. They have hot dogs at a few restaurants... — Updated 1/8/2022
California's Ten-Year Alzheimer's Plan Gets Results
California's State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease was an ambitious effort to deal with the challenges faced by many seniors and families in the state. "Among the approximately 3.3... — Updated 1/8/2022
Bill Kirchenbauer Takes His Father Back Home
"It's everything I like in a movie," said actor/comedian Bill Kirchenbauer about his new film, "Taking Al Back Home." "It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it makes you think,"... — Updated 11/9/2021
Proposed Visalia Aquatics Complex Seeks Supporters
The City of Visalia may have an aquatics facility in the near future if a current proposal is able to clear enough hurdles. "I'll probably be ready to make a presentation to the... — Updated 8/31/2021
Dividat Senso Fights Dementia with 'Targeted Play'
Cognitive motor training helps in the fight against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to a study by an international team of researchers with ETH Zurich, a public... — Updated 7/9/2021
Chinatown Pretty Showcases Fashionable Asian Seniors
Chinatown Pretty, published by Chronicle Books, is more than the name of a new book featuring portraits and personal stories of trendsetting seniors in six Chinatowns across North... — Updated 5/1/2021
Humor of Senior Life Featured in 'Flo & Friends' Comic Strip
"I always joke that I'm not a real artist; I'm a cartoonist," said Jenny Campbell, who creates the comic strip "Flo & Friends." Campbell, the daughter of an artist and a syndica... — Updated 10/11/2020
Joan Lunden Informs, Entertains in New Book about Aging
"I'm too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert." – Joan Lunden Age seems to be on Joan Lunden's mind a lot these days. The journalist, author, motivational speaker,... — Updated 7/24/2020
'New' Valley Radio Station to Play 'Oldies'
South Valley fans of singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley will soon have a "new" station to turn to on their radios, "It isn't new, it's been on the air,"... — Updated 7/24/2020
Documentary Becomes Campaign for Senior Speed Dating
"The Age of Love" was inspired by a conversation filmmaker Steven Loring had at his mother's kitchen table in 2011. At the time, his 71-year-old newly widowed mother was trying to... — Updated 5/9/2020
Patriot Guard Riders Honor Memory of Fallen Veterans
Patriot Guard Riders were founded in July 2005 with the original purpose of shielding the families of fallen veterans from those who sought to disrupt the funerals of their loved... — Updated 2/19/2020
Is the San Diego Comic-Con Senior-Friendly?
The San Diego Comic-Con attracts more than 170,000 pop culture fans annually, but is it senior-friendly? This 63-year-old writer enjoys attending the event each year but when I was... — Updated 10/9/2017
'Six-Bed Bill' Aims to Streamline Facility Regulations
"Six-bed facilities are the wave of the future," said California State Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno). "This is where many of our moms and dads are. Eighty percent of... — Updated 10/9/2017
Kings County Works within Budget to Fight Elder Abuse
"We have plans to invest in elder abuse issues," said Kings County District Attorney Keith L. Fagundes. The current effort is currently grouped with other crimes such as insurance f... — Updated 10/9/2017
Local Help Available to Deal with Senior Hopelessness
"Nationally, there are twice as many suicides as homicides, said Noah Whitaker, director of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, which is responsible for the oversight and guidance... — Updated 10/9/2017