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Articles from the January 1, 2024 edition


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  • Devil's Brew Was Stirring in Visalia's Past

    Terry Ommen, Dusting Off Hisotry|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Human attraction with alcoholic beverages is a worldwide condition. It's been that way for millennia. Its taste and its effects on the consumer causes many to seek it out. For some drinkers, Benjamin Franklin had it right when he said, "Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with few tensions and more tolerance." For others, the concoction was evil with destructive effects. In 1898, Visalia newspaperman Alonzo Melville Doty spoke for them when he poetically wrote, "He...

  • Four in Five Seniors Find This Road Sign Ageist

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Since the controversial "elderly people" road sign, designed by a child in a drawing competition, was introduced over 40 years ago, it has repeatedly come under attack for its ageist imagery depicting a physically challenged couple bent over walking sticks. The Silver Marketing Association, based in the U.K., which campaigns for ethical and respectful marketing for older people, carried out a survey of 55 to 80-year-olds in partnership with older people's campaigning group...

  • Heart of Seniors Event Set for Feb. 15

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The Heart of Seniors Expo & Fashion Show, hosted by the Senior Coalition, will be held on Thursday, February 15, at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr., Visalia. The event will include a vital resource fair with vendors, a fashion show – featuring senior models escorted by American Ambulance team members – and a luncheon. The resource fair opens at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and includes lunch. Early registration is...

  • 'Lives Well Lived' Showcases the Greatest Generation

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    "My 103-year-old Italian grandmother enjoyed exercise, making the best lasagna you've ever tasted, and being with family," wrote documentary filmmaker Sky Bergman in her director's statement for "Lives Well Lived." "I started filming her cooking about five years ago when she was 99 years old," wrote Bergman. "I filmed her at the gym because I thought, no one will believe that my grandmother is still working out. I asked her if she could give me a few words of wisdom, and that...

  • Seniors Top Rock, Pop and Holiday Music Charts

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Musicians in their 70s and 80s had an impact on the recording industry in the last few months of 2023. The Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Brenda Lee all topped the charts. The Rolling Stones "Hackney Diamonds," the first Rolling Stones album with all new songs since 2005, debuted at number one on the British musical charts in October. This marked the 11th time that the band has topped the album charts. The song "Angry" was nominated for a Best Rock Song Grammy. The album's...

  • Long-Term Care Insurance 2024 Tax Deductible Limits Announced

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The IRS has announced decreased tax-deductible limits for long-term care insurance for 2024, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). “This is a significant change in practice after yearly increases,” said Jesse Slome, director of AALTCI. “The 2024 deductible limits are still significant and few people, especially business owners, are aware that premiums paid for long-term care insurance may be tax-deductible.” The just-announced 2024 limits for an individual age 70 or over is $5,880,...

  • Gen Z-ers Plan to Care for Parents, but Don't Know Costs

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Gen Zers who plan to be involved in their parents' senior care anticipate their parents moving in with them or them serving as their parents' primary or supportive caregivers Caring.com, a senior living referral service and a site for senior care reviews, recently published a report that examines how Gen Z-ers plan to care for their parents as they age. The report shares insight into Gen X-ers' and Baby Boomers expectations of their children's involvement in their future...

  • Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    As the calendar turns to a new year, many people resolve to start eating healthier. However, trying to keep up with the latest reports on nutrition as we age can be difficult – it seems like the advice is always changing. But there are a few universal truths to nutrition as we age, and it’s important to understand how our needs change in our senior years and why that is. And with that, we can make dietary choices that help with bone strength, heart health and even cognitive ability. To do so, on a basic level, each day you...

  • 31st Annual Visalia Home & Patio Springfest Set for February 2–4

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The 31st Annual Visalia Home & Patio Springfest, featuring more than 300 booths, will be held at the Visalia Convention Center February 2–4. This year's home show showcases everything for the home and garden, and much more. The Plaza Courtyard will present tiny homes and accessory dwelling units, unique sheds, barbecue islands, awnings, and a variety of garden art and pottery. Inside, attendees will find affordable decorating and home improvement options provided by f...

  • Speaking to a Doctor in Front of a Husband with Dementia

    Kimberly Jensen, Senior Resource Advocate|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Question: How do I handle speaking with the doctor at the hospital if my husband has dementia and the doctor wants to speak in front of him? Answer: That is a great question! Many family members have difficulty when their loved one has dementia, and the hospital staff want to speak about medical issues in front of them. It is too overwhelming for them to hear the quick conversation that the doctors are trying to convey to update both of you on his medical condition. Many times, the doctor or nurse will ask your loved one...

  • Kaweah Health, Stanford Medicine Work Together to Grow Cardiac Surgical Care

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Kaweah Health is welcoming Dr. Michael K. McLean, cardiothoracic surgeon and Stanford Medicine faculty member. Dr. McLean is the first of three Stanford Medicine cardiothoracic surgeons who will live and work in Visalia as part of the Kaweah Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Program, working together with the Stanford Medicine Cardiac Surgery Program. “The Kaweah Health cardiothoracic program has a long history of providing award-winning care, and with Stanford Health Care, we will work to help ensure that our community c...

  • Bipartisan Bill Reintroduced to Combat Valley Fever

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    On December 13, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-22), David Schweikert (AZ-01) and Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) introduced the Finding Orphan-disease Remedies with Antifungal Research and Development (FORWARD) Act. This legislation would support various research programs with the goal of developing new drugs, treatments and vaccines to combat valley fever. “Valley fever has a huge impact on our neighbors and communities in the Central Valley, and we must prioritize the development of new treatments and vaccines to combat the s...

  • Strawberries May Reduce Middle-Age Dementia Risk

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) found that daily strawberry consumption could help reduce the risk of dementia for certain middle-aged populations. In 2022, UC's Robert Krikorian, Ph.D., and his team published research that found adding blueberries to the daily diets of certain middle-aged populations may lower the chances of developing late-life dementia. He said the current research into strawberries is an extension to the blueberry research. "Both...

  • New Scam Targets Church Members

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    A new scam is targeting church members in California. Texts and emails are being sent to parishioners from someone pretending to be the church minister. These texts and emails ask church members to donate money, most often in the form of gift cards. If you receive an email text requesting a contribution, you are advised to contact the office of your church for verification before sending any money....

  • AI-Generated Women Scam Men Searching for Love

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to deceive and scam individuals on various platforms, including texts, social media and dating apps. Victims have reported losing thousands of dollars to individuals they believed were real women, only to discover that they were interacting with sophisticated AI programs. These scammers not only stole their money but also manipulated their emotions. Security experts have analyzed videos and photos shared by victims and identified several signs of manipulation. The videos often...

  • American Farmers are Aging, According to USDA Census

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Today, you are more likely to meet a farmer over the age of 65 than under the age of 44. Most farmers have been in the industry for more than a decade, and over 60% of them work another job in addition to farming. Farmers are the oldest workforce in the country. According to the last USDA Census of Agriculture, the median age of a farmer is 57.5 years. This is more than two years older than any other job. For generations, farming was considered a family calling, but today one-...

  • SHIP/HICAP - A Place and Guide for Medicare

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Nearing age 65 and not sure when to enroll in Medicare? Have you ever received a bill from Medicare and weren't sure which course to take? You are not alone. Between now and 2030, an average of 10,000 U.S. Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day. Navigating the multifarious options of Medicare health insurance, including billing, is part of that transition. SHIP/HICAP, the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, a federal and state-sponsored, volunteer-supported...

  • Study Finds Way to Predict Which Organs Will Fail First

    Bruce Goldman, Stanford University Senior Science Writer|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Like any typical car or house or society, the pace at which parts of our bodies fall apart varies from part to part. A study of 5,678 people, led by Stanford Medicine investigators, has shown that our organs age at different rates - and when an organ's age is especially advanced in comparison with its counterpart in other people of the same age, the person carrying it is at heightened risk both for diseases associated with that organ and for dying. According to the study,...

  • The Four Basic Types of Claims

    Ken Cruickshank, Tulare County Veterans Service Officer|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The four basic categories that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses to identify the types of claims submitted are as follows: Original, Reopened, New and Secondary claims. An Original claim is the first claim you file for disability compensation from the VA and can be submitted at any time after your discharge from the military. This claim for benefits may be filed by a servicemember (active duty), veteran or the survivors of deceased veterans. By law, when this claim...

  • Caregivers of Veterans Spend More than Other Caregivers

    Updated Jan 3, 2024

    Family and others who provide care for veterans spend on average $11,500 of their personal income on out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving each year - 1.5 times higher than what other family caregivers spend ($7,242), according to AARP data. And 43% of veteran and military caregivers experienced at least one financial setback such as having to take on more debt or dip into personal savings, according to research from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Across...

  • First Post-Pandemic Senior Games Held

    Updated Jan 3, 2024

    The 2023 Visalia Senior Games, the first since the pandemic, were held over the weekend of November 4-5. This year's games featured competitions in pickleball and table tennis. "It was great to be back in action after not hosting the Visalia Senior Games since 2019," said Holly Ellis, recreation supervisor for the City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Department. "We experienced lower participation numbers than previous years, which can be attributed to the time of year, and...

  • Senior Suicides on the Increase

    Steve Pastis|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    While the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reported that the number of suicides of people 10-24 years old went down by more than 8% between 2021 and 2022, the numbers were far less encouraging for seniors during those years. Suicides increased by 6.6% for those 45-64, and 8.1% for those 65 and older. The increase was seen both nationally and locally. "There was a sharp increase among those 55 and older," said Noah Whitaker, who served as the director of Tulare...

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