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Articles from the March 1, 2024 edition


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  • 'Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story,' Described by Its Stars

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    By Jerry Sroka & Mariette Hartley When a tall, aging, shiksa icon meets a short Jewish leprechaun in a bird store... what are the chances? AGEISM: a tendency to regard older persons unworthy of attention or unsuitable for employment. Merriam Webster was very wise. Mariette Hartley has been acting for over 60 years. She was nominated for five Emmy's and won for "The Hulk" or as she says, "I went to bed with Billy Bixby and woke up with Lou Ferrigno and I got an Emmy for it?"...

  • 'Thelma' Refuses to Let Scammers Get Away with Her $10,000

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Ninety-three-year-old Thelma Post (June Squibb) is strong, sturdy and in charge – defying a lifetime of odds, she's successfully brushed off assisted living well into her nineties, instead, living alone in her cherished condo. Her independent world is rocked though, when she falls victim to elder-abusing phone scammers posing as her beloved grandson, Daniel (Fred Hechinger), and regrettably sends them $10,000 in cash. With her family now worried that she's entering "a new p...

  • Tipton Lindsey - An Important Tulare County Pioneer

    Terry Ommen|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    There is a man in Tulare County history that contributed so much to make the county what it is today. His name is Tipton Lindsey. His name oftentimes creates confusion as he is not connected in any way to the Tulare County towns of Tipton or Lindsay as his name might imply, but instead the man with the unusual name can lay claim to being one of Tulare County's most important pioneers. Tipton Lindsey was born in Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana on May 21, 1829. He was the...

  • March Gardening Tips

    Peyton Ellas, Tulare-Kings Counties Master Gardener|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Spring is in the air, but we could have reminders of winter and hints of summer all month. Planting: Spring is the second season of major planting. You can plant all varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers and vines. In the edible garden, plant heat-lovers like cucumber, tomato, melon, beans, eggplant and squash towards the end of the month. You can also plant potato, radish, chives, greens, beets, and herbs of all types. Citrus, avocado and other...

  • Five Key Benefits of Hiring Older Workers

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    When you think of new hires, who do you picture? While you may expect applicants to be 20-somethings straight out of college or 30-to-40-somethings making a career change, in reality, you'll likely see more applicants who are older adults. According to a report by the U.S. Special Committee on Aging, workers 55 and older will soon represent 25% of our nation's workforce. However, just because more older adults are applying for jobs doesn't mean they are getting hired. Many old...

  • Family Game Nights (and Days) Can Bring Generations Together

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    When you were younger, you might have had "family game night," huddled around the kitchen table with dice and tokens. Besides the happy memories this brings, those game nights may actually help boost one's health. Social connections, sense of purpose and an active mind can be key parts of healthier aging. Coming together to play games can be one way to encompass all three – while helping to reduce isolation. In light of this, Ageless Innovation's Reach Out and Play campaign, s...

  • Health Problems Tied to Risk of Depression and Anxiety

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A new study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences has found people with multiple chronic conditions reported persistently high levels of anxiety and depression, and worse physical function. And compared to white study participants, those who identified as non-white experienced worse health-related quality of life as multiple chronic health conditions increased, the study found. “As people get older, it’s not just that they develop hypertension and that’s it. It’s that these c...

  • Tips for Caregivers and Families of People with Dementia

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A caregiver, sometimes referred to as a caretaker, is anyone who provides care for another person. Millions of people living in the United States take care of a friend or family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Sometimes caregivers live with the person or nearby, other times they live far away. For many families, caring for a person with dementia isn't just one person's job, but the role of many people who share tasks and responsibilities. No matter what...

  • Three Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Older Adults

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Falling represents one of the most pressing health concerns facing older adults. As people consider ways to prevent falling, either for themselves or a loved one, it can seem daunting – with so many risk factors, how can we prevent them all? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming – here are three ways you or a loved one can take action: 1) Start or Expand a Workout Routine We begin losing muscle mass in our 30s, and that deterioration increases the risk of a fall as we age. To counteract that, a regular fitness routine can help...

  • Power of Attorney, Gleaning Seniors, Staying Together Despite Dementia

    Kimberly Jensen, Senior Resource Advocate|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Question: My friend wants me to be her Power of Attorney. Why is it so important to have one and are there any pitfalls that I need to be aware of if I do become her Power of Attorney? Power of Attorneys are very important to have in place before a crisis occurs. If you are not able to make your own health and financial decisions, your Power of Attorney can step in and handle your medical and financial decisions for you. They can manage your finances, medical care and legal issues that might arise if you are incapacitated....

  • Health System Not Ready for Seniors with Disabilities

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The number of older adults with disabilities - difficulty with walking, seeing, hearing, memory, cognition or performing daily tasks such as bathing or using the bathroom - will soar in the decades ahead, as baby boomers enter their 70s, 80s, and 90s. But the health care system isn't ready to address their needs. That became painfully obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, when older adults with disabilities had trouble getting treatments and hundreds of thousands died. Now,...

  • Playing an Instrument Linked to Better Brain Health in Seniors

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Engaging in music throughout your life is associated with better brain health in older age, according to a new study published by experts at the University of Exeter (in the U.K.). Scientists working on PROTECT, an online study open to people aged 40 and over, reviewed data from more than a thousand adults over the age of 40 to see the effect of playing a musical instrument – or singing in a choir – on brain health. Over 25000 people have signed up for the PROTECT study, whi...

  • Rawhide Rustlers Senior Club to Continue in 2024

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The Visalia Rawhide will continue one of the more popular offerings at Valley Strong Ballpark for the 2024 season, the Rawhide Rustlers Senior Club. The only exclusive senior club for baseball fans 55 and older, the Rawhide Rustlers Senior Club comes with perks to boost the fan experience. Club membership comes with one ticket to every Wednesday home game and a membership t-shirt, in addition to exclusive giveaways and activities throughout the season. It also includes bingo...

  • Diets Rich in Plant Protein May Help Women Stay Healthy

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Women who consume higher amounts of protein, especially protein from plant-based sources develop fewer chronic diseases and are more likely to be healthier overall as they age, according to a study led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Analyzing self-reported data from more than 48,000 women, the researchers saw notably less heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and cognitive and mental health de...

  • Thrive Pavilion Brings Seniors Together in the Metaverse

    Steve Pastis|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Thrive Pavilion, the first-of-its-kind metaverse-based community that encourages and supports socialization and human connection among older adults, was the subject of a January 17th online podcast presented by Pro-Aging Community and hosted by its founder, Steve Gurney. The main speaker was Robert Signore, founder and president of Thrive Pavilion. "The goal of Thrive Pavilion is to allow older adults who are isolated at home or who are caring for a spouse, who like to...

  • Tulare County Museum Holds Grand Opening for Latest Addition

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The Tulare County Museum has announced the grand opening of its latest addition, a state-of-the-art building dedicated to showcasing agricultural equipment meticulously restored by local schools. The restored equipment will be displayed along with additional agricultural equipment from the museum's collection to illuminate the processes of farming. The Tulare County Museum is a county-based museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history that has shaped the...

  • CSET Offers Free Tax Preparation Services in Tulare County

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Community Services Employment Training (CSET) is currently providing free tax preparation services to residents of Tulare County. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepares federal and state tax returns at no cost to households with less than $60,000 in annual income. Each year, CSET helps thousands of residents in Tulare County file their income tax returns for free. Additionally, tax preparers can help residents claim federal/state earned income tax credits...

  • Credit for Caring Act Reintroduced into U.S. Senate

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    On January 31, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), as well as U.S. Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Mike Carey (R-Ohio), reintroduced the Credit for Caring Act. The Credit for Caring Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Magg...

  • Breakthrough in Treating Alzheimer's Using Targeted Drug Delivery

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A potential advancement in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease was announced earlier this year by researchers at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI). A first in-human study, featured in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrates that focused ultrasound in combination with anti-amyloid-beta monoclonal antibody treatment can accelerate the clearance of amyloid-beta plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-amyloid-beta monoclonal antibody the...

  • How to Avoid Being Tricked by a Familiar Voice

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    You may have heard about older adults being tricked into sending money to someone they think is a grandchild or other relative in trouble and thought to yourself, "How could anyone fall for that?" But the truth is, today's advanced technology makes it easier than ever for scammers to trick their unsuspecting and well-meaning victims. To protect yourself, it pays to understand how fraudsters work, what red flags to look for, and how to trust your instincts so you don't end up...

  • NSC Pension Benefit

    Ken Cruickshank, Veterans Services Officer for Tulare County|Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The Non-Service-Connected Disability Pension (NSC) is the Veterans Administration (VA) benefits program for wartime veterans with limited income. The amount payable depends on other income sources the veteran and their family members currently receive. The amount of household income to calculate eligibility may be reduced by some unreimbursed medical expenses. The current amount for a single veteran is $1,379 per month. This can change depending on family size and disability...

  • Heart of Seniors Again Fills Visalia Wyndham Ballroom

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The Heart of Seniors expo, luncheon and fashion show was held at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel on February 15, and once again tickets and vendor spaces were sold out in advance. The program, which included a showcase of the latest in fashion for the mature woman, featured keynote speaker Cynthia B. Johnson, professor of communication and division chair of language and communication studies at COS. Her interactive presentation, "Strengthening the Mind," focused on the cognitive...

  • AgeTech Introduces New Products for Seniors

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    This year at CES 2024 – the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas – the AgeTech Collaborative from AARP showcased Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in healthcare and personalized care. The AgeTech Collaborative from AARP presented cutting-edge technology products, services and experiences across industries, including AI and robotics. Innovations on display provide tools and technology to bring meaningful change and help solve the challenges of aging. "In...

  • Landline Phone Service May Be Discontinued

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    In February, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held three in-person public forums to get customer input about AT&T's pending application to discontinue landline phone service. The forums were held in Clovis, Ukiah, and Indio. Online forums are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The webcasts can be seen at www.admcinmonitor.com/ca/cpuc and accessed using the "LOGIN" link and the passcode 6032788#. AT&T is a "Carrier of Last Resort" (COLR) and r...

  • Visalia Senior Games to be Held through Spring

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    "We will be spreading out the Visalia Senior Games events throughout spring to allow both our partners and our department the freedom to assess what events are happening in the community and eliminate double booking of events and other tournaments or competitions," said Holly Ellis, recreation supervisor for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "With this new model, the weekend that works best for each sport will be when the event will be hosted," she added. The...

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