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Articles from the September 1, 2023 edition


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  • First Bachelor Selected for 'Golden Bachelor' TV Show

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    It's never too late to find love, and Gerry Turner is ready to prove it. ABC announced that the 71-year-old patriarch from Indiana is the network's first "Golden Bachelor," showcasing that love stories, like so many other things, only get better with age. Turner will begin handing out roses when "The Golden Bachelor" premieres this fall. Episodes can also be seen on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres. A retired restaurateur, father and grandfather, Turner...

  • An Excerpt from The Wisdom of Morrie – Living and Aging Creatively and Joyously

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    By Morrie Schwartz and Son/Editor Rob Schwartz To rise to the challenges that come in later life, older people need strong sources of motivation. High motivation gives us the energy we need to pursue our goals in the face of ageism, loss and illness. Motivation is the inspiration to act — an urge that generates effort and focused action. It is the push to try, to assert oneself, counteracting unwillingness, resistance, weariness, inertia, fear and anxiety. Some of us have a nearly endless supply of energy accompanying our h...

  • 'The Wisdom of Morrie' Offers Advice for Aging

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Sociology professor and subject of the book and movie Tuesdays with Morrie, author Morrie Schwartz emphasizes the importance of prioritizing human connections over daily tasks in his new book, The Wisdom of Morrie – Living and Aging Creatively and Joyous (April 2023, Blackstone Publishing). Morrie's son, editor Rob Schwartz recently spoke at The Longevity Book Club, which is part of the Stanford Center on Longevity, about his late father's book and sage advice tips for how to...

  • Poll Shows Voters 50+ Will Decide 2024 Elections

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Candidates who support the issues most important to Americans ages 50+ can improve their margin significantly in close 2024 races, according to a new AARP poll. The poll, which surveyed likely voters from the 40 most competitive congressional districts, found caregiving to be a pivotal top issue for voters 50+. Americans 50+ are the largest – and perhaps the most crucial – voting bloc. While the poll shows that voters 50+ say candidates' stances on Social Security and Med...

  • Alzheimer's Association Holds International Conference

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    New research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2023 covered the breadth of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research, including advancements in treatment, early and accurate diagnosis, and risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. AAIC is the premier annual forum for presentation and discussion of the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia research. This year’s conference took place both virtually and in-person in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and attracted more than 10,000 attendees...

  • Kaweah Health Completes Watchman Heart Implant

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Kaweah Health announced its first implant procedure of the Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure device for stroke prevention on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that affects the heart's ability to pump blood normally. Kaweah Health is the first hospital in the area to offer the Watchman device, an alternative to the lifelong use of blood thinners for people with non-valvular AFib. The procedure was performed by Dr. Atul Singla and a specialized...

  • The Multipurpose Senior Services Program

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    (This is the fourth in a series of articles from the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency about supportive services for local seniors to appear in The Good Life.) Do you know someone aged 65 or older who needs help at home? The Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) is a resource in Tulare and Kings Counties that provides social and health care management services to help older adults remain in their homes and communities. To be eligible for MSSP, individuals must be 65 years of age or older, be eligible for...

  • Statewide 55+ Assessment Survey Needs Your Input

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    The first-ever statewide needs assessment for Californians aged 55 years and older is now underway. The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA) is not just another survey; it is your chance to shape the future. CASOA empowers you to voice your needs and preferences. According to a press release, California is "committed to designing programs, supports and services that are centered around the evolving needs of older Californians." "Let the state know what you...

  • Wheelchairs, Diabetes and Insulin

    Kimberly Jensen, Quail Corner|Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Wheelchairs How often can I get my wheelchair replaced and does Medicare cover motorized scooters? That is a really great question and I want you to get the most accurate information possible. I reached out to Nourlie Carlos, FNP-BC at Optimal Medical Care in Visalia, whom I have heard is very successful at getting his patients wheelchairs and scooters. He shared the most often asked questions along with his comments. When should a wheelchair be replaced? A well-cared-for and well-maintained active wheelchair can last from...

  • Researchers Study Lifestyles of 'SuperAgers'

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    People in their eighties who can recall everyday events and life experiences as well as someone 20 to 30 years younger – known as superagers – are also more likely to have greater movement speed than typical older adults. They also have lower rates of anxiety and depression, according to a new study published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity journal. Most people's memory function gradually declines as they age, however, superagers appear to be able to avoid this age...

  • Poor Sense of Smell Increases Risk of Depression in Older Adults

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    In a study that followed more than 2,000 community-dwelling older adults over eight years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have significant new evidence of a link between decreased sense of smell and risk of developing late-life depression. Their findings, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, do not demonstrate that loss of smell causes depression, but suggest that it may serve as a potent indicator of...

  • Protect Yourself from the 'Check Washing' Scam

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Check use may be declining, but check fraud is still a serious problem, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Watch out for the scam dubbed "check washing," which involves stealing checks from mailboxes and then altering them. Fortunately, you can do a few things to protect yourself and your business. How the Scam Works You send a check in the mail as payment for a service or product. However, a few days or weeks later, you are contacted by the company you paid. They...

  • When Barbados Honored Centenarians on Stamps

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    When Barbados, an island country in the Caribbean Sea, conducted a census in 2016, officials learned that there were 114 centenarians alive on Barbados – 103 women and 11 men. Centenarians are individuals who have reached 100 years old or more. The National Committee on Aging research reported that by the start of 2017, there would be another 38 women and ten more men in this elite club. "The Barbados Postal Service, recognizing that Barbados has the second highest p...

  • Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Reported in South Valley

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    In July, Tulare County Public Health received a report of a human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Tulare County resident. On July 11, the Kings Mosquito Abatement District, which serves Kings County, reported that 13 mosquito samples collected in Kings County tested positive for WNV. The district also announced that Aedes aegypti, a mosquito introduced to the area in 2017, has spread throughout the county and is currently prevalent in the cities of Hanford, Lemoore and...

  • Orosi Receives AARP Community Challenge Grant

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    More than 3,600 applications were received from nonprofits and government entities across the country for the seventh annual AARP Community Challenge, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. About $3.6 million is being distributed to fund 310 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. One of the grant winners is the Rural...

  • Tulare & Kings Alzheimer's Walk Considered a Success

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    About 210 area residents participated in this year's Tulare & Kings Walk to End Alzheimer's at Valley Strong Ballpark, home of the Visalia Rawhide, before the team's game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on August 20. So far, $20,379 has been raised to fight the disease. Those walking included members of the Visalia Rawhide, as well as members of the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. "I believe the event went very well," said Walk Manager Heather McCarthy. "Considering the...

  • Visalia Prepares for Senior Games

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    The City of Visalia Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the 2023 Visalia Senior Games will be held over the weekend of November 4-5. The games will be the first since the pandemic. "We are very excited to welcome back our senior game event for the first time since 2019," said Holly Ellis, recreation coordinator for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "We have received countless emails and calls over the past couple of years and are delighted to sa...

  • Adventist Health Offers World's Tiniest Pacemakers

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Adventist Health Hanford is now offering the world's smallest pacemakers to Central Valley patients, the hospital announced in a July 12th press release. Sukhvinder Bhajal, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist, performed the first Hanford procedure. The Micra VR and Micra AV Transcatheter Pacing Systems (TPS) is a leadless pacemaker option for patients who only require pacing in the ventricle. It is used to monitor and regulate heartbeats that are slow, fast or irregular,...

  • First-Ever County-Level Alzheimer's Estimates Presented

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    The first-ever county-level estimates of the prevalence of people with Alzheimer's dementia - in all 3,142 United States counties - were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2023, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Researchers found the highest prevalence of Alzheimer's in the east and southeastern regions. The data were simultaneously published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Kumar B. Rajan, Ph.D., professor in the...

  • FDA Approves Leqembi to Treat Alzheimer's Disease

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    On July 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) converted Leqembi (lecanemab-irmb), indicated to treat adult patients with Alzheimer's Disease, to traditional approval following a determination that a confirmatory trial verified clinical benefit. Leqembi is the first amyloid beta-directed antibody to be converted from an accelerated approval to a traditional approval for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The drug works by reducing amyloid plaques that form in the br...

  • Adventist Health Offers World's Tiniest Pacemakers

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    Adventist Health Hanford is now offering the world's smallest pacemakers to Central Valley patients, the hospital announced in a July 12th press release. Sukhvinder Bhajal, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist, performed the first Hanford procedure. The Micra VR and Micra AV Transcatheter Pacing Systems (TPS) is a leadless pacemaker option for patients who only require pacing in the ventricle. It is used to monitor and regulate heartbeats that are slow, fast or irregular,...

  • Gulf War Presumptive Disability Period Extended

    Ken Cruickshank, Veterans Service Officer Tulare County|Updated Sep 3, 2023

    Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made a decision regarding Gulf War Veterans and has extended the presumptive disability period to December 31, 2026, for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more, resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to ensure benefits established by Congress are fairly administered. If an extension of the current presumptive period were not implemented, service members whose conditions arose after...

  • Carnival Theme for Senior Day in the Park

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    The Kings County Commission on Aging will present a Senior Carnival Park Event on Friday, September 15, at Burris Park, 6500 Clinton Ave., Kingsburg. The event, which will feature a cake walk, games, raffles, food, informational tables, a crazy hat contest and entertainment, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call (559) 852-2828....

  • 2024 Social Security Payments Expected to Increase by 3%

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    The Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2024 is looking increasingly like it may be around 3%, based on consumer price data released on August 10, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). Overall, the inflation rate in July is significantly lower than a year ago. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), the index used to determine the COLA, was up 2.6% year over year. However, the average monthly inflation rate has risen slightly, especially since January of this...

  • Visalia Senior Center Fall Open House Scheduled for Oct. 13

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    Visalia Senior Center is getting ready to celebrate fall with its annual Senior Center Fall Open House. The event, scheduled for Friday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust St., Visalia, will feature information tables, programs and a lunch ($6). Attendance is free for guests of all ages. The Fall Open House is expected to include more than 40 local vendors, each hand-selected as an agency, program or business that offers vital...

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