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  • The happy couple from "The Golden Bachelor" plans to divorce.

    Updated May 2, 2024

    "Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó" is a short documentary by first-generation Taiwanese-American filmmaker Sean Wang, which celebrates the slow-paced lives of his two grandmothers. His Nǎi Nai (paternal grandmother) and Wài Pó (maternal grandmother) live together and dance, stretch, laugh and even fart their days away. This film is the first in the revived "People & Places" series, Walt Disney's award-winning documentary short film series from the 1950s and 1960s. The series is off to a...

  • 'The Golden Bachelorette' to Debut this Fall

    Updated May 2, 2024

    It had to happen. On the heels of a dominant year for "The Bachelor" franchise, ABC has announced the anticipated spinoff series "The Golden Bachelorette" coming this fall. "The Golden Bachelorette" will air on ABC and be available to stream next day on Hulu. Additional details surrounding the series, including cast details, will be announced at a later date. After a historic first season watching Gerry and Theresa find love on "The Golden Bachelor," this all-new iteration of...

  • A Hidden Past is Revealed in 'Driving Madeline'

    Updated May 2, 2024

    A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver and his fare, a 92-year-old woman whose warmth belies her shocking past. Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver in Paris, and he is having a very bad day. Enter Madeleine (Line Renaud), an immaculately groomed nonagenarian, who informs Charles that the trip today will not be a direct one. She is moving into a nursing home and would like to make some stops along the way,...

  • Senior Games Competitions to Continue through May

    Updated May 2, 2024

    The Visalia Senior Games competitions, which have been held on various weekends since March, will continue through May 25. The scheduling allows the event planners an opportunity to assess how well each competition is doing along the way. "We hosted our track and field meet on April 6th and it was quite a success," said Holly Ellis, recreation supervisor for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "Once again, we were able to partner with the Mt. Whitney High...

  • 52nd Annual Senior Day in the Park Set for Friday, May 10th

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Community Services Employment Training (CSET) will host the 52nd Annual Senior Day in the Park (Senior Day) on Friday, May 10. The annual event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, is free and open to the public. This year's theme is "Back to the Future: Bridging the Intergenerational Time Capsule." The lineup of activities includes entertainment, along with informational booths from local agencies, a cake walk, bingo games with raffle...

  • '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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • 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...

  • 'Jules' Crashlands in a Small-Town Seniors' Backyard

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    In the new movie "Jules," Milton (played by Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley) is a small-town senior with a fading memory who leads a quiet life of routine in western Pennsylvania, until late one night when a loud boom wakes him from sleep. The next morning, he finds that an extraterrestrial spacecraft has crash landed in his backyard, destroying his birdbath and stranding its alien pilot. Milton invites the alien (Jade Quon) into his home, and the two - each one...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • New TV Show Focuses on Senior Bachelors

    Updated Jul 16, 2023

    After more than 20 years of fostering young love on "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise," "The Golden Bachelor" showcases a whole new kind of love story – one for the golden years. On this all-new unscripted series, one hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, h...

  • 96-Year Old First Grader the Hero of 'Barefoot Empress'

    Steve Pastis|Updated May 25, 2023

    "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 young girl, she was unable to attend school but she never gave up on her dream of getting an education. At the age of 96, Amma decided to achieve her dream by enrolling in first grade at the local school. Later that year, she was easily the oldest of the more than 40,000 students who took the fourth...

  • Van Amerongen's Comics Feature Eccentric Seniors

    Steve Pastis|Updated May 25, 2023

    "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 Creator of 'Calvin and Hobbes' The first thing one notices when talking to cartoonist Jerry Van Amerongen is how calm and friendly he is, a major contrast from the frenzied and moody characters that he is best known for in his comics, "Ballard Street" and "The Neighborhood." Many of his characters...

  • Senior Day in the Park Scheduled for May 5

    Updated May 25, 2023

    "April Showers Bring May Flowers," the 51st Annual Senior Day in the Park, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Mooney Grove Park. (The confirmation of the date came shortly after our previous issue went to press.) Community Services and Employment Training (CSET) will host the event, which will feature '50s music and dancing, food, games and exhibitor booths. “This is the first Senior Day in the Park since 2019,” said Angel Avitia, director of community initiatives for CSET. “We’re really excited to brin...

  • Belle of the Ballpark Competition Highlights Opening Week

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Visalia Rawhide celebrated Opening Week at Valley Strong Ballpark with fans enjoying baseball and senior ladies telling "Yo Mama" jokes. April 12th was the second day of Opening Week as the Visalia Rawhide played against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate). Although it was an exciting game and the Rawhide's first win of the season, for many fans the highlight of the night was the Belle of the Ballpark competition. The competition featured five...

  • Mulligans to Bring Indoor Golfing to South Valley

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Golfers in the South Valley will soon have a place to play a full round of golf without having to walk the complete length of a golf course, and without the weather being a factor. A new 8,500-square-foot indoor golf course is currently under construction inside of the former Main Street Theatre, which for years presented productions by the Enchanted Playhouse Theatre Company in downtown Visalia. The venue will feature seven bays with simulators, which will allow golfers to "p...

  • Visalia Rawhide Announce Senior Club, Belle of the Ballpark

    Updated Mar 2, 2023

    With the 2023 baseball season just around the corner, the Visalia Rawhide have announced that the Rawhide Rustler Senior Club will be back for its third season. Established in 2019, the Rawhide Rustler ticket package is available to anyone 55+ and features a ticket to every Wednesday game during the season. For $30, participants receive a ticket for 11 games to watch some of baseball's top young talents get their start. Rustler Senior Club members also get to enjoy ballpark ho...

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