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5 of the Oldest Prisoners in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents.

Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.

This Photographer Pretended To Be An Old Woman, And Learned This

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty

As we get older we may find ourselves searching for things that help us stay young -- whether it's hair dye to cover grays, creams promising a youthfu...

Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of programs available that can help seniors with home repairs and improvement projects for aging-in-place, but what's available will depend on the person in question's financial situation and where he lives. Here are some different options to explore.

When Someone You Love No Longer Recognizes You

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Skylar Liberty Rose

Most of us can't begin to imagine a time when our minds might betray us, when our thoughts may stay frozen, unable to make the journey from our brain to our tongue. Unuttered sentences. Lost syllables. The coldness of a silence that imposes itself without want nor welcome.

Elderly Women's Empowerment Fiction or 'Soft-core, Old-lady Porn'-- Behold the Great New Movement Upon Us!

Paul Gordon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Paul Gordon

I want Charmaine Gordon's elderly women's empowerment fiction to go viral and, while it might not, her work is deserving of it because it is devoted to a small, somewhat overlooked, yet important genre that deserves all the attention it can get.

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.

My Mother is on Medicaid and Bank of America is Owed Money

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.30.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Question: Dear Steve, Hi - I have a question - my mother is in a nursing home, Medicaid pays for the home - she must turn over her social security a...

The Elderly Are Taking Too Many Pills

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As people rise in years, so rises the likelihood that they will be prescribed a pill for what ails them. It's the end results that are so disturbing.

John Wayne, Muhammad Ali and Marty

Chef Rossi | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Chef Rossi

If a former runaway teen with decades of anger and distance and thousands of miles between her and her father could find her way back to a lonely old man in a wheelchair finally ready to talk to anyone who wants to listen, anyone can bridge the gap.

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

Priscilla Frank

Artists Who Explore The Beauty Of The Aging Body

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts

Wrinkles, lines, scars, spots. There are many ways time leaves its mark on the human body. Mainstream culture typically dreads the aging pro...

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

Adopt-A-Grandparent Programs Reap Awesome Benefits For Both Sides

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty

In a way, it's the older persons' version of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America -- the program that matches up single-parented kids with role models ...

An Alzheimer's Treatment on the Horizon?

Howard Fillit, MD | Posted 04.03.2015 | Science
Howard Fillit, MD

Biogen Inc.'s recent revelation of promising early data from an experimental Alzheimer's treatment is something of a breakthrough: it's the first time that we have seen positive human data about a new Alzheimer's drug that can both reduce the presence of amyloid plaques in the brain and improve cognitive function.

The Tattoo Lady, Mother And Me

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

I've come back to Santa Fe from my home in Los Angeles because Mother is ill with throat cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. All her teeth have been removed and her dentures look ridiculous, but I tell her she looks the same. She seems to believe me.

Pope Francis and St. Patrick Remembered This Week

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

With the second anniversary of Pope Francis on March 13, I was thinking about how one person has been able to inspire and unite so many people in such a short time, but not without some controversy. His early comment, "who am I to judge", certainly got it all going. This reminded me about the life of St. Patrick and the tolerance of the Irish.

Aging Population

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The keys to achieving the so-called golden years are clear: access to health care and a livable income. But we have to do more to assure that our growing elderly population enjoys a dignified and secure old age.

Love Stories Are A Lot More Romantic When Old People Tell Them

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Comedy

You know that guy who approached you while you were reading in the park and asked you out? It was totally creepy, right? Well, your grandma probably w...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Ol Parker is back as the screenwriter, and John Madden returns as the director. Both try to give this sequel the same feel as the first, but they've run out of ideas. Buying a new hotel seems like a giddy capitalistic exploit.

What You Can Learn From a Senior Beauty Pageant

Michelle O'Berg Figueroa | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Michelle O'Berg Figueroa

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, behold this: A senior beauty pageant. Wrinkles are celebrated. Gray hairs flaunted. Skip the bathing suit competition. Loose the measuring tape -- there's no height requirement. There's only one requirement: Be 58 or older.

63 And Free

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Suddenly, having all the time in the world to do whatever I damned well pleased was disorienting. I wasn't sure what I damned well pleased.

Comedian Catches Internet Scammers In The Act With Grandma And Grandpa Impression

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy

Ever been on the receiving end of an alarming pop-up message telling you there are viruses on your computer -- and that you should call a toll-free nu...

Photographer Documents Days In The Life Of Elderly Women Living Alone In NYC

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts

"Even with all the rush and fast pace of New York City, many elderly women manage to keep up with their lives in their own rhythm and grace," photogra...

How to Protect Yourself From Osteoporosis Bone Fractures

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can a person in their early 50s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me...