Latest Seniors News

Relatives of hostages in Gaza endure a nightmare, but dream their loved ones will be freed

Feb. 23, 2024 00:26 AM EST

KIBBUTZ BE'ERI, Israel (AP) — Gillian and Pete Brisley are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. They are cleaning up the house where their daughter and granddaughters were killed by Hamas on Oct. 7 in hopes that their son-in-law — believed to be held captive in Gaza — may have...

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...

'Soaring' over hills or 'playing' with puppies, study finds seniors enjoy virtual reality

Feb. 19, 2024 13:59 PM EST

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Retired Army Col. Farrell Patrick taught computer science at West Point during the 1970s and then at two private universities through the 1990s, so he isn't surprised by the progress technology has made over the decades. But when the 91-year-old got his...

Verbal gaffe or sign of trouble? Mixing up names like Biden and Trump have done is pretty common

Feb. 10, 2024 08:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Any parent who’s ever called one of their children by the other’s name — or even the family pet’s name — likely could empathize when President Joe Biden mixed up the names of French leaders Macron and Mitterrand. The human brain has trouble pulling names...

FAA tells Congress not to raise the mandatory retirement for pilots until it can study the issue

Feb. 06, 2024 11:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is warning Congress not to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots until the agency can study whether older pilots would raise safety risks. FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said in a letter to two key senators...

Great Basin tribes want Bahsahwahbee massacre site in Nevada named national monument

Jan. 24, 2024 12:22 PM EST

ELY, Nev. (AP) — White attackers turned a lush, high desert oasis in eastern Nevada, with its bubbling springs and a rare stand of Rocky Mountain junipers, into killing fields. They massacred hundreds of Native people there in the 1800s — a horrific history once retold in hushed tones behind...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 24, 2024 07:24 AM EST

Cullman Times. January 18, 2024. Editorial: Remember to watch out for each other It’s not over, these three-dog nights. Our recent wind-chilling cold weather is still around. Temperatures could drop back into the single digits by Friday before we warm...

What to do about debt in retirement

Jan. 17, 2024 14:19 PM EST

A growing number of older adults are in debt in retirement, according to the 2022 Survey of Consumer Finances from the Federal Reserve. Among people ages 65 to 74, the share with debt rose to 65% in 2022, up from 50% in 1989 (the first time this question was asked). For people 75 and over, 53%...

UnitedHealth shares tumble after health care giant reports soaring medical costs in 4Q

Jan. 12, 2024 11:12 AM EST

UnitedHealth Group turned in a better-than-expected fourth quarter but surprised Wall Street with medical costs that soared 16%. Shares of UnitedHealth and other major health care and insurance providers slipped Friday after the company announced results. Health...

Illinois secretary of state tells drivers to 'ditch the DMV' and register online

Jan. 11, 2024 15:23 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is suggesting a New Year's resolution for Illinois motorists: Ditch the DMV. The Democrat on Thursday announced expanded online services for the "Skip the Line, Do It Online" program to save taxpayers' time and reduce...