Our senior issue 2023

Wrinkles aside, we seniors aren’t much different from the rest

Donna Mullins is a retired social worker for the state of Michigan who lives in East Lansing. She volunteers for the Lansing chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Over one-sixth of our country is made up of people over 65. I’m a member of that group. And I am one of the lucky ones. I have a pension, social security and retirement investments that give me an income that matches my working income.
Victor Lyons, 61, of Lansing, in the tent encampment he calls home.

Lansing is part of a national crisis of homeless seniors

Nearly two years ago, Victor Lyons was working as a roofer. During a job, he stepped on a nail. The wound became infected, and Lyons landed in the hospital. The infection took the 61-year-old man’s left leg, and he found himself struggling to learn how to walk again.
Prime Time Seniors Program participants learn to play ukulele.

Seniors socialize, find balance through East Lansing’s Prime Time

Older people in my family have a simple, uplifting mantra when it comes to aging: never get old. My grandmother quipped this for nearly 40 years before passing at age 92. And now my parents quote our ancestral adage, even though their retirement activities so far have included earning a doctorate degree and hiking the Appalachian trail, respectively.
“Older adults are at a higher risk for adverse cannabis reactions,” said Dr. Benjamin Han, a geriatrician and co-author of the study. “This is likely due to a combination of greater sensitivity and being unfamiliar with newer forms of the drug

Practice caution when using cannabis

According to research, the Baby Boomer generation has been rolling its own fair share of joints over the last few years. In the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1.4% of adults over the age of 65 reported using marijuana during the past year. In the 2021 survey, that number increased to a little over 7%.
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The rise and fall of Kewpee Hamburgers

Courtesy of Gary Flinn
Author Gary Flinn’s new book, “Kewpee Hamburgers: A Mity Nice History,” tells the full story of one of the nation’s oldest hamburger chains, which still has a handful of locations throughout the Midwest.

Autumn Weston is the fourth-generation owner of Weston’s Kewpee Sandwich Shoppe, which opened in downtown Lansing in 1924. She recognizes this as an important milestone for both her family and the city as a whole.

Theater life provides enrichment for seniors

Starlight Dinner Theatre performs shows that cater to older audiences, such as its production of “Calendar Girls” in 2018. They tend to be classics with little cursing or sex, in comparison to the more cutting-edge, in-your-face works other theaters produce.

Bob Robinson has been active in the Greater Lansing theater community since the “early ‘80s.” He was a co-founder of Grand Ledge’s now-defunct Spotlight Theatre  alongside the late Len Kluge, who was also a theater reviewer for City Pulse. But at 75, Robinson’s life has changed dramatically.

Other news about seniors

Healthy Brain Aging: Strategies to Help Your Brain and Body

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Seven things everyone should know about retina specialists

(BPT) - Healthy sight allows you to see all of the world’s wonders, and healthy retinas make healthy sight possible. When retinal disease strikes and a clear view of the world is replaced by a …

Redefining grandparenthood: Finding success as an older, yet more involved, grandparent

(BPT) - Young parenthood is becoming a thing of the past. In 2021, the mean age of mothers giving birth for the first time was 27.3, a record high for the U.S. As a result, their parents are becoming …

1 in 4 Americans are physically inactive. Here's how that impacts you as you age.

Northwell Health partnered with Stacker to analyze CDC data about Americans' physical activity levels and how they vary by age.

Good food, good community: The value of the Senior Nutrition Program

(BPT) - Since 1974, the Senior Nutrition Program has served healthy meals to millions of older adults at risk of hunger and malnutrition. Learn more about the benefits of this program, which serves …

Five tips to help reduce health care costs

(BPT) - Do you fully understand what your doctor tells you during a checkup? If you don’t, you’re not alone.A recent UnitedHealthcare study found that two out of three people don't …

How Volunteering Can Help Older Adults Combat Loneliness

(Family Features) The bonds found in friendships and other relationships are an important factor in health and wellness - even science says so. As people age, the risks of isolation increase.

Age matters: Embracing the value of growing older

(BPT) - You don't have to look too far to see the proliferation of positivity campaigns in our society today. Diversity and inclusion, coupled with the message of "you're perfect just as you are," …

Pacemaker powered by light eliminates need for batteries and allows the heart to function more naturally − new research

By harnessing light, my colleagues and I designed a wireless, ultrathin pacemaker that operates like a solar panel. This design not only eliminates the need for batteries but also minimizes disruptions to the heart’s natural function by molding to its contours. …

You may be eligible for additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

(BPT) - As COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities, it has become apparent that the virus is here to stay, and that getting infected is possible year-round.Staying up to date with your …

Pack Your Bags: Four Ways to Save on Spring Getaways

(BPT) - The verdict is in, Punxsutawney Phil said spring is early this year — and that means it’s time to start planning for spring travel. While the goal of most trips is to relax, …

Combatting Loneliness in Older Adults

(Family Features) The bonds found in friendships and other relationships are an important factor in health and wellness - even science says so. As people age, the risks of isolation increase.
Easy Ideas to Stretch Your Retirement Budget: Ways seniors can save on enjoyable activities
(Family Features) You probably already know staying active is essential for aging with grace, so instead of letting limited funds keep you at home, explore some ways you can enjoy your leisure time without breaking the bank.
More multiple myeloma patients eligible for stem cell transplantation
(BPT) - Article is sponsored and developed by BioLineRx USA, Inc.Receiving a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. There is a lot to learn while navigating numerous emotions. It’s always important …
Phony Investment “Opportunities” Can Cost You Big, Say U.S. Postal Inspectors
(NAPSI)—Huge returns and little to no risk? Who wouldn’t want an investment opportunity like that? If you receive a pitch by phone, mail or email that makes such incredible financial promises as …
ProExpo Hosts Free Event to Promote Health and Wellness for Seniors in Las Vegas
ProExpo Hosts Free Event to Promote Health and Wellness for Seniors in Las Vegas
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Celebrating Women Veterans: 5 meaningful ways to pay tribute
(Family Features) Veterans play an important role in U.S. history. Today, women comprise 11% of the veteran population. You can honor women veterans in your community with simple acts of appreciation like these.
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How Medicare Advantage addresses the social drivers of health

(BPT) - As a health care navigator at UnitedHealthcare, John wears many hats. Some days are spent helping members locate physicians in their area or better understanding their benefits, while others …

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