Kathy VanSchaick


As a 60-something, I enjoy researching the topics and have found many of the topics particularly relevant in my life and the lives of my friends and family.  I’m pleased to be able to share them with you.

Whether it is the lost of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend or pet, grieving is a given. No rules, no timetable.  Grieving is very individual.

Next avenue articles refute the myth that boomers are pillaging the U.S economy. When in fact they are the most generous generation and make better decisions than younger generations.

Alzheimer's researchers have discovered a way to manipulate human brain cells to mimic beginning of Alzheimer's disease

Articles focus on the senior LGBT community including services, advocacy and personal stories.

Many senior sites offer a wide  range of suggestions for a happier and healthier 2016.

Robert Fulghum's essays from his book What on Earth Have I Done, embody the essence of the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Years

Public Broadcasting's next avenue has published a list of 50 Influencers in Aging.

Holiday scam that proliferate this time of year include online shopping, gift cards, ecards, fake charities, phony packages, travel scams and facebook's secret sister.  

Oprah Winfrey, David Gregory, Lewis Richmond and Lori Ericson, inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, share aspects of their spiritual journeys

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, articles from a variety of sources link gratitude with happiness, as well as love, forgiveness, compassion and resilience and healthy aging. 

In the absence of a Social Security COLA this year, many Medicare beneficiaries will see sharp increases in premiums and prescription drug coverage will increase as well. 

Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 through December 7 is an opportunity to change enrollments in Medicare advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug plans.

Residents of independent living communities around the country are now enjoying meals prepared by world class chefs.

Growing Older has benefits beyond Social Security and Medicare, especially when friends young and old are there to help.

Lifespan of Rochester published a guide to Quality Nursing Home Care entitles Take it on for Mom in addition to pamphlets on elder abuse and planning for the unexpected.

The Legacy Project offers a history of Grandparents Day and the American Grandparents Association is a valuable resource for grandparents and families.

New York Times obituary recounts the extraordinary life of Dr. Oliver Sacks, physician, philosopher, author, researcher, pianist, who extolled the positive aspects of aging.

Research tells us that experiencing nostalgia is not simply indulging in sentimentality, but rather can actually increase optimism about the future.   

Three scientists present their ideas about how to "better design" humans to be built to last.

Program summarizes a Pew Research Center Survey  - Living to 120 and Beyond:  American's Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extension.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging focused on retirement security, long term services and support, elder justice and healthy aging.

Next Avenue's Irene Levine offers articles on multicultural cruises, using a travel agent and ways to slash vacation costs.

Articles from the New York Times, The Penn State Extension Intergenerational Program and Religion News Service offer aspects of intergenerational activities, opinions and commentary. 

Articles from the NY Times, the Atlantic and Next Avenue offer opinions, observations and research on Attitudes About Aging. 

Articles from the July/August issue of 55+ magazine focus on square dancing, senior exercise and squirrels 

Hollywood humorists describe embarrassing or unusual moments in his/her career 

One woman's experience with online dating fraud, costing her $300,000 is told in an article in AARP magazine. 

An AARP magazine article addresses the issue of sex in nursing homes, questions and concerns from residents, families and caregivers, particularly in the context of dementia.

Part II of a New York Times article about a woman's singular decision to take her own life rather than succumb to the ultimate end stage  "loss of self" due to Alzheimer's disease.

The allure of the stage has brought many seniors to the rapidly growing venue Senior Theater, where documentary-type programs are using senior experiences in performances.