Silver Threads

Weekly half-hour program, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Silver Threads is a weekly program of information on how you can make your senior years shine. Topics have included grandparenting; long term care options; leisure activities and travel; Medicaid and Medicare; Senior Living Options; Gratitude; Spirituality and Aging; Memoirs; Senior suicide; Finances and Retirement Investments.

Ways to Connect

Articles from AARP, Next Avenue and others offer information on digital assistants, apps for smartphones and assistive devices to make life easier for seniors.

Reading Eagle

Reminisce magazine takes us back to 1951’s memorable events while contributors share stories of romance and blind dates and cooking for a cause with their school fundraiser dinners.


Next Avenue and The New Yorker explain how to enjoy winter as the Danish do, with hygge, a concept involving fresh air, coziness, candles, warm drinks, simplicity and fellowship.

St. John's Living

Articles from 55+ magazine highlight Rochester lifestyles and social activities. Singles, members of the LGBTQ community and rockers will all find something to relate to.

Dr. Rich Swier

The conclusion of the New Yorker article, How The Elderly Lose Their Rights.  It exposes the rampant abuse of the guardianship  of older adults, wherein unscrupulous “guardians” file emergency ex parte petitions  to appropriate the assets of perfectly capable seniors.  They move them out of their homes, manage their healthcare and often exclude siblings or children in participating in the senior’s life.

florida estate planning and probate law blog

The October 9 issue of the New Yorker includes the article, How The Elderly Lose Their Rights.  It exposes the rampant abuse of the guardianship of older adults, wherein unscrupulous “guardians” file emergency ex parte petitions to appropriate the assets of perfectly capable seniors.  They move them out of their homes, manage their healthcare and often exclude siblings or children in participating in the seniors life.

The National Council on Aging offers the 10 top scams targeting seniors and tips for protecting themselves.  AARP highlights disability, mortgage, in-home services and funeral scams and gives you a quiz.


Ride sharing is not a new concept, but there is a relatively new service created specifically for seniors called GoGoGrandparent. This program will review ride sharing in general with an in-depth look at GoGoGrandparent which does not require use of a smartphone.


In his book, What On Earth Have I Done, writer Robert Fulghum shares humorous and poignant essays on holiday topics.  They include the powerful story of a father’s Christmas gift to his children, an unusual year-end count and a most amusing New Year’s Day tradition.

A  Popular Science magazine special edition offers articles on living longer. The ethics of living longer and some of the most far-reaching possibilities of the future including using young blood,  cryogenics and mind uploading are explained in reader-friendly terms.

Time Goes By

Ageism is alive and well in the health care industry as reported in the New York Times and Next Avenue. Misdiagnosis, under-treatment and over-treatment, profiling older patients and unfortunately simple prejudice are all aspects of age can be a factor in getting proper treatment.

Discover Magazine Blogs

Discover Magazine’s October issue highlights the Human Connectome Project – Aging division which is discovering how aging affects the actual connecting activity within the brain’s parts.

Blossom Wealth Management

Articles from 55+ magazine, WXXI’s website and House Resolution 1499 offer information on estate planning including wills, trusts, probate and bequests.

Lori Bitter, founder of the Business of Aging, shares her ideas about how marketing to seniors needs to change to an intergenerational model in her New consumer Manifesto – Why Old is New and Young is Old New.s

:  Medicare Open Enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 allows Medicare users to review and change contracts for all parts of Medicare, A, B, C and D with the help of Medicare’s plan finder on its website and customer service representatives..

AARP published a retrospective of the Summer of Love, 1967, and the Hippie movement.  Additional sources offer articles on what became of them and their legacy.

AARP magazine profiles Jessica Lange, her tenacity, spirit of adventure and joy of family. Sheila Nevins, award winning documentary producer, share a defining moment in her life.

Articles from’s Very Well and the CDC offer evidence of the benefits of walking, tips for walking indoors and outdoors and a study linking gait speed to longevity.

This week’s program offers the conclusion to Ezekiel Emanuel’s article “ Why I Want to Die at 75” and a rebuttal by LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik, “Why Ezekiel Emanuel is wrong to 'hope' for death at 75”

In this program you will hear two very different views on how many years make up a reasonable lifespan. Of particular interest is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s position that he wishes to live only to the age of seventy five. Bruce Frassnelli from 55+ will offer his thoughts as well.

Part II of Consumer Report’s Too Many Meds? Offers information on doing a drug checkup with your pharmacist, helpful lifestyle changes to reduce the need for certain meds, potentially dangerous drug combinations and some sobering statistics.

Consumer Reports examines the over-prescribing of medications and subsequent consequences, especially for seniors.

August 55+ magazine offers articles on remodeling for the future, moving on, the veterans of Honor Flight and advantages of long term care planning.

In honor of Grandparents Day, articles offer thoughts on what grandparents and  grandchildren can learn from each other, as well as the role of great grandparents today.

AARP’s Innovation @50+ Health Technology ten Winners include: a new pill delivery system, improved personal emergency response system and temperature monitoring sock for diabetics.

Humor and seriousness blend well in AARP’s July issue featuring Steve Martin, and offerings by David Hasselhoff, Mary Steenburgen, Alan Alda and laughing yoga

AARP’s Barry Jacobs presents information on the caregiving issues of family discord, abuse, guilt, humor,  and mental health.

Articles from AARP and Market Watch offer a unique personal finance forecast for Americans over 50, and money management for boomer women  and elders who might become too old to manage finances.

A March Fast Company magazine article reimagines age-friendly cities, communities, companies and culture with a focus on intergenerational compatibility and aging-in-place.

Articles from several sources highlight elders who volunteer in Red Cross, cancer support groups, voter registration, work with children and other elders and in the new area of micro-volunteering at Help from Home.