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.

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Articles from various sources including the New York Times and Next Avenue present stories and insights supporting the influence of music and dance on physical, mental and cognitive aspects of aging.

AARP and the Senate Special Committee of Aging provide information on the top 10 scams targeting seniors.

Wikipedia expands on the topic of seniors, including segments on frailty, religiosity, theories of old age and benefits of old age

Articles from Next Avenue and Wikipedia  explore the definitions and criteria for being a senior citizen, elderly or just simply old.

Seniors “Too Poor to Retire and Too Young to Die” are a retirement-age subculture traveling in RVs around the country from one low-wage job to another as a result of the Great Recession of 2008.

The consequences of senior poverty are many, including poor health and decreased longevity.  Statistics are disturbing especially with respect to food insecurity and nutrition.

Members of the notorious mafia are aging along with the rest of us.  The Medicare Mob or Oldfellas experience frailties of old age including diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’sdisease, high blood pressure and incontinence.

Touch is an essential and often least appreciated sense.  The importance of touch to seniors, the elderly and especially those with dementia is documented in a recent AARP magazine article.

New York Times article reports the personal stories of happiness and sadness, over a period of a year, of six seniors  eighty five and over.  Also included,

a report on centenarians proliferating.

Nutrition Action Health Newsletter of November 2014 offers research outcomes on protein needs for seniors as does A Place for Mom’s Heather Schwartz.

Articles from various sources focus on sleep issues including types of sleep, insomnia, napping, medications, foods for sleep and optimum sleep.

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

Articles from 55+ magazine, The New York Times, Oprah magazine and The Guardian offer stories of seniors finding new love and romance into their 80's and 90's

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.