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  explore the many ways that laughter and humor can benefit seniors' health, especially those with dementia.

Consumer Reports offers  expert advice on how to protect yourself from new scams that even the most savvy among us have  fallen victim to.

September/October 55+ articles  cover personal family leave, thwarting burglars, assisted living communities and life settlement of insurance policies.

September/October 55+ articles  cover personal family leave, thwarting burglars, assisted living communities and life settlement of insurance policies.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act became law fifty years ago, yet the problem persists. AARP and Forbes articles shed light on how employers fail seniors today.

The June AARP Bulletin’s cover story is What’s Next, a look at what experts believe we might expect in ten years, covering the areas of home, health, transportation, money and privacy.

The New York Times presents the disconcerting reality of more seniors facing bankruptcy. The legal aid website NOLO offers information specific to seniors facing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Articles look at grandmothers from the viewpoint of human evolution, as audacious models of today and one as model, farmer and student.

Health care providers, non-profits and seniors themselves focus on ways to defend against the negative outcomes attributed to isolation and loneliness, which may be as bad a smoking or obesity.

From the New York times, researchers are asking if there is a limit to humans longevity.  A new study says no, but others disagree.  DNA and the genomes of supercentenarians might offer answers.

In this segment  Geri Taylor participates in a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug and finds her purpose in offering strategies, inspiration and hope to others with the disease.

In this segment of Fraying at the Edges, Geri Taylor ironically coaches her husband on the Alzheimer’s shuffle for his part in a play and applies for a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug.

In this first of three parts from WBUR’s December 2017 On Point program, Geri Taylor receives a life-changing diagnosis,mild cognitive impairment, precursor to Alzheimer’s Disease and chooses to meet it head on with hope and humor.

55+ magazine introduces Dr. Ted Barnett and the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet and two retirees whose metaphysical shop offers alternative healing modalities.

Reminisce Magazine spotlights readers’ memories of Fourth of July celebrations and other reminiscences of growing up in their particular “best hometown ever”.

The May issue of AARP magazine offer a view of what expect in your eighth decade in Your Body at 70+. Tips and tactics on your brain, skin, bones, muscles, sense, looks and sex life.

This week’s program exposes the illegal eviction of elder residents from nursing homes.  Also known as dumping, it involves moving a resident without proper warning or refusing to readmit when the removal was unwarranted.

Beyond being addicted themselves, elders can be drawn into the struggles of addicted children, grandchildren and other family members with serious consequences.

AARP’s May Bulletin offers Health Fads, Fails and Fixes on topics ranging from heart health to diet, skin care, brain health and a happy stomach.  Based on input from dozens of doctors and 150 studies.

Articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun explore the issue of underrepresentation of elders  in medical clinical trials and how to remedy the situation.

A recent New York Times article offers a comprehensive look at what you need to know about diet, weight, movement, exercise, art, yoga, meditation, social connection and work in order to age well.

As the general population of seniors grows, so does the population of incarcerated elders. Articles focus on issues of frailty, illness, dementia, terminal inmates and how they are being addressed, including compassionate release.

AARP Bulletin offers a special report on Medicare Fraud, focusing on different scams, how they affects seniors, how to fight fraud, the Medicare Strike force and the new Medicare beneficiary identifier cards.

Information on dementia and Alzheimer’s from Verywell continues with articles on ethical dilemmas, stress and dementia risk and learning from those with dementia.

Articles from website Verywell  offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease including myths, personality changes and recognizing apathy.

Since 1975 our country has been on notice about the inappropriate and dangerous use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes.  Yet a recent Human Watch Report estimates at least 179,000 cases of abuse occur today and the group urges federal and state agencies to take tougher measures against it.

Articles from AARP, 55+ and Sid Effects Public Media offer four different approaches to aging in place including simply renting a room , house sharing, joining a cohousing community or choosing a tiny house.

A reboot of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall created at a senior center and other acting venues for seniors provide evidence of the health benefits for senior thespians.

Wikipedia, AARP and the National Women’s History Project  provide history, profiles, and quotes from some familiar and some not so familiar women.


The Funeral Consumers Alliance, dedicated to protecting vulnerable grieving families, offers information on your rights as a funeral consumer.  AARP provides information on current funeral trends.