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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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Mortality concerns during COVID-19 have led to an escalation in discussions and decisions about estate planning. Articles offer encouragement to have the difficult decisions with family about wills, durable power of attorney and health care proxies.

Seniors share how they have benefited from talk therapy for dealing with current life issues as well “old baggage”.  Teletherapy during COVID 19 and the benefits of laughter are also discussed.

A series from Harvard Pilgrim Health describes new research on “ageotypes”, four specific ways in which certain people age. It also profiles individuals who have navigated the challenges of aging.

Articles highlight six strategies to better serve residents, staff and families in How to Fix Senior Living by Next Avenue’s Richard Eisenberg.

The second portion of the New York Times article, Elderly and Homeless:  America’s Next Housing Crisis explores the many contributing factors to the problem and shines the light on those who are working to help the needy.

The scale of economic insecurity among U.S. seniors often goes unnoticed and is amplified as a result of COVID-19. Articles offer personal stories, distressing statistics and some targeted solutions to both problems.

Medicare Open Enrollment is a time to assess your plan to see what is new and determine if you want to change.  Also, find out more about Joe Namath’s free Medicare Advantage Plan.

Articles focus on the health benefits of vitamins C and D for boosting immunity in seniors, with support from Dr. Fauci, authority in the battle against COVID-19.

Experts in several fields offer insights into a post-vaccine world for seniors and pundits view the 2020 election.

Articles from Next Avenue, The East Hampton Star, CNN and CBC share stories of seniors who are still singing opera and sharing with others while professionals send singing telegrams to those in senior residences.

Articles from 55+ magazine gives voice to women and men in their pursuit of justice.  Nancy Dubner’s focus is on women’s rights and three black artists share their passion for racial justice.

AARP’s July article offers research showing that joy is hardwired into our genes and that music has an especially healing effect during these stress-filled COVID-19 times.

AARP’s article, The Changing American Table tells us how science and technology have changed what we eat and the way we produce our food.  It offers a timeline from Campbell’s Mushroom Soup in 1934 to meals kits delivered to your door today.

AARP’s August Bulletin published its annual  “99 ways to save” feature for savings offering  tips from experts on groceries, cleaning, technology, gardening  and more

Recent research relating to Alzheimer’s Disease has offered some surprising findings for seniors. Studies show flu and pneumonia vaccines may lower Alzheimer’s risk, as could getting good quality sleep.

An August 4 Washington Post article reports that many nursing homes that have been cited for fraud have received pandemic relief (CARES) money with little or no oversight.

Journalist Richard Harris and others share their concerns, fears, hopes and experiences being grandparents to biracial grandchildren.

AARP articles offer resources to help spot inaccurate news and fake political ads and posts on social media.

Author Richard Richmond shares his and others’ experiences to help us see that while we can’t escape life’s essential problems, we can change our understanding about them and enjoy the process

Articles from the June 55+ magazine offer several things to consider when planning for retirement finances. Advice on long term care, downsiz

ing, credit card debt and bad money habits.

New York Times reports some nursing homes have evicted vulnerable residents to make room for customers who can generate more revenue, especially covid-19 patients.  On the other hand US News and World Report’s annual Best Nursing Home ratings provide data driven resources for querying nursing homes.

AARP June/July magazine highlights Alan Alda, his love of science, surviving polio, living with Parkinson’s disease and life during the pandemic.  Celebrities including YoY o Ma, Savannah Guthrie and others give us a peek into their quarantine time at home.

Articles offer history, updates, progress and “not yets” regarding the White House Conference on Aging and the Older Americans Act as well as what the future holds for senior healthcare.

Articles provide information on programs that help elders benefit from connecting with younger generations as pen pals, “grandkids on demand” and college students helping low-income elders achieve healthier and safer independent living.

Next Avenue articles offer ways seniors are persevering during the pandemic. They share on grief, daily life, acts of kindness and silver linings as well as reviving relationships and maintaining a since of community.

An earlier program focused on the empty next syndrome. This week, we look at another family dynamic, when aging parents move in with their adult children. Articles offer some of the ramifications of multigenerational household dynamics including some personal stories.

Good nutrition can improve mental acuteness, boost energy and increase resistance to illness and there’s more to it than eating your vegetables and limiting fats and sugar. Food shopping, lifestyle changes, food safety, taste changes, low appetite and loneliness can all factor into a healthy diet.

What does it mean to be “Aging in the Time of Covid?”  Two recent articles explore some of the long-term effects, good and not so good, of this historic epidemic might be. Some in the geriatric field worry that incidents of ageism will get worse.  Others see some changes for good such as use of telemedicine, online grocery shopping and working from home.

Empty Nest Syndrome, while not a clinical diagnosis, can be disruptive to parents and especially mothers when the last child leaves home. Articles focus on the benefit of sharing feelings, finding new pursuits, changes in relationships with children and spouse and getting professional help if needed.

Next Avenue articles illustrate the power in sharing our memories and stories about our time with grandparents, our families growing up and even a friendly mafia don.  One article explores our own vulnerabilities as we grow older.