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More seniors are working — some by choice, others by necessity

by David Wagner May 1, 2019
Americans aged 65 and older are more likely to keep working into old age.
Emma Allen drives herself to work most days. It’s convenient, but the cost of car insurance stretches her limited budget.
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Wanted: Elder transportation solutions

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 30, 2019
With 600,000 people over the age of 70 quitting driving every year, demand for transportation to get elders to medical appointments, stores and the like will grow.
Across the country there is a patchwork of programs to help seniors get to doctor appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores and other places they need to go.
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Divided Decade

Seniors are still struggling to recover after the financial crisis

by Erika Beras Dec 19, 2018
The number of seniors filing for bankruptcy has nearly doubled since 2007 to a record high of 12 percent, part of it driven by the financial crisis; another part by mounting debt for things like medical care, mortgage loans and…
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As homelessness rate rises for elderly, some finding shelter in cars

by Danielle Prieur Nov 9, 2018
In some parts of the country, like Central Florida, senior citizens make up about 10 percent of the homeless population.
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How food banks are reaching high-risk seniors

by Danielle Prieur Oct 11, 2018
The AARP estimates more than 10 million people 50 and older are at risk of going hungry every day in the United States. In Florida, where many baby boomers retire, this food insecurity is compounded by a lack of public…
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Trump unveils plan for cutting drug prices. Will it work?

by Dan Gorenstein May 11, 2018
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The older generation wants to know more about smartphones

by Molly Wood Mar 30, 2017
Predictive text, Wi-Fi and selfies were all on the lesson plan at a seminar in NYC.
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Retirees' economic concerns drive Florida vote

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Florida's senior citizen population is growing, and is divided along ideological lines.
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There are more adult diapers sold in Japan than baby diapers

by Sally Herships Aug 29, 2016
The country's aging population means businesses have to shift their approach.
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Lifeguard shortages create opportunities for seniors

by Joy Díaz Jul 28, 2016
Plus, they're cool with leaving their cell phones behind at home.




At 85, Ed Myers is  now a lifeguard instructor at the YMCA in Austin, Texas.






 
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