PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Police say they found more than 50 animals living in deplorable conditions at a Rhode Island home.
Pawtucket Detective Sgt. Christopher LeFort says six dogs, 12 birds,...
PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Friends and family members of the late former legislator Betty Boukus celebrated the culmination of a month of good deeds done in her honor Tuesday at the Plainville...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a "You've won a prize" voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren't on...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged,...
LGBT seniors gather at supper club
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (AP) — For Joan Stratton, the LGBT Supper Club at the Fairhaven Council on Aging, run by director Anne Silvia, "is home."
It's a feeling she doesn't have at every gathering...
GONZALES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has abruptly closed a skate park pushed for by local teens, and it may open a senior center in its place.
Wisconsin officials warn of predatory contractors
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin consumer protection officials are warning victims of recent flooding to be wary of predatory contractors who use low-quality material or fail to finish repair...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has passed a bill for a prescription drug assistance program to help with out-of-pocket costs for low-income seniors.
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community...
Senior citizens high on legal marijuana
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Kitchen staff arrive at the former Fall Creek Valley Care Center at 4:30 to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday to make nutritious meals for close to 400 seniors in Eau Claire and...
Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill to reduce state taxes on Social Security income is moving through the Montana Legislature.
The bill would exempt from taxes the first $30,000 in Social Security...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare...
The Latest: Hospital groups protest cuts in Trump budget
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's proposed 2020 budget (all times local):
Hospital groups are objecting strongly to hundreds of billions of dollars in...
Aging population strains transit service
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Pat Schiro used to walk all the time, even from her urban Dover home to the center of Durham and back as she prepared to walk the full length of the first Rock 'n' Roll San...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that raises questions about how...
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- The News-TimesSenior center and culinary school partner to offer meals to New Milford seniorsApril 18, 2019
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- Connecticut PostAssisted Living ServicesApril 17, 2019
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Center for homeless veterans set to open in southern Indiana
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A new housing center that's set to open in southern Indiana will provide shelter to homeless veterans trying to get back on their feet.
Bills would boost Meals on Wheels program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 400 Maine seniors are on a wait list for Meals on Wheels, and a pair of bills would boost state funding for the program.
Man, 72, died in fire at senior living apartment complex
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey have released the name of a man who died in a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Newark.
1 killed in fire at Newark senior living apartment complex
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say one person died in a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Newark.
The Essex County prosecutor's office says the blaze at St. Mary's...
Lawmakers to consider ending tax break for seniors who rent
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri want to end a tax break for low-income senior citizens who live in rental housing, marking the latest attempt by the GOP-led...
Program to help seniors avoid being victim to cyber crime
ROMEO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Macomb County are hosting a program designed to show senior citizens how to avoid becoming victim to computer-related crimes.
A free presentation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Romeo District Court by the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement Unit. It will cover identity theft, fraud and scams.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says that "many seniors feel vulnerable when it comes to technology and do not know how to protect themselves when using the internet."
Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday.
Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via telehealth links.
Report: Human activity likely cause of public housing fire
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a fire that gutted a public housing complex for seniors in Washington, D.C., was likely caused by human activity.
News outlets report investigators say the September fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex likely started in a small space near the roof that contained electrical wiring.
Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel
DALLAS (AP) — Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement.
Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies.
Many of the tips offered by travel experts work just as well for anyone, regardless of age, but could be especially valuable for seniors. Among them:
Flooding forces evacuation of NJ assisted living center
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Officials say scores of elderly residents have been evacuated from an assisted living center in New Jersey due to flooding.
The Asbury Park Press reports that 87 seniors were taken from Magnolia Gardens after a pipe burst Saturday evening, flooding the first floor with three feet of water.
Possible tornado hits small Alabama city’s downtown
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado caused significant damage Saturday to a small Alabama city's downtown, leveling several buildings after an intense storm passed through the area.
Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis told the Montgomery Advertiser that one injury was reported, but it wasn't serious.
Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program
BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal.
Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about $20,000 each year — would be eligible for Medicare savings programs, which help reduce health care expenses, including out-of-pocket costs.
Michigan awards $4.8M in ‘mobility’ grants to help disabled
DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan on Tuesday announced the final round of "mobility" grants it gives out to encourage pilot projects to help transport seniors, the disabled and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.
Mexico widens small pension program to all country’s elderly
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has expanded nationwide a program that provides small pensions to Mexicans over age 68, an extension of an effort that he began in Mexico City while mayor of the capital in 2000.
Lopez Obrador said Sunday that the elderly will receive 2,550 pesos — about $133 — every two months to help cover basic needs. The starting age will be 65 for people in indigenous communities, which tend to have more poverty.
Senior citizens going back to school through new institute
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Those at least 55 years of age can learn more about iPads, dive in to some creative writing classes, talk about history, music, science and a wide variety of other topics via the Rivier Institute for Senior Education program.
This year, nearly 60 classes will be offered to seniors between two sessions. The first session runs from Feb. 4 to March 15, while the second will go from March 18 to April 26. Of the 60 classes, 25 are new for 2019.
Minnesota woman, 99, volunteers for meal program
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — For Gale Kreykes, volunteering has always been a way of life. At 99, the St. Peter woman continues to volunteer every weekday serving and packing meals at Parkview Manor in St. Peter and for the Meals on Wheels program.
"I don't like sitting around," she told The Free Press . "Sitting around is for the birds."
Michigan senior center volunteer more like family
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It doesn't take long to see that 95-year-old Leda King is a beloved guest and volunteer at the Traverse City Senior Center.
You might spot her seated and sipping a cup of coffee another volunteer or staff member brought her — she's there every weekday to help or just to visit. The friendliness they've shown her in her 25 years of helping out at the senior center is part of what keeps her coming back.
Flooding displaces residents of building at senior facility
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Approximately 100 residents of a senior living center in a Salt Lake City suburb were displaced by flooding caused by a broken pipe early Thursday morning.
Evacuated residents initially stayed in a lobby in another building at the facility in Taylorsville and most were able to return to their units in the facility by late Thursday morning. However, about a dozen went to hotels.
Virginia senior complex sued after fire that killed 3
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — An apartment complex for seniors has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the deaths of three people in a fire last year.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the aunt of 30-year-old Lydia Somerville sued Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments in December.
Nursing home employee arrested on abuse, neglect charges
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nursing home employee has been arrested on abuse and neglect charges.
Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.
Fire displaces dozens of people at senior apartment building
LAWRENCE, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of people have been displaced after a major fire at an apartment building for senior citizens, northeast of Indianapolis.
Authorities reported no injuries in the fire Monday at Benjamin Court Senior Living in Lawrence. But TV station WXIN says 30 apartments were ruined, and dozens more are in jeopardy. At least 80 people were taken to a nearby YMCA.
Fire burns at Indiana senior complex
Sanders’ office holds free holiday meal for seniors in Barre
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a free holiday meal for seniors in Barre.
The event is happening at noon Monday at the Canadian Club.
The independent senator says the meal is a chance for seniors in central Vermont to come together, enjoy some food and hear some holiday music performed by local students.
Maine nursing home closures displace seniors, strain system
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Nursing home operators across Maine are struggling to remain open and support the state's aging population.
The Bangor Daily News reports the Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris was one of six nursing homes that closed in 2018. About 200 residents had lived in the facilities.
New housing options emerging for seniors in Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Sheila Hillhouse's basement felt more chaotic than usual last week with boxes, furniture and suitcases strewn around the bedrooms and kitchen.
Renter Sahar Radwan was moving out, and a new renter was moving in.
With one adventure coming to an end, and other about to begin, Hillhouse, 72, takes the chaos in stride.
Minnesota nonprofit connects seniors to groceries
WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — Betty Allen, 91, has vivid memories of what it took to put food on the table during the Great Depression.
She grew up in a farming family with eight brothers and one sister in central Mississippi. When the cotton fields were too wet to work, her dad would shoot rabbit. Her mom would fry it up and make a big pot of gravy.
Report: Savings from cuts to Missouri in-home care overblown
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report released Wednesday by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway found that cuts to in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities didn't end up saving as much money as expected.
Seniors try their hand at speed dating at UW-La Crosse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Elvis and Sinatra sang songs about love.
Couples played with their coffee cups, exchanging shy smiles.
And for a moment, the third floor of UW-La Crosse's Student Union resembled some forgotten cafe, a picture cut out of the past, hung up in the present.
Rare photo of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric
BAGHDAD (AP) — The official website of Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric has published a rare photo of the aging leader, the first in several years.
Proposed changes on Medicare drugs create winners and losers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday proposed changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect patients' costs over the next few years, creatiing winners and losers.
Medicare's administrator, Seema Verma, said the goal is to lower costs for beneficiaries and modernize the government's flagship health insurance program for seniors and the disabled, covering about 60 million people.