Past Stories
Pursuing the arts is one of the new beginnings 
seniors can explore after retirement.

Seniors: A New Stage in a New Age

By Helga Gendell Coming of age has usually referred to the younger years, but retired clinical psychologist Francine Toder says that the fine arts benefit the aging brain, and that brain has capacities that actually help develo...


From left: Donna Lasman, Merri Walles, Robin Adams, Wendy Aleman, Natalie Brill, and Fran Chodosh at the VA Run, October 2012. Photo courtesy of Donna Lasman.

Westchester women say it’s never too late to exercise

By Helga Gendell Six Westchester women, who have participated in local 5K races approximately once a month for a few years, want people to know that you’re never too old or too out of shape to actually begin a fitness…


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Statistics show that homefire death rates are higher for people over 65

By Helga Gendell  Statistics concerning senior citizens and fire show that people over the age of 65 have a homefire death rate nearly twice the national average, and the risk nearly triples for seniors over 75, according to t...



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Life Beyond 50

By Helga Gendell Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefi...


Life Beyond 50

By Helga Gendell Everyone may feel sad occasionally, but the feelings typically don’t last long and pass within a couple of days. When a person is depressed, it can affect daily life and normal functioning, causing pain for t...


Life Beyond 50

By Helga Gendell Parkinson’s disease often develops after age 50. One of the most common nervous disorders of the elderly, it is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement an...



Life Beyond 50

By Helga Gendell In 2005, data showed that more than 10.3 million people aged 60 years or older have diabetes. This figure represents 20.9 percent of that age group. People can be diagnosed with diabetes at any age, and there&h...