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10 Facts About Senior Living

That Will Surprise You

10 Facts About Senior Living That Will Surprise You


Fact #1: “80 is the new 65.”

Fact #2: The need for diverse eldercare is skyrocketing.

Fact #3: The typical assisted living resident is an independent female.

Fact #4: Specialized eldercare is on the rise.

Fact #5: Skilled nursing facilities are the most expensive care option – and may not be sustainable.

Fact #6: Seniors and their families are not prepared for the costs of long-term care.

Fact #7: Community and home-based care are on the rise.

Fact #8: Owning your own home may not make the most financial sense.

Fact #9: Many seniors avoid advanced care planning.

Fact #10: Staying active is the best prevention, even if you’ve been inactive all your life.

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos for May 7, 2017 | 

Baldo By Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

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Reality Check by Dave Whamond for Apr 13, 2017 | Read Comic Strips at

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Cute Retro Photos of Children Playing – BabaMail

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Writing Letters – Doreen Frick

Letters: Doreen Frick Still Writes Them!
Posted on December 12, 2016 by Barbara Younger

I find myself writing shorter and shorter notes on Christmas cards these days. I type so much that writing longhand feels uncomfortable. It’s like my fingers have lost the art. So in honor of letter writing, I bring you a post from writer Doreen Frick, who has not lost the art at all

Yesterday my daughter texted this: Mom, how many letters a week do you write?

 I took a quick inventory of letters awaiting stamps (5) and letters I remember sending so far this week, (6) and letters I was thinking of writing tomorrow (2) and gave her a “guesstimate” of 15.

She tread carefully, remembering the four letters she’d received in the last month, (two to her kids), because she asked me if I really thought only fifteen.After all, I have four kids, and eleven grandkiddies, and she knows I don’t email, barely text, and rarely call. I re-evaluated my correspondence (I keep track on a tablet) and decided she was right. It was more like twenty letters a week.

And in that instant, I counted the cost. Twenty letters a week, forty-seven cents each, hmmmm. How much am I spending a month on postage? Envelopes. Cards. Small packages. And in that one moment I made a decision. I will be cutting back next week to one letter. Just one.

Now I’m sure that wasn’t the real reason my daughter texted me. In fact, she likes to get my letters. And so do her kids. She texted because, as she put it,“It just dawned on me that letter writing is your ministry, Mom.”

 Thirty-eight years old, and she’s just now “getting me.”

But the real beauty of all of this is not that one of my kids finally understands me but that all these years I’ve been hoping that my friends and family will see the beauty and love I have for a hand-written letter. And that was one other thing my daughter said,

It’s nice to get a letter when all you ever really seem to get in the mail are bills.

Mission accomplished. I can let that one go now.

21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement | Baba Recommends – BabaMail

Many seniors will offer a different piece of advice on life. This collection of tips will allow you to live the most wondrous golden years imaginable.

Source: 21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement | Baba Recommends – BabaMail

21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement
These are just the headlines. -keith
1. It’s time to use the money you saved up.
2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren.
3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort.
4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other.
5. Don’t stress over the little things.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive.
7. Be proud, both inside and out.
8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your sense of style.
9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date
10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions.
11. Never use the phrase: “In my time”. Your time is now.
12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly.
13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren.
14. Don’t abandon your hobbies.
15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations.
16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more.
17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older.
18. If you’ve been offended by someone, forgive them. If you’ve offended someone, apologize.
19. If you have a strong belief, savor it.
20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything.
21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking.

BOXES: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes | By Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick

Howard Hughes: Madman, Genius, or Both?

After eight years of extensive research and finally coming to the conclusion that Eva McLelland’s wild tale was absolutely accurate; the book “Boxes” was published, a true story of intrigue and mystery that rewrites history.
During 1972 and 1973 Howard Hughes’ description bounced between a long finger-nailed mentally incompetent man and a well-groomed articulate businessman.   Confusion ran rampant as two distinctive descriptions of Hughes spread throughout in the media waves. History changing secrets are finally revealed. . .  Hughes assumed another identity and sought refuge in the woods of Alabama for 25 years after his presumed death in 1976.

The mystery is unveiled as Eva McLelland, Howard’s wife for 31 years, reveals intricate details of the life she shared with Hughes and his continued dealing in government affairs. Married in Panama on May 13, 1970, she realized there was extreme mystery in her new husband’s existence. However, several years passed prior to her learning she was actually married to Howard Hughes. Even with Hughes’ idiosyncrasies, Eva was loyal to the end; preserving his secret, while living a semi-nomadic existence.

Nik Nicely
Nik Nicely (1990)

For protection Hughes acquired the identity of a former CIA employee, Nik Nicely.  Nicely had mysteriously disappeared in the late 1960s, after his involvement with counter drug activity while on assignment in Central America.  Hughes, alias “Nik,” had many reasons to seek refuge and the “resources” to be successful.

The long finger-nail, bed-ridden, mentally incompetent “Hughes” who died in 1976 was a stand-in.

Personal artifacts from the “Boxes” story were displayed for seven months at the Nebraska Strategic Air and Space Museum. Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick authored and researched the book.

Riveting interviews and dynamic presentations can be arranged by contacting Douglas Wellman and Major General (ret.) Mark Musick.

Source: BOXES: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes | By Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick

How to Whistle Loud: 14 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

Old Dogs CAN learn new tricks. I have only a high pitch whisper of a whistle so far but still – Whistling this way has always been on my unspoken bucket list – Keith

Source: How to Whistle Loud: 14 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

The Silver Medal Shocker


Before 1972 no U.S. men’s basketball team had ever lost in Olympic play. Starting in 1936 (the year basketball became an Olympic sport), U.S. men’s teams won 63 consecutive games—and seven straight gold medals. But just after midnight on September 10, 1972, in Munich, Germany, that golden winning streak came to a screeching end, courtesy of the Soviet Union. The final three seconds of that game may be the most controversial Olympic finish of all time, because officials allowed those three historic seconds to be played not once, not twice, but three times.

Link to The following article from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader THREE SECONDS TO GOLD

Source: The Silver Medal Shocker

Diabetes Doesn’t Doom Seniors to Disability: MedlinePlus

Study found increase in ‘good’ years of life in recent decades

By Robert Preidt
Monday, June 13, 2016

HealthDay news imageSATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — American seniors with diabetes are starting to live longer without disabilities, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from national surveys and found that adults with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who were born in the 1940s generally became disabled at an older age than those born in the 1930s.

Still, the study also found that after age 50, those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes had a shorter life expectancy before age 70 and more years of living with disability than those without diabetes.

“Over the past two decades, we have seen an increase in the length of good disability-free years of life in older Americans aged 50 to 70, both with and without diabetes,” said study author Dr. Barbara Bardenheier, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Our findings suggest that efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, advancements in the management of diabetes and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, and the increasing popularity of procedures such as hip and knee replacements have been successful in ‘compressing disability’ — reducing the number of years with disability into later years,” she said.


Full story – at Source: Diabetes Doesn’t Doom Seniors to Disability: MedlinePlus

Top 5 Reasons to Move to Assisted Living

Learn how making the move to assisted living could be better than living at home when it comes to quality of life for seniors.

Read details at the Source: Top 5 Reasons to Move to Assisted Living

Top Reasons to Move to Assisted Living
1. A Safe Living Environment
2. Daily Fitness and Physical Therapy
3. Opportunities for Socialization
4. Healthy Dining Catered to Medical Conditions
5. Help with Activities of Daily Living


Henry Larsen | |

When I was about 10 years old, I received a spanking for something I did not do. My feelings were hurt more than anything else but I was feeling pretty miserable.

Source: Henry Larsen | |

When I was about 10 years old, I received a spanking for something I did not do. My feelings were hurt more than anything else but I was feeling pretty miserable. I remember thinking “It’s not fair!”

At the dinner table that night, my 8-year-old brother, Stanley, with head hung low confessed that he had done the misdeed.

My father had to think quickly to right this wrong but it only took him a couple seconds. His response restored justice in an instant and brought great laughter to the entire family.

Dad slowly pushed his chair back, leaned forward just a bit and announced for God and everyone to hear, “Next time Keith does something wrong, I’ll give Stanley a spanking.”

Of course we never did swap spankings but in that moment, at that table, Dad had artfully restored my dignity and sense of justice.”

— Keith Larsen, Lincoln



 In 1987, when Commonwealth leaders met in Vancouver, more than 350,000 children were struck by polio in 125 countries annually.

Full story of Polio here —> Source: Stories

share the news of Canada’s latest contribution of C$40 million to Pakistan’s polio eradication program.


Cartoon Character Trivia | Time Capsule Trivia | Pop Culture — Reminisce

Cartoon Character Trivia They raced across your TV screen—creating chaos, solving mysteries and occasionally teaching lessons. But how well do you know your animated friends? Test your know-how with our cartoon character trivia!

Which 1970s cartoon taught grammar lessons you could sing to?
Actor Daws Butler was responsible for the distinctive Southern drawl of what blue-hued pooch?
What once-silent cartoon feline was the first balloon to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Which cute flapper girl character was modeled after 1920s singing sensation Helen Kane?
The characters of what classic cartoon have earned five Academy Awards for best cartoon short?
While in development, the canine star of which series was going to be a sheepdog named Too Much?
What Stone Age family still appears on cereal boxes?
Which two lifelong frenemies swam alongside Esther Williams in the 1953 movie Dangerous When Wet? Time’s up, pencils down!

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Source: Cartoon Character Trivia | Time Capsule Trivia | Pop Culture — Reminisce

10 Vintage Toys You’ll Want to Play With — Reminisce

10 Vintage Toys You’ll Want to Play With These quintessential childhood favorites from the 1930s to the 1980s are still just as much fun today

Source: 10 Vintage Toys You’ll Want to Play With — Reminisce

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