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Growing Older: Disability or Inability?

It's something we all face - growing older. For many of us old age will mean diminished eyesight, hearing, memory and mobility. The U.S. is aging - fast. There are more people over 65 now than ever before, and the segment of population 85 and older is growing the fastest. A Georgia Tech study a few years ago found that the percentages of people with disabilities increases significantly with age - 14 percent by age 40, 30 percent at 60 and 46 percent at age 70. Maintaining independence is a tricky part of growing older. Independence is important to people, but it's not always easy with diminished abilities. And as Todd Moe reports, it's not always easy to talk about, either.  Go to full article

Commentary: How to Fix Social Security

For some time President Bush has been sounding an alarm that funds to support the Social Security system will begin to run short before many people now in the work force reach retirement. Various solutions for this problem are under consideration. Commentator Paul Willcott offers one that is rarely mentioned.  Go to full article

Shifting Career Gears in Mid-Life

Many former Ethan Allen employees worked most or all of their careers at the facility. For people in mid-career, transitioning to a new job, perhaps to a completely different line of work, can be very difficult. Frank Kirkey specializes in helping people 55 and older find employment. He's a field operations assistant with Experience Works Incorporated, based in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. He spoke with David Sommerstein. Kirkey says the hardest part of shifting careers is changing a person's mindset.  Go to full article

Sorting Out the Medicare Drug Plan

Martha Foley talks with Carlton Doane, president of the St. Lawrence County chapter of the AARP, about confusion over the new Medicare cards for seniors. The group is holding an informational forum at SUNY-Canton on Friday.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Big Four-Oh

It's the season for class reunions...brace yourself. It's shocking, how classmates age. Commentator Tom French got a real eye-opener while leafing through his college alumni magazine recently.  Go to full article

Quality of Life at the End of Life

Martha Foley talks with Sue Cappione, Coordinator of Patient Care for Hospice of the St. Lawrence Valley, about how hospice helps patients and their families.  Go to full article

Commentary: Getting Older in America

The beginning of a new year is a traditional time to take stock, make resolutions, be reflective. As commentator Paul Willcott points out, that urge is especially strong if one is looking forward to a landmark birthday.  Go to full article

Green Thumb Honors Potsdam Mayor Ruth Gaynor in Washington

A conversation with Potsdam mayor Ruth Garner. The 85-year-old is being honored this week in Washington DC. Garner has been named this year's Outstanding Old Worker by Green Thumb, Inc.  Go to full article

Never Too Old to Learn

"You're never too old to learn." That's the motto of Potsdam's Institute for Learning in Retirement. SUNY Potsdam created the program to provide learning opportunities for seniors in an academic setting. Todd Moe chats with Peggy Mooers, who's helping organize class offerings this fall.  Go to full article

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