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Wait! Don’t flush those pills!

Grandma just passed away, leaving a medicine cabinet stocked with bottles of prescription medication—some never opened. What should you do with them? Water companies and environmentalists discourage flushing drugs down the toilet because they pollute the water system; You can’t throw them in the trash because they could end up in the hands of a child or someone who they weren’t prescribed for...

Rules of the road: Older Drivers in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, it’s not uncommon for older folks to get behind the wheel well into their 70s, 80s and beyond. The state puts no restrictions on older drivers unless alerted by a doctor or law enforcement officer that there is a reason to do so. But what do you do if you are concerned about the driving of an older family member? Each year PennDOT receives 27,000 reports from the medical community, 2,500 reports from law enforcement and 500 letters from concerned family and friends alerting them to potentially unsafe older drivers...

Leaving a financial legacy, the truth about reverse mortgages and other money tips

What does it mean to you to leave a financial legacy? For some, it means leaving accumulated wealth to their heirs. To others, it means subscribing to their children and grandchildren values upon which to place money and other items of significance. To others still, it means giving to a charitable organization or other reputable institutions.

14 Tips on Downsizing in Pennsylvania

Like a lot of Boomers, he also does not know if he is going to stay retired. “I don't know if this is a real permanent retirement, although must say I am busy,” he says. “It is not clear what sort of part-time or self-managed opportunities might arise.” In rural areas, the idea of selling the old family homestead and buying something new and smaller is hard to pull off, says Steve Niebler, director of the Adams County Office for Aging...

Parent vs. Grandparent

Divorce is never an easy thing, especially when children are involved. It’s often mom vs. dad, with children stuck in the middle. But what happens when grandparents step in and demand visitation or custody?

Exercise strengthens bodies and souls

Studies show that older adults with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit greatly from regular exercise as do people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. But exercise isn’t just good for your body. A National Institutes of Health Senior Health report states that being regularly active can help manage stress, improve your mood, reduce feelings of depression, and improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function.

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

When Wesley Longacre spent a week with his grandfather in Sunbury, there was somewhere special the 9-year-old wanted to go. Wesley, who lives in Maryland, remembered a place he and his grandfather, Irvin, used to visit frequently—the Whitaker Center...

Tweet remembrances: Keeping up with family through technology

Friending, following, tagging and tweeting have become a part of life for most Generation Xers, Millennials and the teen set. But social media isn’t just for those born after the ‘70s, it’s now also for those who are in their 70s. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype have been catching on with the older generations—and for good reason. The main use of social media networks for all ages is to keep in touch with family and friends.

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