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                                A man enjoys a cat late in the afternoon at Kakaako Park.
Americans born before 1980 are at greater risk for shingles

Anyone who has contracted the shingles virus knows how excruciatingly painful it can be: About 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Appeal Medicare surcharge for life-changing reasons

Dear Savvy Senior: Is there anything I can do to reduce my high Medicare premium surcharges? Because of my past income, I pay $329.70 per month for my Part B premium and $64.50 a month for Part D, but my income has dropped since I retired. Do I have any options? — Overcharged Andy Read more

                                Diane Butts, a 60-year-old actor and model, brings her knees up to her chest while planking in New York. Planks are an easy way to build core strength.
Keep an aging body fit

When we’re young, exercise can enable us to run a race after an all-nighter or snowboard on a diet of Doritos. But as we age, fitness has a much more far-reaching impact, boosting our energy levels, preventing injuries and keeping us mentally sharp. Read more

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                                Caregiver Reni Pereira feeds her mother Fumie Beppu at her mother’s home.
Getting paid to give care to an older family member

Dear Savvy Senior: I have been taking care of my elderly father for over a year and it’s taking a toll on my finances because I can only work part-time. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? — Seeking Support Read more

                                Above, Shabbir Kapadia, left, banters about chess strategy with Jalal Akbar while Eliyas Valiullah, Mohammad Saleem and Malik Latif join in the fun at the Islamic Society of Baltimore’s Golden Age Village. The gathering place offers opportunities to socialize and provides services such as transportation and meals.
‘Village’ keeps seniors engaged

An icy wind sweeps across the grounds of the busiest mosque in the Baltimore area, swirling up little patches of snow, but the atmosphere inside a ranch house on the 8-acre campus is as warm and friendly as a neighbor’s kitchen. Read more

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                                Bob and Vicki Enteen’s apartment in Walnut Creek, Calif., is decorated with Japanese artwork, reflecting their international sensibilities. The couple, who retired in 2014, has lived abroad and traveled to 65 countries.
Retirees living as nomads

As the cost of living continues to rise, many Bay Area residents are making changes to their daily lives. Some are cutting spending, others are downsizing. As it turns out, a few older residents have actually packed up their lives altogether — to hit the road and live as modern-day nomads. Read more

Seven questions older adults should ask their surgeon

Larry McMahon, who turns 80 this month, is weighing whether to undergo a major surgery. Over the past five years, his back pain has intensified. Physical therapy, muscle relaxants and injections aren’t offering relief. Read more

                                A woman takes a phone call as she prepares meals.
Protecting older loved ones from scam phone calls

Dear Savvy Senior: What tools can you recommend to help protect trusting seniors from scam calls? My 74-year-old mother gets tons of unwanted telemarketing and robocalls on her cell and home phones and has been duped out of hundreds of dollars. — Frustrated Daughter Read more

                                Gyoji Nomiyama, a pioneer of Western-style painting in Japan’s postwar period, found fame for portraits he created while in Paris in the 1950s. He lives in Tokyo but has had his studio in Itoshima, Fukuoka prefecture, for about 50 years.
Japanese painter still full of creative spirit at 102

Artist Gyoji Nomiyama celebrated turning 102 in December. The recipient of Japan’s Order of Culture, awarded for contributions to Japanese culture and science, Nomiyama still paints daily and makes appearances at exhibitions of his work. Read more

                                Recent transplant Trent DeWitt lounged in the late afternoon sun while waving to his wife Christina DeWitt at Waikiki Beach.
Heart health requires vitamin D, study says

A first-of-its-kind study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that people with a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Read more

                                Dr. Megan Mahoney, center, examines a patient at the Stanford Family Medicine office in Stanford, Calif.
Could you have a thyroid problem and not know it?

Dear Savvy Senior: What are the symptoms of thyroid disease? I’ve been dealing with a number of health issues over the past few years, and a friend of mine recently suggested I get my thyroid checked because it might be causing my problems. — Almost 66 Read more

                                The members of the Ryuyukai softball team have collectively done nearly 100 years of hard time — but now they’re just looking to stay out of trouble. At top, the team practices before a game in Tokyo.
Retired gangsters play ball

On paper, the Ryuyukai were the most fearsome team in Japanese softball. A sort of mutual aid society for retired gangsters, the club had racked up nearly a century of hard time. Read more

                                A woman enjoying relaxing by herself.
Retiring abroad? Tips and tools for making an informed decision

Dear Savvy Senior: What are the key factors to consider when contemplating retiring abroad? My husband and I will soon be retiring and are interested in moving to a country that’s cheaper and warmer than the U.S. — Looking Ahead Read more

                                Twenty dollar bills are counted.
How much do you have to make to file income taxes?

Dear Savvy Senior: What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired in 2022, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. — Recently Retired Read more

                                Ellen Ector, left, and her daughter, Lana, lead a morning exercise class at Gymnetics. The pair’s business, which opened in 2009, is believed to be the first Black women-owned gym in Atlanta.
Gym owner still preaching fitness at 70

There’s no doubt that Ellen Ector is a force. The fiercely fit 70-year-old’s ability to inspire spans beyond her 177,000 followers on Instagram and the reach of the viral hashtag she launched, #blackgirlsworkouttoo, that has since garnered 500,000 posts. Read more

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