2017 Winter Magazine

Cover Story

There’s a belief out there that people of a certain age never change jobs, that they start on a career path and stay put. Job jumping is only for millennials, some think. But there are plenty of examples of people over 50 who make big leaps of faith and employment, finding a new field that’s… Read more

Features

If you suspect they all know every verse of “The Ballad of Casey Jones,” own dozens of engineer caps or carry oil cans around, you’re partly right. If you think they’re train buffs, you’d totally right. Railroads, engines, cabooses, tracks, flatcars, Pullmans cars and boxcars. Towns, mountai…

Holiday Gifts

Giving gifts in the depths of winter is a tradition dating back to Greco-Roman times. Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival held each December, included gift giving along with wild partying and gambling. Romans believed their generous gifts to friends and acquaintances would bring them prosp…

Life Coach

I often panic this time of year because I am not a good gift giver. I love the holidays, but buying gifts for people I love isn’t fun for me. In life coach fashion, I decided to shift my perspective on the situation. I ask myself: What brings joy to me during the holidays? My answer is simpl…

Travel

Mendocino County in California welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors annually who explore its miles of prime Pacific coastline, 90 wineries, 24 state and national parklands and 450 unique accommodations. Straddling scenic Highways 1 and 101, known as the Redwood Corridor, the county delivers …

Book Review

A 90-year-young friend told me about a recent birthday party she attended: “I felt invisible!” People she knew said “hello,” and that was the end of the conversation. Many guests from out of town were not even interested in saying hello. I should note that my friend is attractive and a brill…

Gardening

Whether planting a tree to add seasonal beauty, grow backyard fruit, provide a bit of shade or reduce energy costs, it’s a big upfront investment. Make the most of your money spent by giving your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Photos

Bienvivir, a nonprofit that provides community-based, long-term care, held an open house Sept. 30 to mark its 30th anniversary in El Paso. Founded in 1987, Bienvivir is the only area organization with an in-house dementia care unit and one of only four stand-alone PACE facilities, which stan…

The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging held the 18th annual Aging to Perfection Expo Sept. 12 at the El Paso Convention Center. The free health fair included 80 booths offering information about aging services and all aspects of aging, from social and medical services to leisure activities and …

Adult Protective Services held the 10th annual Crimes Against the Elderly Conference Sept. 26 at the Region 19 Education Service Center, 11670 Chiro Samaniego. About 650 people attended the free event, which included experts who spoke on how to protect seniors and disabled adults, white-coll…

Nearly 450 people packed the ballroom of El Paso Country Club Oct. 18, as El Paso Inc. honored the Women of Impact for 2017. The breakfast, presented by El Paso Electric, recognized six women whose contributions have made the El Paso community a better place to live and work.

Finance

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to enjoy cooler temperatures and look forward to the holidays. The end of the year is also a good time to analyze your finances for ways to maximize returns and save money. Here are a few tips for year-end financial planning tailored for people 50 and …

The lack of emergency savings can cause financial problems far beyond a short-term cash crunch. Some people without cash reserves end up drawing on their retirement accounts, putting them at risk of shortfalls later in life, according to an analysis published in October by the Pew Charitable…

Health

Now’s the time for seniors with Medicare to look over their health and drug coverage for 2018. Medicare’s annual open enrollment period runs until Dec. 7. Even if you’ve been satisfied with your health and drug plans, you may benefit from reviewing all your options. Some plans have adjusted …

Many of the procedures people undergo to counter chronic knee pain in the hopes of avoiding a knee replacement have limited or no evidence to support them. I wish I’d known that before I had succumbed to wishful thinking and tried them all.

WASHINGTON — In an unusually close vote, an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending the use of a new vaccine to prevent shingles over an older one that was considered less effective.

More Features

For some older people, just downloading an app or successfully navigating certain websites might seem like cause for quiet celebration. But not for Shirley M. McKerrow, 84, a retired business …

Social Security

From the Editor

When I officially entered the world of the semi-retired last spring, I promised myself that I would do more – travel more, see more family, read more books. To my surprise, that’s what’s happened, thanks to well-timed events and the support of friends and family.

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