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Lawrence man encourages people to prepare for the inevitable

Before her death in September, Pat Hannon made plans for what to do to her body and belongings and at her memorial service. Her husband, Les, has developed similar plans and is encouraging others to do the same. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence resident celebrates 106th birthday, says 'It feels good'

Dozens of friends and family members streamed into the main dining room at Pioneer Ridge Health Care on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Edna Zillner’s birthday. They snacked on cookies and tea and took turns visiting with Zillner, who turned 106 on Saturday. By Nikki Wentling

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KU, LMH partner for pilot program to decrease hospital readmissions

Being released after hospitalization doesn't always mean the patient is back to normal health and often patients with chronic diseases are re-hospitalized within the same month. Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Kansas University School of Social Welfare Office of Aging and Long Term Care are conducting a pilot program to see if they can decrease that number and increase the overall quality of life for patients living with chronic diseases. By Meagan Thomas

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Shopping, cooking for one requires planning

Grocery shopping and cooking meals for a large family every night can be a difficult feat, but shopping and cooking for one person can be just as difficult. By Meagan Thomas

105-year-old Lawrence resident: ‘I’d like to know of someone older’

Edna Zillner has seen many events and changes in her lifetime. Now she is about to see her 105th birthday party.

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Digital divide: Not everyone views Internet, smartphones as advances

In 1812, a group of English textile workers known as Luddites destroyed new labor-saving equipment that threatened their livelihoods. Two hundred years later, the term “Luddite” survives, with a broader definition as a person opposed to technological changes — such as the Internet.

Few U.S. cities prepared for aging baby boomers

Few communities have started to think long term about how to plan and redesign services for aging baby boomers as they move out of the workforce and into retirement.

Family claims in lawsuit that former 87-year-old resident of Brandon Woods at Alvamar was sexually assaulted

The family of a former 87-year-old resident of Brandon Woods at Alvamar claims in a lawsuit filed last week that she was sexually assaulted October 2010 in her room and that the Lawrence retirement cent

Aging in place: A little help can go a long way

Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O’Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year.

Boomers willing to spend billions to counter aging

Baby boomers heading into what used to be called retirement age are providing a 70 million-member strong market for legions of companies, entrepreneurs and cosmetic surgeons eager to capitalize on their “forever young” mindset, whether it’s through wrinkle creams, face-lifts or workout regimens.

Jack Leftwich, 93-year-old pilot

Jack "Lefty" Leftwich gained a love for flying when he was 7, and that love led him to fly for Pan American World Airways during WWII. Now, at 93, he still flies his ultralight aircraft from his airstrip by his home.

Wilma Elder, 81-year-old fitness instructor, retires from Lawrence Parks & Rec

Wilma Elder, 81, a long-time fitness instructor with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation department is retiring. After she retires she still plans to take a fitness class, but her fitness students will miss her personal selection of music which features a lot of old big band tunes.

Henrietta Olson: testing a theory of theft

Henrietta Olson celebrates her 106th birthday on October 22, 2010. Here she remembers taking something from a store when she was about nine years old.

Henrietta Olson: chewing tobacco

Henrietta Olson celebrates her 106th birthday on October 22, 2010. Here she talks about the first - and only - time she tried chewing tobacco. Olson never smoked or drank.

New tool to help locate loved ones

A new tool is being used to help families locate children with special needs and elderly individuals suffering from dementia. The device can be worn on the person's wrist like a watch.

Seniors attend employment expo

Senior citizens in Douglas County attended the fourth employment expo Thursday. The event helped some learn to use new tools to find work.

Adult day health center opens in Lawrence

An adult day health center provides social activities for seniors. It also can provide respite for caregivers. Until Midland Care Connection opened the center, there was no such program offered in Lawrence.

City considering attracting retirees

The city of Lawrence could gain a lot from attracting retirees to the area. The demographic could help the city gain good economic development benefits, if the pursuit is supported.

New Secretary on Aging named

Martin Kennedy has been named the new Secretary on Aging. With the growing population of the elderly, he will be looking for creative ways to help avoid potential problems for the state.

Caretakers need support, education

More than 52 million Americans are expected to provide care to an elderly or frail family member this year.