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Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

You may be in good physical health. But how’s your financial wellness? It's an increasingly important answer to know for baby boomers rocketing toward retirement (almost 10,000 hit age 65 every day). While many have planned and saved and are eager for their next chapters, others are headed for serious financial anxiety. As a group,

By |2019-03-18T08:46:24-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

At first, they called it “The Widow’s Club,” a group of five women – friends from the neighborhood – who’ve all lost their husbands over the last two years. Karen McCann is the newest addition. Frank, her husband of 52 years, died last July at age 76. “Do I have moments when the tears flow

By |2019-03-04T08:46:49-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

Omahan Darrell Henning spends a lot of time on the road, navigating traffic and weather to shuttle critical cargo across the Heartland. He doesn’t do it for payment – but for repayment. To Henning, volunteering with the American Red Cross (and securing over-achiever status in the process) is a way of saying thank you for

By |2019-02-25T11:39:55-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

5 steps to paring down your possessions and giving yourself some mental clarity

Maybe you need to do it out of necessity – you’re moving to a smaller home or a retirement community and your lifetime of accumulation simply isn’t going to fit. Maybe you just have a sense that it’s time – your trove of “stuff” has grown unwieldy and it’s starting to stress you (or your

By |2019-02-18T08:49:39-05:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 steps to paring down your possessions and giving yourself some mental clarity

When it comes to saving money on prescription drugs, your pharmacist may be your best source

Most people agree: Prescription drug prices are too high. While there is broad support for legislative solutions – the CREATES Act, for one, which would help speed lower-priced generics to market – fierce lobbying efforts have hampered voting on Capitol Hill. In the absence of an act of Congress, what can older adults do, right

By |2019-02-01T12:38:22-05:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on When it comes to saving money on prescription drugs, your pharmacist may be your best source

Fear was her worst enemy until she started saying “yes” and proving her potential to herself

Backed by a powerful story of redemption, Omaha’s Bekah Jerde is living a life of action, inspiring, impacting and fearlessly saying “yes.” “I learned through my program of recovery that fear is the biggest thing to keep me back. … I have fear of my own potential; I have fear of engaging others. I’m learning

By |2019-01-28T11:50:03-05:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Fear was her worst enemy until she started saying “yes” and proving her potential to herself

Older adults ‘like’ Facebook for ability to stay informed, connect with friends and family

Carol Obenauer, 57, gains motivation from it. Ann Herzinger, 64, uses it as a tool for enlightenment. Mel Kaup, 64, logs on to stay in the loop, nudged initially by the lure of exclusive family photos. “After our son Andy got married, the rest of our kids started talking about neat wedding pictures the very

By |2019-01-21T11:03:14-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Older adults ‘like’ Facebook for ability to stay informed, connect with friends and family

Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Retired Omaha attorney Fred Coffman doesn’t spend his days in court – he spends them on it. Over the last couple of years, the active 77-year-old has developed quite a taste for pickleball, a fast-growing court sport that combines tennis, table tennis and badminton. “I like pickleball because you bend, you stretch. You’re moving frontward,

By |2019-01-14T08:52:42-05:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

Kathy Biernbaum of Springfield, Nebraska, brings out her recipe for quality family time every holiday season – it involves copious amounts of flour and frosting. “My mom always did cookie cutouts with frosting,” she says. “I still have that Pillsbury cookbook; it’s from 1955.” For Kay and Mike Glynn of Hastings, Iowa, quality family time

By |2019-01-14T09:01:37-05:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Food, fun & families: Prioritizing time (and reaping the benefits) in 2019

CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child

Here’s a quick glimpse into the psyche of Elkhorn’s Phil Brown: After he completed his 30 hours of training to become a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, he volunteered to take on five cases. “They still joke about that. Nobody has five cases,” Brown says. One is typical. Brown and his

By |2019-01-07T09:08:56-05:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on CASA volunteer says ‘it’s good to be a hero’ in the life of child