OK. So it’s no secret that Hollywood is a shining example of environmentalism. I mean, when it comes to reuse and recycle, the film industry is unrivaled. If a movie’s a hit, they make it another hit and then another. Let’s see if we can hit a 10-figure, worldwide box-office gross without burning a single creative calorie. The film industry will squeeze every dollar out of a good movie down to the last action figure. It’s the soul-less version of using all the parts of the buffalo.
Story: Business is not exactly booming, much less blooming, at Mushnik’s Florist Shop on Skid Row. It’s so bad that Mr. Mushnik informs his two employees, Seymour and Audrey, that’s he’s going to close it down.
Baby Boomer: All-white kitchens with center islands like this one from Showplace Wood Products remain a favorite of baby boomers.
Baby Boomers: Beverage centers with built-in gourmet coffee makers and wine chillers are another feature on the boomer’s renovation punch list. This setting features products from Showplace Wood Products, a Home Solutions supplier.
Baby Boomers: Baths are a favorite renovation project for Home Solutions’ customers, many of whom gravitate to classic bathroom fixtures like these from Showplace Wood Products.
A tough economic climate, an aging baby boomer population and the high prevalence of social-media use are predicted to create the biggest hurdles for local attorneys and their clients this year.
Story: Mother Superior desperately needs funds to improve St. Veronica’s school, a middle-class Roman Catholic facility in Pittsburgh teeming with Baby Boomers circa 1966. “It’s a period of vast social change,” she tells another nun, “and we must do everything in our power to stop it.” In dire straits, she visits a local Jewish widow known for her beneficence, only to learn that Mrs. Levinson is a confirmed atheist.
If the number of new developments that have sprung up across the city is any indication, the residential loft trend is alive and well--not only among the urban 20-somethings, but also adventurous baby boomers, especially empty-nesters.
How do you make it to the top? “Find what you’re passionate about,” says Moneta Group’s Nancy Georgen. “You can be good at something, but if that’s not what you want to do, it doesn’t matter how good you are. You’re not going to get the satisfaction and you’re not doing the best you can.” We talked to three ladies who learned this by heart early on, and as a result they’ve reached their dreams.
For many broadcasters and other journalists of my generation, Tom Brokaw represented what we aspired to be: He was level-headed and cool, but had the intensity and intellect to go one-on-one with the world’s top news-makers.
Recently, Coldwell Banker Gundaker agent Carla Borgard helped a couple move out of their Town & Country house into a villa nearby. The couple had lived in their home for 42 years, but now in their early 70s, the upkeep and daily trek up and down the stairs to their basement tuck-under garage was too much. “I don’t know how they did it for this long,” Borgard says. “Their new villa was move-in ready with very little maintenance needed, and they’re very happy.”
The Baby Boomers who are now starting to reach retirement are known for independence, and for those who need help to maintain their lifestyle, home health care providers are stepping up to help them do just that.
Since the Food and Drug Administration approved LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) in 1998, millions of Americans have ditched their glasses and contact lenses, enjoying 20/20 vision as a result of the laser eye surgery. And LASIK just keeps getting better, according to several local experts.
As our lives continue to move at the speed of light, organization provides a great way to stay on track. Companies that specialize in keeping things in order offer their suggestions.
Dementia has two faces: the clinical and the personal. Researchers and physicians work constantly to try to track down the causative factors in dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, because as we live longer, the numbers afflicted go up. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s, and almost 30 percent of them have a family member with the disease.
Music is the soundtrack to our lives, underscoring emotions, expressing in notes what we sometimes cannot say in words. Here, three music lovers explain how different genres enrich our lives in all kinds of ways.
The ‘til death do us part’ vow seems to be losing its luster as baby boomers age: Census figures show that divorce among those age 65 and older has doubled since 1980.
JULIE BAHR Moneta Group
Most of us spend a lifetime accumulating things we love, be it fine antique furniture, artwork or treasured family mementos. But if and when we have to downsize, how do we decide what to keep and what to give away? We asked a couple of local designers what to choose—and what to lose.
Most of us have a lot of stuff, and not enough space to put it in. That’s why an entire industry is devoted to coming up with clever ways to make the most of what we’ve got.
The idea of wearing hearing aids fills many people with dread. But today’s appliances are not your parents’ hearing aids. “The most advancements (in audiology) have been made in the technology of the hearing instruments,” says Alison LeGrand, an audiologist at the Hearing Health Care Center. “The sizes are getting even smaller, and they have wireless connection to devices such as TV and cell phones.”
For seniors whose nest eggs have leaked, leaving nothing but an empty shell, a reverse mortgage might be an option to augment their income. Some lenders consider this type of mortgage a valid opportunity for those living on restricted incomes; others advise against it. We asked a few local experts for their advice on the issue.
Fifty is the new 40. Or maybe even the new 30, judging from the energy, health and enthusiasm of most people in their 50s. Yet we can’t stop the aging process altogether, and hearing is one thing that begins to change noticeably in middle age.
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