Volunteer campground hosts Mary and Rich Dunn held down the fort at Father Hennepin State Park near Lake Mille Lacs.

Minnesota's campground hosts are living the good life in retirement

Corps of older volunteers provide vital services to Minnesota state parks while savoring the good life outdoors.

What's your legacy? How to write your ethical will or legacy letter

July 20
Rachel Freed with her children, Debbie Stillman and Sid Levin.
Rachael Freed encourages you to write "legacy letters" to keep your values alive after you're gone — and bring you peace now.

The younger faces of Alzheimer's and other dementias

July 20
Deb Jobe, 56, and her husband, Jon. Deb was diagnosed with dementia.
Conversations with people diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's reveal how they are coping and moving on with their daily lives.
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July 23
Pam Hoppe chatted with Thomas Sullivan while he bought a new baseball cap at the Minnesota Twins team store earlier this month at Target Field. Hoppe

Retirees cutting back, taking part-time jobs to beat inflation

With the volatile stock market, financial planners are dealing with nervous clients — some who are delaying retirement because of current conditions.
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July 20
Interior of a Serenbe house in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.

New trends in retirement living: nature, wellness and community

Older 55-plus communities are wooing residents back with health, nature and cultural connections.
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July 20

I'm a gay woman in a heterosexual marriage

At 43, I fell in love with a woman for the first time. My husband and I have stayed together and redefined our relationship.
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July 20
FILE - In this June 1, 2009 file photo, a customer looks at vehicles at a General Motors dealership in Burlingame, Calif. General Motors on Thursday,

Tips for buying a new car in today's market

With supplies low and demand high, dealers have more leverage and you must work harder.
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July 20
Visitors walk in front of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on August 28, 2020

The best destinations for older travelers

Retirement is the perfect time to enjoy traveling, but where to go? New research shows the best places for older Americans to travel.The Retirement…
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May 11
Sue Scott of the live performance and podcast “Island of Discarded Women.”

Podcasters over 50: Five Minnesotan hosts worth hearing

These locally rooted podcasters speak out about everything from feminism to nomadism, mental health to rock 'n' roll.
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May 11
John Olafson and his wife, Staci, and their dog, Samson, in front of their tiny house.

What's happened to the tiny house movement?

Those in the housing industry say the tiny house movement hasn't shrunk, but matured.
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May 11

St. Paul hospice physician explains why there are racial disparities in end-of-life care

Too many people of color have missed out on the comfort of hospice, says Dr. Dennis Cross. He wants to change that.
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May 11
Pickleballers volley the ball in play from close in to the “kitchen” (blue line to the net).

Pickleball injuries: 7 tips to avoid getting hurt

Here's how to stay safe while enjoying the fastest-growing sport in America.
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May 11
This extrovert yearns to have regular game nights again.

Tales from an extrovert: What I've lost and missed during COVID-19

You've probably read many stories about how introverts have been faring during the pandemic, but what about extroverts?
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May 11
To reduce the financial stress of retirement, cover essential living costs from guaranteed income.

Buck up, boomers

Despite the volatile markets and rising inflation of late, you're still better off than your parents.
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May 11
Old vinyl records may have accumulated in your home.

Smart ways to sell your unwanted items

Downsizing? Here's how to have fewer items to move and earn money from getting rid of your stuff.
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May 11
A microphone as seen Tuesday, April, 19, 2022 at the Star Tribune office in Minneapolis, Minn. ]

Older podcast listeners and creators find their niche

Podcast listening is now growing fastest among older Americans, after they were slower to embrace it than others.
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February 23
New retiree Joel Collamer (husband of this writer) finally found what he was looking for. 

What to do when you don't know what to do in retirement

My husband just went through it. Here are steps that turned things around.
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February 23
Cathy Wurzer at Lakewood Cemetery: “I like walking through cemeteries. I find it calming.”

MPR's Cathy Wurzer wants you to live more fully by keeping the 'End in Mind'

The veteran broadcaster's nonprofit seeks to help Minnesotans achieve comfort with difficult conversations around dying.
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February 23
Rochester’s skyway.

Quash the winter doldrums with these Minnesota indoor walks

The best mall and skyway walks from Duluth to Rochester to the Twin Cities.
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February 23
“Without apology, I now say, bring on the books,” writes Jill Smolowe.

The perils of downsizing

Be careful you don't discard something you can't live without — like books.
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February 23
FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com.

The mental health risks of retiring

The late Pamela Hixon of Leipsic, Ohio, was eager to retire from her job running a hospice agency. Soon after she quit, however, Hixon spiraled…
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February 23
Sue Larsen, Larsen’s dog Tyndal and Sue Ronnenkamp, who shares Larsen’s home.

Homesharing can lower housing costs, increase companionship

Taking on a roommate may provide financial, social and practical benefits.
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November 15, 2021
This image provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows what the new Medicare cards will look like. The cards are getting a makeover

Seniors facing largest Part B premium jump in a decade

Monthly payments for the Part B portion of the federal Medicare program will increase by more than 14%, putting a significant dent in cost-of-living increases in Social Security payments.