The thrill of victory: Competition still drives Decatur runner Cocciolo at age 77

By Bruce McLellan | Living 50 Plus The only thing Tony Cocciolo of Decatur loves more than competing in running events throughout north Alabama at age 77 is winning his age division in them. So he paid close attention during a pre-race chat several years ago when an unfamiliar runner divulged his age. Cocciolo realized the other runner was the

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Tickled with pickleball: Sport offers competition, exercise and fun for all ability levels

By Bruce McLellan | Living 50 Plus Allen Kinworthy sat in the Aquadome Recreation Center bleachers and breathed deeply in between games of pickleball. He served as tangible evidence that the once-obscure sport can provide a workout. “It gets the cardio back up,” acknowledged Kinworthy, a Decatur resident who says he’s older than 60. “Where I’ve just been walking and

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Don’t let COVID-19 fears keep you from seeking medical help in other life-threatening situations

By Melissa Erickson | Living 50 Plus Avoiding medical care because of fears of contracting COVID-19 could mean the difference between life and death. For major medical issues such as heart attack and stroke, the benefits of quickly getting care are much, much higher, said Dr. B.J. Hicks, OhioHealth vascular neurologist and co-director of the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Riverside

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