Sweet smells of the holidays: Aromas from treats help recall the past, build new memories

By Catherine Godbey | Living 50 Plus Pat Price remembers the smell of the old-fashioned Lane cake baking in her mother’s kitchen during the holidays. Now, Price is instilling those memories in her 10 grandchildren. “Their favorite thing is what we call crack green beans, which are covered with a pound of cooked bacon and a mixture of soy sauce,

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Social Security’s uncertain future: What You Should Know

Dewayne Eddy

By Dewayne Eddy Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, which means today’s workers are paying taxes for the benefits received by today’s retirees. However, demographic trends such as lower birth rates, higher retirement rates, and longer life spans are causing long-run fiscal challenges. There are simply not enough U.S. workers to support the growing number of beneficiaries. Social Security is

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Adventure of a lifetime: At age 60, Decatur man travels 3,800 miles through Midwest to enjoy Americana such as the Corn Palace, Matchstick Marvels and Mount Rushmore

By Cameron Reeder | Living 50 Plus Cameron Reeder is a resident of Decatur who wrote this account of his trip through the Midwest for Living 50 Plus. I tuned 60 on June 22. What happened? Suddenly, I find that I am old. Wasn’t I just 18 last year? I think everyone has asked these questions at some point in

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Rekindling a longtime love: Terry Connor lets his artistic talent flow in retirement and enjoys teaching others

By Emily Griffith | Living 50 Plus Many struggle to find purpose in retirement after a lifetime of hard work. For Terry Connor, retirement is a blessing that has allowed him to accelerate his art. “I’m cranking out picture after picture because I’m at peace, I don’t have to worry about work (and) I’m in an environment where I can

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Already a runner, archer, weightlifter and cyclist, Falkville Councilman Charlie Gover is taking up scuba diving at 70

By Michael Wetzel | Living 50 Plus Charlie Gover isn’t about to slow down at age 70. The former high school coach who serves on the Falkville Town Council has just begun taking scuba diving lessons. He’s fitting the lessons in between weightlifting, pickleball, table tennis, archery, bicycle riding, spelunking and running. Gover goes out of his way to stay

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Building for the future: 3 retired women in 60s and 70s still teaching youngest generation

By Bruce McLellan | Living 50 Plus Edith Garner sat beside 4-year-old Adam Vargas and told him they would read a book together. “Talk to me,” said Garner, a volunteer at Maxine Ellison Decatur Youth Enrichment Learning Center. “What’s your name?” Adam looked at her silently. Garner, who spent a quarter century with Decatur City Schools and has been a

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