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Paddling coach draws from lifelong love for watersports


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm
The coach and mentor for Outrigger Canoe Club is motivated by her teammates. Read More

Grappler takes life to the mat


Updated on  March 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Former wrestling coach Philip Bancel tests his skill as a 75-year-old jiujitsu competitor. Read More

A varied diet can boost the immune system


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm
Maintaining the body’s primary defense network becomes increasingly important with each decade of life. Read More

Before you travel, assess any medical needs


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm
From daily medications to assistive devices, line up what you’ll require before hitting the road. Read More

Smaller working-age population puts strain on retirement funds


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm
As the world’s senior population grows, fewer younger people are available to support it. Read More

Travel companions offer seniors a helping hand


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Services available worldwide offer accompaniment for older travelers who need assistance. Read More

Seniors are plugging in with new technology


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Digital advancements help tech-savvy seniors connect with relatives hundreds of miles away. Read More

Exercise can help slow the aging process


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm
A study has shown high-intensity interval training can help reverse age-related changes at the cellular level. Read More

Decorated 2-war veteran always stays positive


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm
Bruce Hunt has experienced victory and loss in close to a century of life. Read More

Retired Marine challenges himself with skydiving


Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm
The 70-year-old Kailua resident has leaped about 3,000 times from death-defying altitudes. Read More

Whistling never fails to uplift Peggy Harris


Updated on  September 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm
If you spot Peggy Harris while out and about, ask her for a whistle. Read More

Despite an accident that left him paralyzed, Mike Prickett continues new adventures


Updated on  September 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm
For more than three decades, Mike Prickett has filmed world-famous surfers on monstrous swells at the best surf spots across the globe. He has pursued his passion for cinematography despite two critical accidents that would test anyone’s resolve. Prickett, 51, grew up in Hawaii Kai and landed his first photography job as a 15-year-old Kaiser High School student. Read More

Suzi Mechler cherishes her time on the water after starting the sport at age 47


Updated on  September 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm
While she developed a passion for outrigger canoe paddling later in life, Suzi Mechler credits the sport for keeping her invigorated and, indeed, young at heart. Read More

Hiking keeps retired professor, 82, active and sharp


Updated on  September 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm
During the week, you likely won’t find retired microbiology professor John B. Hall sitting in front of the TV or teeing up on a manicured golf course. He would rather be outdoors, hiking. It’s the beauty and solitude of Hawaii’s mountain ridges, valleys and forests that keep him young at heart, and physically and mentally sharp. Read More

Surf legend China Uemura is a survivor and teacher


Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm
Early every morning, longboard surf legend Roy "China" Uemura parks his blue van and sets up post at Ala Moana Beach Park. Read More

Paddling is a way of life for Scott Freitas and his ohana


Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm
Much like a chess aficionado, Lanikai Canoe Club head coach Scott Freitas commits most of his time at weekly paddling regattas and races to tinkering with and reorganizing his club's various lineups while putting the proper athletes in the best positions to succeed. Read More

People lose their sense of smell as the years go by


Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Because metabolism slows and activity declines, it's normal for elderly people to want less food. What families may not know is that, as people get older, the way food tastes changes. Read More

Many factors are key to seniors’ mental, physical fitness


Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm
More than 2 million Americans are 90 years of age or older, making them part of the fastest growing age segment of the American population. It is estimated that by 2050 this age group will increase to 10 million Americans. Read More

A fast-paced sport is adapted to benefit older folks


Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm
On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges -- all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour." What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79. Read More

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