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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Paddler Traci Phillips stands on the beach near the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki.

Paddling coach draws from lifelong love for watersports

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Paddler Traci Phillips stands on the beach near the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm
The coach and mentor for Outrigger Canoe Club is motivated by her teammates. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brazilian jiujitsu student Philip Bancel, left, laughs after a practice with CJ Jose.

Grappler takes life to the mat

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brazilian jiujitsu student Philip Bancel, left, laughs after a practice with CJ Jose.

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
FREEIMAGES.COM
                                To practice adequate food safety, use separate cutting boards and knives for meats and produce to prevent cross-contamination.

A varied diet can boost the immune system

FREEIMAGES.COM
                                To practice adequate food safety, use separate cutting boards and knives for meats and produce to prevent cross-contamination.

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
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                It’s important to pack your medications in your carry-on when traveling. Since most people have smartphones, it’s a good idea to take photos of your medication labels in case you lose your medications or run out. Having a hard copy of the prescriptions is even better.

Before you travel, assess any medical needs

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                It’s important to pack your medications in your carry-on when traveling. Since most people have smartphones, it’s a good idea to take photos of your medication labels in case you lose your medications or run out. Having a hard copy of the prescriptions is even better.

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
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                As seniors increasingly outnumber people still in the workforce, pressures rise on investment pools, medical systems and funds to build economies for future generations.

Smaller working-age population puts strain on retirement funds

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                As seniors increasingly outnumber people still in the workforce, pressures rise on investment pools, medical systems and funds to build economies for future generations.

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
NEW YORK TIMES
                                Travel companions offer a way for older people to keep moving as well as keep up with their weekly chores and medications. Doug Iannelli, left, who runs a company in Atlanta called Flying Companions, helped Bill Penn, a client for seven years, at a grocery store last fall.

Travel companions offer seniors a helping hand

NEW YORK TIMES
                                Travel companions offer a way for older people to keep moving as well as keep up with their weekly chores and medications. Doug Iannelli, left, who runs a company in Atlanta called Flying Companions, helped Bill Penn, a client for seven years, at a grocery store last fall.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Services available worldwide offer accompaniment for older travelers who need assistance. Read More
GILLETTE NEWS RECORD / ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Beth McGee shows off her Facebook profile on her iPad at Primrose Retirement Community in Gillette, Wyo. McGee uses Facebook and FaceTime to stay connected with her family, especially her sons in Louisiana and Nevada.

Seniors are plugging in with new technology

GILLETTE NEWS RECORD / ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Beth McGee shows off her Facebook profile on her iPad at Primrose Retirement Community in Gillette, Wyo. McGee uses Facebook and FaceTime to stay connected with her family, especially her sons in Louisiana and Nevada.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Digital advancements help tech-savvy seniors connect with relatives hundreds of miles away. Read More
GRAPHICSTOCK.COM
                                In a new study, researchers found that weight training was most effective for building muscle mass and improving strength — important because both decline with age.

Exercise can help slow the aging process

GRAPHICSTOCK.COM
                                In a new study, researchers found that weight training was most effective for building muscle mass and improving strength — important because both decline with age.

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
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A wall of Bruce Hunt’s home displays photos of the aircraft types that he flew in World War II and Vietnam as an Air Force pilot, including the T-33 jet, the P-40 and P-51 fighter aircraft of WWII and the C-47. He holds a framed display of his many medals.

Decorated 2-war veteran always stays positive

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A wall of Bruce Hunt’s home displays photos of the aircraft types that he flew in World War II and Vietnam as an Air Force pilot, including the T-33 jet, the P-40 and P-51 fighter aircraft of WWII and the C-47. He holds a framed display of his many medals.

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
COURTESY JAMES ‘GUIDO’ DAVIS
                                John Bates leaves the airplane during a jump at the Wounded Warrior Golf Clinic over Marine Corps Base Hawaii, opening the Sony Open golf tournament in January.

Retired Marine challenges himself with skydiving

COURTESY JAMES ‘GUIDO’ DAVIS
                                John Bates leaves the airplane during a jump at the Wounded Warrior Golf Clinic over Marine Corps Base Hawaii, opening the Sony Open golf tournament in January.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Concert whistler Peggy Harris displays her 2009 CD, “Peggy Harris Shares Her Gift of Whistling,” at her Makakilo home amid a collection of family photos. She plans to record a second album, which will include “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Whistling never fails to uplift Peggy Harris

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Concert whistler Peggy Harris displays her 2009 CD, “Peggy Harris Shares Her Gift of Whistling,” at her Makakilo home amid a collection of family photos. She plans to record a second album, which will include “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

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
COURTESY JANA DILLON
                                Mike Prickett returned recently from Guadalupe Island, about 250 miles off the coast of Mexico, where he got intimate footage of great white sharks.

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

COURTESY JANA DILLON
                                Mike Prickett returned recently from Guadalupe Island, about 250 miles off the coast of Mexico, where he got intimate footage of great white sharks.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Suzi Mechler, 65, pictured at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association’s state championship regatta on Aug. 6, has been a member of Kailua Canoe Club for eight years. Mechler and Kailua’s masters 65 crew won a silver medal.

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

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Suzi Mechler, 65, pictured at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association’s state championship regatta on Aug. 6, has been a member of Kailua Canoe Club for eight years. Mechler and Kailua’s masters 65 crew won a silver medal.

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
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                John Hall has hiked almost every public trail on Oahu at least five times over the past 50 years. He believes when you find something you enjoy doing, you will keep it up and it won’t feel like work.

Hiking keeps retired professor, 82, active and sharp

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                John Hall has hiked almost every public trail on Oahu at least five times over the past 50 years. He believes when you find something you enjoy doing, you will keep it up and it won’t feel like work.

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
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMRoy "China" Uemura leads a paddleboard session with Lauren Whitehead, a visitor from Arkansas. Uemura is a member of the Hawai'i Waterman Hall of Fame.

Surf legend China Uemura is a survivor and teacher

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMRoy "China" Uemura leads a paddleboard session with Lauren Whitehead, a visitor from Arkansas. Uemura is a member of the Hawai'i Waterman Hall of Fame.

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
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COMScott Freitas, right, steers his crew's canoe during practice. Also on board are Matt Crowley, left, Rich Ulmer, Patrick Hill, Rankin Kaanoi and Toby Morris.

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

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COMScott Freitas, right, steers his crew's canoe during practice. Also on board are Matt Crowley, left, Rich Ulmer, Patrick Hill, Rankin Kaanoi and Toby Morris.

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
ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 25Daksha Patel prepares food for residents at ShantiNiketan, a retirement community for people from India, in Tavares, Fla. People's sense of smell diminishes as they age, complicating efforts to ensure they are consuming nutritious meals.

People lose their sense of smell as the years go by

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 25Daksha Patel prepares food for residents at ShantiNiketan, a retirement community for people from India, in Tavares, Fla. People's sense of smell diminishes as they age, complicating efforts to ensure they are consuming nutritious meals.

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
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2012Elaine Vlieger, 79, has early-stage Alzheimer's but remains active with gardening and daily walks in the area around her home near Denver.

Many factors are key to seniors’ mental, physical fitness

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2012Elaine Vlieger, 79, has early-stage Alzheimer's but remains active with gardening and daily walks in the area around her home near Denver.

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
ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 17George Jackson, 85, tackles the monkey bars during a parkour class for senior citizens in South London.

A fast-paced sport is adapted to benefit older folks

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 17George Jackson, 85, tackles the monkey bars during a parkour class for senior citizens in South London.

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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