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                                Volunteer health care workers and a veterinarian were among those who checked up on dozens of seniors and pets forced out of their homes during the biggest wildfire season in California history. Bart Pettijohn rests on his cot with his dog, Clumsy, in an evacuation center at the Petaluma, Calif., Veterans Memorial Building.
Virus adds new stress for fire-affected seniors

Late on the night of Sept. 27, a bumper-to-bumper caravan of fleeing cars, horse trailers, RVs and overstuffed pickup trucks snaked east on Highway 12, the flames of the Glass fire glowing orange in their rearview mirrors. Read more

                                A new program helps connect artists and senior citizens interested in performance art.
A different kind of match-making

The words “For You” conjure up a dating service and the director-choreographer Erika Chong Shuch says that’s not a bad description of how she is spending the pandemic months. But we’re not talking here about eHarmony or Read more

                                Gerald Bonds, 86, speaks with an Associated Press reporter via video chat at Farmington High School in Farmington, N.M. Bonds, in his 58th year of teaching at Farmington High School, has been instructing his students remotely — an arrangement he despises. Bonds, left, as a young teacher circa 1962.
Veteran educators find many reasons to keep teaching

At age 86, agriculture teacher Gerald Bonds, of Farmington, N.M., has seen plenty of crises during his career. He sees no reason to call it quits over the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

                                A woman wearing a mask walks along Bishop Street.
Resources abound to help find old friends

I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them? — Tracking Tom Read more
Options for eyeglasses without Medicare coverage

Dear Savvy Senior: What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work but lost it when I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare. — Need Spectacles Read more

                                When Mary Anne Hardy, 65 — seen here at home in Derwood, Md. — needed to pivot in her health care career, she realized she could combine her nursing skills and personal experiences as a caregiver to become a patient advocate.
Innovative at any age

Mary Anne Hardy was at a crossroads in her nursing career. A health program she had been working for ended, and, not ready to retire, she was trying to figure out her next move. Read more

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