A class promoting safety for older drivers as they adapt to changes that come with age will be held April 29 in Yuba City.

Although growing older increases the likelihood that people will deal with physical limitations, chronic illness and grieving the loss of loved ones – life events that could reasonably be expected to cause lingering sadness – research shows that aging generally also increases people’s likelihood of optimism.

California leads the way with the oldest of the old: In 2010, according to the census, the state was home to 5,921 centenarians, or more than one-tenth of the nation's total population 100 years old and older. The four-county Sacramento region is home to about 320 residents in that age group.

The owner of a million-dollar home overlooking McKinley Park hired a former assemblyman, traffic and parking expert, environmental planner, engineer and onetime state fire marshal to stop a senior housing complex from going up behind him.

Seniors First, the nonprofit agency that administers Placer County’s federally funded seniors programs, lost its contract late last week to deliver meals to more than 100 homebound seniors.

When families face elder care crises, they are filled with questions. Too often, they learn there are few good answers.

A Sacramento advocate for the elderly is suing the state for allegedly endangering vulnerable residents by failing to promptly investigate nursing home complaints, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco.

Seniors First, which administers a host of federally funded seniors programs in Placer County including Meals on Wheels, plans to shut its doors temporarily on Nov. 1 as a result of the federal shutdown.

Sacramento may be home to cliques of aging skaters, but few riders put their bodies at risk the way Jamie Hart does with downhill skateboarding, a sport that's seen a resurgence in popularity over the past decade.

In Sacramento and across the nation, the number of baby boomers who are overweight or obese continues to climb, and as a group, they have hit middle age much heavier than the previous generation. Almost three of four people ages 49 to 67 – the baby boom generation – are overweight or obese in the four-county Sacramento region, according to a new survey from the UCLA Center of Health Policy Research.

Jean Davis is a wired senior. Now 86, she came to the digital world 14 years ago, well into her retirement years, when a son decided she should have a personal computer.

Sacramento's Ethel M. Hart Senior Center has temporarily closed for long overdue renovations, including a major heating and air conditioning overhaul and the installation of a new roof.

Regardless of the language spoken, tomatoes and squash bring them together.

Are these resilient and vigorous retirees representative of a new American approach to health in older age? Maybe, experts say, but the progress toward active aging is more subtle than that.

Plans for a long-awaited senior day care center, derailed five years ago by county budget cuts, are back on track in El Dorado Hills.

The new Next Move Sacramento housing complex is Sacramento County's first HUD-funded permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless, disabled people who are 55 and older.

Without timely diagnosis, people with Alzheimer's lose valuable months when medications can most effectively slow their memory loss. The delay in diagnosis robs families of the chance to enjoy their time together and make financial and legal plans for the future.

Federal sequester cuts will take an 8 percent bite out of regional seniors' programs funded through the Older Americans Act, instead of the 4 percent reduction that the Area 4 Agency on Aging was expecting, according to the agency's new executive director, Pam Miller.

USA Properties Fund Inc., a Roseville-based developer of affordable housing, has completed a $10.9 million acquisition of a 184-unit senior housing community in central Los Angeles County.

Although experts have long thought of midlife as a time of stability and emotional contentment, baby boomers are proving to be an unfortunate exception. Reversing a longtime demographic trend, midlife suicides are on the rise for the generation born between 1946 and 1964.



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