[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
People over 55 want energy-conscious homes, dedicated lines for computers and "age-targeted," not "age-qualified" communities. They are "reinventing retirement. They make decisions on their own terms, and instant gratification is not soon enough."Story
The party starts at 4:15
Happy hour at the Grand Court retirement community, home to 163 South Tampa retirees, is a Friday afternoon ritual.
A fashion tailored for freedom
Who wears the pants in your family?
The prices we pay for warm fuzzies
Many people say pets are good for us. Supposedly, their unconditional love makes us produce alpha brain waves that lower our blood pressure and give us warm fuzzies. Professional pets visit nursing homes to cheer up the patients. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, pets were brought to the shelters near Ground Zero and had a positive effect on the workers numbed by the disaster.
Put aside personal grudges when caring for parents
The first day of summer, June 21, has come and gone. So has the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And so has my birthday, the day before. I was always told as a child by my parents, and my brothers and sisters who went along with it, that the day after my birthday was the longest day of the year because everyone wanted to celebrate my birthday longer.
Exhibits of pictures rekindle memories
Tharold Smith's shows of old photographs from his collection are embraced by retirement homes and civic groups.
Volunteer of year is driven to help
TAMPA -- While deciding if he wanted to be a volunteer driver for the Red Cross Angel Wings program 13 years ago, Arthur Hart met a man nearly 80 years old who drove elderly patients to their medical appointments. He was so impressed at the commitment of the man that he became a volunteer driver too.
Renewed ties spark a change in name
I'm changing my name to Dakota . . . well, sort of.
Celebrating our country and our culture
"I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy . . . born on the Fourth of July. . ." Most of us will relate to that song more than ever this year, and patriotic fervor will be fueled by the July 4th fireworks celebrations scheduled in communities in the Tampa Bay area.
Blazing new trails aboard PSTA bus
My wife always has been a "what if" kind of person. A case in point these days is her question: "What if we were to lose our licenses to drive?"
She's your voice in Tallahassee
Grace Druyor, a member of the Florida Silver-Haired Legislature, likes being part of the "feisty bunch of people who enjoy politics."
Time for gut check: Say no to excess food
If you were to ask, "Which part of your anatomy would you most like to improve?" the answer from the majority of people would be a resounding "Abdominals."
Breast, cervical cancer screenings available