• She escaped US bombs, and then became an American: Doris Alewine found love in her US home
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Whenever Doris Achenbach Alewine shares her story, she almost always begins with her early life in Germany during World War II. “I always say, I almost got killed
  • A Master at gardening: John Norton’s a pepper and tomato expert
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus In the next couple of weeks, John Norton will begin putting out tomato and pepper sprouts he’s been nurturing and monitoring in his basement since February. Though his
  • Purple irises at Ivy Green: Paula Kelley, Jenia Bradford maintain ground at the historic home
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Master Gardeners Paula Kelley and Jenia Bradford have been members of the program long enough to find areas they specialize in, but both gardeners credit Betty and Dennis
  • Still in the game but not competing: Bobby Aday shares his love of boxing
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus When Bobby Aday is asked why he opened Pop Pop’s Boxing Gym in Tuscumbia after retiring from owning a construction company for 25 years, his answer is straight
  • Empty nester? Consider repurposing your extra bedrooms
    By Metrocreative It can be bittersweet when adult children decide the time has come to move out of the family home. Parents perhaps get their first trial run of this scenario when their children go
  • Great part-time jobs you might consider
    By Metrocreative Many adults nearing retirement age count down the days until they can bid adieu to the daily tasks of commuting and working so they can enjoy much more time for recreation, travel or
  • 3 questions to ask before beginning a new fitness regimen
    By Metrocreative Exercise is widely recognized as a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. Despite that, a recent analysis of data from the 2020 National Health Interview Survey found that more than two-thirds of individuals
  • Moderate-intensity activities that can improve overall health
    Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. The current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each
  • What is the ‘silver tsunami?’
    By Metrocreative The United States is changing, and observant individuals may notice the nation is skewing a little older than it has in recent years. Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate roughly 56 million
  • Your body knows the difference between good stress and bad stress: Do you?
    By Sharon Theimer | Mayo Clinic News Network (TNS) LONDON — It may be surprising to hear, but medically speaking, not all stress is bad. Healthy stress levels help build resilience, says Safia Debar, MBBS,
  • It’s never too late to find love: Mary, Johnny Smith enjoy their ‘ordinary days’
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Mary Calvert Smith knows it’s never too late to find love. However, if you had asked her whether getting hitched was still an option for her four years
  • Rock and Rollin’ from Auburn to Florence to Memphis: API course change path of Sam Phillips’ life
    By Preston Sparks | For Living 50 Plus If not for a course offered 80 years ago by Auburn University — then Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) — the fate of Rock ‘n’ Roll might have
  • Find what you love and call it work: Shoals Community Theatre gives Steve Price purpose
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Steve Price turned 70 years old in November, but he said he’s no closer to retirement than the day he turned 60. As manager of the Shoals Community
  • Fun ways to spend extra Leap Day hours
    By Metrocreative The sentiment that there aren’t enough hours in the day may be true for busy families and individuals. However, once every four years, everyone is given an extra day on their calendars in
  • How to safely wipe out an old computer
    Metrocreative The idea of losing all personal data on a computer, phone or tablet may send a person into a panic. How many times has a drive failed or a computer crashed and a person
  • Signs a computer may need some extra attention or require replacement
    Working professionals know that few things can be as frustrating as a malfunctioning computer. A computer that’s not working properly can interrupt work flow, lead to lost man hours and make it hard to get
  • So you want to retire and become a writer? Here’s some inspiration
    By Steve Lopez | Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — For some people, retirement is a long-awaited chance to sleep late, relax and celebrate the joys of life without pressure or deadlines. For others,
  • A honest conversation about what to expect as you age
    By Judith Graham | KFF Health News (TNS) How many of us have wanted a reliable, evidence-based guide to aging that explains how our bodies and minds change as we grow older and how to
  • 3 tips to catch up on retirement savings
    Metrocreative One need not look long or far to be reminded of the importance of saving for retirement. Indeed, it’s hard to go a single day without encountering roadside billboards, television and streaming service advertisements,
  • Sharing the magic of Santa Claus
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Before he was Santa Claus, Russ Creel was the jolly old physical education teacher for 21 years in the Lauderdale County School System. Before that, he had worked
  • Get ripped and stay fit
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Steve Herring slips out of the jacket that barely conceals his bulging biceps and makes his way to a bench in the weight room at the University of
  • A winter wonderland of trees
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus The halls are decked. The den is decked. The kitchen, the bedrooms, the bathrooms — every nook and cranny of the Krieger house in Florence has gotten the
  • Financial strategies to help your money grow
    Investing is often portrayed as something people need not worry about after retirement. The theory that people should avoid risk as they approach and reach retirement age makes sense, as the unknown of investing can
  • Coast to coast in stages: Jamie Lynch and Gil Self have cycled half way across the US
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Jamie Lynch and Gil Self know they might seem a tad eccentric for the annual cross-country cycling trips they take. Some trips often stretch hundreds of miles in
  • Rolling with the Tide: Devoted fans David and Cindy Hall seldom miss a game
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Any given Saturday from September to January, David and Cindy Hall can likely be found in Tuscaloosa, setting up for game day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. If they’re not
  • Volunteers spend their blessings at The Help Center
    By Chelsea Retherford | Staff Writer Lorraine Mills, an 80-year-old volunteer at The Help Center, said choosing to work for free three days a week is a little like hiking up a mountain. When asked
  • Head of the class: David “Coach’ Williams marks half a century as a teacher
    By Lisa Singleton-Rickman | Living 50 Plus FLORENCE — When David “Coach” Williams stepped inside his classroom on the first day of school in August at Mars Hill Bible School, he surveyed the scene with
  • Tailor-made gifts for those on the go
    Metro News Older adults did not seem to get the memo regarding inflation. As the world continues to navigate a cost-of-living increase, internal data from Bank of America indicates that Baby Boomers (people born between
  • How to determine if it’s time to downsize
    By Metro News Individuals work hard to save enough money to purchase their homes. And the hard work doesn’t end there. Once homeowners settle into a new home, they may set their sights on renovations
  • Help yourself and others by being a mentor
    By Metro News The role of mentor is complex and sometimes vulnerable to misinterpretation. According to the employment resource Indeed, a mentor is an individual who acts as an adviser or coach for a less
  • Staying strong and healthy
    By Metro News A balanced diet and exercise, which includes a combination of aerobic activities and strength training, is necessary to maintain long-term health.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity
  • Relish the moment: Pfluegers love social aspects of the sport
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Richard Pflueger amicably tapped paddles with his teammate, Don McNutt, and their two opponents, Pflueger’s wife, Jan, and Linda Orr, following the final game of the day one
  • All about pickleball
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus While Richard and Jan Pflueger are credited with starting the Shoals Area Pickleball league, and initiating conversations about adding public courts in Florence and Muscle Shoals, Richard said
  • Taking a spin for good health: Lori McGuire finds her place and keeps moving
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus At 53 years old, Lori McGuire said she feels more physically fit than she has ever felt in her life, but she couldn’t say that two years ago.
  • Deshler Class of 1972: Friendships that last a lifetime
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Leawaiia Little is proud to call several of her former high school classmates her closest friends. While most friendships tend to naturally dwindle as years go by, the
  • From a distance he chose woodworking
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Charles Spruell Old is here to prove the naysayers wrong. At 64, Old has found a fairly
  • Add spice to your life with a hobby
    By Metro News The value of hobbies is undeniable. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that employees who engaged in creative hobbies outside of work were more creative
  • How to break into consulting
    By Metro News Many older adults choose to trade in the regular hours of 9 to 5 when they retire to delve into a much more personally guided passion: consulting. Generally, consulting is a term
  • Dating later in life  
    By Metro News People are living longer, a reality that can be traced to a number of factors, including advancements in medicine and greater dissemination of information regarding preventive health care. According to data from
  • Red Hat Society: Flamboyant Foxxy Ladies celebrate 25 years of sisterhood
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Each time Belinda Lokey dons a red hat, she’s reminded that she is part of a sisterhood that has supported her for more than two decades. “I’ve thoroughly
  • Roughing it smoothly: Mickey and Linda Haddock have visited 46 US parks, 50 states
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus When Mickey and Linda Haddock purchased their first Class A motorhome, the Florence couple had already done an extensive amount of traveling around the country — mostly from
  • ‘Marines like Marines’: Conley Detachment has grown from 15 to 80 members in 3 years
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Curtis Griffith retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, but the Marine Corps League — a congressionally chartered veterans’ organization for marines — remains an integral part
  • Making it add up: Lori White’s calculated effort makes math fun
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Students taking Algebra 2, precalculus or finite math may struggle to find ways to apply those equations to life’s everyday problems. Lori White, who teaches all three courses
  • Reap health benefits of spending time outdoors
    The benefits of spending time in the great outdoors are significant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spending time outdoors may improve mental health and help to reduce stress, and the vitamin
  • Tips to keep your trails happy (and safe)
    Travel was once a key component of the picture working professionals created of their ideal retirements. While the COVID-19 pandemic put many retirement travel plans on hold in recent years, jetting off to distant locales
  • Summer is time for fun, fun, fun
    Adults 50 and older may have more time for leisure and recreation than working adults, and the summer months provide ample opportunities to get active. After months of chilly temperatures, adults 50 and older may
  • Cut your risk of injury with these pre-workout tips
    As physically active individuals age, they typically must change how they approach exercise. For example, rather than jumping two feet first into new activities like they might have done when they were younger, those 50
  • When harvests are reaped, they’re given away
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus When a group of 12 retirees volunteered to help along the Gulf Coast, lending their talents in any way they could following the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina,
  • ‘If you keep going, you keep living’
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus When Max Gee retired at 67 from selling automotive equipment in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, he and his wife, Myra, made the move to her old home
  • Finding purpose in ‘service to others’
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Faye Hester took about two months off from work after retiring from the Helen Keller Hospital business office in July of 1998. The following September, she returned to
  • The Mechanics of Tinkering
    By Chelsea Retherford | Living 50 Plus Bryan Hamilton got his first car, a 1966 Ford Mustang, while he was a student attending Coffee High School in Florence. Today, that same sports car and several
  • Planning a trip? Take advantage of these perks
    Many adults over 50 are entitled to an array of discounts, which take into consideration seniors’ fixed retirement incomes. Discounts are available on various services, including many travel options. Seniors have a lot of time
  • Social media: It’s not just for kids anymore
    Metro Newspaper Service Perhaps due to the popularity of social media among a generation of young people who grew up with it, platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are often associated with people born in
  • Fun ways for seniors to stay active
    Metro Newspaper Service Physical activity is an important component of overall health. Health experts advise that exercise can increase lean body mass, prevent conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, improve balance, and positively affect mental
  • WANT TO STAY ACTIVE? Get involved with your community
    Metro Newspaper Service Though a significant percentage of individuals report desires to retire later in life, many people stop working around the age of 62. The desire for a later retirement may stem from financial
  • Planning to retire? Money management tips
    Metro Newspaper Service What constitutes a perfect retirement is different for everyone. Some people may imagine spending their golden years fishing their days away, while others may aspire to finally embrace their inner globetrotter. Though
  • Want to go back to school? Consider these things
    Metro Newspaper Service The picture of a traditional college student is one in his or her late teens or early 20s. However, a deeper look may reveal that college student demographics are more diverse than