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Ayanna Likens

New bill helps seniors with the rise in property taxes

The rise in property taxes is affecting seniors’ that are on a fixed income, but local lawmakers created a bill to help combat it.
16 days ago
The Jeffs enjoyed traveling the world. Now, their trips are closer to home. (Ken Fall/KSL TV)...
Ken Fall

Brain health: When memory issues should become cause for concern

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. While subtle changes in our memory can be a normal sign of aging, some forgetfulness may signal it’s time to visit a doctor. Here’s how to tell the difference.
1 month ago
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Dan Spindle and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Positively 50+: Refreshing your driving skills, learning new ways to handle Utah’s often difficult traffic

The rules of the road change all the time, as does the technology automakers stuff in our cars. Even our senses and reflexes are not immune from change as we pass the half-century mark. So, for Positively 50+, here's how we can stay on top of our driving game.
3 months ago
At 68, Utah woman Mary Crafts is at her healthiest – and she didn't start her healthy eating jour...
Shara Park & Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Utah woman encourages older adults to cook healthy

By following a few simple tips, older Utahns can learn to cook and eat more nutritiously.
3 months ago
Amanda Lambert started planning early in her career for retirement and has found it’s really payi...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Women trail men in retirement savings, experts say

As more women break barriers in the workplace, there is still one area they fall far behind: saving for retirement. An expert explains how to bridge the gap.
5 months ago
Retiree Sarah Voigt is stretching her fixed income with coupons and sales as inflation soars. (KSL ...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Retirees get creative with budgeting as inflation soars

Record inflation, spikes in gas, groceries, and utility costs are bad news for Utah retirees. A fixed income can make it much harder to cope.
5 months ago
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Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Web-based yoga practice a great option for seniors during omicron surge

For older Utahns stuck at home, online exercise classes are a healthy option and a way to feel connected if you're taking extra precautions right now.
7 months ago
Eberhard Lehnardt, age 85, puts on his white coat as part of his honorary acceptance. (KSL TV)...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Never giving up on dreams: 85-year-old Holocaust refugee applies to medical school 

A unique student has applied for admission to the University of Utah medical school. He stood out not because of his scores on the entrance exams, but because of the year he took them. He’s had every reason to believe his dream will come true. 
8 months ago
Volunteers with AARP write 250 cards to go with Giving Tree gifts for homebound seniors. (KSL TV) ...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Simple gesture brings Christmas joy to isolated seniors 

Thousands of Utah's senior citizens are facing the holiday season alone and isolated this year. But a simple act of kindness can make a big difference
8 months ago
Cheryl Mignone makes calls to check in on her mother. (KSL)...
Heather Simonsen

Recognizing elder abuse and how to prevent it

Elderly abuse and neglect can be hard to spot. But there are signs, and steps you can take to find a qualified caregiver.
9 months ago
Paul Harvey got his flu shot and his COVID-19 booster. (KSL TV)...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Doctors: Vaccinations, weighing risks of indoor gatherings important this winter

With COVID-19 still rampant in Utah, it's more important than ever for older adults to avoid getting sick. Experts said it's critical to take precautionary steps now to stay healthy this winter. 
10 months ago
Pamela Pineda, of West Valley City, who is a college student, got COVID and missed three weeks of w...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Utah Latinos face health care barriers during the pandemic

Latino communities in Utah have been hit harder by COVID-19, but experts said it's a pivotal opportunity to improve public health in communities of color.
11 months ago
Alan Smith of South Jordan said John Bianucci treated him like a friend when he helped him file his...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Seniors Get Help Preparing Taxes Through Special Program

Recovering from financial loss post-pandemic can be tough on older Utahns with fixed incomes. But a South Jordan man is helping those seniors through a special program.
12 months ago
Susan Speirs, of Kaysville, cherishes her mother’s peanut brittle recipe. She cared for her mom f...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

The Cost Of Caregiving And How To Avoid A Financial Crisis

Many of us will face the responsibility of unpaid caregiving for a family member, and that care can be costly to our bank accounts. But experts say there are steps you can take to avoid a financial crisis.
1 year ago
Brett Ormsby, left, and Alan Ormsby, right, say their grandfather lost millions in a Ponzi scheme. ...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

How To Protect Utah’s Elderly From Financial Abuse

Elder fraud often goes unreported and is difficult to prosecute but the crime can cost seniors huge sums of money, and years of grief. An expert explains how to prevent it.  
1 year ago
Seniors at Summit vista in Taylorsville, UT meet to discuss pet ownership in the Pet Lover's Club....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Socializing With Peers Is Good Medicine For The Aging Brain, Experts Say

Our senior citizens were hit hard by the pandemic with illness and with isolation. Science proves time with peers is good medicine for the aging brain.
1 year ago
Phyllis Parcell, of Heber City, avoided online shopping fraud when purchasing her new bike after sh...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

How To Stay Safe As Theft, Fraud Skyrocket During The Pandemic

Theft and fraud have skyrocketed in Utah during the pandemic, and experts say it’s more important than ever to be vigilant.
1 year ago
Bruce Hutchinson is sowing seeds of normalcy while planting his new yard after getting his COVID-19...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

If You’re 50 Or Older: 5 Things To Know After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

By now, Utahns age 50 and older have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations for a couple of weeks. But after you roll up your sleeve and get that shot, what's next?
1 year ago
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Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Scientists Unlocking Mystery Behind COVID Effects On Brain

Many people experience brain fog, confusion and memory problems with COVID-19. Now, scientists are unlocking the mystery behind how the virus affects the brain. A Utah man wonders if he'll ever be the same.
1 year ago
Residents at The Ridge Foothill in Salt Lake City say getting their hair and makeup done for pictur...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

COVID-19 Vaccine Gives Seniors Hope for Return to Normal

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine means Utah seniors are one step closer to being protected.
2 years ago
Carmen Moes and her husband live at Sagewood at Daybreak. They miss visiting with their grandchildr...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Senior Citizens Need Safe, Social Connection Now More Than Ever

Social isolation increases the risk of premature death from all causes among our senior citizens, and loneliness might be extra hard this holiday season because of COVID.
2 years ago
Mike Packham had never owned a pet before adopting Sam from an animal shelter last Spring. She help...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Older Adults’ Mental Health Is Suffering During COVID-19

As the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight, older adults' mental health is suffering.That’s why it’s so important to be proactive, experts say.
2 years ago
Rex Lee, age 89, relies on his daughter, Traci, his primary caregiver. (Heather Simonsen)...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Positively 50+: Caring For The Caregivers As Doctors Fear A ‘Twindemic’

Fearing a "twindemic," doctors urge everyone, especially older adults, to get a flu shot. That's just as important for caregivers, whose health often gets forgotten.
2 years ago
Utah Elections Director Justin Lee said any false or fake ballots would be detected immediately....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

How To Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Gets Counted

Older voters are typically a reliable block in Utah, but could the pandemic change that? Experts say there are steps you can take to ensure your vote gets counted.
2 years ago
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