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NC’s perennially popular senior centers eye post-COVID changes, modernized approaches

By Thomas Goldsmith North Carolina’s senior centers have for decades offered havens of company, support and education for older people but had to adapt most of those roles during the pandemic that hit the over-65 population especially hard. As the state’s more than 160 centers reopen this year with the ongoing COVID-19 disease still a […]

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More than 2 million NC enrollees face crucial choices for 2023 Medicare coverage

By Thomas Goldsmith With a Dec. 7 deadline approaching, North Carolinians older than 65 are dealing with choices for 2023 between health insurance coverage under traditional Medicare or for one of 150 options on a growing list of privately run Medicare Advantage plans statewide.  Readers whose minds reel just from reading those terms likely have […]

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Declining tech literacy among older adults can put them at a disadvantage

By Thomas Goldsmith As tech-literate adults age, older people in North Carolina and elsewhere are feeling more at home with computers these days. But as technology becomes increasingly complex, these same people often run into problems using smartphones, according to national numbers and leaders of Tar Heel senior centers. Nationally, about three in four people […]

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After hit from Covid-19, NC’s adult day care centers push state for long-sought equal treatment in rates

By Thomas Goldsmith A retiree at 75, Melvin P. often rises in the morning to find the adult daughter he lives with has already left for work.  Jamaica-born Winston-Salem resident Melvin understands why he’s left alone by his daughter’s need to meet her needs as well as his. But the situation makes him appreciate his […]