Maple Grove provided free tablets and low-cost internet for some seniors, including Carmen Mazzuchella. MARK VANCLEAVE • mark.vancleave@startribune.

The search for livable, age-friendly communities

Northfield, Maple Grove and Minneapolis are leading the drive to create more "age-friendly" hometowns.

What you should do when it's time to downsize your home

April 27
Gentle Transitions co-owner Diane Bjorkman, second from right, talked with Shawna Hedlund about a move project. Diane Saterdalen, left, wrapped dishes
It may be time to start minimizing your stuff. Local companies can help.

A Minnesotan and his appreciation of the run – 40 years on

April 27
Doug Smith, left, during Grandma's Marathon in 1980. He ran his best marathon there in 3:31.
The impact of that impulse to run laps at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse eventually expanded.
The Good Life
June 18
The Treasure Island Casino amphitheater in Welch, Minn.

What's your local summer tradition? Share it with The Good Life

The Star Tribune’s quarterly supplement The Good Life is looking for reader contributions for our summer issue. What Minnesota activity do you make sure…
Local
April 27
Richard Sennott@startribune.com In this 2011 photo, Andy Hamann works out at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester. Hamann focused his wo

Minnesota men boast nation's longest life expectancy

Women in Minnesota had the fourth-longest life expectancy, according to new research.
The Good Life
April 27
A couple sitting on a California beach at sunset. istock

21 unvarnished truths about retirement

The life lessons this man learned since taking early retirement at 50.
The Good Life
April 27
At Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, in Bangkok, pieces of porcelain adorn the temples and the mythological creatures lining the facade.

Adventure travel is not just for the young

Travelers over 50 are shifting from the beach to more exotic locations.
Variety
April 27
Dark green leafy vegetables in colander

Easy and appealing ways to eat more veggies

Even if you're not a fan, vegetables can be a bigger part of your diet with these tips.
Variety
April 27
Mature businesswoman working in her new modern office. Sitting, examining documents and using laptop. She is focused on her work. Holding documents in

How to thrive in the gig economy

Freelancing tips from Olga Mizrahi, author of "The Gig Is Up."
April 27
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Even after years of no exercise, cardiac exercise has benefits abound.

Cardiac workouts overcome age, inactivity

Even after years of no exercise, benefits abound.
Business
April 27

Nearing retirement? Eliminating debt should be a goal

No debt translates into more savings and mental relief.
Variety
April 6
Author Lorraine Massey embraces her hair: curls, silver grays and all.

Famous 'Curly Girl' hairstylist now urging women to embrace their gray

With her new book, a longtime stylist hopes to free women from the tyranny of coloring gray hair.
Business
March 23
Investors who maintain focus on their long-term goals can ride out stock-market dips.

Protect your 401(k) from rising interest rates with this plan

As the Fed hikes rates, your retirement account balances may shrink, but that doesn't mean you should press the panic button.
Minneapolis
March 6
Legislators looking for ways to make transit more efficient said trying rideshare services makes sense.

Met Council may explore Uber, Lyft service for disabled people

As baby boomers age and demand for new transit options surges, other cities including Boston, Kansas City and the St. Petersburg, Fla. area, are experimenting with programs involving ride-sharing firms, too.
Variety
February 21
Local authors Kit Naylor, left, and Faith Sullivan met at a book signing 27 years ago and became best of friends since.

Friends across generations: Profiles of connections between people of different ages

Yes, people from different age groups can make for great bonds. We talked to four unique intergenerational pairs.
Home & Garden
February 20
Empty nester Chrysanne Manoles enjoys the rooftop of her condo in Tower Lofts in the North Loop.

Baby boomers tell all about selling their suburban homes and moving to downtown Minneapolis

What's it really like to shed your big suburban home and move downtown? Empty nesters tell all — the good, the bad and the surprising.
Variety
February 20
The author read four books to help her dejunk her junk drawer and other pockets of clutter.

My Great Decluttering Experiment

Four techniques, four weeks, 20 years of stuff. Could I get organized once and for all?
Variety
February 20
Local authors Kit Naylor, left, and Faith Sullivan met at a book signing 27 years ago and became best of friends since.

My Good Life: Two authors share an intergenerational connection

Writers Kit Naylor, 64, and Faith Sullivan, 84, share a mother-daughter bond of sorts, without actually being related.
Variety
February 20
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If you favor a certain side of your body, start giving the other side equal attention.

How to stay fit after 50

If you've passed the half-century mark, it's likely that your body isn't bouncing back like it once did. Your lower back might be feeling the…
Variety
February 20
Senior couple checking their bills at home. istock

The best way to spend safely in retirement

Researchers ran the numbers to create a workable strategy.
Variety
February 20
closeup of a young caucasian woman in the street showing a piece of paper with the text me too written in it. istock

How boomers can propel the #MeToo movement

By combating sexual harassment, they can leave a major workplace legacy.
Variety
February 20
Financial planning accounting concept. Calculator on business and financial report on desk of entrepreneur. istock

Now may be a good time to rebalance

Q: During my career, I followed your advice and used dollar cost averaging to build my retirement income. Not surprisingly, my portfolio now needs…
Stage & Arts
February 20
Richard Cook PETRONELLA J. YTSMA

Park Square Theatre's artistic director ready to leave after 43 years

Park Square's "accidental artistic director" Richard Cook will retire this fall on his 70th birthday.
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