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  1. Knowing when it's Alzheimer's, and when it's not


    The trouble started in 2010 when Dennis Krupinski was just 53. A longtime employee in Walt Disney World's maintenance department, he started losing things and forgetting about tasks. He seemed distracted, confused.

    Dennis Krupinski, pictured in 2014 with his wife, Terri, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at 55.
  2. Pier 60 vendors sold on sunsets, shoppers

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    On a humid July night, with the heat index tickling three digits, the vendors line up with their carts and trolleys.

    Booths with everything from carved wooden figurines to watercolors line the walkway at Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach on a recent Friday evening. Vendors set up shop two hours before sunset.
  3. Focus on movement, good nutrition, not numbers on a scale


    Feel compelled to step on the scale, oftentimes daily? You are not alone. You have many scale-addicted buddies who share the same compulsion. Unfortunately, those daily weigh-ins can affect a person's temperament. People who are just beginning the weight-loss journey tend to become frustrated and unhappy with themselves …

    Jill Patterson Holvoet of St. Petersburg demonstrates the first part of a side lunge with leg lift and bent row. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  4. Aging felines find a home sweet home at couple's Cats Cradle in Lutz (w/video)

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    The residents of this retirement home spend their days relaxing on a picnic table or in a sunroom with the other residents.

    ON THE COVER: Terry Jenkins pets Daisy, Babette and Tucker.
  5. Engage the entire core, not just the abs


    Are you tired of the same old crunches on the floor? Looking for a little more variety to spice up your ab workout?

    Jerry Biehn of St. Petersburg demonstrates a balance pushup with stability ball.
  6. Don't buy into 'old' stereotypes

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    I was patiently waiting at the security desk to enter the Washington Post's building a couple of months ago when a former college classmate, a fellow I had not seen in decades, stepped up behind me. I recognized him and said hello, but he appeared to have no memory of me. When I reminded him that we'd once worked …

    “Age may be an incontrovertible number, but ‘old’ seems to me to be a state of mind,” posits Steven Petrow, pictured here with his dog, Zoe.
  7. Before you adopt a pet, have realistic expectations

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    The Humane Society of the United States suggests that potential pet owners ask themselves these 10 questions before committing to taking an animal into their family:

    Trainer Mike Rueb, associate director of adoptions and resident care for a no-kill shelter in New York, works with Clay, a 9-month-old black Lab mix.
  8. Meet Tarpon Springs sponge industrialist George Billiris

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    George Billiris was 14 the first time he went to work, diving for sponges off the coast of Tarpon Springs. Now 89, Billiris runs a sponge distribution business from a small office along the city's sponge docks. He spoke to Florida Trend about his life, career, Tarpon Springs — and his desire to dive for …

    George Billiris of Tarpon Springs
  9. Computerized training can help driving skills

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    The aging process brings challenges for drivers. Diminished vision and hearing, stiff joints, health problems and slower reaction times can take their toll and raise the odds of an auto accident.

    AAA’s Michele Harris says falls can scare people into being more sedentary.
  10. Fighting an age-old battle: ageism

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    In 2012, Ashton Applewhite was invited to speak at a performance festival whose theme that year was so scary that friends of the organizer warned she would lose all her subscribers.

    The topic? Aging.

    Ashton Applewhite, writer