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The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

From The Washington Post website

In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a “fleet” of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004.

Videos are interesting

CH-47 Chinook

From the Boeing Twitter feed

How Older Car Shoppers Can Get the Best Deal

From the nextavenue website

As an older car buyer, just walking into a car dealership gives me a feeling of dread: I feel like I’m going to be taken in by a slick salesperson, tricked into buying something I don’t want and into spending more than what I want to pay. Maybe you feel this way too.

Edison Van Vlimmeren, a sales associate with Dulles Motor Cars in Leesburg, Virgina, insists that older car buyers aren’t viewed as pushovers anymore. “The days when car salesmen looked at older car buyers as easy marks are long gone,” he said.

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Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

From the Everyday Health website

Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds.

“Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem,” said lead researcher Curtis Florence, a health economist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And as American “baby boomers” continue to age, strategies for keeping them fracture-free will become increasingly important, he said.

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Check Six: Naval Air Station (NAS) Puunene

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Aerial picture of NAS Pu’unēnē looking westward, Māʻalaea Bay in the upper image NAS Pu’unēnē

Before World War II (and before Kahului Airport), ‘Maui Airport’ was opened on June 30, 1939 (the new Maui Airport replaced a smaller airfield at Māʻalaea). Immediately after December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the military took control of all air fields in the Territory and began the expansion of Maui Airport at Puʻunēnē.

In 1943, Naval Air Station Pu‘unēnē was established as a “Top Gun” school for fighter-aircraft tactics, based on the Navy’s use of highly-decorated veteran fighter pilots

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Tax headaches: Social Security benefits targeted by hackers

From the USA Today website

Tim Sagert has been enduring the pain of a double-whammy of identity theft.

First, a crook used his stolen ID to claim Social Security benefits last spring. Then, this tax season, Sagert was hit with an SSA-1099 tax form for reporting the income paid to the crook.

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6 Options to Fund Long-Term Care in Retirement

From the Kiplinger website

For many retirees, the term “long-term care” is typically associated with a nursing home. As we age, there is a greater chance we will need some sort of long-term care in the future. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people over 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives.

So, how can you prepare for long-term care costs? Here are six options:

Check Six: Retired Fighter Pilots Sighted

L-R: Marcus “Rosie” Rosehill, John “JC” Chun, John “Saigon” Lee

John “JC” Chun sent in this photograph. While at the Hale Koa buffet in early March, he ran into Marcus “Rosie” Rosehill and John “Saigon” Lee

Both Rosie and Saigon flew fighters while assigned to the 199th Fighter Squadron. John was a technician in the engine shop.

BTW: John said Saigon has not gone Hollywood, he recently had an eye operation.

Thanks to JC for his continuing support of Retiree News, submitting photographs for posting.

Technology that can foster aging in place

From The Washington Post website

According to AARP, almost 90 percent of seniors would like to stay in their home as they age. This idea of aging in place — growing older where you already live, typically not in a health-care environment — continues to be a popular choice among seniors able to live without a lot of assistance.

With the growing popularity of aging in place, gerotechnology can help seniors live in their homes with ease and safety.

Here are a few new technologies designed to foster aging in place:

When’s the Best Time to Exercise?

From the Everyday Health website

The best time of day to exercise is the time that works best for you. Studies go back and forth on this topic and there are benefits in exercising in the morning and later in the day. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and lifestyle. Choose a time that helps you make exercise a regular and consistent part of your routine.

Here’s why:

Check Six: Group Formations 1980s – 30+ years ago

L-R: Richie Kunichika, Allen Mizumoto, William Mossman, Richard Furuno, John “Saigon” Lee. click on photograph to enlarge

This photograph shows Col John “Saigon” Lee, and his staff, Col Richie “Kuni” Kunichika, Lt Col William “Billy” Mossman, and Lt Col Richard Furuno, in front of a organization formation. It seems to be a retirement or open house ceremony because of the civilians seats in the shade of the hanger (Bldg 3400).

Colonels Lee and Kunichika retired in 1989. Colonel Mizumoto went on to become the Commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard.

Common knee surgery doesn’t help older adults

From the Reuters website

Many older adults are getting surgery to remove damaged cartilage in the knee even though these operations may not help ease pain or improve mobility in people over 65, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers focused on a procedure known as arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, which involves shaving or cutting out damaged or torn tissue. Some previous research suggests younger patients with severely damaged cartilage may benefit from this operation, but it may not work any better than physical therapy for most people, especially when they’re over 65, researchers note in JAMA Surgery.

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New Followers 18.03.12

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Off Track: Punahou School

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website periodically.

from the Punahou School website

On July 11, 1842, fifteen children met for the first time in Punahou’s original E-shaped building. The first Board of Trustees (1841) included Rev. Daniel Dole, Rev. Richard Armstrong, Levi Chamberlain, Rev. John S Emerson and Gerrit P Judd. (Hawaiian Gazette, June 17, 1916)

By the end of that first year, 34-children from Sandwich Islands and Oregon missions were enrolled, only one over 12-years old. Tuition was $12 per term, and the school year covered three terms. (Punahou)

By 1851, Punahou officially opened its doors to all races and religions. (Students from Oregon, California and Tahiti were welcomed from 1841 – 1849.)

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Hawaii National Guard graduates include: Fred W. Makinney Jr., Frederick A. Schaefer III, Garro “Rojo” Johnson, Bernard M. Watson, Benjamin Webster, Norman Ault, Jr. – can you name others?

Punahou – It Had More Than One Campus

President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Hilo High School
Kamehameha Schools
Iolani School
St. Andrew’s Priory School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
St. Louis School
Waialua High School
James B. Castle High School
Mid-Pacific Institute