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5:27 AM / Wednesday August 12, 2020

Seniors

Savvy Senior: How To Stop Snoring

March 18, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions? Sleep Deprived Susan Dear Susan, Snoring is a very common problem that often gets worse with age. Around 37 million…

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A life with hemophilia and a challenge to all

March 10, 2017

BPT Val Bias’ entire life changed when he heard the loud noise come from the bathroom. The year was 1988, but Bias remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He ran to the bathroom and found the door blocked. He pushed and finally forced the door open. Inside he found Katie, his wife, lying on…

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Savvy Senior: How to find affordable high-speed home internet services

March 3, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that can help me find affordable high-speed home Internet services? I’m retired and live primarily on my Social Security and would like to find something cheaper than the $40 per month that I currently pay. Searching Senior Dear Searching, There are two great resources you can…

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Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins

February 24, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Very Vegetable Frittata These foods can give your heart a better chance BPT What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke….

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Savvy Senior: How to help older drivers give up the car keys

February 17, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep driving as long as she’s alive. Nervous Nelly Dear Nelly, There’s no doubt that giving up driving can be a…

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Savvy Senior: Do you need to file a tax return in 2017?

February 11, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year. New Retiree Dear New, There are several factors that affect whether or not…

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Over 50? You’re at increased risk for shingles

February 3, 2017

BPT A few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll* found that Americans consider 50 to be the “perfect age” to live forever in good health. For many, the half­-century mark can be a time when experience and opportunity balance perfectly – as told by the saying “50 is the new 30.” At 50 there may…

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Savvy Senior: Tax help for caregiver of elderly parents

January 27, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son Dear Supporting, There are actually several tax deductions and credits available to adult children who help look…

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New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon

January 20, 2017

BPT Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. Although these devices have been used for years, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus – the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones – is not yet available. Now two clinical trials underway across the U.S. may…

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Savvy Senior: Help for Seniors with bladder control problems

January 13, 2017

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda Dear Linda, Incontinence is very common in older adults. According to the CDC, more than half of women and 30 percent of men ages 65 and older are affected by it. Fortunately, there are a wide variety…

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