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6:08 PM / Wednesday August 5, 2020

Seniors

Savvy Senior: How and when to apply for Social Security retirement benefits

September 30, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the easiest way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits, and how far in advance do I need to apply before I start collecting? Approaching 62 Dear Approaching, The Social Security Administration offers three different ways you can apply for your retirement and/or spouses benefits, depending on your preference…

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Veterans find hope and healing through creative arts

September 23, 2016

ABOVE PHOTO:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BPT Where words fail, the creative arts have the ability to speak. Art therapy is an empowering technique that allows for self-discovery and has the power to produce insight and expression in a non-threatening way. That is why the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages creative…

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Creating confidence: eight steps to feeling more self-assured

September 16, 2016

BPT Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life or from achieving your professional goals, it may be time…

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Savvy Senior: How to prevent falls at home

September 10, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, My 79-year-old mother, who lives alone, has fallen several times over the past year. Are there any extra precautions we should take that can help prevent this? Worried Daughter Dear Worried, Falls are a big concern for many elderly seniors and their families. Each year, 1-in-3 older Americans fall, making it the…

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New grandbaby? Learn how to help baby and mom thrive

September 2, 2016

BPT Grandparents play a unique, important role in caring for family members of all ages. Here are some ways that you can help keep babies and moms safe and healthy. Helping babies sleep safely Grandparents can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. To help…

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Savvy Senior: Donating old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment

August 29, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Where are some good places to donate old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment? My uncle passed away a few months ago and left behind a bunch of useful aids that could surely help someone else. Searching Nephew Dear Searching, Donating old, unused assistive living aids and/or medical equipment is a great…

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Savvy Senior: Medicare coverage for non-working spouses

August 19, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare cover spouses who have not worked? I have worked all my life, but my spouse worked only for a few years when we first got married but then quit to take care of our children fulltime. Will she be eligible for Medicare? Inquiring Husband Dear Inquiring There are plenty of…

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Five Tips To Keep Your Cellphone Running Smoothly

August 13, 2016

BPT We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They’re so much more than just phones – they’ve become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers. But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If you’re not careful, your phone’s memory will…

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Tips for caretakers to help their loved one get better nutrition

August 5, 2016

BPT When a patient is battling cancer, good nutrition is essential to maintain physical strength and help ensure a better response to treatment. Foods high in protein are an important part of your loved one’s balanced diet, and helping them eat well is a critical investment in their health and well-being. That said, there may…

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Savvy Senior: How to find financial assistance for elderly parents

July 28, 2016

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. Feeling Overwhelmed Dear Overwhelmed, There are actually a wide variety of financial assistance programs and government benefits that can help…

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