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  • SAVVY SENIOR: Seniors get tech savvy, stay connected with video calling

    Dear Savvy Senior
    Can you recommend any easy-to-use products for video calling? I live in a different state from my mother, who’s now 78, and would like to see her more often. But mom doesn’t have a computer or a smartphone for video chatting and she’s intimidated with technology.
    Living Afar

    Dear Living,

  • COLUMN: Depression: Uncovering the myths and overcoming the challenges

    Depression has been described by experts as maybe America’s number one health problem. In fact, the book, “Happiness is a Choice,” authored by two Christian medical doctors who are also psychiatrists, says, “we see more people suffering from depression than from all other emotional problems put together.” So, how do you know if you are actually “depressed” or just feeling down or blue?

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Too old to be an organ donor?

    Dear Savvy Senior
    Is there an age limit on being an organ donor? At age 73, I’m interested in being a donor when I die, but am wondering if they would still want my organs. What can you tell me, and what do I need to do to sign up?
    Willing But Old

    Dear Willing,

  • COLUMN: Resolving conflict has little to do with who is right or wrong

    Disagreements and conflict are normal in any relationship, and, although most of the content of this week’s topic will relate to marriage, much of it can be applied to other relationships as well.
    Conflicts can be a serious problem for some couples who find themselves continually hassling, fighting, arguing, often about things that may seem to be trivial or minor. These couples will often find that the arguments end up with either or both developing bad feelings, even resentments and serious anger episodes, with very little, if anything getting resolved.

  • The potluck’s back — let’s eat!

    Call it a sign of the times or just plain good luck for those of us yearning to swap fast food fare for some tasty home cooking. Potluck gatherings are back and one of this year’s hottest trends in entertaining.

  • When should senior citizens put down the car keys?

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    I’m worried about my father’s driving. At age 84, his driving skills have diminished significantly, but I know he’s bound and determined to keep going as long as he’s alive. What tips can you recommend that can help me help my dad stop driving?
    Nervous Daughter

    Dear Nervous,

  • COLUMN: Real love on a post-Valentine’s day

    Well, why are you writing an article about the subject of love after the day when everybody (well, almost everybody) did something special for someone special? Well, I do have a reason, maybe many reasons, for this article.
    You might want to check in your local store to find some real bargains on chocolates and flowers and other things — in fact, 50 percent off is not uncommon.

  • Help yourself to a bowl of soul-soothing homemade chicken noodle soup

    I do not remember having homemade chicken soup when I was a kid. The first time I ever remember my mother making chicken soup at home was when I was an adult. I was living with my parents briefly, and came down with the flu. Mama made chicken soup from scratch, simmering the chicken and vegetables to make the stock, and then making soup from that. It was wonderful and made me feel so much better.

  • Even in this age, marriage does not have to be an obsolete concept

    Could marriage become obsolete? Why is this question being proposed? Well, maybe because the latest statistics reflect this trend in our society.
    The usual decision — which was reflected in our society in 1960, when 72 percent of all adults, ages 18 and older, were married — has changed percentage-wise to just over 50 percent with some predicting that within a few years the number will drop below the half-way mark.
    What has happened? Where are we going? Why the overall change? Are there any worthwhile answers?

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Seniors get ‘taxing’ questions answered

    Dear Savvy Senior
    What are the 2011 IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors? I had to file and pay federal income taxes last year, but my income dropped and I’m wondering if I’m exempt this year.
    Recently Retired

    Dear Retired,