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  • COLUMN: Parenting the right way, part 2

    Well, to continue the topic of parenting that began last week, let’s begin with some humorous statements made about this subject, all of which are anonymous.
    * The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.
    * Just when your kids are fit to live with, they’re living with someone else.
    * The joy of motherhood: what a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed.
    * The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be his/her parent.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to find a quality continuing-care retirement community

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you give me some tips on picking a good full-service retirement community that offers all levels of housing, from independent apartment-style to nursing home care? My wife and I are both approaching 80 and are looking to downsize from our current home, but we want our next move to be our last.
    One More Move

  • COLUMN: How do you parent the ‘right’ way?

    Parenting — how do I do it the right way? That is today’s topic in my new series on “The Family,” which begins with this column.
    Many (maybe most) parents have asked themselves questions that contain the word “right.” After reading books, magazines and other material, including some of the writings from the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible, they believe their parenting isn’t working the way they’ve been taught it should.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: What you should know about your parents’ affairs

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What’s the best way to handle this and what all do I need to find out?
    Apprehensive Daughter

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Age-friendly telephones help seniors stay in touch

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory isn’t so great either.
    Shopping Son

    Dear Shopping,
    There are literally dozens of different types and styles of age-friendly phones on the market today that can help seniors with a variety of challenges like hearing loss, low vision, memory problems and limited mobility.

  • COLUMN: Resolutions v. promises: What’s the difference?
  • COLUMN: Breathe new life into your marriage

    Resuscitate — what in the world does that big word mean? Well, I’m sure that the Spencer County EMT personnel know that a resuscitator is an apparatus used to restore respiration to a partially asphyxiated person, even to a person who may be unable to be restored. That doesn’t mean that they give up without trying.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Simple changes for making a home senior-friendly

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What tips or products can you recommend to help make a home safer and more convenient for aging in place? My husband and I are in our 70’s and don’t have the money for any big renovations, but we want to do what we can to stay in our house as long as possible.

    Dear Homebodies,
    There are lots of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to make your home safer and livable as you age that are very inexpensive or completely free. Here are several to consider.

  • COLUMN: Season’s greetings, happy holidays and merry Christmas

    Which is it for you? I still prefer the last one. Why? Because it is more than a holiday. It actually is Christmas! And, the first two are fairly new versions that have emerged more recently. When I was a child, I remember that Christmas was just that ... Christmas, not a “season” to greet someone, or a “holiday” that is supposed to also be happy.
    We also all know that there are four “seasons”: summer, fall, winter and spring. And, on that note, there are many holidays besides this one that we usually celebrate each year.

  • COLUMN: Is happiness still available?