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  • Lighten up with these egg-cellent eggrolls

    Whether you’re hosting a party or just enjoying some down time with friends, delicious, slimmed-down snacks and small plates made with lean pork are the perfect solution for the health-conscious host.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Shot Savvy: Column addresses vaccinations, medicare coverage

    Dear Savvy Senior
    What types of vaccinations are recommended for seniors? I know about flu shots, but what else is recommended and what’s covered by Medicare?  
    Cheap Shot Sally

    Dear Sally:
    Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors, need their shots, too. Here’s a breakdown of what vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for adults age 50 and older, and how they’re covered by Medicare.

  • Top chop: Check out these delcious tips for the perfect pork chop

    When looking for inspiration on the grill, nothing beats the tender, juicy pork chop. This hearty protein is a versatile canvas for a wide range of mouthwatering rubs, glazes and marinades that will ignite taste buds with bold new flavors.  

  • COLUMN: Laughter: It is life’s free medicine

    The monthly magazine, Readers Digest, for many years had a regular part of the magazine entitled: Laughter, The World’s Best Medicine. Under this heading were some humorous stories and jokes.
    There is something to be said about this statement that is absolutely true: good, hearty laughter appears to help display a healthy disposition. It has also often been stated that it relaxes our body system, we feel better and we may even (how nice this would be) grumble and complain less.

  • COLUMN: Just when we have a plan for our lives, it gets interrupted

    Life happens...
    The above statement has been repeated many times with different endings: “... when you’re waiting for something else” or “...when you’re making other plans.”
    What matters at these times is “So what do I/we do now?”
    Well, how do you respond when life happens?
    Some have stated humorously: “just drop back 10 yards, and punt” or something similar to that.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Seniors get savvy about exercise as treatment for arthritis

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can exercise help seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis and have read that certain exercises can help ease the pain, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to make it any worse than it already is. What can you tell me?
    Sedentary Sally

    Dear Sally,
    Lots of seniors who have arthritis believe that exercise will worsen their condition, but that’s not true. Study after study has shown that exercise is actually one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Children caring for elderly parents could be eligible for tax breaks

    Dear Savvy Senior
    My wife and I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and are wondering if any of it is tax deductible. What can you tell us?
    Stretched Thin

    Dear Stretched,
    There is some tax relief available to adult children who help look after their aging parents or other relatives. But in order to be eligible, both you and your mom will need to meet Uncle Sam’s criteria. Here’s what you should know.

    IRS Eligibility

  • COLUMN: The facts about depression, part 2

    Well, as stated in last week’s column, this is part two on this subject, so as not to leave you hanging and wondering, “what is wrong with me ... am I depressed, or am I just feeling down and maybe this will just pass if I just wait it out?”
    Well, why not take the following simple self-rating depression scale by answering “true” to those that you feel are actually true: (taken from the book mentioned last week, “Happiness Is a Choice”):
    1. I feel like crying now more often than a year ago.
    2. I feel blue and sad.

  • Refreshing: Cool mint pie is creamy, dreamy

    St. Patrick’s Day has the potential to create fun memories of family traditions. The day can revolve around far more than wild parties and revelry. For kids, depictions of rainbows, leprechauns and all things green can elevate the day from ordinary to one talked about for years to come. It is fun to celebrate the minor holidays to help break up the year and give kids some sense of the rhythm of seasons.