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  • COLUMN: Worry, stress or panic — it may be anxiety

    During certain times in our lives, all of us have experienced most, if not all of the above. But, I have had more clients/patients who have had a combination of worry and fear (often being unable to determine which one is first and which one is second).
    I’m going to address these issues by concentrating on anxiety, which seems to arrive accompanied by both, although one may be more prevalent than the other.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Medicare covers Shingles vaccination

    Dear Savvy Senior
    What can you tell me about the shingles vaccine? I just turned 65 and have been thinking about getting vaccinated, but would like to know how effective it is and how it’s covered by Medicare.
    Afraid of Needles

    Dear Afraid,

  • Counselor's Corner: How can I grow through a divorce?

    Divorce is is a term which is usually full of emotional expressions. Some have anticipated it as a sort of relief from emotional pain and hurt, while others dread it like an unwanted plague that has the potential to devastate a whole family.
    As I have worked with many divorced persons, and also victims (other family members, including, of course childen), it is no wonder that in one of the Old Testament books of the Bible, it is stated that God hates “putting away” (meaning divorce).

  • The Savvy Senior: Seniors can extend their driving years

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What tips or resources can you recommend to help seniors with their driving skills? My 84-year-old mother is still a capable driver, but she has declined a little in recent years and could definitely use some help.
    Concerned Daughter

    Dear Concerned,
    With more and more Americans driving well into their 70s, 80s and beyond, there are lots of tips, tools and programs available today to help elderly seniors drive safer and longer. Here are several that may help.

  • Savvy Senior: Proceed with caution - online medical info

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What are the best websites for finding reliable health information on the Internet? I usually do a Google search on a symptom, drug or health condition when I want to research something, but with so much information out there I’m not sure what I can trust.
    Untrusting Senior

    Dear Untrusting,

  • COLUMN: ‘A deserved tribute to my best friend’

    Today’s column will be different than any you have read over the past nearly two years. Yet, today’s may be one of the most valuable ones ever written, especially as it relates to how a lifetime of a friendship can and should get better and last forever.

  • Spud love: Grill potatoes for a unique, healthy side dish

    Potatoes are the top food eaten alongside grilled main dishes, according to the NPD Group, so why not put potatoes on the grill too? Try grilling thick potato planks, skewered potato chunks, or colorful halved fingerlings in a zesty rub like these Flame-Licked Fingerlings, created by award-winning cookbook authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, also known as the “BBQ Queens.”

  • Counselor's Corner: Are you available to people in need?

    Many years ago, a song was recorded which repeatedly stated, “we all need somebody to lean on.” You can be that “somebody” if you move out of your comfort zone and make yourself available.

  • Grape goodness: Grapes are a great choice for healthy snacks and nutritious meals

    Crisp, juicy and sweet, grapes are a real crowd-pleaser. Even better, all three colors of grapes - red, green and black - are good for you.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Debt counseling programs can help seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What resources can you recommend to help seniors with financial problems? I hate to admit it, but I’ve fallen behind on my house payments and have accumulated quite a bit of credit card debt over the past few years. Where can we get help?
    Indebt At 70

    Dear Indebt,
    There are actually a number of free and low-cost resources available today that can help seniors who are struggling with credit card and/or mortgage debt. Here’s where you can turn to for help.

    Credit Counseling