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  • SAVVY SENIOR: Looking for love and companionship online

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about online dating for older people? My daughter has been urging me to give it a try, but at age 62, I’m a little hesitant.
    Lonely Senior

    Dear Lonely,
    Dating sites have become enormously popular among the older generation in recent years. In fact, boomers and seniors make up about 20 percent of online daters today, and the numbers keeps growing. Here’s what you should know.

    Meeting Online

  • COLUMN: Leisure: Is it a luxury or a necessity?

    Enjoying yourself, your life, your family, your fun without feeling guilty or unspiritual is no small task in our work-worshiping life.
    Achievements and goals to be reached are always important. But always being bent on being successful can lead to a life described as: “all work and no play makes Jack a boring boy.”

  • COLUMN: ‘Farmers’ Market’ mysteries provide entertainment

    I fell in love with mysteries when I was a kid, starting with Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown and moving on to Mary Higgins Clark as I got older. As an adult, I discovered that subgenres of mysteries are popular. Cat and dog mysteries seem to have started the trend. Now there are quilt mysteries, scrapbook mysteries, tea mysteries, and herb mysteries.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to ensure your pets are cared for after you’re gone

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    How does one go about creating a trust for their pets? I have a dog and two cats that mean the world to me, and I want to make sure they’ll be well taken care of after I’m gone.
    Elderly Ellen

    Dear Ellen,
    Pet trusts have become more and more popular over the years as senior pet owners are looking for ways to ensure their pets will be well cared for when they’re no longer able to do the caring. Here are some tips to help you get started.  

    Types of Trusts

  • COLUMN: Attitudes make all the difference

    The story is told of the colorful, 19th-century gifted violinist, Niccolo Paganini, who was performing before a packed house, playing a difficult piece of music, accompanied by a full orchestra giving him magnificent support. But ... suddenly one string on his violin snapped and, of course hung down, from his violin.
    While reportedly he began to perspire, he continued to play beautifully.
    Soon, another string popped, and then a third string. Now, here was the master violinist with only one string left.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to diagnose and treat sleep apnea

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about sleep apnea? My husband, who’s 60, has become such a terrible snorer he wakes himself up at night, and he keeps me up too.
    Sleepy Shelly

    Dear Shelly,
    If your husband is a loud snorer who wakes himself up during sleep, he probably needs to be tested for sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that affects around 22 million Americans – and most don’t even know it.

  • COLUMN: Talking: Which style is best and when should you use it?

    Talking — it’s something everybody does, some too much and some too little. What is your pattern? Do you know if you actually have a pattern? If so, how did it become a pattern? If not, can you learn better ways to communicate that, in particular, helps you to better connect with your partner, family, friends? The following several patterns of communication may help you in this most essential part of your life.

  • COLUMN: New trend makes great outing, memorable artwork

    A year and a half ago, my friend of 30 years moved from two states away to live four miles from my home. We have known each other since second grade, but this was the closest we had ever lived to one another.
    We often spent time together when she first moved, but with the craziness of life with kids, work and community commitments, we now go weeks or sometimes much longer without seeing one another. Just before Christmas, we decided that it was time to have a girls’ night, and that the perfect activity for us would be to paint on canvas together.

  • COLUMN: Alzheimer’s – when loved ones are present, yet absent

    You may not have yet experienced alzheimer’s in your family, but it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or some other form of dementia is projected to reach 14 million in a number of years.
    It is stated regularly that families caring for someone with dementia or AD are barely able to stay afloat. Observing a person sort of “disappear” while you’re actually watching it happen can be very depressing and disheartening, to say the least.

  • COLUMN: Girls Scouting leaves impression on daughter and mom

    I am sitting on the cold hard linoleum floor in the community center for St. Pius X in Hikes Point. My daughter sits on my knee so she can see over the heads of the Girl Scouts sitting in front of her. We are waiting for the parade of countries to start at the World Thinking Day celebration for our unit, which includes many other troops.