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One pot plus one plant equals one happy gardener

July is a good time to contemplate the mistakes we made in May. Like that once-stunning mixed container on your patio or deck. It was perfect in May when you bought it, and therein lies the problem. It looked great on Memorial Day, not so much on the Four (read more)

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Exploring the beauty of Norway’s west coast

They say it is the world’s “most beautiful” sea voyage and, after spending a week cruising along Norway’s rugged west coast, we agree. It was 12 years ago that a group of Northeastern Pennsylvania residents took the voyage, which was one segment of one of (read more)

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Retirement leads to travel, family time for Taylor man

Rick Schraeder retired from his career as business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 81 last April. But he still wakes up around 5:15 every morning – a lifetime work habit he hasn’t been able to break. But not for lack of t (read more)

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Medicaid and long-term care

The typical senior citizen is generally familiar with Medicare, which provides certain health care benefits for persons 65 and older. However, Medicaid is also an important (but not as well-known) program. Medicaid (sometimes referred to as Medical Assist (read more)

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Travel club plans Ozark Country Christmas trip

The pieces are all in place for the Good Times Travel Club’s Ozark Country Christmas trip to Branson. John Madden of Travelworld, who is handling all arrangements, said the package was completed with confirmation that the club will have premium seats for (read more)

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Washington Watch: Social Security, health care news

Social Security good for 16 more years According to the annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, Social Security is on solid ground financially until 2034, the same date as projected last year. The companion disability fund, however, will b (read more)

Six tips for traveling with dementia

A dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end of all travel, but it does mean taking extra precautions and making extra preparations in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. For those seniors who are able, travel (read more)

How to stay flexible as you age

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Men and women may begin to feel less flexible as they get older. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, that loss of flexibility is because muscles lose both strength and elasticity as the body ages. A lack of flexibility can make men and (read more)

Washington Watch

DENTAL COVERAGE GAINS SUPPORT There are three major areas of health care which Medicare does not cover, one of them is dental. As a result, many older adults do not regularly visit a dentist. A survey taken by the Health Policy Institute of the American D (read more)

Area woman crochets seasonally themed hats throughout the year for regional newborns

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Corinne Sohns’ crocheted gifts warm hearts and heads alike. Over the past nearly six years, the Scott Township, Lackawanna County, grandmother has crocheted about 450 seasonally-themed hats that her daughter-in-law, a nurse, presented to newborns at her p (read more)

Alcohol Abuse among older Americans

BY NANCY REDDINGTON PARLO Recently released medical research indicates that many of the problems associated with aging can actually be attributed, at least in part, to the abuse of alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholi (read more)


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BY CHERYL M. KEYSER As the U.S. population ages, more and more patients are dealing with chronic care issues - diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, to name a few - which need regular medical attention. These same illnesses, because of their (read more)

Read more books for better health

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The availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to pick up a good book and get lost in a story. In fact, a 2015 Huffington Post/YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in the United States found that 28 percent hadn’t read a s (read more)

How to overcome workout fatigue

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Regular exercise provides a host of immediate and long-term benefits. Those who exercise regularly can maintain healthy weights while reducing their risk for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While exercise can make people more energe (read more)

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BY DUANE CAMPBELL Mark anything 90 percent off and I’ll buy it. That is how I got a new book, Florida Top 10 Garden Guide. I got the usual dirty look from my wife, but the truth is that many of the plants are not only in Florida but here in my basement. F (read more)