TODAY’S GRANDPARENT Grandparent jugglers

My wife and I were off to the races the other day but we drove right past Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. We were off to the kind of marathon many grandparents face now that schools are back in session. In our case the race involved volleyball, soccer and footb (read more)

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Preserving a legacy

In 1891 the Grand Union Tea Company in Scranton ran a contest. Entrants were asked to write the words “Grand Union Baking Powder, eight tickets with each pound” multiple times to fill one side of a standard postcard. The winner, out of 300 entries, was a (read more)

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Four tips to prevent, reduce joint pain

Joint pain can take a toll on your quality of life. Here are four ways you can relieve existing joint pain and prevent new episodes from developing. 1 Get moving: Not only is it a great mood booster, regular exercise is vital to preserve joint flexibility (read more)

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Finding the many joys of dancing

Do you believe dancing is something that only younger, in-shape, highly coordinated people can do? Not so. Classic or country, modern or folk, in pairs or in a group, dancing can be enjoyed at any age. A wide variety of dance classes exist, including ones (read more)

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Exploring Athens

The climb is torturous, but if you are in Athens you have to make it to the top of the Acropolis. That’s where you’ll find the cradle of western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. We were in the Greek capital several years ago for one day in No (read more)

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Stitching stress away

For nearly 60 years, Paula Davies has found comfort in a world of pins and needles. The outgoing Olyphant resident began acquiring a wide variety of needlework skills at age 8. “I knit, I crochet, I quilt, I sew. I do counted cross-stitch, crewel embroide (read more)

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Washington Watch

VA’S REVOLVING DOOR Within a year and a half, for the third or fourth time depending on who’s counting, there has been a new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In fact, the new secretary, Robert Wilkie, had previously served as Acting Secretary f (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)