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SAVVY SENIOR - Should You Prepay Your Funeral?
4/29/2021 11:29:28 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I have been thinking about preplanning our funerals now so our kids won’t have to later, but we would like to find out if it’s a good idea to prepay. What can you tell us? Living on a Budget   Dear Living, Planning your funerals in advance is definitely a smart move. Not only does it give you and your wife time to make a thoughtful decision on the type of service you want, it also allows you to shop around to find a good funeral provider, and it will spare your family members the burden of making these decisions at an...

What would the world be without apple fritters?
4/29/2021 11:23:51 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Stress is not something new in my life or anybody else's, for that matter. The thing about stress is that you never get used to it, or at least I don't. I don't know what I would do if one week I had no stress at all. When that happens, I'll let you know. This past week has not been one of those stress-free weeks. Starting on the very first day of the week, stress poked its nose into my business. On Monday, as I sat at my office to begin the week's work, I opened up my laptop, and I could not turn it on. It would not accept...

Still not resting
4/29/2021 11:03:35 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “Another life taken. Another public lynching. Another news story. Another act of recorded Black death . . . [This death] is not an anomaly, but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.” These lines are from the opening scenes of the “sermonic film” Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and Co-Pastor in Residence of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute...

A Black trans woman was killed. Her sisterhood asks why?
4/21/2021 5:41:12 PM

By Devna Bose   CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Gray clouds, steeped with rain, swirled above Tuckaseegee Park when a short parade of cars pulled into the parking lot. One by one, the cars emptied, and dozens of women greeted each other, crying and laughing, having traveled from all over the Southeast to collectively celebrate the life of a sister they had lost. Jaida Peterson, a Black, transgender woman, was found dead in a west Charlotte hotel room April 4. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials say she was shot. Detectives are investigating who killed Peterson and...

Savvy Senior - Could You Have Prediabetes?
4/21/2021 5:12:18 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about prediabetes, and how can you know if you have it? My 62-year-old husband, who’s in pretty good shape, was recently diagnosed with prediabetes and didn’t have clue. Could I have it too? Wondering Spouse   Dear Wondering, Underlying today’s growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not high enough to be called diabetes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as...

Thank You, Sister Simone Campbell!
4/21/2021 5:08:51 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   In March Sister Simone Campbell stepped down as Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the organization she led for 16 years that educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. Many people got to know her work during the debate over the Affordable Care Act when she drafted the “nuns’ letter” to Congress supporting the bill that was signed by 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters. The support played a key role in getting the Affordable Care Act passed, and...

That’s why doctors call us patients
4/21/2021 4:33:35 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   For the past month, I have been engaging with my eye doctor. I've had two cataracts removed which isn't a serious thing in itself. But what goes into this surgery is what baffles me. I've often wondered why doctors call us patients. I have figured out that the doctors are not patient, so they expect us to be patient. I need to work on that. I had two cataract surgeries two weeks apart. It took a whole month to go through the process. After the surgery, it'll take another 4 to 6 weeks to get the proper glasses I need to...

This is Not Normal
4/14/2021 1:08:51 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   On April 8 President Biden announced a series of executive actions to curb America’s gun violence epidemic that kills a child or teen every 2 hours and 36 minutes in our nation. These are critical lifesaving reforms and more must follow. Vice President Harris correctly said during the administration’s announcement, “Time and again, as progress has stalled, we have all asked, ‘What are we waiting for?’ Because we aren’t waiting for a tragedy; I know that. We’ve had more...

Savvy Senior - The Most and Least Popular Ages to Claim Social Security
4/14/2021 1:06:38 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, How much does your claiming age affect your Social Security benefits, and what are the most popular ages people start taking their retirement benefits? Nearing Retirement   Dear Nearing, You can sign up for Social Security at any time after age 62. However, your monthly payments will be larger for each month you delay claiming them up until age 70. This adds up to around 6 to 8 percent higher payments every year you delay. To get a breakdown on exactly how much your claiming age affects your benefits, visit Social Security’s Retirement...

Something seems to be missing
4/14/2021 12:45:58 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Did you ever have a week when it felt like something was missing, but you didn't quite know what it was? I had that kind of a week this past week. It felt like something was missing, and I could not figure out what it was. The past week was typical in many regards. Everything seemed to be going normal as normal could be. But I had this nagging thought in the back of my head that I was missing something. I really couldn’t get a handle on it. At first, I thought maybe I had missed my Apple Fritter. My New Year's resolution for this...