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Savvy Senior - How Medicare and Other Tools Can Help Older Smokers Kick the Habit
8/20/2020 11:14:31 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that COVID-19 hits smokers a lot harder than nonsmokers but quitting at my age is very difficult. Does Medicare offer any coverage that helps beneficiaries quit smoking? Must Quit   Dear Must, It’s true. Smokers and vapers have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection as the coronavirus attacks the lungs. That’s why quitting now is more important than ever before. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you’ll be happy to know that Medicare Part B covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help...

What it was, was a peach tree
8/20/2020 11:08:48 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   For some reason, this week, I had been thinking of my maternal grandfather. I was named after him, and therefore we had a connection. I was thinking about him because this month I turned the same age as he was when he passed. I hope there's no connection there. As a young boy, I would spend a month, every summer at my grandparents. They lived up in the mountains of Pennsylvania in a long valley. My grandfather was a farmer, and his primary income was his dairy cows. He taught me how to milk cows, and he did it the old-fashioned, hands-on...

Savvy Senior - How to keep a watchful eye on an aging parent
8/13/2020 6:42:22 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services or technology that help me monitor my elderly mother who lives alone? Since the coronavirus pandemic started last March, my sister and I have noticed that my mom’s health has slipped a bit, so we would like to find something that helps us keep tabs on her when we’re not around. Concerned Daughter   Dear Concerned Depending on how closely you want to monitor your mother, and what she’s comfortable with as well, there are check-in call services along with some new monitoring technology devices you...

Are homemade cookies addictive?
8/13/2020 6:39:14 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Some people say we are living in the "new normal." I'm not sure exactly what they mean, and I don't have the time to ask, nor the desire. If the "new normal" is what I have been experiencing in the parsonage for the last several months, I'm all for it. Let it continue. Everybody should be able to live their own normal. Because of being limited, as far as traveling is concerned and going shopping or whatever, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have spent a lot of time at home enjoying our time together. I...

America v America ad infinitum
8/12/2020 3:24:55 PM

‘All the news that’s that’s fit to—hey quick, look over there!’ By L Ron Brooks   THE HEARTLAND—I thought this week’s column would be my last for a while (that column is already mostly finished—“in the can,” in the vernacular) and I’d be able to return to chainsaw juggling on the Venice boardwalk full-time.   But my conscience wouldn’t permit me to have this forum and not go on record about one other important thing all that damnably political researching revealed. Here it is: What was...

Persevere
8/12/2020 3:22:24 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   The last few months have been a very difficult time for so many of us. I repeat here this “Request for Transfer” by an unknown author that has gotten me through some dark times when I’ve wanted to give up. I wanted to share it to help keep spurring us forward today.   “Request for Transfer”   To: Commander-in-Chief From: Battlefield Soldier Subject: Request for Transfer   Dear Lord, I’m writing this to You to request a transfer to...

Are homemade cookies addictive?
8/12/2020 3:15:14 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Some people say we are living in the "new normal." I'm not sure exactly what they mean, and I don't have the time to ask, nor the desire. If the "new normal" is what I have been experiencing in the parsonage for the last several months, I'm all for it. Let it continue. Everybody should be able to live their own normal. Because of being limited, as far as traveling is concerned and going shopping or whatever, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have spent a lot of time at home enjoying our time...

Savvy Senior - Financial Help for Retirees Affected by COVID-19
8/6/2020 2:34:04 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any financial assistance programs you can refer me to? The coronavirus pandemic has cost me my part-time retirement job and has shrunk my measly IRA account. —Needy Retiree   Dear Needy, Absolutely! In addition to the $1,200 federal coronavirus stimulus check that was distributed in April and May, there are many other financial-assistance programs (both public and private) that can help struggling retirees, as well as give relief to family members who help provide financial support for their loved ones. To find out what types...

I love a mystery when it's a mystery
8/6/2020 2:25:41 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Because of the situation we are in these days, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have spent some significant time watching mysteries. We enjoy a mystery movie. I have always loved mysteries. I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. I have read the Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton. And, don’t forget Agatha Christie with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. What wonderful mysteries created by these authors, and I have enjoyed reading the books as well as watching the movies based on these books. I...

Lessons from Geese: Standing by each other in difficult times
7/30/2020 11:33:26 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we human beings had as much sense of community as geese? During an Outward Bound experience in Maine, participants read these lessons we humans can learn from geese that bear repeating, considering and sharing in these trying times.   Lessons from Geese   Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if...