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Technology that can help you locate things you misplace
3/10/2021 4:13:43 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good devices that help seniors with tracking down misplaced items? My wife misplaces everything including her car keys, eyeglasses, cell phone, purse and more. Always Searching   Dear Always, There’s actually a wide variety of tracking devices that can help you and your wife find items that are commonly misplaced. Here are some top options to consider depending on how tech savvy you are.   Bluetooth Trackers If you or your wife uses a smartphone or tablet, you can easily track down lost or misplaced...

What’s so Peasy about Easy?
3/10/2021 3:28:50 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I am nowhere to be found when it comes to crafts, remodeling, and just plain fixer-uppers. My carpentry skills are nowhere to be found even though I've looked for a long time. If I try to fix something, I make it worse than it was. Fixing is not my strong suit. On the other side of the parsonage, we have a different scenario. If the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage cannot fix something, it cannot be broken. No matter what it is, it doesn't take her long to figure out how to fix it. Often she will spend time on the computer...

President Biden’s cabinet reflects a more just and inclusive United States of America
3/10/2021 3:23:38 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   This year’s Women’s History Month sees our nation moving forward and including women at all levels of authority including Kamala Harris as our Vice President. Other extraordinary women have been nominated for cabinet and sub-cabinet positions by President Biden. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), former Congressional Black Caucus chair, has been nominated to become the second Black woman Secretary of Housing and Urban Development following Patricia Roberts Harris. Isabel Guzman has been nominated to lead the...

Savvy Senior - A Social Security perk for older parents
3/3/2021 2:47:37 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve been told that my two children, ages 14 and 16, may be eligible for Social Security when I file for my retirement benefits. Is this true? What can you tell me? Viagra Daddy                                                         Dear Viagra, It’s true. If you’re...

Black History Month: Writing the Next Chapter
3/3/2021 2:37:55 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” –Dr. Carter G. Woodson   Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, a pioneering Harvard-trained historian, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, created Negro History Week in 1926 to help give this record and inspiration to other African Americans. At the time Dr. Woodson was alarmed...

Knock, knock; someone’s in trouble
3/3/2021 1:35:08 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   For some reason, the last several weeks we have been getting many visitors at our door. I’m not sure if this is a general trend or if it is just our door. Some of them have been salesmen, religious people, scam artists, and a host of other people. They only had one goal in mind, and that was to get our money. I guess I have not realized how wealthy I am. Everybody wants my money. If they only knew how little money I had, they would be running away from our house. I can’t even get my money because I’m not sure where it...

Savvy Senior - How to Choose a Quality Nursing Home During a Pandemic
2/23/2021 9:47:53 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on how to pick a good nursing home in the COVID era? My mother had a stroke a while back and can’t use her legs any longer. I’ve been taking care of her at home, but her health has declined to the point that I absolutely can’t do it any longer. Need Help   Dear Need, COVID-19 has hit nursing homes hard over the past year, making it extremely difficult for people attempting to choose a nursing home during this time. While many eldercare experts suggest avoiding nursing homes during the pandemic if at...

If it was up to me
2/18/2021 11:27:25 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   THE PARSONAGE—Fifty years ago, I was a teenager. Boy, do I miss those Days of Yore. It's not that I would like to relive them, but I was a much different person back then. As a teenager, I knew everything, and all you had to do was ask me. Even if you didn't ask me, I still would tell you what was on my mind. I wished I knew everything today because people are asking me questions I can’t even answer. A teenager is someone between being a baby and being an adult. I sure don't want to be a baby, and I've had misgivings...

How to choose a hospice care program
2/18/2021 11:17:40 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I turn to find a good Medicare covered hospice provider? My husband’s mother has a terminal condition and wants to die at home, if possible, so I’m helping out where I can. Sad Sandy   Dear Sandy, Hospice is a wonderful option in the last months of life because it offers a variety of services, not only to those who are dying, but also to those left behind. Here’s what you should know about hospice care, along with some tips to help you choose one.   Understanding Hospice Hospice care is a unique...

A divided house makes a happy home
2/10/2021 2:41:16 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Never has our world been more divided than today. Politics, religion, sports and on and on I could go. For the most part, so many people think being divided is a negative thing. And for many people it is. However, after being married to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage for almost 50 years, I have discovered that a divided house can be a very happy house. It just depends on how you are divided and what divides you. That makes all the difference in the house. Being married as long as I have been does not make me an expert in this area. I am...