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The Virus of Fear - Q&A

Q: How does it feel to be barreling across England and France at 186 MPH and through the Chunnel at 100 MPH? SharonAnn – Scary and thrilling, no seat belts, great lunch, helpful and charming steward...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    March 18, 2020

Loneliness and the threat to your health

New, scientific studies are showing an actual difference in cell activity in those people who are depressed. Steve Cole, professor of medicine at UCLA, relates this surprising result in the blood...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    March 18, 2020

Beware of coronavirus scams

Dear Savvy Senior, Amid all the troubling coronavirus news, I’ve also read that there are various coronavirus scams going around right now taking advantage of innocent people who are afraid of getting sick or are worried about those that have....

 

Addressing Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the top of most people’s minds, given the significant impacts on health and the economy. As we weather the outbreak, adhering to sound hygiene practices is critical. Simple steps work — like regular...

 

Heart to Heart with Freewheelin' Dan

An "interview" with husband Dan: You are currently in the fifth month of freewheelin'-traveling and pet sitting overseas after 68 years of little travel. What prompted you to try this adventure? I've...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    February 19, 2020

Dollar stores do have deals

Thank goodness for the dollar stores! Or maybe not. We all want the best value for our money, and this month, when Valentines and candy were to be exchanged, why not visit the "Dollar Store?" Just be...

 

YOU can make a difference

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James You can make a difference in these ways: State Health Insurance Benefit Advisor – All insurance companies in the state pay a fee to operate here. The Insurance Commissioner...

 

Healthy kids, healthy drinks

This month, I’m excited to write in support of a bill in the Washington State Legislature requiring restaurants to serve healthy drinks on children’s menus. House Bill 2383, the “Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids” initiative, considers water,...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    February 19, 2020

Important legal documents all seniors should have

Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of legal documents do I need to prepare to help my family after I’m gone? I would like to get my affairs in order but could use some help. —Almost 75 Dear Almost, All adults – especially seniors – should have at...

 

Cultural differences add to an adventure, just not always in a good way

When you are on the freewheelin' road, everyday life is different from our Edmonds world. It's not wrong or right, just different. For the first time since we took off traveling, we are living in a to...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    January 22, 2020

On writing the 'Thank You' note

So the packages have all been opened, wrapping thrown away, and decorations are stored. All that's left is the pine needles on the floor to remind us of Christmas. Even the holiday parties and "open...

 
 By John McAlpine    News    January 22, 2020

Feeling guilty? Do some good!

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” — Voltaire You can do some good this way: Help a Neighbor- There is no fancy or cute way for me to describe this volunteer job. It is something we all have to do. The thing is, some of us...

 

Medicinal mushrooms of the Northwest

A recent documentary by Louie Shwartzberg titled “Fantastic Fungi” explores the magical world of mushrooms. Current science reveals the intricate role fungi play in the forest ecosystem — with their extensive underground mycelial networks....

 
 By Jim Miller    News    January 22, 2020

Monitoring solutions for loved ones with dementia

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband, who lives at home, has dementia and I worry about him wandering off and not being able to get back. Can you recommend some monitoring technology devices or any other solutions that can help me keep tabs on him? ...

 

The 1st 7 days of Freewheelin' Scotland

'Twas getting dark as we stepped off the plane from Paris to Edinburgh and made our way to Bus H. We stand in the rain for about 10 minutes until it comes by, and hauls us to the car rental agency....

 
 By Beth Bond    News    December 18, 2019

Who needs 'stuff?' Give the gift of adventure

How do you wrap an adventure? Well, the calendar says it's December, and the hustle and bustle of Christmas will soon be upon us. But some seniors have learned how to celebrate the "giving season" by...

 

Nothing beats the joy of giving

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller You can bring some cheer this way: Help Someone by Listening - If you have a few hours a week, the ability to write short...

 

Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine for Thyroid Support

Thyroid imbalance is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, and the prevalence is on the rise. Estimates of adults with thyroid dysfunction range from 4-10%, with women more commonly affected than men (though incidence in...

 

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season

For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving – not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community,...

 

Good way to see the world? Get your hands dirty

Who would have thought a few months ago I would be on my knees, in the dirt, in an orchard in the countryside of France helping a new friend harvest the fallen hazelnuts (filberts)? No one who knows...

 
 By Beth Bond    News    November 20, 2019

A lifetime of music

It's been said that music has the power to soothe the savage beast, and maybe so. Music touches our lives from birth to death. In fact, the use of calming music can influence the embryo as it...

 

Make yourself happy; make yourself useful

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Here are some ways to be useful: Volunteer Chore - The...

 
 By Jim Miller    News    November 20, 2019

How to create an ethical will

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as well as express my thoughts and feelings, but I don...

 

Ketogenic Nutrition and Diabetes

Ketogenic nutrition, or the "keto diet," is gaining a lot of attention as a tool for weight loss and healing chronic disease. Although not right for everyone, keto diet is highly effective for...

 

Honor history and its lessons

The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one's life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied...

 

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