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 By Jim Miller    News

How to make the most of your telehealth appointment

Dear Savvy Senior, I manage a large doctor's clinic that treats hundreds of seniors each month. We are moving to more telehealth visits to help keep our patients safe at home... — Updated 6/26/2020

 By Shawn Morris    News

Botanicals for ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a unique diagnosis to the late twentieth century. Children are most commonly diagnosed as they move through the education system,... — Updated 6/26/2020

 By John McAlpine    News

Need for volunteers won't disappear with coronavirus

As we enter into the fourth month of this COVID-19 era, volunteer opportunities are fairly rare. While food banks are still operating, and can use support in the form of donated... — Updated 6/26/2020


Engage virtually

Connection and a sense of community can be critical to well-being as people continue to distance and isolate. It can be challenging, especially for older adults, but there are ways... — Updated 6/26/2020


How to learn the dance of change

We had our life planned out, just like most, before the Panic. A year ago, we were planning a marriage, planning a trip to Europe, and planning to pet sit in many countries, especia... — Updated 6/26/2020

 By Jim Miller    News

Grocery and meal service delivery options for seniors sheltering in place

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Shawn Morris    News

Is it seasonal allergies, or novel coronavirus?

With the warmer spring weather, many people are noticing a familiar set of symptoms: itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose. We are well into allergy season, which actually... — Updated 5/27/2020


How to cope with the emotional rollercoaster of change

At 12:01a.m., a notification arrives in Dan's email, and we see it at breakfast. Our flights from Lyon to Seattle set for June 30 are closed. Our hearts dropped. We have a series... — Updated 5/27/2020


Understanding Rare Cancers

Although rare cancers don't occur often, they can affect people of all ages and genders. A rare cancer is defined as fewer than 15 new diagnoses per 100,000 people per year,... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Beth Bond    News

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... — Updated 3/19/2020

 By Jim Miller    News

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... — Updated 3/18/2020


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... — Updated 3/18/2020


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 a... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Beth Bond    News

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... — Updated 2/21/2020

 By Jim Miller    News

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... — Updated 2/19/2020


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,... — Updated 2/19/2020


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... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By John McAlpine    News

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 companie... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Jim Miller    News

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... — Updated 1/23/2020


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... — Updated 1/23/2020

 By John McAlpine    News

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... — Updated 1/23/2020


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... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Beth Bond    News

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... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Beth Bond    News

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... — Updated 12/18/2019


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... — Updated 12/18/2019


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