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 By Jim Miller    News

Can I stop Social Security if I go back to work? | Prime Living

Dear Savvy Senior, I lost my job last month because of the coronavirus crisis. With little savings, I've been thinking about starting my Social Security benefits early to help me... — Updated 7/22/2020


Is it culture shock? | Prime Living

The Return 3:45 a.m., our hosts Monique & Bernard drive us to the train station and escort us to our train in the Lyon-Par Dieu station. They kiss and hug us goodbye, Bernard ve... — Updated 7/22/2020


Practical tips for caregivers facing a pandemic | Prime Living

Whether your role as a caregiver has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you've worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Shawn Morris    News

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion | Prime Living

There's quite a bit of attention currently on the effects of repetitive concussion, which can lead to post-concussive syndrome and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is... — Updated 7/22/2020

 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 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


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