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Savvy Senior: Is skin cancer hereditary?

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Dear Savvy Senior, Is skin cancer hereditary? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year, and I’m wondering if I’m at higher risk. Younger Sister Dear Younger, While long-term sun exposure and sunburns are the biggest risk factors for melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – having a sibling or parent with melanoma does indeed increase your risk, […]

Savvy Senior: How to choose a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy

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Dear Savvy Senior, I’m planning to enroll in original Medicare in a few months and have been told I probably need to get a Medicare supplemental policy too. Can you offer any tips on selecting one? Almost 65 Dear Almost, If you’re enrolling in original Medicare, getting a supplemental policy (also known as Medigap insurance) too is a smart idea […]

Now What?! The L-word

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The ‘L’ word can represent all sorts of things, whether it’s love, the lord, luck, or – in the context of this article – loyalty. Within most interpersonal relationships, there are qualities that I consider must-haves. Qualities such as honesty, even when it’s complex, humor even in the darkest times, or empathy when there is no way to relate. Not […]

Savvy Senior: Adaptive clothing takes the stress out of dressing

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Dear Savvy Senior, What kinds of clothing options are available to mobility challenged seniors who have a difficult time dressing? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, The chore of dressing and undressing in traditional clothing can be difficult, time-consuming and even painful for millions of people with certain health and mobility problems. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety special clothing, known as […]

Savvy Senior: How to get underutilized COVID funeral assistance funds

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Dear Savvy Senior, I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic. What can you tell me about this? I lost my 78-year-old mother to COVID in 2021 and want to find out if I’m still eligible for any funeral funds, and if so, what […]

Savvy Senior: How to start a walking program and stay motivated

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Dear Savvy Senior, My doctor recently suggested I start a walking program to help get my weight and blood pressure under control, but I’ve never exercised much and am 66. Can you recommend some tips? Hate to Exercise   Dear Hate, You should follow your doctor’s orders. Years of research have shown that walking may be the single best exercise […]

Savvy Senior: Best senior travel discounts in 2022

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Dear Savvy Senior, What are some of the best travel discounts available to seniors? My husband and are about to retire and are interested in traveling more but live on a tight budget. Frugal Travelers   Dear Frugal, There are literally hundreds of different travel-related discounts available to older travelers that can add up to save you hundreds of dollars […]

LETTERS: Gang activity, and Youngkin’s violent crime task force

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Dear editor: I was interested and pleased to see that Governor Youngkin had established a task force on violent crime. I hope this task force will focus on both prevention and reaction strategies.  Too many such groups come back with recommendations that are heavy on areas like more police officers, increased funding for law enforcement, and stiffer jail sentences. There’s […]

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers Alzheimer’s disease

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Dear Savvy Senior, What exactly does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My husband was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and we would like to find out what’s covered and what isn’t. Planning Ahead   Dear Planning, I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis, but you’ll be happy to know that most medical costs to treat […]

Now What?! Motherhood, re-blooming

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While I was enjoying lunch with some friends recently, the topic of punishment of children arose. It was a reminder that not every parent punishes bad behavior or rule-breaking in the same way. Sometimes, parents in the same family don’t even agree upon punishments. But no matter what children say, their misdeeds require punishments and consequences – not capital punishment, […]


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