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Friends and ukuleles

By day, Olapeju Simoyan, who goes by “Peju,” is a physician practicing her profession at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Marworth. But for an hour or so Tuesday evenings she puts aside that life to perform with the Kennedy Creek St (read more)

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Green Space

Many people think that the price on the sticker in a garden center is the price they must pay. Foolish people. I look at such stickers as a challenge, not a mandate. You can’t just call over the nearest person with a vest and a name tag and offer half the (read more)

Caregiver Conference coming to Scranton

The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Conference will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marywood University, Latour Room in Nazareth Hall. This conference is free to family or friends caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. T (read more)

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Vermont views

In early October, 100-plus Good Times travelers went to Vermont to view the autumn foliage. They accomplished this but the women in the group did a lot of shopping, too. Many came home with shopping bags stuffed with teddy bears, maple syrup and candy and (read more)

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Washington Watch

SOCIAL SECURITY HEADS UP The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security will increase by 1.6% (roughly $24.00 a month) at the start of 2020. This covers some 63 million beneficiaries and 8 million SSI beneficiaries. In addition, the maxim (read more)

Isolation among older adults

Probably one of the most worrisome symptoms of aging is isolation. It often comes after the loss of one’s spouse, but it can also be another relative or even the loss of an adult child. It is the sensation of being disconnected from everyone who does not (read more)

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Music is life to senior saxophonist, Navy veteran

Jack Brogan is 90 years old. To what does he attribute his longevity? “Music keeps me alive,” he said. Music has been fueling him for 80 years, ever since his Aunt Mary Walsh, an Exeter school algebra teacher, bought him a soprano saxophone when he was 10 (read more)

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BY DUANE CAMPBELL Mark anything 90 percent off and I’ll buy it. That is how I got a new book, Florida Top 10 Garden Guide. I got the usual dirty look from my wife, but the truth is that many of the plants are not only in Florida but here in my basement. F (read more)

How to stay flexible as you age

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Men and women may begin to feel less flexible as they get older. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, that loss of flexibility is because muscles lose both strength and elasticity as the body ages. A lack of flexibility can make men and (read more)

Washington Watch

DENTAL COVERAGE GAINS SUPPORT There are three major areas of health care which Medicare does not cover, one of them is dental. As a result, many older adults do not regularly visit a dentist. A survey taken by the Health Policy Institute of the American D (read more)

Area woman crochets seasonally themed hats throughout the year for regional newborns

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Corinne Sohns’ crocheted gifts warm hearts and heads alike. Over the past nearly six years, the Scott Township, Lackawanna County, grandmother has crocheted about 450 seasonally-themed hats that her daughter-in-law, a nurse, presented to newborns at her p (read more)

Alcohol Abuse among older Americans

BY NANCY REDDINGTON PARLO Recently released medical research indicates that many of the problems associated with aging can actually be attributed, at least in part, to the abuse of alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholi (read more)


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BY CHERYL M. KEYSER As the U.S. population ages, more and more patients are dealing with chronic care issues - diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, to name a few - which need regular medical attention. These same illnesses, because of their (read more)

Read more books for better health

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The availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to pick up a good book and get lost in a story. In fact, a 2015 Huffington Post/YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in the United States found that 28 percent hadn’t read a s (read more)

How to overcome workout fatigue

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Regular exercise provides a host of immediate and long-term benefits. Those who exercise regularly can maintain healthy weights while reducing their risk for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While exercise can make people more energe (read more)