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Full Schedule Couple finds the ‘free time’ expected after retirement filled in satisfying ways

Gene Hopkins looked intently into the large paper grocery bag stuffed inside a yellow plastic bag on the table in front of him in the lower level of Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. With a practiced hand, he grabbed a couple of heavier items (read more)

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Realtionship with your Doctor

The outcome of a doctor’s visit can come down to how much you put into being prepared and organized. It is well documented that the time physicians have to spend with each patient has decreased over the years. But, by taking a few steps ahead of time, you (read more)

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You Can't Stop Sam

Retirement is a word not found in Sam Valenza’s vocabulary. After a career spanning 45 years in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s once thriving garment industry, the well-known Dunmorean retired, sort of, for barely three months. It was 1994, April, when Sam, b (read more)

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Aging Population

Pennsylvania is getting older. And fast. The latest census numbers show the Keystone State’s elder population is growing 20 times faster than the rest of the population in the state. In 2025, one in five Pennsylvanians will be age 65 or older, according t (read more)

The Faith and the Hope of the Irish

Mary A. Murphy was of tough Irish stock. How to we know? In 1880 during an ocean voyage while immigrating to the United States she gave birth on the ship — to twin boys. Less than three months later Mary and husband Edward and their five kids were settled (read more)

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It is almost time for the cruise lines to start repositioning their ships from the warm Caribbean to New England and Canadian destinations. A plethora of spring-summer itineraries has been announced for ships that for the past several months have been set (read more)

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Social Side of Retirement

BY BOB GELIK Heating your home costs money. That warm glow you feel when spending time with friends costs nothing. Medications to keep your heart ticking cost money. Playing with your grandchildren to lift your spirit and to create lasting memories costs (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)