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Joan Koczor Maricopa

Senior Living: Time to downsize, de-clutter

Some of us are reaching that stage of our life when we are considering downsizing. Some are looking forward to removing the clutter and...

September is Suicide Prevention Month — and perfect time to learn signs, symptoms

Every 11 minutes, a person dies by suicide. In 2020, 45,979 individuals took their own life. Almost as many people who live in the...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Options for senior housing, care

When it comes to decisions regarding housing at the time of retirement, most everyone is simply trying to decide where they want to live....

Expert: How to keep that summer glow

No matter how much we love the feel of the sun on our skin, we must acknowledge the sun can damage our skin. That...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Koczor: Seniors at risk from falling

Falls are a real and growing risk to older adults’ health and independence and, in some cases, to their very lives. Falls can cause...

Koczor: Seniors can learn from headaches

By Joan Koczor Headache is one of the most common and debilitating pain conditions in the world. The World Health Organization names headache the third...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Senior advocate: Dealing with annoying, maybe illegal robocalls

Robocalls, those prerecorded, unsolicited annoyances that are becoming all-too-frequent in many households, have reached epic proportions. They are the largest source of consumer complaints...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Alzheimer’s, dementia, take huge toll on families, economy

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme — “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” — highlights the importance of support for those diagnosed with the...

A love-hate relationship with oleanders

If oleanders are toxic, why do we have so many of them growing in Maricopa? Here’s the scoop on the good, the bad and...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: The pandemic’s emotional toll

School is in session and, hopefully, a routine has been established and the children are adjusting well. But there may be concerns that loom...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: In emergencies, preparedness instills confidence

It’s that time of year when we are reminded by Mother Nature that emergency situations can happen quickly with limited warning. Although Arizona has...

The Roselle: A tropical plant that’s found a new home in Maricopa

By Amanda Rice Hibiscus sabdariffa or roselle, is known by a number of names across the world, including Jamaican sorrel, Flor da Jamaica, Florida cranberry,...
Desert Mistletoe

Mistletoe: 1,300 species and a holiday tradition

By Beth Sulek-LaHousse Everyone has heard that if you stand with a loved one under mistletoe you are supposed to kiss that person, but where...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Planting a garden? The merits of raised, in-ground beds

Planting a new garden? Are you torn between what type of garden bed you should use? When establishing a garden, you can either choose a...

Expert: How to play the credit score game

If you know the rules of the game, you will win the game. With credit, the rules are not easy to understand because of...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Walk-in tubs: what you need to know

I recently had a reader ask for information regarding walk-in tubs. My experience with them is limited to a neighbor who purchased one for...

Master gardener: Smile-making sunflowers

Plant sunflowers for a garden that will make you smile! Find a sunny place with well-drained soil and plant seeds in early spring or fall,...

Meet the Maricopa Master Gardeners – and become one

Let’s explore the Master Gardener program in Maricopa. But first some history on two key related organizations. The Land Grant College Act of 1862 ceded...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: What does an academic coach do?

Most everyone knows what an athletic coach does, yet many are ignorant about the duties of an academic coach. By next school year, all Maricopa...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: How to keep our students safe

This month, our children will return to school. The concerns we have about safety have been heightened recently by more school shootings by mentally...
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Smith: Relationships must be nurtured

For most of us, quality of life is likely determined by relationships, not by things, according to research. As we age, life can present harsh realities...
Harriet Phelps

Be Awesome: Ways for families to stay connected, stay thankful

By Harriet Phelps, PsyD It is time to be thankful.  We all may be missing something from the impact of the COVID virus.  Its effects...
Murray Siegel

Siegel: Instead of ending Algebra 2 requirement, redesign it

Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature considered House Bill 2278, which would end one requirement — Algebra 2 — that causes problems for some...
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Koczor: Control diabetes before it controls you

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes and one in five don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
Maricopa Elementary School

Enhancing elementary school learning

The word “elementary” has two seemingly conflicting definitions. For some, elementary means basic or simple as when Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”...

Seniors, avoid bone fractures by taking preventive steps

Every year, seniors fall and break their hips or other bones and then face serious potential illnesses and possibly death as a result. The...
Murray Siegel

The current state of our schools

The effects of the pandemic continue to negatively affect learning in our public schools, and recent reports indicate the nature of the problem is...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Dealing with uncertainty, leave them laughing!

Back when I was hiring employees, I would always add a couple of extra desired skills to the job description— the ability to deal...

Morgan: While helpful, home warranty only goes so far

Of an estimated 21,000 existing houses in the city limits of Maricopa, nearly 8,000 of them are at least 15 years old. At that age,...

Morgan: Foreclosures not expected to change the market

Historically speaking, foreclosures have played a role in Maricopa’s housing prices. A foreclosure, in a nutshell, is when a homeowner falls behind on their payments...