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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...
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Smith: An involved citizenry strengthens community

What is community engagement? For some it is civic engagement, or active participation in your community, perhaps voting, volunteering or joining organizations. According to Thomas...

Seniors, make your hobbies active-leisure

By Joan Koczor Have you ever been asked if you have a hobby and thought, “good question”? Maybe you like to watch TV or go online...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Senior advocate: Is it time for a geriatrician?

A geriatrician is an expert in the branch of medicine or social science dealing with the health care of elderly people by prevention and...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Make your kitchen senior-friendly

Let’s make our living spaces easier on ourselves. Our older selves will thank us. We are going to start our room-by-room review in your...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Long-term care system broken for those in ‘gigantic middle’

Last month, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins wrote in the group’s bulletin “the system for helping people who can no longer care for themselves...
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CPA: Comparing tax plans of presidential candidates

By Chris J. Scoggin, CPA As of this writing, we are less than three weeks away from the presidential election. So, by the time you...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

What to expect from Social Security in 2022

Over 50 million Americans rely on Social Security for at least a portion of their retirement income. When you consider that 180 million people...
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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...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

RAM Academy proof of MUSD override success

In 2016, the voters of Maricopa approved a budget override for the local school system, Maricopa Unified School District. The funds were used to...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

A second COVID-19 wave? Seniors should prepare now

With the holidays upon us, the biggest threat to our health is another wave of COVID-19 cases. We already know our generation is the...
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...

Morgan: Keeping your monthly payment low amidst interest rate hikes

The price of housing is on the rise. In and of itself, that statement is nothing new these days. A severe shortage of housing inventory...

Master gardener: Keep poinsettias bloomin’ and beautiful through holidays

Poinsettias are one of the most symbolic plants of the holiday season. So popular, they account for about one-quarter of all flowering potted plant sales. With...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Are your end-of-life affairs in order?

We’re not getting any younger. So, you may want to make end-of-life decisions to protect your loved ones. This might not be the most upbeat...
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....
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...
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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.”...

It’s time for Little Leaguers across Maricopa to play ball

What is it about the smell of fresh-cut grass, the good feeling of a warm afternoon and the pop of a thrown baseball into...

Nurtured by nature: Spending time outdoors rejuvenates, calms us

We have our son visiting from the frigid North and he is currently thawing out. He loves Arizona, mostly for soaking up sunshine and warmer...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Nonprofit offers variety of services to seniors

The nonprofit Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens was incorporated in 1974 and designated an Area Agency on Aging. It is part of a national...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Son’s COVID illness was crash course on misery of isolation

Recently, my family had occasion to experience the world of isolation, one of the biggest challenges for seniors, especially in pandemic times. Our older son...
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...
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...
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Koczor: May is a month to celebrate older Americans

Every year in May, older Americans are recognized for their contributions to our communities and nation. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging in place: Is it for you?

Because there is “no place like home,” aging in place may have many benefits: it can cost less if you own your home, slow...

Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes, colors

Everybody loves tomatoes. Ninety-three percent of all American gardening households grow their own tomatoes. Tomatoes didn’t arrive in the United States until the 1820s, but they...
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A senior center, defined

With a senior center opening soon here in Maricopa, it’s an appropriate time to consider what one should provide. Senior centers should: • Serve as a...

Changes in the weather can affect health of Maricopa’s senior citizens

In theory, everyone welcomes spring. We love the warmer days and budding greenery. But spring is a time of extreme weather change that can...
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...
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