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Rest of the story about Brian Simmons

Some people regarded Brian Simmons as the town nuisance, and he certainly did have a history of bizarre behavior around Maricopa. This month in our...
Ron Smith Maricopa

5 tips to avoid falls, including over your pets

Most of us can’t live without our cats and dogs, but sometimes they literally just get in the way. About 85,000 people suffer nonfatal injuries...

Brandenburg: Keep your heart healthy, live longer

By Al Brandenburg Our heart is the hardest-working muscle in our body, and heart disease is a leading cause of death. So, it’s important to...

Dog days of summer cause panting foliage

By Al Brandenburg Although we've made it through the hot, dry months of June and July, our vegetable gardens have pretty much given up the...
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...

Koczor: The explanation of a complex topic, inflation

Here’s a simple explanation of inflation: a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Inflation corresponds to a reduction...

Senior designs for safely entering, exiting your house

When considering safety factors to adapt your home as you grow older, look for good visibility, excellent lighting, accessibility and no trip hazards. Be...
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...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Accelerated learning program to kick off in kindergarten

In recent years, the Maricopa Unified School District has made a concerted effort to improve the assessment of the learning that occurs in its...
Joan Koczor

Volunteering is mutually beneficial

National Volunteer Month in April celebrates the impact volunteers have on our lives and encourages active volunteerism for generations to come. An extension of National...

Master Gardeners plant seeds with advice, expertise

Many newcomers and inexperienced gardeners in Arizona need advice to successfully grow flowers and vegetables in our desert climate and soil conditions. Often, that expertise...
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...

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,...
1040 tax form for 2020

2020 tax implications for seniors

Well, 2020 is finally over and, God-willing with the new vaccines, the COVID virus will be trending downward. But there is something new to...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Tax season is back: what seniors need to know

It’s that time of year again. There are new things to consider this income tax season and no, there is no automatic extension to...

Chow down on this month’s bill of fare in our latest edition of InMaricopa

I don’t know about you, but among the things in life I do really well is eat. Evidently, we have a community full of people...
Harriet Phelps

Master Gardener: Prepare that new vegetable garden now

It’s August, and we have not quite given up on summer and are wondering when it will end. The temperatures are consistently in the...

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...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging-in-place: Time for the rest of the story

Over the past year, I’ve focused on reviewing recommended checklists to improve the physical setup of your home for aging-in-place. COVID-19 has helped reinforce...
Fruits Veggies Unsplash

Proper storing of produce preserves flavor, extends life

Have you become a backyard gardener because of the coronavirus pandemic? Many of us have turned to growing our own food for a number...
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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...

February is American Heart Month: Is your ticker in good condition?

In the early to mid 1960s, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. To heighten awareness, the first American...

Master Gardener Orchard Project shows what can be done

By Roger Lawrence The Maricopa Master Gardeners broke ground Sept. 18, 2018, on a new demonstration and teaching orchard to be planted in front of...
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...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Senior advocate: New health technology a boon

The healthcare industry is evolving, thanks to policy changes, societal shifts and technological advances. New technologies like telemedicine have grown to a staggering degree during...
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...

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...

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...

Independence Day is all about We the People

Many people see the Fourth of July as fireworks, pool parties and barbecues, but this American holiday is more than an object or activity. The...

Doctor: What is a podiatrist?

What exactly is a podiatrist? The short answer is a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist is a physician who has an undergraduate degree, a...
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