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Saturday, July 2, 2022
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Watch out, I have things on my mind!

I’ve had a bunch of interesting tidbits running through my mind the last few weeks. InMaricopa magazine’s focus last month on volunteerism struck a nerve...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Aging – it happens

Not many like it, but, eventually, it happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. We get older. The aging process is long....

Dementia Support Group has new meeting place

Are you caring for someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? You are welcome to attend the Maricopa Dementia Support Group. The group now meets...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Danger in the air for older Americans

Here in Arizona, we are all exposed to desert dust every time the wind blows. This can lead to lung problems such as Valley...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Medical alert devices: Do you need one?

Last week, I was helping my wife install a home key box for a Province resident when she asked me what I knew about...

Congressman’s reps to visit Maricopa

Representatives from Rep. Tom O'Halleran's office will hold office hours for constituents at City Hall Monday. O'Halleran represents Maricopa and Congressional District 1 in...
Ron Smith Maricopa

5 stages of retirement – and why you need to know them

Retirement typically occurs in five stages: pre-retirement, full retirement, disenchantment, reorien-tation, and reconciliation and stability. Each stage brings its own set of choices. Understanding...
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...

Passion rekindled for local dollmaker’s Indigenous-inspired creations

Robin Holland has an unorthodox family. One child wears an outfit consisting of fringed, cream leather, accented with real rabbit fur. There are also handloomed...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Is there really no need?

Happy New Year everyone! I’m hoping that many of you spent some quality time with family and friends. There are many components to aging well....
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Senior dental health and why it’s important

The holidays are over and we all probably put on a few pounds as well as made New Years resolutions that most of us...
Joan Koczor

Traveling by air just got easier

Traveling by plane is one of the safest and fastest ways to get to your destination. But crowded airports, long waits at security checkpoints,...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Helping senior loved ones enjoy the holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s an ideal time to start planning for the festivities. Enjoying the holiday cheer will help maintain...
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...

Eagle lands in Maricopa: former NFL star Carl Hairston

In 15 seasons as an NFL defensive lineman, including a final season in 1990 for the Phoenix Cardinals, Carl Hairston attributed his success to...

Quilters bring fabric to life

One can turn to various places in Maricopa to find accomplished quilters. The similarities, however, overshadow the differences in this passionate pursuit. And while individual...

Super-volunteer Jim Irving, ‘heart and soul’ of MUSD

Jim Irving is 82 going on 62. That’s a good thing because the retiree logs as many weekly hours as a volunteer for the Maricopa...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Tools available to facilitate ‘the talk’

Last month, I emphasized the need for planning during the third phase of our life. A very important part of end-of-life planning is starting...

Funeral preplanning – the missing milestone

By Kristin Gramando The road of life is filled with important milestones — major events and achievements that help to define who we are and...

Short on retirement savings? You are not alone; it’s not too late to plan

A 2019 report from the Government Accounting Office indicated 29% of households with at least one person age 55 and over have no retirement...

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...
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...

Smith: Sleep – it’s a big deal!

On average, adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep. Researchers say people can survive longer without food than without sleep! It’s a time for...

Koczor: Why you may want a home warranty

Many of you have been in your home for a number of years – along with the same major appliances or mechanical systems. Generally, when...

PHOTOS: 2 ribbons cut to open new Community Center

The Maricopa Community Center officially opened Saturday with a pair of ribbon cuttings that drew about 200 people on a rainy morning. The new facility...
Vito Simplicio

Guitarist hits right note in fight to stay young at heart

For Vito Simplicio, music is a way to fight entropy. Defined as the gradual decline into disorder, entropy is a part of aging. Mental faculties...
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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...
COVID-19 virus

Brandenburg: Long COVID may result from autoantibodies

BY AL BRANDENBURG An increasing number of COVID-19 survivors are experiencing symptoms weeks or months after the infection has cleared in what is known informally...
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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...
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Koczor: C’mon man, it’s time to get healthy

Some men just don't like talking about their health. Even when they see a doctor, one of five men admit they haven’t been completely honest...