Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Home & Garden

Young plant in clay potBy Karen Evelyn

Many homes have a sunny window, sun rooms or patio where house plants can soak up the winter sun. Vegetable plants can grow as well as your potted plants if you give them a little extra light. Read more

What Collection Agencies Can And Cannot Do

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Money

It can be frustrating and scary to fall behind in payments on your credit card or other accounts. When the calls from collection agencies start, it adds a new level of stress. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath, learn about what collection agencies can and can’t do, and work to resolve your issues. Read more

Exercises that Help Ease Arthritis Pain and Stiffness

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it. Read more

Hearing Tests Can Miss a Common Form of Hearing Loss

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

More challenging tests needed, researchers say

Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more intensive behavioral tests, according to the findings of a University at Buffalo-led study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. Read more

Finding Love After 50

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

By Nicole T. Leclerc

If happiness alone isn’t a high enough priority for those looking for a relationship, add health, wealth and longevity into the equation.

Studies have shown that being in a relationship is healthier than being single. Men who live alone are at a dramatically increased risk of dying from a variety of illnesses. Finding a romantic partner transforms your level of happiness, fulfillment and outlook on life while also having tangible health and longevity benefits.  Read more

Keeping Your Relationship Hot After 50!

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Feature Stories

The day I met the first senior referred to me by a local doctor, she timidly opened the door to my boutique and stage-whispered, “Is anybody in here, dear?” And thus began my work as a clinical sexologist with the most underserved yet largest buying demographic in the United States — baby boomers.

According to AARP, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States. In my work as a clinical sexologist, I had an excruciating lack of understanding of the sexual needs and often complex issues facing post-menopausal women in our society. I, like so many other pre-menopausal women I work with, incorrectly assumed that most doctors speak candidly to their senior patients regarding what to expect when menopause hits. Imagine my tremendous shock when I heard that fewer than 10 percent of doctors invite a conversation about sexual function either during or after physical exams. What I have learned is that senior women are suffering in ways that younger women need not worry about. Common issues including painful intercourse, atrophy and the lack of moisture that normally plague women once estrogen is scarce are now compounded by experiences with radiation, chemotherapy and medications for overall health, leaving women bewildered and seeking answers. Read more

Getting Around After You’ve Given Up Driving

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents

Hope Lindsay gets a ride from Laura Murphy, a volunteer driver with United WAy of Northwest Vermont's Neighbor Rides program. (Courtesy photo by Katie Figura Photography)

Hope Lindsay gets a ride from Laura Murphy, a volunteer driver with United WAy of Northwest Vermont’s Neighbor Rides program. (Courtesy photo by Katie Figura Photography)

By Stephanie Choate

Limiting your time behind the wheel — or giving up the keys entirely — can be a difficult step to take as you get older.

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Vermont Songbird Finds Her Voice

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Cooie Sings MainBy Phyl Newbeck

Cooie DeFrancesco grew up harmonizing with her parents and three siblings as they drove from their South Burlington home to her grandparents’ home in St. Albans.  Read more

Christmas Comes Early

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Lyric Theatre Company presents ‘A Christmas Story The Musical’

By Pat Boera

Just in time for the holiday season, Lyric Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Story The Musical” will debut on the Flynn Center MainStage. In 1940s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB gun. A kooky leg lamp, pink bunny PJs, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his dream. Based on the book by Jean Shepard and classic movie, the show captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs from the Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land”), show-stopping dance numbers, delicious wit and a heart of gold. Read more

Dressing Your Windows

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Home & Garden

window curtainsBy Joseph Pubillones, CNS

Dressing your windows can dramatically change the look and even the size of a room. There are many ways to dress a window. The most popular style is using side panels. Side panels frame the window opening regardless of size.  Read more

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