Senior Life

News & information for the seniors in our community

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Simple cleaning solutions: medicine cabinet makeover

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[May 04, 2012]  (ARA) -- Medicine cabinets are one of the most overlooked areas in the bathroom. People often stock them and forget to ever update products, especially as time goes on. As you age, it's important to reassess the types of products to keep on hand for daily comfort, minor health issues or in the event of an emergency. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

May the benefits be with you

By Judith Bartels, Social Security district manager in Springfield

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[May 04, 2012]  May 4 is an unofficial holiday designated by fans as Star Wars Day. Why May 4 and not the more likely May 25 (the day the original Star Wars was released)? It all comes down to a simple but catchy phrase: may the fourth be with you. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Social Security FAQs on retirement and Medicare

By Judith Bartels, Social Security district manager in Springfield

RETIREMENT -- Question: How long does it take to complete the online application for Social Security retirement benefits?  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Early colon cancer detection means earlier treatment

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(ARA) -- Colon cancer is the No. 2 cancer killer in the United States because it frequently catches people unaware, according to the National Cancer Institute. But half of the colon-cancer deaths each year could be avoided if every adult older than 50 is screened, according to the American Cancer Society.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Road trips: A mature guy's guide to the open road

(ARA) -- The classic American road trip is no longer just for cashless college kids; men of all ages are taking to the road for a unique vacation where driving is just as much a part of the trip as the destination itself. If you work hard every day, maybe it's time to exchange that button-up for a casual T-shirt and gather your crew to experience the freedom and adventure of the open road. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Volunteering: small acts, big change

(ARA) -- For many communities across the country, the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Whether it's working at a local soup kitchen, visiting a nursing home, mentoring youth, or helping to paint a local house in disrepair, there are many ways to get involved. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Ingenious gadgets keep smart gardeners playing in the dirt

(ARA) -- Gardeners who like things easy, have mobility issues or get muscle fatigue are always on the lookout for smart gardening gadgets designed to keep them playing in the dirt. This season some of the best gardening gadgets are ingenious and, often low-tech, doing the job they're designed to do brilliantly without added fuss or bother. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

10 steps to conquering heart disease

(ARA) -- You may already know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and that factors like obesity increase your risk of developing it. But of all the shocking things you know -- or believe you know -- about heart disease, here's the statistic that you might find the most eye-opening: 80 percent of all heart disease is preventable. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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