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Introduce Your Dentist to Oraqix

0 comments / May 2, 2016

I’ve had periodontal problems for more than 20 years now. I blame my own smoking habit and a really bad dentist I saw back in my 30’s. I had to have a series of painful root scalings and my gums continue to recede. For almost a decade, I required full numbing every time I gotRead more

New Rules for SSI in Effect Today

0 comments / April 29, 2016

April 29 is the last day for suspending SSI benefits for one spouse only. That doesn’t matter to me. But this does: Because I don’t yet collect SSI and pay my Medicare directly, my premium rose by 52% last year. Forever.   Why? Beats me.    

The Gift of Life–You’re Never Too Old to Give

0 comments / March 27, 2016

Last week I earned my seven gallon pin at Memorial Blood Centers. According to a chart on the wall of the mobile van, that means I’ve helped 168 people. I’m impressed at the way Memorial Blood Centers continues to improve processes. I started donating regularly when they replaced the nasty fingertip slicing device with aRead more

The Art of Acupuncture, Baby Boomer Edition

0 comments / February 29, 2016

A scathing email from an M.D. was the first clue I had that my article on acupuncture for Baby Boomers had been published: Your article on acupuncture was little more than an advertising piece for the featured person. Virtually none of the benefits you site have any scientific validation. The idea that acupuncture can inRead more

Long-Distance Misfit

0 comments / February 26, 2016

On February 21, my Misfit Shine phone app sent me a lovely message informing me that the Shine and I had walked 150 miles together. I’m pretty sure that’s 75 miles more than I would have walked in six weeks without the Shine.    

Seeing the Future: New Options in Cataract Surgery

0 comments / February 22, 2016

My stepfather’s mother had cataract surgery back in the 1960’s. She was diabetic and must have had severe cataracts. It was a rare surgery back then. As I recall, she was bedridden for days, and forever after wore pop-bottle glasses that distorted her eyes. Flash forward fifty years. Nowadays, it seems, cataract surgery is aRead more

Work or Retire? It’s Not That Easy

0 comments / February 18, 2016

More and more people claim they plan to keep working past the traditional retirement age. In 2015, about 36 percent of people over 25 said they planned to work past age 65. But things don’t always go according to plan, as theĀ  University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) shows. The HRS has beenRead more

Still Shining

0 comments / February 10, 2016

Update on my fitness tracker: I really do love my Misfit Shine. I bought it mostly because was the only affordable alternative for swimming. But there’s so much more. Most important: The Happy Dance. When I meet my 10,000 point goal, the watch doesn’t just buzz (which, as I understand it, is all you getRead more

The Sandwich Generation: Call Me Lunchmeat

0 comments / January 26, 2016

Last Sunday, I officially stepped down as primary caregiver. Radiation and chemo had ended on Tuesday. The calendar opens up. From here on, I explained, it’s pretty simple math: 2,000 calories is the requirement for American adults to maintain a healthy weight. Nagging from me added no food value. Pain decreases with pain management andRead more