And the Scams Go On

And the Scams Go On By M. Smith This week I found myself scammed. I thought I was reasonably savvy about such things. Usually I don’t even answer the phone in my house unless I know the caller is known. As we are planning a trip to Quebec City in the near future, I answered […]

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Listening Well, Connecting Well

LISTENING WELL, CONNECTING WELL By Dr. Jim David I am writing this at the Chautauqua Institute which is a haven for adventurous life-long learners. The institute seamlessly blends time for education, recreation, spirituality and the arts. The soul of Chautauqua ( is sharing with others who may or may not share your perspective. Listening well […]

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How to Make New Friends – Five Quick Tips

How to Make New Friends Five Quick Tips 1.Join a group such as a golf club, church group, club specific to your special interest, or a local organization such as one that represents your political party. Whatever you’re currently interested in, there’s bound to be a group to join. If a group can’t be found, […]

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When Family Needs Care

WHEN FAMILY NEEDS CARE, Part 1 By Steven R. Fleming One of the realities of planning for or living in retirement is that one may wind up also caring for an aging parent or relative. A 2012 study by the Alzheimer’s Association revealed 43.5 million of adult family members are caring for someone more than […]

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Power Up en Mass – Its more fun with friends

Power Up en Masse It’s more fun with friends  By Penelope Folsom Heard enough about all the wonderful benefits of exercise? Ready to get out there and be a part of this expanding group of hard bodies with firm muscles and great pecs? Well, something like that. There are many organized groups in the area […]

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Solving the Mystery of Dental Fees and Insurance

Solving the Mystery of Dental Fees and Insurance By Elaina O’Toole It’s no secret that dental care costs are always on the rise. Dental care is not a commodity. It’s not coffee or milk or wireless minutes. It’s a professional service that’s both art and a science. The skill and experience of dentists varies widely […]

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Blue Hour: A Common Prescription for Improved Mental Health and Mood

Blue Hour: A Common Prescription for Improved Mental Health and Mood By David P. Davis The Summer crowds have gone, leaving the place vibrant but peaceful. On the one side are shops selling candy or ice cream or T-shirts, and on the other yards of sand fringed with waves. Little feet in pink flip-flops dance […]

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Getting Involved is Good for Your Health

BAY VOLUNTEERS Getting Involved is Good For Your Health By Tanya St. John Arundel Lodge is a nonprofit organization located in Edgewater. It provides treatment services and programs for men, women, young people and their families living with mental health and substance use disorders — serving about 3,000 community members. Volunteers from the community provide […]

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Top Ten Reasons to Celebrate Reaching the Age of Grand Maturity

TOP TEN REASONS TO CELEBRATE REACHING THE AGE OF GRAND MATURITY 1.You actually have a few hours that you can call your own, which allows you to pursue whatever leisure activities you choose, be it reading the newspaper through half the morning or taking the time to finish either writing or reading that book you’ve […]

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Where to Next?

Where to Next??     By Penelope Folsom Recently my good friend Joan moved into a retirement community. Asked why she had made that choice, she said she and her husband carefully considered all the different options and for them, it was the right thing. Both she and Dick, her husband of more than 50 […]

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 ROMEOS & JULIETS By Maureen Smith Have you always thought of yourself as a Romeo? Now that you are retired and looking for any and every chance to get out of the house, why not form a Romeo Club? There are hundreds of these fun groups across the country. And how did they come up with […]

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Tips for Getting Yourself Back to Sleep

Tips for Getting Yourself Back to Sleep By Leah Lancione Everyone knows getting enough and quality sleep is vital to overall well-being. However, many people continue to deal with sleepless nights or erratic sleep patterns. The National Sleep Foundation ( advises that even though changes to sleep patterns are a normal part of the aging […]

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Is A Continuing Care Retirement Community for Me?

Is A Continuing Care Retirement Community for Me? By Peggy Kiefer             We all know that aging is inevitable and that the time may come when we will need to consider moving out of our homes and into a retirement community of some kind. The first question might be: What kind of retirement community am […]

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TRY THESE “STAY-YOUNG” TIPS By Penelope Folsom             If like most boomers, you’re in an ongoing battle to stave off the effects and signs of aging, give these tried and true suggestions a whirl and see if you don’t feel better and look better too. 1. Get Moving. How many times have you heard that […]

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We Need to be Missed?

We Need to be Missed? By Nancy Lincoln Reynolds “To be included, you just need to be present. To belong, you need to be missed.” This quote from John Swinton, a Scottish-American journalist in the 1800s, resonates with anyone who has attempted to become a part of an existing group of people and found the […]

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Strategies for Improving Your Memory

Strategies for Improving Your Memory By Leah Lancione  “It’s normal to forget things from time to time, and it’s normal to become somewhat more forgetful as you age,” so says the Harvard Health Publications website of the Harvard Medical School. The question is whether your memory loss is within the scope of normal now that […]

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The Many Faces of Kindness

The Many Faces of Kindness By Kater Leatherman             Evidently it’s cool to be kind. This is good news given the self-possessed, self-focused, selfie era that we currently live in. Kindness really is a virtue and, with life being a challenging adventure at times, how can we be anything but? By definition, kindness means concern […]

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Friends for Life

FRIENDS FOR LIFE By Dr. James David             We’ve just returned from a spirited week in the Florida Keys with my two brothers and sister and their spouses. Whenever we told anyone that the eight of us were vacationing together, the response was very positive with some amazed and awed that we were all good […]

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A System Check Up for Boomers and Beyond

A System Check Up for Boomers and Beyond By Victoria Duncan Has your computer ever gone wonky on you? Maybe pages aren’t displayed correctly, websites are loading too slowly or you have files that have disappeared. Maybe something just seems off, but you haven’t been able to put your finger on it. Glancing through the […]

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Eight-Legged Terrors By the Bay

Eight-Legged Terrors By the Bay         By Henry S. Parker             This is not an article about the octopus. Those eight-legged sea creatures don’t inhabit Chesapeake Bay, and they’re far less scary than the subject creature here. The Bay Area offers some of the finest walks on the East Coast. The region abounds with charming […]

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