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Sunday 02/11/2018
Susan Crosby: When it’s time to talk about not driving

One benchmark for a person’s worst day in life is often the day they stop driving. No matter what someone’s reason is for handing over the keys, the loss of independence is a time to grieve.

Posted: February 11, 2018
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Sunday 01/28/2018
Susan Crosby: Lodi seniors are Partners against crime

If you’re 30 or over and looking to give back to your city — or broaden your world — have I got an idea for you!

Posted: January 28, 2018
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Sunday 01/14/2018
Susan Crosby: Words to live by

I really appreciate journalists. They are tasked with using as few words as possible to answer who, what, why, when, where and how, plus evoke a mood and make us care, even about cold, hard facts.

Posted: January 14, 2018
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Monday 01/01/2018
Susan Crosby: Who will take care of us?

The November 2017 edition of the AARP Bulletin leads with this headline: “What is the best kept secret of caregivers in America? Forty percent of them are men.”

Posted: January 01, 2018
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Monday 12/18/2017
Teri Spring: Understanding glycemic load and the glycemic index

Every carbohydrate food (grains, cereals, sugars, starches, fruits, vegetables and milk) provide glucose (blood sugar).

Posted: December 18, 2017
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Sunday 12/17/2017
Susan Crosby: A look into a rare fourth act

AARP declares us “senior” when we’re 50. The IRS calls us “elderly” at 60 and gives us free tax counseling. The government doesn’t label us, but we’re definitely senior by 65 when Medicare kicks in.

Posted: December 17, 2017
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Sunday 12/03/2017
Susan Crosby: Planes, trains and automobiles

One of the pleasures of the holidays is being with family and friends. Sometimes it’s the only visit all year. However, travel can also be confusing and exhausting for those dealing with dementia.

Posted: December 03, 2017
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Sunday 11/19/2017
Susan Crosby: All we want for Christmas is ...

To learn what seniors want for Christmas, I decided I could either go online and read the many articles offering ideas — or drop by the LOEL Senior Center and ask the people there what they want Santa to bring this year.

Posted: November 19, 2017
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Friday 11/10/2017
Susan Crosby: Celebrating our third acts

As baby boomers reach retirement age in large numbers, the term “third act” is showing up in many articles and books. Workshops are being created about the subject to prepare us, and life coaches offer guidance. It must be important, right?

Posted: November 10, 2017
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Sunday 10/22/2017
Susan Crosby: Are you lonesome tonight?

“Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.” — Anne Hathaway

Posted: October 22, 2017
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Sunday 10/08/2017
Susan Crosby: Open enrollment can lead to savings

It’s that joyous time of year when our mailboxes are stuffed with Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas ads — and flyers from almost every health care plan existing. That’s right, it’s open-enrollment time for Medicare recipients, that chore we too often ignore because it’s not an easy one.

Posted: October 08, 2017
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Sunday 10/01/2017
Teri Spring: Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of disease

There's nothing new about promoting a healthy Mediterranean diet, but I keep reading more about it being recommended by health experts as a plan that continues to show reduction in inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and even Alzheimer's.

Posted: October 01, 2017
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Monday 09/25/2017
Timaree Hagenburger: Tips help busy parents prepare healthy meals

“I can’t eat well because I have to cook for my busy family, and they are used to eating a certain way.”

Posted: September 25, 2017
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Sunday 09/24/2017
Susan Crosby: Ombudsmen are advocates for care facility residents

Ombudsman. It’s a mouthful of a word, isn’t it?

Posted: September 24, 2017
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Sunday 09/10/2017
Susan Crosby: Senior fitness helps you live well and prosper

In the beginning, I called this column “The Senior Life.” I had a vision for it, based on information I’d been gathering for years, in print and through life experience. But I see now that what I really want to show is how to age gracefully, as a friend put it. So now this column will be titled “Aging Gracefully,” an aspiration for us all.

Posted: September 10, 2017
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Sunday 09/03/2017
Teri Spring: Building better bone health is vital from an early age

Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 18 men over the age of 65. Half of those over 65 have osteopenia, or low bone mass.

Posted: September 03, 2017
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Saturday 09/02/2017
Susan Crosby: Lodi Community Service Center serves seniors, others

Tucked away in an area of both industrial and residential properties is the Lodi Community Service Center. It’s not a fancy building but a purposeful one — and the agency housed there has been serving its purpose to the community, which includes 11 zip codes, for 20 years.

Posted: September 02, 2017
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Tuesday 08/15/2017
Susan Crosby: A guide to the amazing Adult Day Care program

A rousing accordion rendition of “Give My Regards to Broadway” has me humming the moment I step through the doors of the Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Adult Day Care program at Hutchins Street Square.

Posted: August 15, 2017
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Sunday 08/06/2017
Timaree Hagenburger: Vacation travel is no excuse for eating unhealthy meals

Robin Withrow-Wong is a former student of mine who is earning a master’s degree in nutritional science/dietetics with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian. She is a mother of four “almost grown” children, and six years ago transitioned her family to plant-based whole foods.

Posted: August 06, 2017
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Sunday 07/30/2017
Teri Spring: Have you sampled these nutritious, delicious foods?

Though none of these foods are truly new — in fact, many have been eaten for hundreds of years — they are becoming more popular for their health benefits and many are now available at local supermarkets.

Posted: July 30, 2017
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