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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 2:50 pm

With good planning, regular exercise and some luck many of us can look forward to an active and leisurely retirement. But our annual Sentinel Silver Directory also helps seniors face the sad truth that health issues haunt us as we age.

Like many sons and daughters of the World War II generation, I've been able to rely on my parents' strength and good health until recently. Late in 2012, my mother's health took a turn for the worse and Dad has had to reach out to professional caregivers as well as to me and my wife.

As we navigated the complications of hospital and elder care, I relied on the advice and services of caring professionals who guided us all through uncharted waters. Mom now has good care and Christi and I are helping Dad face the challenges ahead.

Suddenly the information in Sentinel Silver is no longer for someone else. And I'm more impressed than ever by the usefulness of this publication that our staff presents every year for caregivers and active seniors in the Lodi area and San Joaquin County.

If you're like me, you'll keep Sentinel Silver handy. It can go in drawer awaiting an emergency. But I plan to keep this edition on the coffee table where it will inspire suggestions and help me find answers when my parents need me and Christi.

Wishing you and your parents health and strength in 2013

Marty Weybret, publisher

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Welcome to the discussion.

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It takes a good plan to achieve a comfortable retirement and good health to enjoy retirement. And so financial planning and health services are the two main topics we cover in our annual Sentinel Silver directory. But that’s not all that’s here.

Government contact information can help you with everything from navigating social service programs to casting a wise vote. Do you know how to find the Mayor of Lodi or the Stockton City Clerk?

Fitness and exercise information can open the door to fun as well as better health. Ever tried yoga?

Home services, such as air conditioning and plumbing repair, are needs that can arise any time. Who can you call when the roof leaks?

Transportation is more complicated if you don’t drive. There’s dial-a-ride, Greyhound and the complex public transit system to navigate. Do you know where to find the train schedule?

Give Sentinel Silver 2014 a good read, and you’ll be ready to answer many of life’s unexpected questions.

All of us at the Sentinel wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.

Marty Weybret, Publisher

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