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Enjoy October’s envigorating air in Rim Country

SENIOR MOMENTS

Helen Hunt Jackson said it best in her poem, “October’s Bright Blue Weather.” Where better to enjoy this stimulating time of year than in Rim Country?

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After a life of service, they need help

Meals on Wheels offers far more than food for clients

Once he built roads and bridges across Saudi Arabia, now he can’t walk without a cane and not even glasses can restore his failing eyesight.

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Heartbreaking disease imposes budget-breaking toll

Reflecting over the past two years, long-term medical insurance would have reduced the financial stress I confronted after my wife, Janet, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, applying for Arizona’s long-term care programs after Janet was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s took a year-and-a-half before we finally received benefits.

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Surprise visit makes ER trip nicer

SENIOR MOMENTS

No one enjoys being in a hospital emergency room, but that is where Len and I found ourselves a couple weeks ago. As careful as we try to be at our ages, he had taken a fall and was experiencing back pain.

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Cronut craze sweeping country

Have you discovered Cronuts yet? The pastries are a cross between a croissant and a donut and are sweeping the country from New York City to San Francisco.

Shingles rash gone, pain lingers on

I suffer from premature auricular contractions. I have seen a couple of doctors about it, but none seems to consider them worth discussing. I was told I didn’t need to do anything. I wasn’t given any medicines. Does this deserve more attention?

Herpes is not the end of life

I am celebrating my 75th birthday in two months. Up to now, I have had mammograms every year, sometimes every two years. Can I stop?

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No major holidays in August, but lots of fun

August, the month with the royal name, is not very royal at all. It’s lazy and laid-back, time to sit on the front porch (if you have one) or on the patio, sipping lemonade, savoring the garden harvests, or stretching out in the hammock with a good book.

Home health care services and Medicare

Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Doctors offer advice in navigating maze of Medicare ‘physical’

For Medicare patients, getting a “physical” requires running a paperwork maze — mostly because it is not an actual physical.

Why does eating cause runny nose?

I started to take thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism in 1997 and still take it every morning. My blood tests indicate I am taking the correct dose. How long do I take this medicine? Is it safe?

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Reforms cut cost of indigent care

For most doctors, it’s easier to explain heart surgery than medical bills — especially with the major changes coming as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Smoking isn’t only cause of emphysema

What is the purpose of making all Coumadin users make a separate trip to a nurse for having their blood checked?

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Senior Center welcomes new cook

A warm welcome to Todd Youtz, new cook at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Hormones can cause female facial hair

I’m a 26-year-old woman with an embarrassing problem. I’m growing a mustache. What causes this?