Savvy Senior®

Posted September 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

How to recognize and handle senior gambling problems

Dear Savvy Senior,

How to Recognize and Handle Senior Gambling Problems

Dear Savvy Senior,

How can you know when someone has a gambling problem? Since my father passed away a couple years ago, my 76-year-old mother spends a lot of time at an Indian casino near her house playing slot machines.

Troubled Son

Dear Troubled,

It’s a great question. Problem gambling among seniors is definitely on the rise. Seniors have time and money on their hands, and the influx of casinos across the country have made access to gambling much more convenient. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips and resources that can help your mom if

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    Taking responsibility for your health: Do it for your family

    Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives‚ ”How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like‚ ”Are you taking care of your health?”

    Talking to family members about their health can be a challenge. But the truth is that a simple conversation could help encourage your loved ones to take responsibility for their health.

    “Not long ago, I learned that

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    How to turn personal obstacles into triumphs

    Everyone faces setbacks in life. While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts.

    “When it comes to success, setbacks can be used to motivate one to action, rather than the alternative,” says five-time New York Times best-selling author and journalist Josh Young, who has studied this concept intimately. As author of “And Give up Showbiz?” the new biography of illustrious personal injury lawyer Fred Levin, Young documents the rise and success of someone to whom life handed lemons.

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    Unemployment remains a huge problem

    Good Day,

    The Labor Day weekend is behind us and the representatives of the people are returning to Washington for the fall session of Congress. Certainly, there is much I would like to see Congress take on and pass in the coming weeks and months. Among the issues I believe demand serious attention involve those addressing jobs and economic growth.

    The sad fact is that unemployment

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    Hardy elected to Democrat Central Committee

    The Democrat Party, 28th Senatorial Central Committee held their reorganization meeting Aug. 23 in the courthouse in Osceola.

    Re-elected chairman was Don Fohn of Laclede County; elected vice-chair was Gerda Fitts of Hickory County; elected treasurer was Will Westmoreland of Polk County and elected secretary was Vannessa Hardy of Cedar County.

    In old business, the committee elected to fill a vacancy with the State Central Committee, after Committee Woman Betty Vlach of Laclede County passed away in March 2014. Vannessa Hardy of Cedar County will fill the remaining

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    How to get social security benefits when you're disabled

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What do I need to do to get Social Security disability? I’m 57 years old and have some health issues that are keeping me from working, but I’ve heard it’s very difficult to get benefits.

    Need Assistance

    Dear Need,

    The process of getting Social Security disability benefits can be tricky and time-consuming, but you can help yourself by doing your homework and getting

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    Taking control for healthier aging

    As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

    A key part of healthier aging is preventing serious illnesses. Regular medical check-ups and maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle can go a long way toward that goal. Even if you are healthy, an adult’s immune response can begin to diminish with age, leaving older adults more vulnerable

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    New ways to volunteer in your community and beyond

    If you want to help a local non-profit organization, but are strapped for time, making a difference is easier than ever. In fact, there are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community even from your computer or mobile device, as a “virtual volunteer.”

    Go viral

    You’ve probably heard about the recent ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” The movement not only raised awareness about an important cause, it also raised an impressive sum of money.

    The viral success of this

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    Don’t make these common mistakes when something hurts

    Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.

    While many people can manage pain on their own, or can be helped by a primary care physician, those with unrelenting, challenging pain should consider seeing a pain medicine specialist.

    “One of the

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    First 100 years of Farm Bureau

    by Robert Overmann

    With Missouri Farm Bureau’s impending centennial anniversary on March 24, 2015, I had an opportunity this summer to work on a project no Farm Bureau intern or staff has embarked on before me — I was tasked, in part, with telling the storied history of Missouri Farm Bureau’s first 100 years.

    At first, it was just a job. I researched, I wrote, I scoured through boxes of old photographs, then I wrote some more. I sorted and I annotated, and then tried my best to

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