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Deciding what to do in retirement Dear Savvy Senior I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? Feeling Lost Dear Lost, This is a great question! Many

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Medicare 101

Are you 65 years of age or getting ready to turn 65?  Have you enrolled for Medicare? Are you confused about the coverage or enrollment periods? If so, plan on attending one of the Medicare 101 programs offered by Missouri CLAIM State Health Insurance Assistance Program and University of Missouri Extension. Medicare 101 is being

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Osteoporosis causes bone thinning in 1 of 4 women

by Becky Schreiber All women should know about osteoporosis. This bone-thinning condition develops silently over a period of many years and will affect one in four women over age 60. It is a major cause of fractures of the spine, hip, wrist and other parts of the skeleton. “The good news is that osteoporosis can

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Effort to save historic Route 66 bridge

by Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks A highway landmark that once carried motorists on Historic Route 66 across the Meramec River in southwest St. Louis County may be reborn as a pedestrian walkway for hikers and bikers in Route 66 State Park. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, is supportive of the effort to

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Vicky Hartzler column

Defending your Liberties Much of my attention this past week was focused on countering the Administration’s new guidance forcing schools to acknowledge the gender a student chooses as opposed to their biological sex. As Co-Chair of the House Values Action Team, I sent this letter to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster urging him to bring

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Governor’s 100 Missouri Mile Challenge hits 5 million mile mark

Missourians have logged more than 5 million miles through the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today. The 100 Missouri Miles Challenge was launched by Gov. Nixon in 2013 after Missouri was named the Best Trails State by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking

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Savvy Senior®

How Medicar handles second medical opinions Dear Savvy Senior Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? Searching Senior Dear Searching, Getting a second medical opinion from another doctor

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The truth about Alzheimer’s: early detection makes a difference

It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s disease. Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer’s, it’s not a normal part of growing older. And while there’s not yet a way

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