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5 ideas for celebrating grandparents and forging deeper bonds with family

There’s no arguing grandparents have special relationships with their grandchildren. Whether they are a couple hours’ drive away or a flight across the country, distance doesn’t dissolve this bond. National Grandparents Day happens every September, but grandparents and families shouldn’t have to limit the celebration to just one day of the year. Here are five

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Seniors: 4 simple secrets for overcoming gym intimidation

No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years, wouldn’t you do it? Exercise has health benefits for people of all

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Capitol Perspectives: The Dignity of Missouri’s Capitol

by Phill Brooks The recent conviction of 22 protesters whose 2014 demonstration in the Missouri Senate visitors’ gallery chamber forced the Senate to recess is an indication of how different Missouri’s Capitol is from the U.S. Capitol I covered in 1972. For an hour on May 6, 2014, the protesters sang and chanted against the

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Missouri Chamber of Commerce endorses Eric Greitens for Governor

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce endorsed Eric Greitens for governor of Missouri. Eric released the following statement: “I’m honored to have the support of small business owners and job creators across Missouri. They know our state is in crisis, and we need to go in a new direction after the failures of career politicians like

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Savvy Senior®

Donating old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment Dear Savvy Senior, Where are some good places to donate old hearing aids, eyeglasses and mobility equipment? My uncle passed away a few months ago and left behind a bunch of useful aids that could surely help someone else. Searching Nephew Dear Searching, Donating old, unused assistive

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Steps to keep your feet looking and feeling their youngest

You exercise regularly, eat well, maintain an active lifestyle and take your medications as prescribed every day. You’re doing everything you can to age gracefully and beautifully, but are you overlooking an aspect of self-care that’s fundamental to overall good health … your feet? By the time you’re 50, your feet will have carried you

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Lots of life left in senior pets

Every day, in shelters all across the country, senior animals are passed over by prospective pet owners. Why? Some people are looking for the energy of a new puppy or feel older dogs offer families too little time. But the truth is, providing a new home for an older animal may bring you a level

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Capitol Perspectives: An Unusual Primary

by Phill Brooks This year’s Missouri primary was one of the most unusual I’ve seen. It involved more negative attacks funded by more big-buck donors with more inexperienced winners than I can remember. I had thought it would be a pretty clean primary as a result of the suicide of one of the Republican candidates

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Training To Explore Arts, Economic Development, Sept. 26-27

A two-day training this fall will show civic leaders, artists, elected officials, entrepreneurs, business owners and others how the arts can play a role in the community and economic development. “Community Development Academy Explores: Arts & Economic Development,” Sept. 26-27 in Excelsior Springs will look at the arts as a strategy for boosting and diversifying

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New option offered to Master Gardener students

Master Gardener students have another option to learn. University of Missouri Extension now offers a small-group format for Master Gardeners, says MU Extension horticulture specialist Jim Quinn. Gardeners meet as a group, and MU horticulture specialists or experienced Master Gardeners guide them through videos from the online Master Gardener class. Previously, MU Extension only offered

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