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May is Better Hearing Month: Have You Had Your Hearing Checked Lately?

Preparing for a Comprehensive Audiological Evaluation: A Patient’s Guide   By Shelby Garrison, AuD   A comprehensive audiological evaluation is a crucial step in understanding and addressing hearing-related concerns. Whether it’s a routine check-up or an initial assessment of hearing loss, adequate preparation ensures a more accurate assessment and a smoother experience. Here are essential […]

It Pays to Get Your IRA Beneficiary Right

By Heidi Huiskamp, Founder and CEO of Huiskamp Collins Investments, LLC   According to a December 2023 article in the New York Times, there is over $35 trillion in retirement accounts in the U.S. and about $16 trillion of that will be transferred in the next decade. There’s no doubt about it: the “Great Wealth […]

Bringing the Garden With You

Submitted by Friendship Manor   Gardening is a wonderfully relaxing and mood-boosting activity—and is one of the things residents miss most when moving into a retirement community. Although mowing and more strenuous tasks are happily given up, the actual process and activity of gardening itself is missed. According to Sally Hasket, a horticulturist with the […]

Trouble With Touch? Feeling Your World

Your senses let you experience the world. Sight, sound, hearing, or even smell may be the first sense to spring to mind. But don’t forget touch. Your sense of touch helps keep you safe from physical threats and can strengthen social bonds. It can also be altered by many health conditions. “Your skin is your […]

What the Heck Is the Saver’s Credit?

By Heidi Huiskamp, Founder and CEO of Huiskamp Collins Investments, LLC   Formally known as the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, the “saver’s credit” is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of taxes a moderate or lower-income consumer may owe just by saving funds for retirement. Financial types like to talk about tax deductions which are […]

How to Help Your Loved One Feel at Home

Submitted by Friendship Manor Selecting care for a loved one experiencing memory loss can come with challenges, but there are ways to navigate this transition to hopefully make it easier. Setting up their living space with creature comforts, personal items, and more can help them settle into their space and routines. Here are some ideas […]

Stop the Spread of Germs

HOW HEALTHCARE SAFETY PRACTICES EVOLVED IN A POST-COVID WORLD Submitted by Mississippi Valley Endoscopy Center   There have been many long-lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One that remains top of mind for many is more established habits to prevent the spread of germs at home, at work and in the classroom. Those include handwashing, […]

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

What Is Sleep? Sleep was long considered just a block of time when your brain and body shut down. Thanks to sleep research studies done over the past several decades, it is now known that sleep has distinct stages that cycle throughout the night in predictable patterns. How well rested you are and how well […]

Stay Active As You Age No Gym Required

Submitted by Friendship Manor   According to Ann Austin, Board President of Friendship Manor, “It is common knowledge that it’s important for seniors to remain as mobile and active as possible.” We are blessed to have Ann, who not only supports us as our president, but also as our fitness instructor. You may know her […]

Recognizing Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Understanding The Importance Of Local, Preventative Screenings   Submitted by Mississippi Valley Endoscopy Center   As 2024 calendars fill with birthdays, vacations, weddings, and more, it’s important to prioritize other calendar events like routine physicals, screenings, and exams. While often less exciting to have on the schedule, these proactive and preventive appointments are what help […]