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Savvy Senior: How to protect yourself against abdominal aortic aneurysms

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me about stomach aneurysms? My father died from one about 10 years ago and I’m wondering if that can increase my risk of developing one myself. Almost 60 Dear Almost, While you don’t hear much about them, stomach aneurysms, also known as abdominal aortic ...

Garden Help Desk: Best practices for keeping a safe winter garden

I have been reading several articles about how best to clean up your garden for the winter. In years past I have pulled up the plants, roots and all. However, I read a few articles that say it is better to leave the roots so they can break down naturally in the soil and you don't lose the ...

Garden Help Desk: Protecting walnuts from invading larvae

What is wrong with our walnuts? Almost all the nuts from the tree at our new house are still stuck inside the husks and the husks are black and wrinkly. This looks like your walnut husks were infested with Walnut husk fly larvae, a common problem with walnuts and sometimes ripening peaches ...

Savvy Senior: How to find a better Medicare prescription drug plan

Dear Savvy Senior, Is it important to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans every year? My pharmacist highly recommends it, but it’s such a hassle sorting through all those different plans. Is there an easier way to shop and compare Medicare drug plans? Lazy Beneficiary Dear ...

Garden Help Desk: Aphids causing problems for variety of plants

I planted a Red Lake Currant bush this spring. I thought it was just having trouble getting established, but I finally took a closer look at it, then looked at an Extension fact sheet, and I think I have both currant aphids and currant fruit flies. I've attached some photos. Does that look like ...

Health: Does metabolism actually decline with age?

A college kid can eat an entire family-sized box of pizza pockets and not gain an ounce, but if his parents so much as sniff a french fry, they won’t fit their jeans for a week.  Do you relate? Ahh, to have the metabolism of a 20-year-old again! Many of us hold the notion that once we turn ...

Money Matters: 4 ways to be more authentic and build belonging

Belonging is powerful. A sense of belonging can increase job performance by an estimated 56%, according to a 2019 study by BetterUp. In our personal lives, a sense of belonging can be key to our reaching out when we need help and enable us to provide that help for others, too. It’s a human ...

Garden Help Desk: How to better prepare your petunias

I’ve always had petunias in my flower beds, and they’ve always looked beautiful, but last year I noticed they weren’t quite as nice, and this year some of the petunias died. Is there a spray or fertilizer I can use to fix it for next year? When you grow the same annual plants in the ...