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Funeral happenings and other stories from older adults

On Monday, I went with my daughter to arrange my funeral. Now, I’m a senior who’s spry, as my daughter says, so this is just advance planning not the need for a funeral soon. Should you arrange a funeral in advance? Not unless you have some safeguards in case the funeral home goes out of business or won’t help you if you move away. Read more →


What to do on Presidents’ Day

How’s your Presidents’ Day going? I got lucky and my daughter is visiting from Madrid. We’ve been checking out the sights in Seattle and getting together with her friends. If you need some ideas for activities for the holiday, consider the following: (1) Read biographies of Washington and Lincoln. (2) Ask five friends who their favorite president is and why. Read more →


New study finds little-know pesticide in four out of five people tested

It’s important to know about and reduce your exposure to pesticides. Growing up on a farm, I saw the effects pesticide exposure can have on health. A little-known pesticide, chlormequat, was found in four out of five people tested, in a new study by the Environmental Working Group. Its research tested 96 people for chlormequat, finding it in 77 of them. Read more →


Large banks charge higher credit card interest rates and fees than small banks and credit unions, survey finds

Compare interest rates and terms when you’re going to sign up for a new credit card. There’s no need to pay 28 to 30 percent interest or an annual fee of $150. Large banks are offering worse credit card terms and interest rates than small banks and credit unions, regardless of credit risk, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read more →


On this day of love, be wary of romance scams

It breaks my heart every time I see a story on television about a romance scam. The people, often older women, have been taken in by fast-talking scammers who have honed their skills in carrying out big romance lies. Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to story on TV about a woman who lost $100,000 to a romance scam. Read more →