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Tue
20
Jun
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Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior,

My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun, and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. Easy Riders

Dear Easy,

If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about this option, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

 

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Tue
13
Jun
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/ physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone?

Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you find someone reliable for your mom.

Home Helpers

For seniors who could use some help at home – but don’t need a caregiving aide for personal care – there are a bevy of personal assistance/home helpers out there that can help make life a little easier.

 

Tue
06
Jun
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any services that help pre-retirees decide when to start drawing their Social Security benefits? My wife and I are approaching retirement age and want to carefully weigh our options to make sure we’re maximizing our benefits.

Approaching Retirement Dear Approaching,

Deciding when to begin collecting your Social Security benefits could be one of the most important retirement-income decisions you’ll make. The difference between a good decision and a poor one could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your retirement, so doing your homework and weighing your options now is a wise move.

Tue
06
Jun
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ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols, Oklahoma Historical Society

Aviation pioneering in Oklahoma goes back to August 1917, when the Henry Post Army Airfield was established at Fort Sill as part of nationwide military preparations for World War I. Company A of the 1st Balloon Squadron arrived from Omaha on Sept. 5, 1917.

That led eventually to the building of the Balloon Hanger, which served the needs of Post Field until 1943, when other pioneer aviation innovators blazed new trails in the skies.

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Tue
30
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The Legislature approved a state budget this week to run the state for another year. The final amount knitted together is $6.9 billion. This allots the same funding levels as last year to 15 core government services. These include common education, healthcare, veterans and the military, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and others.

Tue
23
May
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports.

Worried Ron

Dear Ron,

Replacing important documents that are lost, stolen or damaged is pretty easy if you know where to turn. Here are the replacement resources for each document you mentioned, along with some tips to protect you from identity theft, which can happen if your documents end up in the wrong hands.

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Tue
23
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

We are in uncharted waters at the state Capitol. By law, we cannot hear revenue bills (bills that raise money) the last five days of a regular session.

We can still hear appropriations’ bills (bills that give money). Because we are in the final week of the regular session, we cannot raise any revenue unless the governor calls a special session or unless 2/3 of both the House and the Senate vote for one.

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Tue
16
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

It’s the final two weeks of the legislative session and all eyes continue to be on the state budget. One surprise proposal to help fill the state’s budget gap is House Bill 2376.

This measure would allow modifications to Class 3 gambling already played at tribal casinos. The modifications would allow a ball and dice to be used for games such as roulette and craps.

From what I’m told, right now those games are only allowed with cards to determine the odds.

 

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Tue
16
May
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Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

Unintended consequences can do the most damage.

Our legislators are on the verge of harming state healthcare— and the state itself—by harming higher education. Again.

The last two state budgets have been extremely hard on higher education in general and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in particular.

 

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Tue
09
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

We have three weeks to go in the House, and all eyes are on the state budget.

We have a budget gap of $878 million from what was appropriated last year.

Here are the options:

Leave the gap and let state agencies continue to find efficiencies and cut waste, keeping in mind some agencies have absorbed previous large cuts;

Fill most of the gap with savings already implemented by reducing tax incentives, exemptions and deductions and by using money available through various revolving funds;

Raise revenue to fill the gaps. One measure passed by the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget would increase revenue in three ways:

Increase the price of tax on a pack of cigarettes, by $1.50, bringing about $215 million for healthcare and to help discourage new smokers.

 

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