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  1. Holiday gift ideas all wrapped up

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    Sometimes it feels like coming up with holiday gift ideas for your children and grandchildren is just plain hard work. But it doesn't have to be. Many holiday-related things to do in the bay area in December could both entertain and delight the kids and serve as a nice gift from the heart to celebrate the season. There …

    Sometimes it feels like coming up with holiday gift ideas for your children and grandchildren is just plain hard work. Here’s a list of some examples just to get those idea-wheels turning as we head smack into one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
  2. In search of SuperAgers' secrets

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    Angela Lansbury, who turned 89 on Oct. 16, would be the oldest working actor in American theater if it weren't for Mike Nussbaum, a less famous actor who, at age 90, just finished a demanding role in Noah Haidle's Smokefall at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    Mike Nussbaum, 90, appears in a scene from Noah Haidle’s Smokefall at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
  3. Bend, lift, twist and balance with ease by strengthening core

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    Strong core muscles help make life much easier. So many daily functional movements we take for granted — bending, sitting, lifting, twisting, even standing still — rely on strength and stabilization of those muscles. When core muscles are weak, we lose strength, balance and stability, which can lead to back …

  4. OLLI offers courses for those who are never too old to learn

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    Bored? Curious? Tired of watching daytime TV talk and game shows? How about taking a class on "The Joys of French Cooking"? Or one on "The Best of Broadway: Tony Winners"?

    Joseph McAuliffe, 64, coordinates USF’s OLLI program.
  5. Grandma's Roundtable serves as support group — but only for family

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    She's a therapist and career coach, cheerleader and wise woman, secret keeper and borscht pusher.

    Gretta Freeman, whose Grandma’s Roundtable began when granddaughter Jenny was a high school senior, holds one of her favorite signs inside her Minnesota home.
  6. Step by Step: Refresher course on weight loss

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    Did you know lack of sleep (7-8 hours recommended for adults) can cause you to want to eat more? Recent studies found the level of ghrelin, called the "hunger hormone" because it stimulates appetite, rises in your body and the level of the hormone, leptin, which suppresses appetite, decreases if you don't get enough …

  7. Astronomy: November sky calendar

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    Dusk and early evening

    Mars is in the southwest at dusk this month. It will set about three hours after sunset. Look for it near the moon Nov. 25.

    After midnight

  8. What to do in November? Here are five ideas

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    Music of the macabre

    Journey into a world of enigmatic chants and suspenseful music with tension-filled chords when the Soaring Sounds Vocal Ensemble presents – a cappella – eerie tunes laced with somber texts from a variety of cultures and languages, including Latin, Haitian and Lithuanian. $10 …

  9. What gubernatorial, U.S. House candidates say about Medicare, other critical issues

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    AARP Florida sought out the positions taken by candidates for governor and the U.S. House of Representatives on issues critical to those 50 and older to be used as a guide in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist  just before he endorsed Rick Kriseman for St Petersburg Mayor at a news conference at the  Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St S,  Monday October 7, 2013.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  10. Picking best Medicare plan can save you money

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    Comparison shopping is only fun when comparing the price of things one's heart desires — like a designer purse, a new car or tortilla chips.

    Picking best Medicare plan can save you money