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  1. Whatever your situation, Medicare's open enrollment period is a chance to reassess

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    It's that time again.

    No, we're not talking about the return of pumpkin-spice-flavored everything, though that's definitely happening, too. We're talking about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors.

  2. How to use Medicare's online Plan Finder

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    Federal health officials have announced that 2017 Medicare Advantage premiums will remain stable, and more enrollees will have access to higher-quality plans. The average premiums in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program will also remain stable.

  3. Medigap plans eliminate or reduce gap in Original Medicare

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    If you don't want to pay the deductibles and copays that go along with Original Medicare, you need to know about Medigap.

  4. Mobile unit to offer free memory screenings at Sunshine Center

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    The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute will offer seniors free, confidential memory screenings in the mobile Memory Research Suite from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 through 14 at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. The screenings, available in English and Spanish, consist of a series of questions …

  5. Older voters in Tampa Bay share what matters to them in presidential election

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    The explosive nature of this year's presidential race is fitting for the last election in which baby boomers will be the biggest kid on the bloc.

    The economy is one of the most important issues for voters 50 and older, according to a nationwide survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.
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  6. Missing Senior Network's aim: to help when seniors with dementia wander

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    It's one of the worst things the caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer's can face.

    “Wanderers with Alzheimer’s are looking to go back to places they are familiar with,” said Colin Castle of Home Instead in Clearwater.
  7. How to avoid that pain in the neck


    Enjoy hearing from readers! This article is a result of one of those readers sending me an email expressing an interest in exercises for stretching neck muscles.

    For Sally's exercise column. A deep stretch for the sides of your neck by Patricia Green.
  8. Home care for Holocaust survivors short on funds

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    TAMPA — It was an early celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, for Holocaust survivors. White-haired revelers held hands and danced in a line, while others snacked on round challah loaves and apple slices dipped in honey.

    Debbie Cusick, Holocaust Survivor Program Case Manager Supervisor, dances with Yakov Malinskiy of Tampa during a luncheon at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa on September 21, 2016.   Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is hosting a Rosh Hashanah luncheon for Holocaust survivors residing in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
  9. SAGES offers seniors opportunity to act in community theater

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    Prologue: Enter two very different 70-year-olds — one, a veteran actor; the other, a novice playwright — who teamed up to turn her words, his direction and five amateur actors into a comedic theatrical production in Clearwater.

    Linda Goldman fo-founded SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Educational Services) with Stephan Alpert. Both are members of Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater.  
DAVID W. DOONAN   |   Special to the Times


    If you are already moving — swimming, jogging, dancing or anything else that has the potential for developing into an aerobic activity — keep it up! Some interesting studies give No. 1 "brain sharpener" status to aerobic exercise. Professor Donald Stuss, Ph.D., of the Ontario Brain Institute says, "The best …

    For Sally's exercise column. Cardio exercise using rope less jump rope by Don Green.