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Health coverage options for Pre-Medicare-Age spouses
by Report submitted · May 25th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
My wife, who is 62, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what are my wife's options? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses, or do we have to purchase Obamacare?
Approaching Retirement

Memorial Day and the price of freedom
by Senator Chuck Grassley · May 25th, 2017
Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitude and remembrance on the part of Civil War veterans for their fallen comrades, organized by veterans, groups in local communities. Only once it became an established tradition did state legislatures and Congress recognize the day as an official holiday.

On "529 Day," think about college savings plans
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · May 25th, 2017
You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people's awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater. Consider the following:

With all the tasty, nutritious stuff in nature, why do gnats bug us?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · May 25th, 2017
I was working outside yesterday, enjoying the beautiful clear spring weather, when suddenly a cloud appeared overhead. It was a small cloud, but it was my own personal cloud. And, instead of rain, it was full of gnats.

Diverse voices offer advice to grads
by Report submitted · May 18th, 2017
Get a good higher education. Work hard. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Is your financial portfolio 'healthy'?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · May 18th, 2017
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you'll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of "fitness" to other areas of your life - such as your investment portfolio?

Semi driver crushes antique bridge, with GPS to blame
by Dan Brawner Columnist · May 18th, 2017
Last Friday, a semi-trailer carrying grain and weighing 30 tons headed onto the Daleys Bridge on the Upper Iowa River, east of Cresco. And squished it. This should not have come as a complete surprise to the unnamed driver because the 100-year-old bridge had a posted weight limit of three tons, excluding any vehicle heavier than a full-sized pickup. The driver presumably saw the warning sign, but explained to authorities that he was only following the directions on his GPS. (Lucky for him, his GPS didn't tell him to drive into the Pacific Ocean.) Estimates for the repair are expected to be in the range of $900,000.

Should all baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C?
by Report submitted · May 18th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I've recently read that all baby boomers should get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures?
Healthy Boomer

Before making policy decision, ask 'What would Jackson do?'
by Dan Brawner Columnist · May 11th, 2017
Donald Trump's hero is our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Not that he knows much about Old Hickory, but he seems to like the cut of his jib (if he knew what a jib was) and feels they are somehow kindred spirits. On Monday, in an interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito, Trump went off on a tangent saying Jackson had been "really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, 'There's no reason for this.'"

Can I inherit my parents' debt?
by Report submitted · May 11th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What happens to a person's debt after they die? My mother has taken on a lot of medical and credit card debt over the past few years and I'm worried that my brother and I will be responsible for it when she dies. What can you tell me?
Worried Daughter

Give Mom a gift to help her financial future
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · May 11th, 2017
With Mother's Day around the corner, you might wonder if you should go beyond chocolates and flowers this year and give Mom something that can help her far into the future. What sort of financial gift can improve her life?

Northey comments on Iowa crop progress
by Report submitted · May 11th, 2017
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

Leave wildlife babies where they belong - in the wild
by Iowa DNR News · May 4th, 2017
It's as predictable as August heat. From border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. From now until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding "orphaned wildlife."

Nifty gadgets that can help seniors with hearing loss
by Report Submitted · May 4th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn't think he needs a hearing aid, so I'm looking for some alternative devices that can help.
Loud Talker

Smart investing can help you keep moving toward your goals
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · May 4th, 2017
It's Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you're not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby's pageantry - the mint juleps, the women's beautiful hats, the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home," and so on. But if you look beyond the hoopla, you'll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular - the jockeys - may be able to provide you with some lessons in life - and in investing.
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