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HOME VALUES DECODED

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 -- If you're thinking about downsizing anytime soon, you may be wondering: What’s my home worth right now, and which home value is the one I need? There’s actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA. He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on:

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NO HOLIDAY TRAUMA HERE!

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 -- Have you ever noticed in yourself, or someone else, the internal tension growing as the holidays approach?  I’m talking about tension to the extent that sleep is lost, jaws are sore from grinding teeth, and the inability to put a cohesive thought together.  Growing up in my house this was referred to as “Turkey Trauma,” and I am here to tell you that the trauma is real.  The good news is that it does not have to be!

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TIPS FOR SAVORING THE FESTIVE SEASON

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 -- As we approach the holidays in this special election year, most of us are under unusual pressure due to the state of the nation and state of “mind.”  The recent political debates have suggested that the morale fabric of our national values is unraveling.  Never in the history of election debates has such slander, mud and accusations been hurled.

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WORLD STROKE DAY

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 -- Join the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Colonie Center, in front of Boscov’s, to mark World Stroke Day.

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FIGHTING THE FEAR FACTOR

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 -- The holidays are a time of joy and community for many families. However, the media reminds us how vulnerable and exposed we are with international “insecurity.” CyberMonday Internet purchases often are suspect, if consumers are not careful. For individuals who have lost their jobs, their health or perhaps a loved one, things can get rather bleak and empty and at times, scary.

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BEGIN 2016 WITH A DOWNSIZING DISCUSSION

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 — The new year always brings about thoughts of change and plans for the future. The changes can be as simple as vowing to change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or as elaborate as beginning a new diet/exercise regimen.

Regardless of what your resolutions are, they are always made with the thought of bettering your life. Have you given any thought to really big changes? Could there be a residential move for you in 2016?

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CARING FOR THOSE WITH MEMORY LOSS AT THE HOLIDAYS

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 -- We are now in the midst of the holiday season. For many families this may be the only time throughout the year when everyone is together sharing good food, memories and companionship. Traditionally, many families travel between each other’s homes and enjoy the chaos of the holidays.

As certain as the arrival of the holidays, many Alzheimer’s care partners find themselves coping with new and puzzling situations. It is not uncommon for a loved one with memory loss to exhibit unusual behaviors during this holiday time.

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'TIS THE SEASON FOR LOVED ONES...AND MEMORIES

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 -- With the “Holiday Season” officially underway, take a moment away from the mall madness and make a commitment to yourself to connect with those that matter most in your life — your spouse, family , friends and colleagues, etc.

Believe it or not, “the right gift” may be within you and your home! Yes, this means: no crowd fighting, parking lot frenzy, bag carrying or endless lines and searching! That, in itself, is a gift right there!

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12 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON HEART-HEALTHY

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 -- It’s time to get into the holiday spirit!  From twinkle lights and holiday tunes to warm beverages and delicious cookies, the sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays are everywhere.  But among the joys of the season, it’s important to maintain healthy habits to protect yourself from heart disease and stroke, the No.1 and No. 4 health threats.  

So how do you stay heart-healthy when prepping and preening for the happiest of holidays?

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THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US: THOUGHTS FROM A FELLOW JOURNEYMAN

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 -- Time passes too quickly, especially as we age. As we do during this time of year, I find myself reflecting and recounting many past experiences both positive and negative. 

Here we are again…Turkey Day around the corner followed by Black Friday sales and then the "holiday slide” (that time from Thanksgiving through January 2).

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