January 22, 2017
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Financial fragility: Signs your aging family members may need help managing their moneyBy SARAH SKIDMORE SELL

It’s inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine. Cognitive skills decline as part of the normal aging process and in turn, so do some of our financial management skills.

Research shows that financial decision-making peaks around age 53, and by age 60 our ability to process new information starts to slow. The shift happens at a different pace for everyone, and it can be accelerated by medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. While some people are capable of managing their own finances throughout their lifetime, others may find their skills suffering.

The process of change: How to be one of the cool kids who make New Year’s resolutions stickBy Leslie Barker

When the new year dawns, thoughts often turn to resolutions. Will this be the year you (fill in the blank) stop smoking? Start swimming? Limit sodas? Increase vegetable intake? Stop being snarky? Start being grateful? All of the above?

Whatever your plan and however bold your intentions, there’s always the danger of a slip-up, alas. With that in mind, two University of North Texas faculty members in the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation have tips to keep those resolutions strong. Paula Heller Garland is a senior lecturer; Justin Watts, an assistant professor.

Counting croutons: Restaurants tally items for calorie rulesBy CANDICE CHOI

NEW YORK — How might a bread basket for the table be counted under America’s new calorie posting rules? What about seasonal items, croutons for salads, or pizza that’s cut into squares?

Restaurant and grocery chains scrambling to post calorie counts on their menus by spring have peppered the Food and Drug Administration with queries that offer a window — often complex, occasionally comic — into the ingredient riddles they are trying to solve.

Don’t fear the orchidBy Kate Jerome

I had always been afraid of orchids, assuming they have the temperament of divas and take an inordinate amount of care. But I have a stunning white moth orchid (phalaenopsis) that has been blooming for six weeks with no sign of slowing down or dropping blossoms. I’ve found moth orchids will just bloom and bloom without much more than regular watering and occasional fertilizing.

Since I had luck with the moth orchid, I purchased a dendrobium orchid. Now that it’s finished blooming it needs to be repotted. I’ve had to brush up on my orchid repotting skills since it is sitting crooked in its tiny grocery store pot that must be propped on three sides to sit up.

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Living
The Pussyhat Project: Nation’s knitters use their skills to make a statementBy Nicole Brodeur

SEATTLE — Pussyhat. It’s a smirk of a name for a bright pink, knitted cap with little ears poking up from either side. Meow.

But don’t be fooled. All over America, knitters are casting on with a vengeance, making enough Pussyhats for an estimated 200,000 women who will gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday — the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration — to march in support of women’s rights.

Faith
Personalized learning clicks with All Saints studentsBy Karen A. Mahoney

Excellence in education is the theme on each campus comprising All Saints Catholic School.

The school’s newest location, the West Campus in Paris, sits on the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Books
Need help sticking to those resolutions?By Alison Howen

It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to stick with our New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’re heading into the third week of January, some of us may have already given up on our resolutions because we don’t know how to achieve our goals, while others might still be trying but need some guidance. If you’re like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally get your finances in order.

Figuring out the right approach when dealing with your finances can be difficult, especially with tax season upon us. If you feel overwhelmed with where to start, the Kenosha Public Library has many resources to help you with your finances, including a few books that will help simplify your financial troubles, so you can check one resolution off your to-do list.

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