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Flu shots for seniors
by Report submitted · October 19th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about the flu shots made for seniors? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot, and am wondering if the flu vaccine for older adults would provide me better protection this year.
Almost 70

Junior is coming to Iowa to hunt pheasants
by Dan Brawner Columnist · October 19th, 2017
I suppose it's an honor, really. Having the president's son come to a little town in Iowa. Even if he is there just to hunt things.

Put lessons from 'Retirement Week' to work
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · October 19th, 2017
To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?

How to search for forgotten 401(k) money
by Report submitted · October 12th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer?
Approaching Retirement

International investing: still a journey to consider
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · October 12th, 2017
Columbus Day is observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities - but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

Mom leaves child alone with gun while she vacays in Europe
by Dan Brawner Columnist · October 12th, 2017
Erin Lee Macke, the 30-year-old divorced Iowa mom who left her young children home alone while she went on an 11-day vacation in Germany, has done a great service for parenthood. She has provided us with a picture of the Monster of Motherhood. Now moms can say, sure, I may have given my kids pizza for breakfast three days in a row, but it's not like I'm Erin Lee Macke. When the story of the jet-setting, hard-partying Macke went viral, the level of self-righteous hatred directed at her from all over the world was overwhelming. Don't be surprised to find Erin Lee Macke Halloween masks this year.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
by Report submitted · October 12th, 2017
Q: Why is it a big deal to take precautions with one's digital data and online identity?

Consider multiple factors for retirement plans
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · October 5th, 2017
When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement?

Five priorities to reduce opioid overdose death in Iowa
by By Carri Casteel and Kevin Techau · October 5th, 2017
Prescription opioid drug overdose death has become an increasingly well-documented epidemic in Iowa and across the country in the last 15 years. More and more, people are using prescription opioid medications, often transitioning to heroin, destroying families and lives. Too often, it proves fatal.

Getting a handle on prescription medications
by Report submitted · October 5th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
I'm concerned that my 80-year-old mother is taking too many medications. She currently takes 10 different drugs prescribed by three different doctors, which I think is causing her some problems. She also struggles to keep up with all the drug costs. Any suggestions?
Concerned Daughter

McIntire held a special election and the 'special' part is that nobody voted
by Dan Brawner Columnist · October 5th, 2017
The good news is that when the town of McIntire, Iowa, held a special election last month, there was absolutely no fraudulent voting. The bad news is that there was no legitimate voting either.

Q & A with Congressman Blum
by Rod Blum · October 5th, 2017
Q. Why did you support the Debt Limit Increase, why aren't politicians in Washington taking this more seriously? Andy from Waukon via Twitter

Q & A with U.S. Senator Grassley
by Report submitted · October 5th, 2017
Q: How can interested Iowans apply for admission to a U.S. military academy?

A cheap death: how to donate your body to science
by Report submitted · September 28th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about body donation programs? With little to no savings, I'm looking for a free or cheap way to dispose of my body after I die.
Old and Broke

Frank and Barron: The Prince and Pauper story
by Dan Brawner Columnist · September 28th, 2017
This week, I've been scrambling to find the time to get our house ready for winter. I've been cleaning the furnace and making sure all the storm windows are tight. I've taken down the garden fence and stored the chicken wire. There is hardly any time left to mow the lawn. It sure would be nice if some enterprising neighbor kid would come along and do it for me. Which is exactly what Frank Giaccio did for Donald Trump.
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