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KCCOA Reopens Two Kings County Senior Centers

The Kings County Commission on Aging (KCCOA) celebrated the official reopening of the Corcoran Senior Center on October 14. The event featured food, bingo, karaoke and a... — Updated 11/7/2022

FHCN to Open Bookstore in Downtown Visalia

Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) scheduled a late October opening for The Book Nook, a local bookstore inspired by FHCN's goal of improving the quality of life and overall health... — Updated 11/7/2022

Local Alzheimer's Walk Raises $25,000 to Fight the Disease

About 150 area residents participated in this year's Tulare & Kings Walk to End Alzheimer's at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia on October 1st. Approximately $25,000 was raised to... — Updated 11/7/2022

Newscaster Goes Gray and Loses Her Job Soon After

It's not unusual for gray-haired people to lose their jobs, just like it's not unusual for those with hair of any color to lose their jobs. When it apparently happens because... — Updated 11/7/2022

Medicare Premiums and Deductibles to Decrease

On September 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs, and the 2023 Medicare Part D income-related monthly... — Updated 11/7/2022

Social Security Benefits to Increase by 8.7% in 2023

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7% in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced on September 13. On average, Social Security benefits... — Updated 11/7/2022

Tulare County Supervisors Honor Centenarians

Turning 100 years of age is a major milestone and Tulare County Board of Supervisors recognized county seniors who have reached this milestone at its October 4 board meeting.... — Updated 11/7/2022

Kaweah Health to Mark Hospice, Home Care, Palliative Care Month

Kaweah Health is celebrating November as National Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Care Month by emphasizing the importance of quality home-based care and dignified end-of-life... — Updated 11/7/2022

Kaweah Health, Keck Medicine Enhance Local Urology Services

To better serve patients in Tulare County, where a recent community needs assessment found that urology services are severely lacking, Kaweah Health and Keck Medicine of USC have... — Updated 11/7/2022

Alzheimer's Drug Lecanemab Slows Memory Decline in UK Trial

The following article was posted at on September 22. We are sharing the post with only minor edits so we don't lose any of the enthusiasm of... — Updated 11/7/2022

Adventist Health Introduces Second Mobile Health Unit in Central Valley

In an effort to increase healthcare access throughout the Central Valley, Adventist Health unveiled a mobile health unit that will provide primary care services throughout the... — Updated 11/7/2022

CDC Recommends Three Flu Vaccines for Seniors

During most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease, accounting for the majority of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. For the 2022-2023 flu season, the CDC recommends any one of... — Updated 11/7/2022

The Exeter Race Riot

The Tulare County town of Exeter has many bright spots and important claims to fame in its history. It was home to the famous red Emperor grapes, was selected to have a beautiful... — Updated 11/7/2022

New 'Oldies' Station Back on Schedule

In the July 2020 issue of The Good Life, we reported that, "South Valley fans of singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley will soon have a 'new' station to turn... — Updated 11/7/2022

Stockings for Seniors Drive Launched

Homebound senior citizens, who often do not have friends or family visit them during the holidays, will receive a stocking filled with donated cold-weather comfort items during the annual Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T... — Updated 11/7/2022

Caregivers' Costs, Temporary Placement and Pets

My friend’s mother is staying in her home with in-home care 24 hours a day. Is this more expensive than living at an assisted living... — Updated 11/7/2022

Helpful Garden Tips for November and December

Autumn is in full gear this month. This is a great time to plant almost any tree, shrub, perennial, ground cover, wildflower seeds and the last of spring-flowering bulbs. While the... — Updated 11/7/2022

Seeing Changes in a Loved One When Home for the Holidays

Going home for the holidays can mean reconnecting with loved ones and enjoying the spirit of the season. For many people, if they live away from their family and don’t see them often, it can also be a time of anxiety if the... — Updated 11/7/2022

92-Year Old Tries to Recapture Past Magic in 'Ball and Vase'

"I've been wanting to tell this story ever since my grandfather passed away," explained David Baram, the writer and director of "Ball and Vase." "Like Ed in this film, my... — Updated 11/7/2022

The PACT Act

This column is the first to cover the PACT Act; I will have at least one follow-up column covering another area of the changes. The full name of the law is "The Sergeant First... — Updated 11/7/2022

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