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— Michael (Mike) Fagan is a 71-year-old Arizona resident from Clarkdale. Mike is an expert in fitness, wellness, nutrition, naturopathic supplements, and most health related fields. He has hiked all over the world in the harshest environments and is quite adept at most athletic endeavors. Mike Fagan owns a Health Food store, called Montana Harvest Natural Foods in Billings, MT and has a local radio show, “Let’s Stay Healthy” on News Talk 730 that supports healthy eating and activities while focusing …

— By Miriam Davidson Don Ritchie knew he had a hearing problem, but for a long time the retired teacher and school administrator didn’t do anything about it. One day, about 15 years ago, as he babysat his 9-year-old granddaughter, she said, “Papa, can you turn down the television? It really hurts my ears.” “It suddenly dawned on me I needed to get hearing aids,” said Ritchie, 80, of Mesa. “So I did.” Hearing aids have helped him both personally and …

— Por Miriam Davidson Don Ritchie sabía que tenía un problema auditivo, pero durante mucho tiempo este profesor jubilado y administrador escolar no hizo nada al respecto. Un día, hace unos 15 años, mientras cuidaba a su nieta de 9 años, ella le dijo, “Papá, ¿le puedes bajar el volumen a la televisión? Me lastima mucho los oídos”. “Fue entonces cuando me di cuenta de que necesitaba audífonos”, dijo Ritchie, de 80 años, residente de Mesa. “Así que los conseguí”. Los …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4 p.m. PT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 4 p.m. PT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— AARP Arizona is helping to sponsor the Yavapai County StandDown, welcoming homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness for a range of services and resources. Veterans and their families are invited to the StandDown, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Frontier Village, 1841 E. State Highway 69 in Prescott. The StandDown provides resources such as housing and employment assistance and overnight stays. AARP Arizona volunteers will be distributing hygiene kits. Other services include Veterans Administration …

— Health, beauty and wellness are the focus of the AZ Black Women’s Expo on Sunday, Aug. 19, in Phoenix. AARP Arizona is cosponsoring the expo at the Legends Event Center, 4240 W. Camelback Road. Open to consumers of all ages, the expo will feature workshops and demonstrations, offering an opportunity for local businesswomen to build brand awareness and showcase their products. Organizers anticipate significantly larger crowds than last year’s expo, which drew 500 attendees. For more information and to buy …

— By Miriam Davidson Retired factory workers Claude and Melissa Foley, together 30 years, were never “super athletic,” said Melissa, 52. “But we try to keep moving because we know what happens if you don’t.” Claude, 62, said that seeing his sedentary grandmother’s health decline made him want to stay active, even though he’s disabled after years of making soles for shoes and fiberglass bathtubs. “My arms don’t work very well, but my legs do,” said Claude, who goes for a …

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— Entering the automatic door of any hospital or medical facility brings anxiety, fear, even sadness.  The smell of ultra-clean surroundings and a player piano producing sounds of hope and tranquility all add to the experience of understanding of what may be coming or what is unexpected. As you enter the hospital elevator, you see the looks of other incoming patients and the feeling is one of mixed emotions.  Sometimes, a nice visitor gives you a smile or tells a joke.  …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …