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COPD throws challenges in the way of patients

About 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly known as COPD. Many may not realize it is the cause of their distress and needs to be treated right away.

Despite chill, exploring state parks a thrill during cooler months

Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas and historic sites attract nearly 3.5 million visitors annually. Nearly all of the parks remain open all year, though weather and road conditions limit winter access to some remote parks.

Medicaid among many questions on health-care coverage

Asset recovery has been part of Medicaid rules since the early 1990s. For people on Medicaid, it’s income that matters, not net worth. That means it’s possible to qualify for the program even if you have retirement savings and a mortgage-free home.

Salvation Army takes red kettles to cyberspace

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is all gussied up for a digital future while retaining the charm of its beginnings with that personal touch.

Junior League party celebrates season

The sustainers of the Junior League of Las Vegas held their annual Holiday Coffee recently to personally thank league members and friends for adopting a Bear (child) this holiday season. The adopt-a-bear program provides clothing and toys to at-risk elementary-aged children in the valley.

Many hands can help mitigate holiday season grief

You can’t schedule grief. It doesn’t respect our orderly, tidy, well-planned lives. The mystery of both life and death sits above and beyond the comforting group illusion we call “time and space.” Grief trumps everything.

Las Vegas Links party raises money for scholarships

Many more guests than expected attended the inaugural White Christmas Jazz Luncheon and Fashion Extravaganza sponsored by the Las Vegas Nevada Chapter of the Links Inc. Dec. 13 at the Rio. The event was a fundraiser for scholarships.

Shared housing can help seniors

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about senior home-sharing programs? Since my father died last year, my mom, who’s 70, would like to rent out a room in her house for some extra income and for the companionship. Is this wise?

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