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                                University of Alberta computing scientist Osmar Zaiane with the chatbot he and his team are developing that can express and respond to emotions.
Siri-like chatbot could help lonely seniors

It’s not quite the Joaquin Phoenix-Scarlett Johansson love story from the 2013 romance “Her,” but researchers believe an artificial intelligence chatbot could help relieve human loneliness, particularly in seniors. Read more

Does it run in the family? How to create a family health portrait

Dear Savvy Senior: How do I go about making a family health history? Most of my relatives have died before age 65, so my doctor recently suggested I create a family history to help identify my own genetic vulnerabilities. — Approaching 50 Read more

                                Walk-in bathtubs are easier to get into and out of, helping prevent slips, trips and falls for seniors.
Walk-in tubs for seniors can help prevent slips, falls

Dear Savvy Senior: Because of my mobility problems, I’m thinking about getting a walk-in bathtub that’s easy to get into and out of, but could use some help selecting one. What can you tell me about walk-in tubs, and can you recommend some good companies that make and install them? — Bubble Bath Betty Read more

                                Unlike a last will and testament, which tells your loved ones (and the legal world) what you want them to have, an ethical will (which is not a legal document) tells them what you want them to know.
Column: An ethical will shares your feelings, wishes with loved ones

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney who made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as well as express my thoughts and feelings, but I don’t know where to start. — Interested Senior Read more

Positive affirmations can benefit your mind

Did you know that every thought you have directly affects how you experience your life? We think we see the world through our eyes, but in fact we see the world through our thoughts. Read more

Put value on time by spending it wisely

Do you ever say or hear, “There’s just not enough time in the day.” This phrase has become a part of our modern culture, and the lack of time has become the enemy. Read more

                                An accredited credit counseling agency is a good place to get a handle on credit card debt. They are nonprofit agencies that offer free financial information and advice on how to handle financial problems.
How seniors can get help with credit card, mortgage debt

Dear Savvy Senior: My husband and I, who are both 66 years old, have fallen behind on our mortgage payments and have accumulated quite a bit of credit card debt over the past few years. Where can we get help? — Drowning in Debt Read more

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