Ready to make the most of your summer? Grab your friends and family and get out on the water. Boating gives you the freedom to explore the outdoors and offers added wellness benefits. Studies show being on the water improves emotional health, relaxation and creativity.

“The water is open to everyone and provides the perfect summer escape,” said Ellen Bradley, Discover Boating senior vice president.

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“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life a…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 68-year-old woman in good medical/physical condition. I run three times a week and work out with weights regularly. The only medicine I take is bioidentical hormones. Recently, the side of my foot near my baby toe felt sore as if, when I walked, I was stepping on a smal…

Some parents, I have discovered, believe in the parenting slot machine theory. They hold fast to the notion that some parents are simply lucky, meaning that chance and chance alone determines whether one has easy children or difficult children. This parenting slot machine supposedly pays som…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 — You have a classy style. You are clever, charming and generous. Partnerships are important to you. You are focused and hardworking. This is the last year of a nine-year cycle for you, which means it’s time to assess where you have been and let go …

Many people have turned to crafts to relieve stress during the pandemic. Woodcarvers are among those who say they find a meditative quality in their work. There can be satisfaction in doing something creative and using a medium that comes from nature. And the work often results in useful and beautiful objects like spoons, knives and bowls. Finally, there are the social aspects of woodcarving. There are groups that meet on Zoom and carve together. AP writer Tracee Herbaugh tried her hand at woodcarving and came away finding a whole new way to relieve stress.

Shared experiences are ideal ways to make new friends or solidify established relationships. Bonds can be strengthened even further when those shared experiences include entertaining activities. This is a great reason for adults to incorporate routine game nights into their social calendars.

“It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a highly active 74-year-old female. I walk a mile and a half every morning (my dog insists), then do two step-aerobic classes with weights, two serious weight workouts with a trainer, 1-3 miles on an elliptical walker and 2-4 hours of horseback riding, plus miscellaneous…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 — You are a practical realist who is disciplined, hardworking and focused. You are clever and creative, and you have a wonderful sense of humor. This is a year where you finally get recognition for your efforts. Expect kudos, a promotion, an award and…

You can still get a V6 engine in Toyota’s Camry, which is the only remaining midsize/family-priced sedan that still offers more than a four-cylinder.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 — You are charming, energetic and practical. You are a good planner who is organized and knows how to motivate others. You are friendly, sociable and comfortable with people from all walks of life. Seek solitude this year so you can learn and study …

Q: I own a 2014 Toyota Camry XLS equipped with a smart key starting system. I occasionally couldn’t start the car. My private mechanic as well as a Toyota service manager suggested changing the battery in the remote control. This seemed to work for a few days. They suggested holding the remo…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 70 years old, in good health, with no family history of glaucoma. My optometrist diagnosed me a year ago as having low-pressure glaucoma, early stage. He prescribed brimonidine 0.2% twice daily. I also saw an ophthalmologist for a second opinion. The ophthalmologist diag…

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — In their first rollouts of electric vehicles, America’s automakers targeted people who value short-range economy cars. Then came EVs for luxury buyers and drivers of pickups and delivery vans.

“For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Dear Savvy Senior, A while back I read an article about some online tools that can help people search for lost or forgotten money left behind by their deceased relatives, but I’ve misplaced it. Can you help me with this? My mom, who passed away in January, was always bad about keeping up wit…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 — You have a colorful personality. You value your freedom of movement as well as financial security. You are an enthusiastic leader who knows how to motivate others. This year is a time of service for you. You might have to put family or someone el…

DEAR DR ROACH: My husband will be 83 in September and was recently diagnosed with an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8 cm. Five centimeters is when they do something. After hearing about the survival rate based on your recent column, along with your comment that “most people d…

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old male in good health and was diagnosed with a slightly enlarged prostate several years ago. My primary care doctor said he wasn’t concerned enough to prescribe any medications. I get an annual physical, and there haven’t been any changes. However, in the pas…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 — You are energetic, compassionate and determined. Once you have an idea, you run with it. You are hardworking, responsible and capable of taking care of others. This year is a year of change, which is why you need to be flexible so you are open to ne…

Q. The pandemic affected my income and although I can still afford my child support, it makes me furious that my ex is using it for her rent and a car instead of things for the kids. I give my children’s mother thousands of dollars a month and I pick up my oldest son in holey jeans and a fad…

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

What you pay for a prescription drug varies enormously depending on your medication, pharmacy, insurance and other factors. Finding a way to afford your prescriptions can be crucial, because people who don’t take medicine as prescribed due to the cost could wind up sicker or dead. To lower t…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 — You are a grounded, practical realist. People can rely on you. You are also caring, compassionate and generous. Many of you are workaholics. This year you are building something either tangible in a physical sense, or an inner structure in your life.…

DEAR DR. ROACH: For sleep, my boyfriend (78) takes Ambien when he needs it, a few times each week. The instructions on the bottle says “take as needed.” To me, that means if he doesn’t need it, he doesn’t take it. That’s simple logic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 — You are intelligent and multitalented, as well as compassionate and benevolent to others. You are pragmatic and have the ability to fit in with all walks of life. This is a quieter, gentler year, in part because your main focus is on your closest r…