Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in America are related to heart disease. More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed as February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease many attribute to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and just plain genetic bad luck. Unfortunately, more awareness of these risk factors has not led to a decrease in cardiovascular-associated deaths in the United States.

Writers including Eric J. Kos, one of the owners of the Alameda Sun, and Katherine Schwartz, the executive director of the Alameda Family Services League recently wrote appreciation for businesses focusing less on making money while overlooking workers. They encouraged changing the focus to people.  

Differentiate needs and wants
One step to financial security is learning the difference between a need and a want, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who learn that difference find their bank accounts grow more quickly.

Although Valentine’s Day is when we commercially celebrate love and our loved ones, I feel we should celebrate another national holiday all year round.

Help the world turn kind by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week taking place through Feb. 23. Introduced by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in 1995, its mission has been: to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. What a wonderful mission to carry on not just during Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17) or Week, but throughout the year. 

Legendary comedian George Burns said that the day he officially became a geezer was when a beautiful, voluptuous, ambitious young actress invited him to dinner and, “All I could think of was a bowl of soup,” he moaned. It is sad but true that old age and infirmity have a deleterious effect on the libido. Thus, many geezers adopt the attitude of Lord Chesterfield toward libidinous activities. He said, “The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable.”

It is in that spirit that Catskills comics told these Valentine’s Day love stories for geezers.