For nine long months of COVID, we’ve done everything possible to stay safe. Many of us can say, ever so cautiously, that we haven’t been affected directly. Nevertheless, stories of hardship and loss seep through, increasing our anxiety and impacting our state of mind. How can we continue to age gratefully when our worlds remain
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Year end is fast approaching, and besides the pandemic, there are two other things on your minds – the holidays and charitable giving.  The best advice from financial advisors is that charitable giving should be part of your estate plan to get the most benefits. Here are a few tips to maximize your giving and
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Senior Planet San Antonio always brings a unique South Texas flair to all its programs – celebrating loved ones with Day of the Dead events, or hosting virtual cooking classes to learn the regional recipes passed down through generations.  During Thanksgiving, members and staff alike enjoy the tradition of eating tamales at Thanksgiving.  DeAnne Cuellar,
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Of course we’ve all, since the lockdown, been dutifully sticking to our routines, getting our daily exercise, watching our diets, taking our vitamins and engaging in wholesome activities to keep our minds engaged, right? Well…. I’ll come out and say it – as long as I don’t make a habit of it – I’ll let
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Posted on November 20, 2020 by Ajla Bedzetovic Classically trained in Switzerland, experienced in running multiple kitchens from Montreal to Manhattan and an executive chef for five U.S. presidents from 1966-1987, Chef Henry Haller was one of the most successful culinary figures of his generation. He passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy of high
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Posted on November 19, 2020 by Ajla Bedzetovic This year, the holidays will look different for all of us. If you are one of the more than 60 million caregivers in North America who look after an older adult inside the home, you may be wondering how to celebrate and stay safe.   Stay connected with others  Many people experience depression during the holidays due to stress and social
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 11.19.2020 Key Takeaways: There’s promising news in the development of effective vaccines and treatments for the novel coronavirus, but challenges remain. The vaccine will be free, and the Food & Drug Administration has created guidelines to ensure its safety. The National Academies of Sciences has developed a 4-phase framework
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A reader writes: I have just become a widow after 52 years of a happy marriage. While my husband was in the hospital, sedated, I looked at his phone and discovered that he was registered on two dating sites. I was angry and uninstalled them. I hoped he would wake up so I could talk
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I went shopping for a few items this week.  I couldn’t read the fine print of product ingredients and directions because I left my electron microscope at home.  To the rest of the world, perhaps, the print is readable but to my 65 year old eyes, I needed a magnifying glass to supplement my readers.
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Franco Nero, 78, first made his name as the titular Django in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western and has appeared in more than 230 films. Now starring in Robert Port’s new military WWII thriller, Recon, this is Nero’s latest foray into war drama, previously starring in Force 10 from Navarone, The Battle of Neretva and
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 11.10.2020 Key Takeaways: With COVID-19 cases rising in almost all states, the holidays will require extra safety precautions this year. The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to follow guidelines for safe holiday activities. If you’re considering hosting or attending a gathering, there are several important
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Amid all the political and electoral turmoil and strife, I look for solace and inner strength by focusing on getting through the next day or even the next eight hours.  Sometimes its just a matter of focusing on what makes me happy just for today. Sometimes it’s a walk by the dog run near my
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Posted on November 6, 2020 by Ajla Bedzetovic Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the residents of Atria at Villages of Windsor in Lake Worth, Florida, dined together in restaurants buzzing with conversation, danced around the pool, threw elaborate holiday parties and volunteered to read to students at local schools. Since the stringent safety protocols put into place in March, the community has found new ways to keep things vibrant while staying safe and socially distanced.  To wow and
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If you are close to your 65th birthday, or are already on Medicare, the Medicare pitches are flooding your email, voicemail, text and old-fashioned mailbox. As you are probably well aware, it’s the open enrollment period until Dec. 7. If you have questions, you aren’t alone. Senior Planet found two independent Medicare experts and searched
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