By Brandy Bauer | 7.14.2020 Nearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults are struggling to adjust to a new normal and wondering what it means for their future. Regardless of where your community is in terms of opening, closing, or infection rates, here are some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy—physically, mentally,
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Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a number you can call to get answers to common questions. But the IRS won’t be calling you. Scammers pretending to be
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By now, we’re all wearing face masks as a matter of course.  I’m as committed to limiting the spread and flattening the curve as the next person.  However, wearing a mask when it’s 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity feels like I”m wearing a (used) diaper! AUGH. Also, while it’s nice to eat to food
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s becoming clear that minorities—specifically African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and in some studies Asians—are affected more often than other ethnicities, and have a higher death rate. Experts are trying to figure out why, but even before they have definitive answers, there is some reassuring news. Anyone who is a member
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The votes are in! We are pleased to announce that our next Online Book Club offering is….. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah For week one of our Book Club, please read part 1 (chapters 1-8) by Tuesday, July 14.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so everyone
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Stuck indoors for weeks, many of us faced a big question: What to do all day long and into the evening? Not Senior Planet member Madelon Hambro (at right). She simply picked up the pace on a hobby that she has pursued for over a decade: crafting beautiful, hand-made greeting cards for Citymeals on Wheels. 
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The pandemic is surging/resurging in some areas and retreating in others; authorities say it’s a matter of how seriously the locals are about taking precautions:  social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizers, etc.  In NYC, for instance, restaurants were preparing to open for in-house dining, only to have the Governor pull back indefinitely because of the
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No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks – but do you know what you’re looking at?  Here’s a quick cheat sheet of some popular ones. Brocade: (at left) A spider like effect in the sky, much like fine lace. The brocade effect is generally a silver tail effect, and is brighter than the
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Get ready to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Social Security on August 14th!. Since its inception in 1935, it has become a robust, multifaceted, and exceptional program. When President F.D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, its purpose was simply to “give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against
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We’re back! Thank you to everyone who participated in our discussion earlier this month both in the comments section of SeniorPlanet.org and at our meeting over Zoom about “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. Now it is time to select our next reading! Each Tuesday, we’ll post a thread on SeniorPlanet.org inviting your comments on
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Can poetry ease the tedium of lockdown as well as boost brain and memory? Although there are many studies that indicate that poetry can help boost memory in people with dementia (see here) in one nursing home, a chaplain is using poetry as a springboard to much more for many more people. Since the end
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The pandemic still continues, with spotty results across the nation.  Some states and municipalities are reporting declining trends, others are reporting a pickup in cases.  The rules for opening stores and service providers, for wearing masks in public, and what’s open (or not) is literally all over the map….and the big unknown is how many
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Since many restaurant dining rooms are still closed, and grocery shopping and meal planning are unappealing to many people, meal delivery services have surged in popularity for the convenience they offer. You have three main choices: restaurant delivery, cooked-meal delivery or meal-kit delivery, which includes all ingredients and detailed recipe cards. Let’s compare them by
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By Ocean Le | 6.23.2020 As with so much else, this year’s celebration of Pride Month has been changed by both COVID-19 and protests across the country. Staying physically and socially distant has many people studying the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) rights movements. We’re grateful to the Diverse Elders Coalition
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I’ve only known two mules up close. One is a sweet-eyed mule I petted at a farm, and the other – well, it’s me (sort of). As savvy as I thought I was, I was almost the victim of a money mule scam. Never heard of the phrase “money mule”? (Don’t worry, I hadn’t either.)
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