A year into the Covid-19 pandemic the world has changed. For one thing, the IRS has extended the deadline for filing individual taxes for TY 2020 to May 17. (Read more here.) Congress has also passed pandemic-related legislation that may impact you and your taxes. Retirees need to how understand those changes and other revisions
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I didn’t get my invite to the gala for this year’s Academy Awards, which will be given in person, two months later than usual, due to the pandemic. Still, what a wonderful signal that things are getting back to normal. Maybe. Chances are the participants and attendees will wear bling-festooned face masks, which should be
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Posted on April 9, 2021 by Admin The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority, and to deliver on that promise, we launched the “Sleeve Up Atria” initiative in late December – ever since COVID-19 vaccines became available.    As of April 9, we have administered more than 50,000 doses of the vaccine to nearly 90% of our residents and employees
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Larry Jaffe (at left) never imagined he might one day become a Hollywood film producer – at 98. Growing up in the silent movie era, the former Marine Corps lieutenant served in Japan in WWII, and had a successful marketing career in New York before retiring with his wife, Hope. They celebrated their 72nd wedding
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Posted on April 6, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic St. Catharines, Ontario, about 12 miles northwest of Niagara Falls isn’t exactly known for its abundance of tropical plants, but that hasn’t stopped Gloria – an Atria resident at Anchor Pointe – from surrounding herself with flowers that might better thrive in Costa Rica than Canada. Gloria
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What does it take to get decent internet service?   It took $10,000 for Aaron Epstein, a 90-year-old man in North Hollywood, California.  He was so frustrated with his slow AT&T internet service that he spent $10,000 on newspaper ads telling the company’s CEO to do a better job.     Money talked.  AT&T sent out workers right
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Posted on April 1, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic The members of our culinary team – no matter which level they have risen to in the department – have brought their talents to Atria for different reasons. For Chad Welch, Executive Chef of Culinary Operations, one of the draws to Atria was the opportunity to keep
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Posted on April 1, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic At Atria Senior Living, our mission is to serve the needs of older adults and their families. To that end, one of the ways we deliver on that mission is to develop new senior living communities. Our latest such development in the works: Atria Cary in none other than Cary, North Carolina.  An idyllic setting in the Tar Heel State 
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California wildfires, winter storms in Texas and Colorado, tornadoes in Alabama – natural disasters are bad enough but utility scams make things even worse. Desperate homeowners with no power, phone or gas lines are prey to scammers impersonating utility representatives. They trick the unsuspecting – especially seniors – by phone, text, email and even by
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The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1-5 by Tuesday, April 6th. Then come back to https://seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we will open a conversation in the comments so everyone can
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Some 15 years ago this month, Jack Dorsey and three others birthed a new information channel. Here’s Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet: And the world has never been the same since. (BTW, that Tweet recently sold at auction.  Guess for how much? *Answer below.) Twitter has become such an integral part of our lives
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Senior Planet loves our Sexpert, Joan Price; she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and tackle the questions and issues that face people and their sexuality as they age.  However of all the subjects she’s handled, few are as tricky as the query she handled recently (read it here). What a dilemma! A woman broke
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Overuse of alcohol among older adults is a mostly hidden story – for instance, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (March 22-28 in 2021) is aimed at teens.  However, research suggests that one third of older drinkers develop the dependency later in life and that was before Covid-related stress and isolation.   How much drinking is
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Posted on March 25, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Diane worried about leaving the hospital. She’d been admitted, again, for losing consciousness due to a health issue that caused her blood oxygen level to drop.   “It’s scary to wake up on the floor and not realize what happened,” she said. “Since I live alone, my family
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Online trivia quizzes and other games make you think and engage with news, information and the outside world. Even better – they can improve your mood and well-being, according to a study of regular or sometime online players. And even better than that, online trivia games help you socialize virtually, all while keeping brains sharp
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Posted on March 21, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Marissa Jacobson-Ojinaga, the Engage Life Director at Atria Rancho Peñasquitos in San Diego, California, has loved learning from the world’s wisest people ever since she was in elementary school. She regularly volunteered with her classmates at a senior living community across the street – playing cards with the residents, listening to
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