We’re going into the third month of lockdown. How are you doing? What’s your biggest challenge, and how have you addressed it? Have you picked up a new hobby? Learned a new skill? Do you binge watch TV? Have you tackled some long-delayed chores? Started an online class? What gets you through the day?
By Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN | 5.29.2020 The role of community-based palliative care (CBPC) for supporting seriously ill people at home has never been more critical, with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting the chronically ill and those age 60+. This vulnerable population faces a double risk, first from the virus and second from the effects
By Elana Kieffer | 5.22.2020 New York City has been the American city hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not all New Yorkers are equally at risk; age has been a serious risk factor, and nearly 75% of New Yorkers who have died from COVID-19 were 65 and over. Race and class also influence infection
By Kathleen A. Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 5.26.2020 Hospitals across the country report that emergency department (ED) visits have declined significantly for illnesses not related to COVID-19. In particular, heart attacks and strokes appear to be going unchecked. Some hospitals also observe a decline in fall-related ED visits. Doctors believe that people are so scared
If you’re feeling the raw edge of the terrifying world pandemic of COVID-19, you are not alone. And while now might seem a tough time to experience gratitude, doing just that can provide soothing comfort in these scary weeks. Look around. If you’re healthy with a roof overhead, there’s lots to be grateful for. Are
It’s like Festivus came early this year! Some of us are entering the third month of lockdown, and tempers are getting especially frayed, but you don’t need three months of house arrest to start feeling a little…tetchy. Being confined to home and “suiting up” before for that rare trip outside, foregoing haircuts – it all
Welcome to our second week discussion of… The Dutch House by Ann Patchett We read chapters 8-15 this week. What did you think? What are you liking so far? What questions are popping up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday, June 2, we’ll read part III of the book (chapters
Posted on April 28, 2019 by Shell Morley Atria Paradise resident Antoinette D. is known for her cooking skills – so much so she’s published a cookbook of her family’s favorite recipes titled, Mangia e Tuei! (Eat and Be Quiet!). “We had seven kids and they were always talking loudly at the table,” she said. “So
By Howard Bedlin and Marci Phillips | 5.20.2020 On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Heroes Act,” (H.R. 6800) the latest COVID-19 relief proposal, largely along party lines. Intended as an ambitious opening bid from House Democrats for continuing negotiations and, despite the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, the bill was criticized
When Senior Planet chats with actress Talia Shire, you can’t help ask if her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, has sent care packages of his famous wine…especially since many of us are imbibing a lot more during Coronavirus lockdown. Our Entertainment Correspondent, Gil Pringle, spoke to the 74 year old actress ahead of her latest role.
How are you experiencing sex during lockdown? I’ve read articles about how people are dealing with their sexual urges and behavior during the pandemic, but how are seniors, specifically, coping? I asked my newsletter subscribers, and many shared eagerly. Most wrote that they are sheltering in place with a spouse or romantic partner and experiencing
This lockdown seems like it will go on forever, but there will be an end…but how do we keep our attitudes up in the meantime, and combat depression or other mental/emotional challenges? Some studies suggest that gratitude can be a major influence in our level of happiness, and can even have lasting positive changes in
Welcome to our first week discussion of… The Dutch House by Ann Patchett We read chapters 1-7 this week. What did you think? What are you liking so far? What questions are popping up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday, May 26, we’ll read part II of the book (chapters
States are opening up (or planning to) at different rates and in different ways, and already some governors are concerned about the impact of all that pent-up demand. As a New York City resident, I have been having vivid dreams about being in restaurants with my family and friends, going to museums, and going to
When Los Angeles went into lockdown, musician Bill Bonk immediately knew how to cheer his quarantined neighbors in Laurel Canyon. “I thought: Why not do a concert from my porch – where all the neighbors could hear some great vintage music while keeping a social distance?” says Bonk, 60, who has toured with artists around
During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone should worry about is filling and receiving prescriptions, especially if you rely on them to treat serious or chronic conditions. Experts recommend keeping several weeks’ worth of prescriptions you take regularly on hand in the event that you need to stay home, due to illness or shelter-in-place