Month: May 2020

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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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