Month: June 2020

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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By Maureen Patterson | 6.22.2020 The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has been receiving complaints of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. SMPs, who operate in every state, help beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. How to spot a scam or fraud
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“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The
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Every month in Sex at Our Age, award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers your questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Nothing is out of bounds! If you’re over 60, submit your questions to this column by emailing Joan directly at sexpert@seniorplanet.org.  A reader asks:  I would like to
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Although the end (hopefully) to lockdown is almost in sight for some of us, once we emerge we’re going to find that living in pajama bottoms disguised all the weight we’ve gained by our limited activity (and unlimited fridge access). Personally, I was happy to just hold the line, maybe lose a pound or two.
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By Susan Stiles, PhD | 6.12.2020 “I look forward to the calls each week.” This comment was typical of the feedback that Peggy Schmidt received when she offered a virtual Aging Mastery “book club” to her rural constituents in Wisconsin. As the Caregiver/Health Promotion Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Center there, she transformed
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When the nationwide advice to stay at home to stop-the-spread of coronavirus was issued in mid-March, an estimated 70 million U.S. grandparents faced the most emotionally wrenching part of stopping the spread: keeping your distance from the grandkids. Older adults, more vulnerable to a severe infection if they got COVID-19, can’t visit their grandchildren. At
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By Brandy Bauer | 6.3.2020 In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people used NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® to get help to afford food and prescription medications during this troubling economic time. While the economy is slowly recovering, it’s important to know that BenefitsCheckUp® can connect older adults, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them
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If you want to order groceries online, know that supermarket policies for delivery and pickup vary – wildly! Here are current policies for some major chains; pay on their website by credit or debit card. We chose to use a gallon of whole milk to use for price comparisons.  Safeway Type your zipcode to see if
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