Month: July 2020

To mark the passing of Civil Rights icon John Lewis, here’s a rare speech by the U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia at the Cooper Union in New York City in 2019.  He discusses his early life leading to his joining the Civil Rights Movement and the work yet to be done.
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By Dorothea Vafiadis, MS | 7.30.2020 The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. Here is the latest advice from public health experts about the best way to protect yourself and to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these tips will be familiar to you and some are
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Gardening isn’t just enjoyable and productive, it’s good for both your physical and mental health, studies about gardening for seniors show. Connecting with nature brightens your mood, increases relaxation and reduces anxiety and depression. Plants improve the quality of the air you breathe, releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. It’s a calm, low-impact physical activity that
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Recently my ancient cellphone broke beyond hope of repair.  Buying a new one, switching carriers, activitating the new phone and migrating my info took almost a week and involved at least nine usernames/passwords/account numbers/security codes…and that doesn’t include all the ‘interim” passwords I had to log in and get in order to create my real
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A group of British care home residents refused to let lockdown dampen their spirits. They’ve spent their Coronavirus-imposed quarantine acting like teenagers and recreating famous album covers, complete with make-up and fake tattoos…and gained worldwide fame.   Robert Speker, events coordinator at Sydmar Lodge in North London, came up with the idea to keep seniors’ spirits
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By Jamie Larsen | 7.18.2020 Many older adults, especially those in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, are unable to have visitors because of the pandemic. My company, Generus, invites you to join us in creating uplifting and inspiring virtual stories for anyone not receiving visitors right now. We call them “Video Visits” and they
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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.  “It’s hard for me to reach orgasm,”
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This past week I decided to take the plunge and get both Covid-19 tests – the nasal swab and the blood test for antibodies.  I have not experienced any symptoms but was concerned about asymptomatic spread since I have immunocompromised relatives and friends. The experience was pretty straightforward. The wait was not long and I
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With the pandemic dominating the news cycle and social media posts 24/7, it’s easy to fall into a gloom-and-doom mode. So here’s something to snap you right out of that, even as you social distance, wash your hands a lot and keep a mask close by for outings. We found examples of good news on
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By Dan Reiner | 7.16.2020 Everyone is scrambling for a sense of stability as the COVID-19 crisis changes every aspect of our lives.  Older adults are suffering the worst health effects from the disease, while also facing financial threats as they plan for retirement or live on a fixed income. NCOA’s first annual Boost Your Budget Week couldn’t come at a better time. 
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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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