Month: September 2020

People with hearing loss should take extra steps to ease the added social isolation caused by wearing masks, according to one published report. This September (Deaf Awareness Month) during the pandemic, these tips from Clearliving.com are particularly relevant.  Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75
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We’re now in Week (cough cough) of the Lockdown. Every person I’ve spoken to in the past week has announced they are “over,” “so over” and “so incredibly over” the lockdown. People have disturbed sleep cycles, increased snack consumption, overspent on online shopping, and snapped at their spouses. I knew I was in trouble when
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Journalist, fighter and feminist, Gloria Steinem became a women’s rights icon during the 60s and is now the subject of Julie Taymor’s biopic, The Glorias (learn more here). Based on Steinem’s own memoir, My Life on the Road, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Keira Armstrong portray the activist at various stages of her
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Posted on September 24, 2020 by Mari Evans Nearly every morning, Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Atria Woodlands, a senior living community located in Westchester County, New York, watches one of her residents walk by her window. “He’s a doer,” she laughed. The resident she’s talking about is Jerry Levine, who turns 91 this year
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By Jessica Barba Brown | 9.22.2020 If you’re like most older Americans, you’ve been a lifelong voter. But the 2020 election poses a unique challenge, thanks to the pandemic. Chances are good that the voting rules in your state have shifted this year. And if you’re at risk for contracting COVID-19, it’s especially important to
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By Dan Reiner | 9.21.2020 Approximately 25% of older adults in the United States fall each year. Despite being common, falls shouldn’t be seen as a normal part of aging. After all, most falls are preventable. Everyone is struggling to navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19, but older adults who want to maintain their independence and health should take time to
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Note: This is a topic that might create controversy among our readers.  While we encourage healthy debate, we remind our commenters to keep it civil. A reader writes:  I’m a man in my 70s, married 30 years. I love my wife but sex with her has been difficult or non-existent for several years. I found
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If you Google “The 2030 Problem” you get some 203 million hits. What is this clearly compelling danger on the horizon? It’s us.  According to this abstract (one of many) the impact of aging Baby Boomers will be challenging because of the sheer size of our age cohort, the spiraling cost of health care, and
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Senior Planet will host a special talk on Preventing Falls on 9/23 at 3pm EST; check the Senior Planet Events Listings here for more details about joining via Zoom.  At first glance, the statistics driving Falls Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 21-25) sound sobering and well, depressing. From the CDC: “Every second of every day, an
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The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1-10 by Tuesday, September 22.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so everyone can
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By now, most people know that financial planners recommend you keep three to six month’s expenses tucked away in case of emergency or unemployment. It may be even more imperative for retirees, considering that many have not saved enough and no longer have a regular paycheck if something does happen. “Unexpected expenses still come up,”
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The big identity crisis, which we all thought we sorted out in our teens, re-emerges when we hit 60. We can be called “Seniors,” but to some people, that’s only half a name.  (As Senior Planet editor, I still get many pitches from publicists about terrific gowns for Prom, or how to pick a college
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By Maureen O’Leary, NISC Program Manager | 9.10.2020 Words and actions can be like ripples on a pond, quietly changing hearts and minds. When former NCOA President and CEO Jim Firman announced his retirement last winter, he reminded us that time is the one thing you want more of as you get older—time to focus
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Posted on August 28, 2020 by Mari Evans COVID-19 has forced all of us to rethink how we interact with the world and each other. Still, staying connected remains vital to our well-being. At Atria Senior Living, we believe people belong together. By making adjustments to Atria’s Engage Life® events program, team members continue to
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On the anniversary of September 11, it’s wise to remember everyone we lost….and to stay alert to scamsters who try to profit off such tragedies. Here’s some advice from the Federal Trade Commission. Whether you’re getting ready to deal with the aftermath of Gulf Coast storms, Laura and Marco, dealing with the ravages of wildfires
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