Month: October 2020

By Dorothea Vafiadis, MS | 10.26.2020 With wildfires in the west, the effects of poor air quality on people of all ages has been in the news. In fact, there are many sources of modern-day air pollution, including car exhaust, secondhand cigarette smoke, and dirty smokestacks. No matter what the source, it’s important for older
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Earlier this year, when Chadwick Boseman, the 42-year-old star of the megahit Black Panther  died of colon cancer, it did not just point out the tragedy of dying young, but also the disparities in health conditions and survival among minorities. Even with presumably getting the best care, Boseman’s cancer progressed to a lethal stage IV. 
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Bette Davis once famously said old age isn’t for the fainthearted.  She’s right about that, but she never said anything specific about getting older….and I sure could have used a heads-up.  For one thing, if anyone had told me my hearing would deteriorate with age, I would have danced a bit farther away from the
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Posted on October 22, 2020 by Ajla Bedzetovic Atria supports a culture where residents are empowered to stay active, set goals and find purpose – and where employees are encouraged to grow personally and professionally. Just ask Atria’s Senior Vice President of Functional Operations, Abby Figueroa. Abby has charted a meteoric course on her career path, in large part because her commitment to serving residents has uncovered talents she never knew she had.  On the move  Originally from New
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The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1-10 by Tuesday, October 27.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so everyone can discuss what
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A reader writes:  Help! I suffer from depression brought on by my work but enhanced by my wife of 37 years. I adore her, but she’s withheld sex from me for the last four years. I’ve tried to be understanding, but I can’t stand it anymore. The lack of love she shows me leaves me
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As we slooooowly emerge from the pandemic, life is very gradually beginning to get back to normal.  Mostly.  Where I live, church services are curtailed,  and gatherings – like weddings – over 50 will bring the cops to break it up.  (Demonstrations are another matter.) Gyms are back with social distancing. Shopping IRL is coming
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Posted on October 16, 2020 by Mari Evans “A firecracker.” “The life of the party.” “Señorita Estallita Fulla Suga.” Estelle Reiff goes by many monikers, which only makes sense for a woman who has played many roles in her long life – an accomplished dancer, teacher and mother. The beloved resident of Atria Forest Hills,
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By Brandy Bauer | 10.15.2020 As the leaves begin to change color, we are reminded that fall is also the time to considering changing our health care options for the coming year. Medicare’s annual open enrollment (October 15 through December 7) provides an opportunity to join, switch, or drop Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D
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By Howard Bedlin & Marci Phillips | 10.13.2020 Congress is in recess, and members are in their home states talking with constituents and, for many, campaigning for votes. This is your opportunity to advocate for older adults! Here are the key issues that Congress must act upon when they return to Washington. COVID-19 Relief Congress
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For Americans turning 65 today, there is a 70 percent chance you will need some form of long-term care at some point in your life. But three quarters of Americans don’t have a long-term care insurance policy, many because they can’t afford them. One of the problems is that the policies are cheapest when you
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A friend recently told me he was at the beach a few months ago, on a breezy day. He accidently strayed close to a small boy wearing a mask. The boy yelled “People!!” and ran, terrified, to his mom and dad’s blanket.  The parents gave my friend a small, sad smile of apology. The real
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Posted on October 9, 2020 by Mari Evans Putting in extra hours. Making trips to the store for essentials. Setting up Zoom calls to help families and friends stay in touch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Atria employees have gone above and beyond to help residents feel safe, connected and engaged. In turn, residents and families
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