Month: January 2021

During the worst of 2020, I had a playlist that reflected my mood.  Most of the time it was (and remains) smooth jazz because sometimes I just don’t want any words of any kind in my head…especially if the song became an earworm.  Besides that, I kept playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty (“Every day
0 Comments
Happy new…closet. We will all be happy to bid 2020 goodbye. A great way to have a fresh start is to take a look at what we’ve accumulated over the year   –  or years. Decluttering our spaces is incredibly freeing. Even better, it can be a way to do some good for those of us
0 Comments
 Data Privacy Day, marked annually on January 28, is the cyber world’s call to arms about protecting the privacy of personal information online (learn more here).  Here’s some information from the Federal Trade Commission on a popular solution to data privacy.  You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi
0 Comments
With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
0 Comments
By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 1.20.2021 Key Takeaways The approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide optimal protection against the virus. The vaccine is free for people with and without insurance—beware of scams asking you to pay for it. Check with your health department, pharmacy, or doctor about when and where to receive
0 Comments
Posted on January 15, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic The big news making international headlines is the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. As of January, about 11.9 million Americans have been vaccinated against the virus. While we can all be thankful for the speediness with which vaccinations have been developed and administered, the CDC, FBI and Department of Justice have sounded alarms about a
0 Comments
Have a question about relationships and sex for seniors?  Every month Senior Planet’s award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Subscribe now (do it here) and don’t miss a single column. Senior Planet subscribers also get The Weekly Orbit, our newsletter with features
0 Comments
By Howard Bedlin | 1.11.2021 Key Takeaways Congress’ final bill of 2020 extends SNAP food benefits and boosts funding for senior nutrition programs. Package also features improvements to the Medicare enrollment process and Medicaid. NCOA continues to advocate for additional COVID-19 relief for older adults. Congress closed 2020 by passing a $2.3 trillion legislative package
0 Comments
The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1- 5 by Tuesday, January 19th.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so
0 Comments
If ever there was a year that offered retirees the opportunity to get a gut check on their finances, this is it. For many people, their lives, finances and their spending habits were all changed in dramatically – and some say permanently – by the pandemic. In addition, there were changes in tax laws affecting
0 Comments
For many of us, it’s the ”it” question of the year: When can I get the COVID vaccine? The answer to that question is a moving target. Here’s what to know about vaccine distribution and how to stay current on what’s happening in your hood. The rollout:   Days after the FDA gave emergency use authorization
0 Comments
By Ramsey Alwin | 1.7.2021 Like millions of Americans, NCOA staff and I watched with shock the violence and destruction that unfolded yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. It was unreal. It was frightening. And it was unacceptable. NCOA’s vision of a just and caring society is built upon a strong, fair, and free democracy. As
0 Comments
Learning how our interviewees think about “aging with attitude” is a gift that keeps on giving at year-end. Here’s a quick summary about ‘Aging with Attitude” from all our profiles throughout 2020 – all the more compelling given our ongoing challenges. Celebrity actor and profile subject Franco Nero (at left) mentioned his 55 year history working
0 Comments