Month: March 2021

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering is….. The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett For week one of our Book Club, please read chapters 1-5 by Tuesday, April 6th. Then come back to https://seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we will open a conversation in the comments so everyone can
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Some 15 years ago this month, Jack Dorsey and three others birthed a new information channel. Here’s Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet: And the world has never been the same since. (BTW, that Tweet recently sold at auction.  Guess for how much? *Answer below.) Twitter has become such an integral part of our lives
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Senior Planet loves our Sexpert, Joan Price; she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and tackle the questions and issues that face people and their sexuality as they age.  However of all the subjects she’s handled, few are as tricky as the query she handled recently (read it here). What a dilemma! A woman broke
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Overuse of alcohol among older adults is a mostly hidden story – for instance, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (March 22-28 in 2021) is aimed at teens.  However, research suggests that one third of older drinkers develop the dependency later in life and that was before Covid-related stress and isolation.   How much drinking is
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Posted on March 25, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Diane worried about leaving the hospital. She’d been admitted, again, for losing consciousness due to a health issue that caused her blood oxygen level to drop.   “It’s scary to wake up on the floor and not realize what happened,” she said. “Since I live alone, my family
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Online trivia quizzes and other games make you think and engage with news, information and the outside world. Even better – they can improve your mood and well-being, according to a study of regular or sometime online players. And even better than that, online trivia games help you socialize virtually, all while keeping brains sharp
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Posted on March 21, 2021 by Ajla Bedzetovic Marissa Jacobson-Ojinaga, the Engage Life Director at Atria Rancho Peñasquitos in San Diego, California, has loved learning from the world’s wisest people ever since she was in elementary school. She regularly volunteered with her classmates at a senior living community across the street – playing cards with the residents, listening to
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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
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Here in NYC, everyone is getting giddy over the prospect of an end to winter and the slow lifting of the lockdowns as more people get vaccinated. There’s hope here of indoor dining, socializing with other vaccinated people, and even (OMG) going to a movie again. I went to a museum last week and I
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How’s your bone health? Healthy bones help us stay mobile, anchor our muscles, protect our organs and store calcium. But many of us don’t give our bones a second thought until we break one or a doctor presents the bad news: “You have low bone mass (or osteopenia or osteoporosis).” Osteopenia is the term for
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Most people age in place in the homes they raised their families in – but during the COVID-19 pandemic more people have been reviewing their financial plans and considering laying out cash for buying their future retirement home. In fact, one of biggest expenditures you may make is buying that retirement home you and your
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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As cable prices have skyrocketed you may have decided it’s time to “cut the cord.”  Before you cancel your cable service read this Consumer Reports  article  to help you decide if cord cutting is right for you. Once you make the decision, you’ll still have to for pay for high speed Internet to get streaming
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