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I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination. The card indicating that has a place of honor on the fridge, plus several pix in my phone.  And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet. Considering how much trouble I went through to get it, it’s worth making sure it’s not going astray. I spent
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From time to time, Senior Planet reaches out to expert sources at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and offers their information to our readers, such as this article, below.  Visit the FTC website for this article as well as others from the FTC archives. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’s also the greatest
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The online world can be a wonderful place to meet people….but many find it a frustrating place where people brag about hundreds of “friends” they’ve never met. Connectivity online may not mean connections online. Forming true connections First, find people who share your interests on an online platform. This can be cooking, knitting, owning a
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Turning 65 brings benefits–Medicare, Social Security (unless you’re a 70-or-bust holdout), maybe retiring or at least downsizing your hours. But—and there’s always that “but,” right? It’s also the age at which your doctor starts taking any symptoms with even a whiff of cardiac involvement very seriously.  He or she may have previously chalked up a
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Despite my late husband’s insistence that Valentine’s Day was a “made up holiday,” (to which I replied, “So is Thanksgiving but you still take the day off”), he was smart – and kind – enough to make the gesture.  He gave me gifts I still use to this day, with fond remembrance. A website, a
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With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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The pandemic has had a slew of unintended impacts to almost every facet of life…even Social Security. Retirement planner Beau Henderson, with RichLife Advisors in Gainesville, Ga., says the biggest trend he has seen during the coronavirus pandemic is people being forced into early retirement.  “Because there is so much uncertainty in the workplace, with
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We’re all dependent on Zoom these pandemic days–for our social lives, family visits, clubs, business meetings, community meetings and just about everything else. One reason Zoom took over the video chat app field so fast is that it’s so easy—one click and you’re in.  But that ease of use comes (or did until recently) with
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To date, there are many poems and songs written to document the mistreatment of Black and Brown people and people among marginalized communities; many works that were created solely for the purpose of amplifying the looming shadow of America’s past (and present), that people of color might one day be truly liberated and validated. These
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We all worry about online security these days because so much of our lives are conducted on the internet.  The war between hackers and security experts is ongoing, with no one side declaring victory yet.  Luckily, we consumers have some smart security wonks on our side and they came up with a simple, almost foolproof,
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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
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 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
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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
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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
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