Coronavirus

By now, we’re all wearing face masks as a matter of course.  I’m as committed to limiting the spread and flattening the curve as the next person.  However, wearing a mask when it’s 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity feels like I”m wearing a (used) diaper! AUGH. Also, while it’s nice to eat to food
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s becoming clear that minorities—specifically African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and in some studies Asians—are affected more often than other ethnicities, and have a higher death rate. Experts are trying to figure out why, but even before they have definitive answers, there is some reassuring news. Anyone who is a member
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The pandemic is surging/resurging in some areas and retreating in others; authorities say it’s a matter of how seriously the locals are about taking precautions:  social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizers, etc.  In NYC, for instance, restaurants were preparing to open for in-house dining, only to have the Governor pull back indefinitely because of the
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The pandemic still continues, with spotty results across the nation.  Some states and municipalities are reporting declining trends, others are reporting a pickup in cases.  The rules for opening stores and service providers, for wearing masks in public, and what’s open (or not) is literally all over the map….and the big unknown is how many
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When the nationwide advice to stay at home to stop-the-spread of coronavirus was issued in mid-March, an estimated 70 million U.S. grandparents faced the most emotionally wrenching part of stopping the spread: keeping your distance from the grandkids. Older adults, more vulnerable to a severe infection if they got COVID-19, can’t visit their grandchildren. At
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If you want to order groceries online, know that supermarket policies for delivery and pickup vary – wildly! Here are current policies for some major chains; pay on their website by credit or debit card. We chose to use a gallon of whole milk to use for price comparisons.  Safeway Type your zipcode to see if
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We’re going into the third month of lockdown.  How are you doing?  What’s your biggest challenge, and how have you addressed it? Have you picked up a new hobby? Learned a new skill?  Do you binge watch TV?  Have you tackled some long-delayed chores?   Started an online class? What gets you through the day?
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If you’re feeling the raw edge of the terrifying world pandemic of COVID-19, you are not alone. And while now might seem a tough time to experience gratitude, doing just that can provide soothing comfort in these scary weeks.  Look around. If you’re healthy with a roof overhead, there’s lots to be grateful for. Are
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It’s like Festivus came early this year!  Some of us are entering the third month of lockdown, and tempers are getting especially frayed, but you don’t need three months of house arrest to start feeling a little…tetchy.  Being confined to home and “suiting up” before for that rare trip outside, foregoing haircuts – it all
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During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone should worry about is filling and receiving prescriptions, especially if you rely on them to treat serious or chronic conditions. Experts recommend keeping several weeks’ worth of prescriptions you take regularly on hand in the event that you need to stay home, due to illness or shelter-in-place
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During this virus pandemic, the last thing anyone should worry about is filling and receiving prescriptions, especially if you rely on them to treat serious or chronic conditions. Experts recommend keeping several weeks’ worth of prescriptions you take regularly on hand in the event that you need to stay home, due to illness or shelter-in-place
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Listening to the nightly news and its update of COVID-19 cases and deaths can put you in a less than happy-hour mood. While the situation with the pandemic remains critical and protective measures remain crucial, there are also some glimmers of hope, both on the treatment and vaccine fronts. Faster Cures, a center of the
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I”m Virge Randall, Managing Editor of seniorplanet.org, and lifelong New York City resident.  Living in the epicenter of this epidemic presents some unusual challenges – some familiar to people in similar urban settings, some completely foreign.  Here’s a quick look at a typical day in Plague Central. Good Morning! I wake up between 7 and
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What is it like to have the virus?  Here’s a report from Toby Kasavan, a friend of Senior Planet and teacher of Tai-chi and TaijitFit; learn more about his classes at BetterBalanceNY.com.  This whole experience has been stressful.  My wife, Anna, is 59 and in good health; she’s a runner and non-smoker with no diabetes or asthma; I”m
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The results are in; we’re a pretty happy bunch when we listen to music and it’s a pretty wide variety that does it for us. Take a look through the comments from last Sunday and you’ll see there’s a mix of all types of genres, although you’ll see Eric Clapton gets a lot of love
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