diversity

I didn’t get my invite to the gala for this year’s Academy Awards, which will be given in person, two months later than usual, due to the pandemic. Still, what a wonderful signal that things are getting back to normal. Maybe. Chances are the participants and attendees will wear bling-festooned face masks, which should be
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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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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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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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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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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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Senior Planet San Antonio always brings a unique South Texas flair to all its programs – celebrating loved ones with Day of the Dead events, or hosting virtual cooking classes to learn the regional recipes passed down through generations.  During Thanksgiving, members and staff alike enjoy the tradition of eating tamales at Thanksgiving.  DeAnne Cuellar,
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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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Until the lockdown imposed limitations, internist Dr. Melissa M. Freeman saw patients four mornings a week at Beth Israel Medical Center’s opioid clinic. In the afternoons, she received patients at her private office in Harlem, NY.  What’s so special about that?  The internist is 94-years-old!  What’s more, after practicing medicine for 65 years, Dr. Freeman
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Brooklyn-born actor Louis Gossett Jr., 84, reckons we’re never too old to learn something new – today spreading the word about the connection between music and brain health with his role as an Alzheimer’s patient in a heart-warming new film, The Cuban (link to info is here). After making his Broadway debut at just 17,
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To mark the passing of Civil Rights icon John Lewis, here’s a rare speech by the U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia at the Cooper Union in New York City in 2019.  He discusses his early life leading to his joining the Civil Rights Movement and the work yet to be done.
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With the pandemic dominating the news cycle and social media posts 24/7, it’s easy to fall into a gloom-and-doom mode. So here’s something to snap you right out of that, even as you social distance, wash your hands a lot and keep a mask close by for outings. We found examples of good news on
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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 people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The
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The concept is simple and sensible: if a new medical treatment or medication is meant to be used on all members of the population in need of it, it should be tested on all genders and ethnicities. Diversity in medical research has been a point of agreement and discussion for decades, with ongoing efforts to
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