Health

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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Although the end (hopefully) to lockdown is almost in sight for some of us, once we emerge we’re going to find that living in pajama bottoms disguised all the weight we’ve gained by our limited activity (and unlimited fridge access). Personally, I was happy to just hold the line, maybe lose a pound or two.
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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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How are you experiencing sex during lockdown? I’ve read articles about how people are dealing with their sexual urges and behavior during the pandemic, but how are seniors, specifically, coping? I asked my newsletter subscribers, and many shared eagerly.  Most wrote that they are sheltering in place with a spouse or romantic partner and experiencing
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This lockdown seems like it will go on forever, but there will be an end…but how do we keep our attitudes up in the meantime, and combat depression or other mental/emotional challenges? Some studies suggest that gratitude can be a major influence in our level of happiness, and can even have lasting positive changes in
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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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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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Every month in Sex at Our Age, award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers your questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Nothing is out of bounds! If you’re over 60, submit your questions to this column by emailing Joan directly at sexpert@seniorplanet.org.  I’m a man, 73. My wife is
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Posted on October 10, 2019 by Atria Senior Living Experts typically look to the southern hemisphere’s flu season to predict what might happen in the U.S., and this year looks to be challenging. “Australia’s flu season has always been a good indicator of our flu season, and unfortunately it looks as if the flu season
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Note: On Friday, April 17, 3-4pm EST, Senior Planet will host Dr. Michael Spertus, a family doctor and instructor at Harvard Medical School, to talk about how people can stay connected to their doctors through different platforms and video chat options. He will also talk about when he must see a patient in person vs. doing
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Being new to Medicare can be extremely intimidating. Not knowing if, when, and how to apply is confusing enough. Then, you can top the confusion off with all the annual Medicare changes. Even if you’re already enrolled, there can oftentimes be uncertainty about what is and is not covered, especially during this global pandemic. We’ll
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Note: While we take every effort to keep our statistics current, the fast-moving nature of this pandemic makes it difficult to stay on top of the numbers and locations of infections and mortality rates.  If you’re over 60, the facts are clear: you are at higher risk for developing the coronavirus infection causing COVID-19. As
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The news on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is moving at lightning speed, but some advice from expert organizations like the CDC and WHO has remained consistent. Senior Planet has rounded up some reliable sources of information and basic tips for prevention, care, and coping below. Check back here for updated resources. It’s also a good idea
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Will “What’s your ageotype” replace “what’s your sign” as an ice-breaker? People age differently, at different speeds and through different body processes, a recent study of aging by Stanford University School of Medicine found. Led by Stanford’s genetics department chairman, Dr. Michael Snyder, the team’s research involved a group of 43 healthy participants between the ages of
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