Life & Culture

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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The votes are in! We are pleased to announce that our next Online Book Club offering is….. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah For week one of our Book Club, please read part 1 (chapters 1-8) by Tuesday, July 14.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so everyone
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We’re back! Thank you to everyone who participated in our discussion earlier this month both in the comments section of SeniorPlanet.org and at our meeting over Zoom about “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett. Now it is time to select our next reading! Each Tuesday, we’ll post a thread on SeniorPlanet.org inviting your comments on
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Can poetry ease the tedium of lockdown as well as boost brain and memory? Although there are many studies that indicate that poetry can help boost memory in people with dementia (see here) in one nursing home, a chaplain is using poetry as a springboard to much more for many more people. Since the end
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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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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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Welcome to our second week discussion of… The Dutch House by Ann Patchett We read chapters 8-15 this week. What did you think? What are you liking so far? What questions are popping up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday, June 2, we’ll read part III of the book (chapters
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When Senior Planet  chats with actress Talia Shire, you can’t help ask if her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, has sent care packages of his famous wine…especially since many of us are imbibing a lot more during Coronavirus lockdown. Our Entertainment Correspondent, Gil Pringle, spoke to the 74 year old actress ahead of her latest role.
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When Los Angeles went into lockdown, musician Bill Bonk immediately knew how to cheer his quarantined neighbors in Laurel Canyon. “I thought: Why not do a concert from my porch – where all the neighbors could hear some great vintage music while keeping a social distance?” says Bonk, 60, who has toured with artists around
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The votes are in! We are pleased to announce that our next Online Book Club offering is….. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett For week one of Online Book Club, please read part 1 (chapters 1-7) by Tuesday, May 19.  Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open a conversation in the comments so everyone
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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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Online games are a huge help staying entertained during a quarantine, but they can do more than just divert you.  As we age, playing certain games can help us cognitively…and according to research, might even improve our mood and sense of well-being. To keep things simple, we looked for games that you can play online
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Ballet is a beautiful way to keep moving forward when our lives are standing still.So, embrace your personal space and treat it as a work of art. That’s what I’ve said countless times as a ballet teacher. But never has it been more meaningful than now. I’ve always been passionate about the everyday benefits of
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