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Open thread: password fatigue – Senior Planet

Recently, my old cell phone broke beyond the hope of repair. Buying a new one, changing carriers, activating the new phone and migrating my info took almost a week and involved at least nine usernames / passwords / account numbers / security codes … and that does not include all “interim” passwords I had to log in to and get …

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Seniors update classic rock albums

A group of British nursing home residents refused to let the lockdown dampen their mood. They have spent their Coronavirus-quarantined acts as teenagers and recreated famous album covers, complete with makeup and fake tattoos … and gained world fame. Robert Speker, event coordinator at Sydmar Lodge in north London, came up with the idea to keep the seniors’ spirit alive. …

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Senior Planet Book Club: Born a Crime (Week 2)

Welcome to our first week of discussion about … Born a crime by Trevor Noah We read Part II this week. What did you think? What do you like so far? What questions come up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday 28 July, we will read part III of the book. Join us on Tuesday, …

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Good news on the health front

With the pandemic dominating the news cycle and social media posts around the clock, it’s easy to fall into a gloomy-and-doomed situation. So here’s something to catch you straight from it, even when you’re at a social distance, wash your hands a lot and keep a mask nearby for excursions. We found examples of good news on the health front, …

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Open thread: Get tested – Senior Planet

Last week, I decided to take the plunge and get both Covid-19 tests – nasal congestion and blood tests for antibodies. I have not experienced any symptoms but was worried about asymptomatic spread because I have immune system relatives and friends. The experience was quite simple. The wait was not long and I was introduced to a small room and …

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Senior Planet Book Club: Born a Crime (Week 1)

Welcome to our first week of discussion about … Born a crime by Trevor Noah We are reading chapters 1-8 this week. What did you think? What do you like so far? What questions come up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday, July 21, we will read Part II of the book (Chapters 9-14). Join …

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Stimulus Check Scams – Senior Planet

Most have already received their financial incentive payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t got yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a number you can call to get answers to common questions. But the IRS won’t call you. Scammers pretending to be from the government can set up numbers …

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Open thread: when already? – Senior Planet

Right now we all wear face masks as a matter of course. I am just as committed to limiting the spread and smoothing the curve as the next person. But wearing a mask when it’s 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity feels like I’m wearing a (used) diaper! Augh. Although it is nice to eat food prepared by someone else …

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Open thread: Are you serious?

The pandemic grows / recurs in some areas and recedes in others; authorities say it’s a matter of how serious the locals are about taking precautions: social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizers, etc. In NYC, for example, restaurants prepared to open for internal food, just to have the governor withdraw indefinitely because of the lack of compliance between certain party …

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Creative Card-Making Lifts Spirits – Senior Planet

Stuck indoors for weeks, many of us faced a big question: What should we do all day and into the evening? Not Senior Planet member Madelon Hambro (right). She simply took the hit on a hobby she has been pursuing for over a decade: creating beautiful, handmade greeting cards for Citymeals on Wheels. Greeting cards go to homebound elders for …

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