Of Special Interest
Helping you thrive and survive
- Perseverance rover takes its first drive on Mars
Hard to believe but it was more than fifty years ago when Neil Armstrong took his step for all mankind. Now we’re getting photographs from Mars!
- Are you eligible for the FCC’s emergency internet discount program?
Families with kids are not the only low income folks who can benefit from high speed internet. Millions of seniors could find themselves eligible for this government program.
- If You Live to 100, You’ll Need More Than Money
(New York Times) The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing steadily. If you join them, you’ll need a purpose for getting out of bed in the morning, and a reason to keep on keeping on.
- Let’s boogie. How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains
Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.
- Harry and Meghan steal the show before it’s even aired
C’mon, who isn’t curious about the royal kerfuffle? We’ve watched this family our whole lives and can’t stop now.
- One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine
Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is allowing states to rethink distribution, even as health officials and experts worry some will view it as inferior.
- Famous road sign featuring hunched-over stick person crossing the road is reimagined for the better.
The Centre for Ageing Better has released a series of ten age-positive icons, designed to replace the limited and stereotypical selection of icons and symbols commonly used to depict ageing and older people in public life.
The Senior Slant
National news made personal
- Pope Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’
The slant – The unrest caused by the belief, religious or secular, that we live in a world of “us” versus “them,” continues to foster divisiveness. Perhaps these formidable leaders can begin the move toward harmony.
Francis seeks to help heal a nation uniquely wounded by violent sectarianism, foreign adventurism and persecution of minorities.
- Senate Is on Track for Stimulus Vote After Democrats Agree to Trim Jobless Aid
The slant – For millions of Americans looking up from the bottom the debate about “what’s too much” is cruel. Help at the very basic level is needed and that’s what a group of rich Senators must understand.
Bowing to moderates who said the jobless aid was too generous, Democrats dropped their bid to raise a weekly federal unemployment benefit to $400 from $300.
- To mask or not to mask? CDC and Texas have different answers
The slant – Recent announcements by the governors of Texas and Mississippi have health officials pleading for Americans to continue social distancing and mask-wearing.
Those of us extremely vulnerable to the virus might want to weigh in on the matter.
- Voting rights or the filibuster? Democrats will probably have to choose
The slant – The sweeping reform bill would nullify the new wave of voter restrictions that Republicans are pushing at the state level.
With the Senate now under Democratic control, the push for the bill will set up the first of many tests for Senate Democrats as they debate whether to change the chamber’s filibuster rules or watch the GOP stall President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Sage advice from our leaders and spokespersons
- How our attitude about death affects the way we age
Coming to terms with death and planning for it are the healthiest options. Avoidance of death’s inevitability is sheer escapism and holds people back from preparing for it. Yet spending too much time dwelling on death is often counterproductive.
- 3 Longevity Practices A Nutrition Specialist Learned From Observing People 70+
Results boiled down to three areas, eating well, pooping regularly and attitudes of gratitude.
- SND Blog: keeping one’s commitment is a test and a testament
A commitment should be Precise, Attainable and Measurable.
Products and Services
Specially designed to help make life easier
- SND Review: A knife you can use without pain
The grip makes all the difference. The motion is like sawing a piece of wood, using the arm rather than the wrist.
- Products that are unique, and might save time and money
This is an advertisement we’re running without any involvement other than agreeing with the claim, these are 32 gadgets you’d never think to buy. Other than that, you’re on your own.
- Best cell phones for seniors
Choosing a cell phone requires balancing budget and functionality. In cell phones for seniors, there are some features to keep in mind when making a decision. Thankfully there are many options.
- Best Senior Care Business Ideas
Here is a link to a Small Business site that lists some of the anticipated needs of the senior target market that offer insights into potential business ideas.
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