Vaccines Mean New COVID Scams Targeting Seniors

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The promising development of the COVID-19 vaccine being available to Americans has brought with it some very inauspicious new scams targeting seniors. Fraudsters are selling “cures,” asking for money for the vaccine and to have one’s name added to a “waiting list,” soliciting donations for charities they claim are gathering funds for families affected by the virus, and luring people to open emails with “official” COVID news that actually unleash malware and spyware. Some even pose as professional cleaners, offering to sanitize homes or businesses. As the laundry list of schemes continues to grow – from robocalls and investment schemes to pigeon

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Staying Healthy on Quarantine, Top 5 tips

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The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone in the world, no matter where the age. Quarantine measures have been put in place to prevent citizens from getting sick or infecting their fellows. Staying healthy during quarantine is simple, as long as you know what you must and must not do. Here are some of the most basic do’s and don’ts. Health is important, so respecting some of these guidelines could make a difference. Get into a daily routine Keeping an on-going routine is crucial for productivity. You need to set a schedule and prioritize your activities accordingly. It’s important to know when

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How Covid-19 Will Change Aging and Retirement

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There is not one person on the planet who hasn’t been affected by the Coronavirus. The virus started spreading in 2019 and continued to affect people globally throughout the year 2020. Traveling was halted, lockdowns prevailed, and the economy was disrupted as the world faced an unprecedented situation throughout the globe. Not only has the pandemic caused people to stay at home throughout the year, but it has also affected our lifestyle, changing it forever. Some people are referring to the current situation as “the new normal,” indicating that we will have to adapt to this situation as this might

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Mental health, Disney+, Zoom, vegan food: How COVID changed the lives of seniors

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New survey by Amica Senior Lifestyles taken look into the mental and lifestyle impact of COVID-19 on seniors in the US and Canada 85% of seniors surveyed said they are talking about their mental health more 38% report feeling less connected to their loved ones during this pandemic 72% of Baby Boomers and seniors said that they used video calling at some point during the pandemic Of those that have used video calls, 54% said it helped them feel more connected to family and friends over the past 9 months 2 in 5 seniors have taken up social media (42%),

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Social Distancing and Mental Health

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If you have not been spending time with friends and family, you may be wondering about the relationship between social distancing and mental health. It is normal to feel frightened and anxious when there is a lack of control. The important thing is to connect with others in new ways and be aware of possible mental health issues, such as depression and substance abuse. When you are feeling frustrated and are not sure where to turn, connect with a counselor to talk through your feelings. As difficult as it can be, some of the best practices include eating well, getting

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Venturing Out in COVID Times

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As your community reopens, you may want to venture out to restore some normalcy to your life. If so, take precautions to minimize your risk of the disease. Choose your activities wisely to avoid putting yourself in precarious situations that can lead to coronavirus infection. Here are additional precautions you can take while out to keep you safe from COVID-19: Face coverings and social distance. Wear a mask whenever you’re around others and practice social distancing. This is especially important whenever you’re in an indoor setting. Most businesses require that you wear a mask on their premises. If they don’t,

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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves against COVID

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Due to their age and compromised immune systems, seniors are at higher risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The danger is even greater during a worldwide pandemic. If you’re 60 years of age or older and suffer from chronic health conditions like heart disease, respiratory problems, cancer, or diabetes, it’s vital you protect yourself against life-threatening diseases like COVID-19. According to data from the Centers from Disease Control, seniors are twice as likely to experience severe cases of coronavirus in comparison to younger adults. When it comes to COVID, protecting yourself from infection could very well save your life.

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How Tech Habits Evolved During COVID-19

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I use an app called SnugSafe. It's a check-in service for people aging alone. Recently, Snug surveyed the members in their community and discovered how tech habits have evolved over the last few months. Here are the top findings, other surprises, and the overall results. Top Finding about how COVID-19 impacted the technology used by older adults: 48% of respondents have ordered groceries online, and 56% of them are doing it for first time because of quarantine 34.3% of respondents have attended a religious service online Zoom is the most popular video conferencing solution (52%), followed by Facetime (46%), and

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Tips to manage stress and anxiety

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If you're feeling anxious and stressed over the recent adversity and hard times, I feel you. Thousands of Americans are in the same boat. You are not alone. Whether you're worried about the unsettled economy, your job, or the "not so peaceful" protests, each of these are disturbing. If ignored, they can affect your mental and physical health. Stress can be a physical reaction to feeling confused and frustrated by a situation. It will affect your sleep, eating patterns, and emotional health. Over the years, I've discovered a few ways to help myself through troubling times. I'd like to share

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