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Open thread: Whoopsie … or Whoopie? – Senior Planet

I thought I was Peter Pan for quite a while. I had pretty good genes, stayed in shape, and was reasonably lucky. I felt like a racing car (a red Ferrari). Gradually, however, I noticed that my engine was not turning as fast; I used too much fuel. My headlights weren’t that bright and my windshield just didn’t seem clear …

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Questions and Answers: Tommy Chong! – Senior Planet

Canadian-born Tommy Chong, 82, known as half of legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong (whose website is here), is now an advocate for the health benefits of cannabis. With six gold records and eight films during their reign, Cheech & Chong defined a pot era with their unique brand of “stoner comedy”. After the duo split in 1985, Chong continued …

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Questions and Answers: Dr. Melissa M. Freeman

Until the lockdown imposed restrictions, internist Dr. Melissa M. Freeman patients four mornings a week at the Beth Israel Medical Center opioid clinic. In the afternoon she received patients at her private office in Harlem, NY. what is so special about that? The internist is 94 years old! In addition, Dr. Freeman still unwilling to retire after 65 years of …

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Senior Planet Book Club: The Mothers (Week 1)

Welcome to our first week discussion about … The mothers by Brit Bennett We read chapters 1-5 this week. What did you think? What do you hope to see? Start discussing in the comments below! During the second week of our book club, please read chapters 6-10 by Tuesday, August 25th. Join us on Tuesday, September 1st at 5 p.m. …

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Open Thread: Really? – Senior Planet

The strange thing about getting older is that everyone faces it (if they’re lucky) and still people don’t understand it until they get there themselves. Last year I was out with a friend, her young teenage daughter, and her daughter’s friends. We were approached by two middle-aged men holding a map of the city and we were clearly lost. After …

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Virtual Wine Tasting – Senior Planet

In these times when my local radio station jokes “bar hopping”, this now means that a different bottle of wine will be placed in each room, and many wineries have been offering online tastings on Facebook, Instagram and Zoom for weeks. Many are free. Often times, you don’t have to buy the wine to view it (but of course it’s …

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Senior Planet Book Club: The Mothers

The votes were counted and in an unprecedented event we were drawn on our next book selection. The mothers and Deacon King Kong received equal votes. In order to resolve the tie, we decided to pick the book that is easiest for members to get. We are happy to announce that our next online book club offering … The mothers …

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Open thread: August birthdays! – Senior Planet

To capture all of our virtual learning, zooming and aging with the August born members of the attitude community: Happy Birthday! We are very happy that you are part of our family. In the open thread below, let us know how to celebrate, what to expect from next year or whatever else you want to share! Not born in August? …

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Is an Annuity Right for You?

Pensions, once a bedrock of our retirement system, are basically gone in the private sector and being replaced by employer-sponsored 401 (k) retirement plans. The workers now have to find out for themselves how they can ultimately earn their money. But most people don’t save enough even though they live longer. A survey by GOBankingRates found that 69% of respondents …

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Open thread: best in class

So many people have gone on the internet to watch instructional videos, watch movies, zoom or stream a performance, watch a lecture, or take online classes, especially at Senior Planet. I researched various aspects of art with the Frick’s Cocktails with a series of curators and am a member of a Zoom book group. I turn to the internet to …

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